Democrats charge Hogan with election law violations

Democrats charge Hogan with election law violations

The Maryland Democratic Party took a page from the book of Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan's GOP primary rivals Thursday by filing a complaint with the state elections board charging that his campaign illegally coordinated with a...

Read more ...
Social Security computer system still not working after six years

Social Security computer system still not working after six years

The Social Security Administration has spent nearly $300 million to develop a computer system to speed processing of disability claims, but the system still isn't working after six years, according to a newly released report.

Read more ...
Board OKs pact to protect UM security breach victims

Board OKs pact to protect UM security breach victims

The state Board of Public Works approved a contract worth an estimated $2.6 million Wednesday for a firm to monitor the credit activity of an estimated 300,000 people whose personal information was exposed as a result of a computer security breach...

Read more ...
Mikulski, Democrats cut immigrant funding proposal

Mikulski, Democrats cut immigrant funding proposal

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski will introduce an emergency spending bill on Wednesday to deal with the flow of minors crossing the border that slashes $1 billion from President Barack Obama's original request but that does not include provisions to speed deportations of the children.

Read more ...
Cardin, Paul seek voting rights for former felons

Cardin, Paul seek voting rights for former felons

WASHINGTON -- Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin teamed up with an unlikely political ally on Tuesday -- Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky -- in pushing for federal legislation to allow millions of Americans with felony convictions to regain their right to vote.

Read more ...
Judge issues ban on Hershey campaign signs

Judge issues ban on Hershey campaign signs

A federal judge issued a temporary ban last week on a state senator's campaign materials that chocolate-maker Hershey says infringe on its copyright — and ordered the design be stripped from the Internet and roadsides by Tuesday.

Read more ...
Lawyers spar over Maryland assault weapon ban in federal court

Lawyers spar over Maryland assault weapon ban in federal court 

Lawyers for the state and gun rights advocates debated in federal court Tuesday about the government's power to hem in the Second Amendment to ward off mass shootings.

Read more ...
Baltimore's bond rating raised to highest level in years, signaling city's improved fiscal health

Baltimore's bond rating raised to highest level in years, signaling city's improved fiscal health 

Standard & Poor's raised Baltimore's bond rating to its highest level in years — a move that reflects growing confidence in the city's fiscal health and will lead to potentially millions of dollars in savings for the city budget.

Read more ...
O'Malley seeks to house immigrant children in foster homes, not large centers

O'Malley seeks to house immigrant children in foster homes, not large centers 

Gov. Martin O'Malley and a group of faith leaders agreed Monday that thousands of immigrant children who have poured into the United States should be housed in foster homes and other small settings, not large centers as the federal government has proposed.

Read more ...
Baltimore's website gets new look, overhaul

Baltimore's website gets new look, overhaul

Visitors to Baltimore’s website will find a new sleek look in a design that’s also supposed to help the public find answers to their questions more easily.

Read more ...
Baltimore County officials react to Timonium proposal for immigrant children

Baltimore County officials react to Timonium proposal for immigrant children

Officials in Baltimore County reacted Friday to a proposal by Catholic Charities to shelter 50 immigrant children at a facility in Timonium, with a state delegate who is running for the County Council opposing the plan and calling the immigration crisis "a federal problem."

Read more ...
SSA to continue offering verification letters in offices

SSA to continue offering verification letters in offices

WASHINGTON -- The Social Security Administration announced Thursday it will continue to provide benefit verification letters at field offices, reversing an earlier plan to cut that service that had led to criticism from members of the public and some lawmakers in Congress.

Read more ...
Harman wins GOP primary in Balto. Co., recount confirms

Harman wins GOP primary in Balto. Co., recount confirms

George Harman won the Republican primary for Baltimore County executive last month by 20 votes, election officials said after a rare recount.

Read more ...
Hogan tells veterans he would eliminate state income tax on military pensions

Hogan tells veterans he would eliminate state income tax on military pensions

Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan told veterans Wednesday that he would eliminate the state income tax on military pensions if elected.

Read more ...
O'Malley defends position on immigrant children and Carroll site

O'Malley defends position on immigrant children and Carroll site

Gov. Martin O'Malley came under fire Wednesday for advocating for thousands of children entering the U.S. illegally while simultaneously trying to wave the White House off a potential shelter in Westminster, Md.

Read more ...
O'Malley raises $796K in second quarter

O'Malley raises $796K in second quarter

Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is considering a run for president, raised just over $796,000 into two federal political committees in the second quarter of the year -- continuing steady fundraising progress even as speculation about 2016 continues to center on Hillary Clinton.

Read more ...
Baltimore native ran cross-country drug ring that brought heroin to city, authorities say

Baltimore native ran cross-country drug ring that brought heroin to city, authorities say

From a home base in Houston, federal authorities say, a Remington native has been directing a cross-country drug operation that shipped large quantities of heroin to Baltimore, New York, New Orleans and elsewhere.

Read more ...
Rand Paul featured at state GOP fundraiser

Rand Paul featured at state GOP fundraiser

Maryland Republicns will get a fundraising boost from Sen. Rand Paul tonight.

Read more ...
Grand Prix road work costs still increasing

Grand Prix road work costs still increasing

Nearly a year after the last race car whizzed down Baltimore's streets, road work for the Grand Prix Indycar race is still costing the city money. 

Read more ...
Councilman wants 90% tax break for urban farmers

Councilman wants 90% tax break for urban farmers

City Councilman William "Pete" Welch is calling for a large tax break for urban farmers in Baltimore.

Read more ...
Mosby cut into Bernstein's support in white neighborhoods, data suggest

Mosby cut into Bernstein's support in white neighborhoods, data suggest

One popular theory of lawyer Marilyn Mosby's upset win over incumbent State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein was that race played a deciding role in the election, helping a political newcomer oust a white prosecutor in a majority-black city.

Read more ...
Harris opposes Carroll County immigrant shelter

Harris opposes Carroll County immigrant shelter

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Andy Harris, the state's sole Republican in Congress, vowed Friday to use his position on the House Appropriations Committee to block any effort by the federal government to set up a shelter for immigrant children in Carroll County.

Read more ...
GOP Baltimore County executive hopeful Campbell asks for recount

GOP Baltimore County executive hopeful Campbell asks for recount

A Republican candidate for Baltimore County executive has asked to recount ballots after he lost the party's primary by a margin of only 18 votes.

Read more ...
Democrats schedule unity rally

Democrats schedule unity rally

Maryland Democrats have scheduled an "unity" rally to for next week mend fissures exposed by the party's rancorous primary contest.

Read more ...
Hogan cleared in elections complaint

Hogan cleared in elections complaint

Maryland election officials have determined Republican candidate for governor Larry Hogan broke no laws in converting his Change Maryland advocacy organization into a campaign operation.

Read more ...
Hogan accepts public financing

Hogan accepts public financing

Republican Larry Hogan will pay for his bid for governor with public financing, the first candidate to mount a state-wide general election bid on taxpayer dollars in two decades. 

Read more ...
Maryland gets AAA rating from bond houses

Maryland gets AAA rating from bond houses

Maryland kept its coveted AAA bond rating this week, an accomplishment that allows it to continue borrowing cash more cheaply than most states.

Read more ...
Slim win in tight GOP primary for Baltimore County executive

Slim win in tight GOP primary for Baltimore County executive

Nearly two weeks after the primary election, the Republican primary for Baltimore County executive came down to 18 votes, with George Harman of Reisterstown edging out Tony Campbell of Towson.

Read more ...
Aberdeen Proving Ground team begins destroying Syrian chemicals

Aberdeen Proving Ground team begins destroying Syrian chemicals

A team of chemists and engineers from Aberdeen Proving Ground has begun to neutralize chemicals from Syria's weapons stocks, the Pentagon said Monday.

Read more ...
Maryland's U.S. senators press for water funding

Maryland's U.S. senators press for water funding

Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski toured Baltimore's 99-year-old Montebello water treatment plant Monday to draw attention to the needs of municipalities nationwide for federal help to upgrade their aging infrastructure.

Read more ...
With all ballots counted, Peroutka has 38-vote margin in Arundel race

With all ballots counted, Peroutka has 38-vote margin in Arundel race

A former Constitution Party presidential candidate appears to have won the Republican nomination for a seat on the Anne Arundel County Council as the last tally of votes was completed Monday.

Read more ...
Video showcases Baltimore's efforts to grow by welcoming immigrants

Video showcases Baltimore's efforts to grow by welcoming immigrants

A new video, "Building Resilience in Baltimore Through Immigration," showcases Baltimore's attempts to make the city a destination for immigrants, as a nonprofit media group works to inspire economic and social change in urban centers.

Read more ...
Huge plastic trash cans distributed under Baltimore pilot

Huge plastic trash cans distributed under Baltimore pilot

Residents of Belair-Edison in Northeast Baltimore and the greater Mondawmin area on the west side made the first use of new huge plastic trash cans on wheels last weekend as part of Baltimore’s new pilot program to fight litter and rats.

Read more ...

ABOUT THE BLOGGERS


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.

Erin Cox has covered people and politics in and around Annapolis since 2007. She joined The Sun in 2012 and has worked for newspapers in Florida and her home state of Colorado. Erin graduated from the University of Colorado, where she studied journalism and biochemistry.

John Fritze has covered politics at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is The Sun's Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA Today, where he led coverage of the health care debate and the 2010 election.

Luke Broadwater got his start at age 9 when he scored an interview with Johnny Unitas. Since then, The Sun's City Hall reporter has won more than a dozen awards, for investigative reporting and feature writing. He is a 2002 graduate of Ithaca College.

Yvonne Wenger traveled across rural America where unemployment was higher than it was during the Great Depression, interviewed war veterans and followed presidential hopefuls on the campaign trail, in pursuit of her coverage of local, state and Washington politics over the last decade. She joined The Sun in January 2012 and covers City Hall.