| Apr 8, 2014
By the time confetti fell in Annapolis on Monday night, state lawmakers had loosened marijuana laws, made Maryland the second state in the country to raise its minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and whittled their way through more than 2,600 bills...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 8:22 AM
Why is Martin O'Malley running for the democratic presidential nomination when everyone on the planet knows it belongs to Hillary Clinton?
After all, he is not a man known for flights of fantasy. And, according to a Baltimore Sun poll, most...
| Feb 2, 2014
| 11:57 AM
At a time when income inequality is one of the nation's most-discussed issues, the tax that appears to have the best chance of being cut in heavily Democratic Maryland this year is one that is only paid by millionaires.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 1:56 PM
As I noted last week, it has become more apparent that Maryland's Democratic leaders are furiously trying to move past the debacle that has been the rollout of Maryland's health care exchange. After publicly heeding calls for hearings, leaders in both...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 1:31 PM
Wendy Royalty first met District 1 County Council member Courtney Watson eight years ago, when Watson, then a candidate campaigning for a first term on the council, knocked on her door.
"I liked her immediately," Royalty said. "From that moment, I...
| Apr 19, 2014
| 7:50 AM
In true-blue Maryland, where Democrats outnumber Republicans more than 2 to 1, life can be difficult in the GOP.
But not in Anne Arundel County, where Republicans have had a measure of success — and are looking for more.
"We're a bastion of...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 1:28 PM
I've spent the last two weeks in Latin America — where they know something about defaulting on public debts. As part of a bipartisan group of former U.S. ambassadors, I met with business leaders, central bankers, government officials and ordinary...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 11:52 AM
The second Republican to file in Howard and Baltimore counties' District 12 says he's the candidate for voters interested in small government and individual freedoms.
"People should be able to do what they want, as long as they're not hurting anyone...
| Dec 25, 2013
| 3:18 PM
Thousands of Maryland bus and MARC train riders could pay more for their commute starting in January after Congress failed to renew an expiring tax credit that rewards mass transit use.
Current federal law allows bus and rail commuters to withhold up to...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 5:15 AM
Gov. Martin O'Malley visited New Jersey's capital city Friday to campaign for a candidate for governor who is so far behind in the polls that many in the national Democratic Party have all but abandoned her.
It's unclear how much he helped state Sen....
| Nov 25, 2013
| 5:12 PM
Standing in a warehouse full of food for needy families, three Democratic lawmakers called Monday for Congress to avoid sharp cuts to food stamps proposed in a $500 billion farm bill.
Lawmakers want to pass the massive legislation by the end of the year,...
| Jan 5, 2014
Facing a backlash from veterans, lawmakers in both parties — including several in Maryland — are reconsidering a cut to military retiree pensions that they approved last month as part of a rare bipartisan budget agreement.