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The banana republic of Maryland [Commentary]

The banana republic of Maryland [Commentary]

One-party rule breeds cronyism. While Maryland's one-party Democratic rulers, like Gov. Martin O'Malley, fancy themselves progressive angels above such things, the fact is, Maryland has devolved into an oligarchy.

Exhibit A: KO Public Affairs, the consulting firm run by Steve Kearney, Governor O'Malley's former communications director, and Damian O'Doherty, who was a top aide to former Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith, who is now the state's transportation secretary.

O'Doherty is a Maryland Democratic Party Trustee — a high dollar donor program for the party. At the New Hampshire Democratic Party's Jefferson Jackson Dinner, where Governor O'Malley spoke, the state...

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