Michael Dresser

Writer

Michael Dresser is on his second tour of duty covering Maryland politics from Annapolis. He previously served as State House correspondent from 1996 to 2004, then moved to the transportation beat for seven years. He has also covered retailing and telecommunications.

Recent Articles

  • Senators to consider what to do about Baltimore violence

    Senators to consider what to do about Baltimore violence

    State lawmakers are holding a marathon hearing Tuesday on Baltimore’s gun violence, the launch of what could be a months-long debate on how the General Assembly could help. Baltimore’s per-capita homicide rate is on pace to break records for the third year in a row. In response, state senators...

  • Del. Washington to challenge Conway for Baltimore Senate seat

    Del. Washington to challenge Conway for Baltimore Senate seat

    Del. Mary Washington will challenge Baltimore Sen. Joan Carter Conway for the Democratic nomination next year, putting yet another senior city lawmaker’s seat in play. Washington, 55, said Thursday she filed this week to run in the June 26, 2018, primary for the 43rd District Senate seat. The two-term...

  • Should Maryland grocery stores sell beer?

    Should Maryland grocery stores sell beer?

    Benjamin Schwalb loves good beer so much he brews his own. He has a leadership post in a local brewing club and, as a connoisseur, seeks craft brews at specialty stores in his Severna Park neighborhood. Maryland’s long-standing prohibition on beer sales in grocery stores baffles him. “Other states...

  • Maryland treasurer criticizes Trump's DACA decision

    Maryland treasurer criticizes Trump's DACA decision

    Maryland Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp leveled a blistering critique of President Donald J. Trump Wednesday in response to the president’s decision to end protections for people brought into the country illegally as children. Kopp, a Democrat, called the decision “just un-American” and “wrong.” “The so-called...

  • Maryland spending board approves $63 million in state budget cuts

    Maryland spending board approves $63 million in state budget cuts

    The state Board of Public Works approved $63 million in budget cuts proposed by Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday after dropping a plan to reduce aid to local governments by $6 million. The Maryland Constitution gives the board power to make budget cuts between General Assembly sessions at the suggestion...

  • Hogan proposes $68 million cut to this year's Maryland budget

    Hogan proposes $68 million cut to this year's Maryland budget

    Republican Gov. Larry Hogan will push for about $68 million in budget cuts next week, a move to rein in spending approved by the General Assembly earlier this year. Although there is no sign Maryland will have less money than anticipated this year, Budget Secretary David R. Brinkley said Thursday...

  • Hogan doesn't invite Busch, or other Democrats, to project announcement

    Hogan doesn't invite Busch, or other Democrats, to project announcement

    Republican Gov. Larry Hogan marked the start of a $22.8 million construction project to relieve traffic congestion in Annapolis on Wednesday, but he didn’t invite House Speaker Michael E. Busch to the event in Busch’s home district. It was at least the third time in the past year that Hogan, who...

  • Maryland Democrats demand Hogan disavow Pa. candidate

    Maryland Democrats demand Hogan disavow Pa. candidate

    Maryland Democrats are calling on Gov. Larry Hogan to rescind his endorsement of a Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania who criticized billionaire liberal donor George Soros as a “Hungarian Jew.” State Democratic party Chairwoman Kathleen Matthews issued a statement Tuesday criticizing...

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