| 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 1, 2014
| 3:25 PM
It's less than seven days and counting until the 2014 session of the Maryland General Assembly ends at midnight Monday, and the fates of a number of Harford County-centered bills remain to be decided in those waning days.
As of Tuesday afternoon, a...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 5:07 AM
Together, Dels. James Malone Jr. and Steven DeBoy have represented District 12A in the Maryland General Assembly for more than a decade.
When the session ends April 9, it will be their last.
The two, who have known each other since attending Ascension...
| 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 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 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 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...
| 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...
| 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 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...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 7:01 PM
A Maryland appeals court upheld former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold's convictions of misconduct Wednesday but struck down a part of his sentence that prevents him from running for office while on probation.
Leopold was found guilty in...
| 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...