| Apr 5, 2014
| 5:52 PM
The General Assembly moved Saturday to dramatically change Maryland's drug laws as the House of Delegates joined the Senate in voting to make possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil offense punishable only by a fine.
The House voted 78-55 to...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 10:41 AM
Democrats in the House of Delegates sidetracked a Republican attempt Tuesday to force a vote on a 16 percent pay raise for lawmakers – virtually assuring the pay hike will take effect without a vote.
The House voted 87-48 to defeat a procedural...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 10:42 AM
How easy it is to rail against the salaries of elected officials. Embedded deeply in the human psyche is the near-certainty that somewhere, somehow the people who hold public office are getting away with unarmed robbery. It's a suspicion that's easy to...
| Mar 30, 2014
| 2:52 PM
As the General Assembly enters the final week of its 90-day session, lawmakers have fewer issues coming down to the wire than in a typical year — but some that remain are very thorny indeed.
A proposal to raise the minimum wage, Gov. Martin O'...
| 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 5, 2014
| 11:29 AM
Last I checked, Maryland was a blue state. Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1.
There has been only one Republican governor since the 1960s, and he only managed one term. There's only one Republican in our congressional delegation. The state has not...
| Apr 6, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Rep. Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican, recently pointed out that many anti-poverty programs create disincentives to work. Appearing on Bill Bennett's national radio show, the 2012 GOP nominee for vice president proceeded to bemoan a "tailspin of...
| Mar 29, 2014
| 2:00 PM
As Americans, we believe that honest work should be rewarded with honest wages. That certainly means that no one who works full-time should ever have to raise a family in poverty. In the coming weeks, your senators will have a chance to stand up for...
| 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...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 4:24 PM
When the House of Delegates meets Saturday to vote on dozens of pieces of legislation, including whether to decriminalize marijuana, one representative from Anne Arundel County won't be there. He'll be in jail.
Del. Don Dwyer Jr., spends weekends in the...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 4:00 AM
If you needed proof of the political class' abiding support of the ruling class over the working class, look no further than the purportedly left-leaning blue state of Maryland, with a Democratic-dominated legislature throwing millions of dollars at the...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 11:49 AM
Last Saturday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg celebrated her 81st birthday, and shortly thereafter she got her customary "gift" — a public call for her to retire from the bench. She couldn't have been too surprised by the unsolicited...