Sun Q&As on political issues

January 10, 2007

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

Millie, Taneytown: As in individual with individual health insurance, I am interested in any of the 2007 legislation that might impact my coverage.

12:28 PM EST, December 20, 2006

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

Bobbie, Baltimore: Is it true that former lobbyist Ira Cooke's conviction in California was overturned on Monday? If so, do they try him again? Isn't it The Sun's responsibility to report on all news?

2:48 PM EST, November 29, 2006

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

Richard, Arbutus: I am not really sure if Gov. [Robert L.] Ehrlich [Jr.] was elected four years ago or if Kathleen Kennedy Townsend was un-elected. Do you have any observations on what appears to be a very strong Democrat[ic] party loyalty in this state and how that and not issues might affect elections?

2:29 PM EST, November 27, 2006

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

Steven, Clarksville: Are [Gov.-elect Martin] O'Malley and [House Speaker Michael E.] Busch going to get slots approved in Maryland? This is really important as it will make the horse breeding industry robust and improve racing quality in Maryland.

11:41 AM EST, November 13, 2006

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

Duane, Silver Spring: Who was the GOP candidate for lieutenant governor in 1986 and what was his race?

September 5, 2006

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

Alma T. Bell, Baltimore: How will the relationship between rap mogul Russell Simmons and Michael [S.] Steele affect Steele's relationship with the religious right?

2:43 PM EDT, August 29, 2006

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

Julia, Annapolis: If Gov. [Robert L.] Ehrlich [Jr.] were to get re-elected, what, in your opinion, could (or should) he do different to avoid another 4 years of head-butting with the General Assembly? Thank you.

August 15, 2006

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

Frederick P. Alpern: How come there is so little coverage for judgeships?

1:40 PM EDT, August 9, 2006

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

August 1, 2006

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

June 6, 2006

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

Editor's note: With the election season heating up -- and with it, the workload increasing for those of us who cover politics -- the time has unfortunately come to set some limits on my weekly Q&A. I greatly enjoy hearing what's on your mind and want to keep the forum going. But from here on out, I'll be selecting five questions to answer each week. Hopefully, you'll still find the answers valuable. Please keep reading and writing.

May 31, 2006

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

Editor's note: With the election season heating up -- and with it, the workload increasing for those of us who cover politics -- the time has unfortunately come to set some limits on my weekly Q&A. I greatly enjoy hearing what's on your mind and want to keep the forum going. But from here on out, I'll be selecting five questions to answer each week. Hopefully, you'll still find the answers valuable. Please keep reading and writing.

12:50 PM EDT, April 25, 2006

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

11:36 AM EDT, April 11, 2006

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

March 28, 2006

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

March 21, 2006

David Nitkin on state politics issues

Marion, Odenton: What is the current status of HB1441 sponsored by Del. [Herbert H.] McMillan regarding state pensions?

March 14, 2006

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

February 27, 2006

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

February 13, 2006

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

February 6, 2006

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

10:39 AM EST, January 30, 2006

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

January 23, 2006

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

January 16, 2006

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

Phil, Washington, D.C.: Where can one find a complete list of legislators receiving money directly from Jack Abramoff?

9:55 AM EST, January 9, 2006

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

Tom, Rockville: What impact will the endorsements for Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan by [former] Gov. [William Donald] Schaefer and [former Baltimore] Mayor [Kurt L.] Schmoke have upon the Democrat primary between Duncan and [Baltimore] Mayor [Martin] O'Malley? Do you think that their endorsements will suppress voter turnout for O'Malley in Baltimore enough to tip the balance to Duncan?

January 2, 2006

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

Rodney, Baltimore: If Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley or Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan were to be elected, would they place a moratorium on the death penalty?

9:10 AM EST, December 27, 2005

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

December 19, 2005

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

Will, Potomac: If Martin O'Malley wins the gubernatorial election in 2006, will he be a likely candidate for vice president in 2008? Or even as the Democratic presidential nominee in 2012 or 2016?

December 12, 2005

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

Joi and Marshall James, Baltimore: My husband and I are very excited about Anthony McCarthy running for office. We were big fans of his program at WYPR and have followed his career for many years. I read in your paper that he is running against the three people who are currently in the seats. Does that make his getting elected an impossibility? You do not hear about incumbents losing very often. But my husband points out that Anthony has name recognition and relationships with a lot of politicians.

December 5, 2005

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on state politics issues

Note: First installment of a new weekly baltimoresun.com feature.

February 14, 2005

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on the O'Malley rumors

Kim MacLean, Ellicott City: I find it very hard to believe that someone without a college degree could apply for and get a job as head of communications for a state agency without someone exerting influence. Is there a job description with education requirements listed for [Joseph F.] Steffen [Jr.'s] former position? Just curious.

January 14, 2005

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on the General Assembly

Scott Hollenbeck, Westminster: Will The Sun report on bill[s] to raise taxes and the sponsors of the bills? Will The Sun report on who voted in favor of bills raising taxes and who voted against?

November 1, 2004

Sun Q&A

David Nitkin on issues in Md. election

Bob, San Francisco: What are some of the local issues that might help Maryland citizens decide who they want to be president? Also, I assume that Maryland is probably going to go Democratic, but can you tell me why?

October 8, 2004

Sun Q&A: Election 2004

Issues in a polarized America

John Stevens, Taneytown: In general, were people more interested in what would be best for them, or what would be best for the country as a whole?

September 3, 2004

Sun Q&A

Election 2004 and the Republican convention

Maria, Baltimore: Why didn't Bush have his convention in Houston? New York is heavily Democratic. How much money is the government giving to New York for all the security? New Yorkers are still hurting economically from [the] 9/11 [attacks] and their taxes will probably go up to cover those security expenses.

3:00 AM EDT, July 29, 2004

Sun Q&A

Election 2004 and the Democratic convention

Richard Sloman, Baltimore: Every major news outlet reported the "Shove it" comment [by Teresa Heinz Kerry] but The Sun. Why?

April 15, 2004

General Assembly Q&A

Here are answers to selected readers' questions about the 2004 session of the Maryland General Assembly, which ended Monday. Sun staffers David Nitkin, Michael Dresser, Kimberly A.C. Wilson, Ivan Penn, Howard Libit, Jon Rockoff and Jon Morgan answered these questions.

February 23, 2004

Q&A with Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch

As the speaker in the Maryland House of Delegates, Michael E. Busch continues to be the most visible opponent to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s proposal to legalize slot machines around the state.

February 2, 2004

Q&A with Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s second session with the Maryland General Assembly is proving to be a test of his public popularity as well as his political acumen.

March 17, 2003

Weighing the odds for Maryland

Michael E. Busch is the Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates. The Anne Arundel County Democrat was elected to the post in January.

March 10, 2003

A conversation with Michael Steele

Michael S. Steele, Maryland's lieutenant governor and the first African-American elected to statewide public office, is working with Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to craft the state's economic development policy.

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