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

  • Judge refuses to block Maryland price-gouging law

    Judge refuses to block Maryland price-gouging law

    Opponents of a new law allowing Maryland to challenge generic drug price-gouging lost the first round of a legal battle Friday as a federal judge refused to block the measure. U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis turned down a plea by a pharmaceutical industry group to issue an injunction against...

  • New Maryland laws underscore: No means no, rape is rape

    New Maryland laws underscore: No means no, rape is rape

    No truly means no under Maryland law as of Sunday. Acts that most would consider rape will be called just that. And evidence of sexual assault will have to be kept for 20 years. Those three measures are among hundreds of bills that take effect Oct. 1 after being passed by the General Assembly this...

  • Assaults climb at Baltimore Central Booking since city jail closing

    Assaults climb at Baltimore Central Booking since city jail closing

    Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center, the first institution people are brought to after being arrested in the city, has seen a spike in assaults since Gov. Larry Hogan closed the City Jail, state statistics show. Assaults by inmates at Central Booking, both on staff members and on other...

  • Hogan moves Peters out of planning role, into new job

    Hogan moves Peters out of planning role, into new job

    Gov. Larry Hogan has moved one of the two Cabinet secretaries who have been serving without a salary because of a turf battle between the governor and the General Assembly into a position where she will be paid. Hogan spokesman Doug Mayer said Friday that Planning Secretary Wendi Peters, whose...

  • Hogan sets transportation announcement during Rosh Hashanah

    Hogan sets transportation announcement during Rosh Hashanah

    When Gov. Larry Hogan makes a transportation announcement in Montgomery County Thursday, some local elected officials are likely to be absent. It’s Rosh Hashanah. Many of the local politicians are Jewish. And some are less than impressed with the political savvy of his scheduling. “I am surprised...

  • Maryland boosting incentives to recruit correctional officers

    Maryland boosting incentives to recruit correctional officers

    Maryland will offer a $5,000 recruitment bonus to new correctional officers to alleviate a persistent problem with vacancies in the state prison system. Stephen T. Moyer, the secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, will hold a news conference Thursday outside a recently...

  • Hogan opposes latest version of Obamacare repeal bill

    Hogan opposes latest version of Obamacare repeal bill

    Gov. Larry Hogan urged Congress Tuesday to reject the latest version of a Senate Republican plan to repeal Obamacare, saying it would cost Maryland $2 billion a year. Hogan, a Republican, has so far opposed all of the measures supported by President Donald J. Trump to scrap the Affordable Care...

  • Union criticizes Hogan over lack of mental health beds

    Union criticizes Hogan over lack of mental health beds

    The state’s largest public employees union criticized Gov. Larry Hogan Tuesday over a shortage of beds in mental health facilities that has kept some mentally ill prisoners in jail long after the courts ruled they need treatment. Members of AFSCME, joined by a trio of Democratic elected officials,...

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