| May 26, 2014
| 5:00 AM
In terms of public interest in elections, the voting for members of Congress in off-years, when no presidential candidates are on the ballot, is historically low. The stakes generally seem not very great, and familiarity breeds success for incumbents, who...
| May 2, 2014
| 6:20 PM
A push by congressional Republicans on Friday to increase pressure on the Obama White House over the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, has put Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings back to his role as one of the administration's...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 2:31 PM
One of my goals, once upon a time, was to write one of those scholarly type articles that used to get reprinted and handed out to legions of college students in first level political science classes, forever immortalizing the obscure author in the...
| May 21, 2014
| 5:22 PM
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she would appoint Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Baltimore to lead Democrats on a controversial select committee to investigate the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead.
| May 12, 2014
| 8:00 AM
After endlessly trying to repeal and replace "Obamacare," the GOP has come up empty-handed. The health-care law appears to be gaining more public acceptance. So congressional Republicans are doing what they can to revive another old hobby horse —...
| May 19, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Hillary Clinton hasn't even thrown her hat into the 2016 presidential ring yet, but Republican tremors over the very thought have already unleashed red flares about her age and health that question her qualifications for the office.
It's an old partisan...
| May 9, 2014
| 12:45 PM
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman and Del. Steve Schuh will meet in their first debate in the county executive's race on Monday night.
The Republicans will face off at 8 p.m. at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis....
| Apr 28, 2014
| 10:00 AM
Probably no single episode did more to assure President Obama's 2012 re-election than that supposedly private fundraising lunch at which Mitt Romney famously declared that "47 percent of Americans" would never vote for him.
The remark, unexpectedly...
| May 10, 2014
| 9:11 AM
With one debate down and six weeks to go until Maryland's primary election, the political narrative in the governor's race sounds something like this: Neither Attorney General Doug Gansler nor Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is dazzling Democratic voters;...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Forty years ago, Congress enacted sweeping limits on political campaign spending in the wake of a shocking disclosure that one man — Chicago insurance executive W. Clement Stone — had given more than $3 million for the 1972 reelection of...
| May 24, 2014
| 10:00 AM
If folks were waiting for Julius Henson's campaign for state Senate to go negative, they didn't have to wait long.
Within days of a city judge's clearing the way for Henson to run in East Baltimore's 45th District, the longtime political consultant...
| May 27, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Election year 2014 is the third time the Republican Party has hitched its wagon to the tea party. In 2010, angry tea partiers shouted down incumbents in town hall meetings, put Democrats into a defensive, crotch-covering crouch and delivered the House...