| Nov 21, 2012
| 11:29 AM
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan had not finished deconstructing their campaign apparatus after the Nov. 6 elections, before their supporters in Harford County decided to serve up wine made out of their sour grapes upon reading my friend Wendy Sawyer's...
| Nov 25, 2012
| 5:00 AM
For Maryland businesses, the seemingly never-ending political season and the cloud of economic uncertainty that accompanied it were supposed to have subsided at election's end. However, just as we thought we had put the campaign season behind us,...
| Dec 29, 2012
It would be nice to feel, after one of the most costly and abrasive presidential campaigns in our nation's history, that the fog has cleared from the miasma of the year 2012, revealing bright prospects for a better 2013. It would also be nice to know that...
| Nov 26, 2012
| 8:49 AM
Retail analysts reported a curious trend this Black Friday. On the traditional first shopping day of the Christmas season, the number of visits to malls, big box stores and other retailers increased, according to the analytics firm ShopperTrak, but the...
| Dec 30, 2012
| 4:00 AM
Reports of the death of the tea party are greatly exaggerated.
For about two years now, certain observers have been declaring the demise of this insurgent tendency within the Republican Party. However, despite recent headlines, we should expect to...
| Dec 30, 2012
| 4:00 AM
The spending cuts associated with the impending fiscal cliff — known more technically as sequestration — hold potentially ominous consequences for the U.S. economy, and for Maryland in particular, if the White House and Congress cannot...
| Nov 27, 2012
| 10:55 AM
Was the big loser of this month's election Grover Norquist? It's starting to look that way, as an increasing number of Republicans in the House and Senate are announcing that they could be willing to violate the pledges they signed at the behest of the...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 7:53 PM
Usually by early December, investment professionals have mapped out their outlook for the next year.
But such forecasting has been made difficult by the "fiscal cliff" — the confluence of spending cuts and higher taxes that kick in automatically...
| Nov 30, 2012
With the Maryland General Assembly meeting in a little over a month, the Harford County Board of Education will wait a bit longer before voting on its own 2013 legislative platform.
During the most recent school board meeting Nov. 19, Kathy Carmello,...
| Jan 1, 2013
| 5:21 PM
When push came to shove, Republicans and Democrats came together for a last-minute bi-partisan compromise on the so-called fiscal cliff, a combination of automatic spending cuts and tax increases that would have plunged the nation back into recession. The...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 7:15 AM
While politicians spar in Washington over how to keep the nation from going over a "fiscal cliff," environmental activists warn that the wind-energy industry faces its own cliff if Congress doesn't act soon to extend a federal tax break for turbine...
| Nov 10, 2012
| 11:09 AM
Their star quarterback remains on the field, but federal employee unions will continue to play defense in Congress.
Labor leaders cheered the re-election of President Barack Obama, yet with no significant congressional changes — particularly in the...