Rep. Elijah E. Cummings has for years served as a kind of defense attorney for the Obama administration as the top Democrat on the House committee charged with federal oversight. He will have an entirely different role this summer as Democrats prepare to nominate a presidential candidate.
WASHINGTON -- For months the two candidates running for Senate in Maryland have sought to distance themselves from a banking industry that remains deeply unpopular in the years since the foreclosure crisis.
Eric Schwaab, a longtime Marylander who's spent the last three years in the federal government overseeing fisheries and conservation efforts, is returning home to take a new post at the National Aquarium. Schwaab, currently assistant secretary for conservation and management at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will join the aquarium July 1 as its first-ever senior vice president and chief conservation officer, the Inner Harbor nonprofit announced Wednesday.
Sixteen years after U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer voted to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman the, No. 2 Democrat in the House of Representatives has disavowed that view and is pushing to uphold Maryland's new same-sex marriage law.
Advocates trying to uphold Maryland's same-sex marriage law hope President Barack Obama's new stance in their favor will boost their efforts by firing up supporters and nudging black voters who traditionally have been resistant to the idea.
The death late last month of Boston Mayor Kevin H. White who steered the city through the storm caused by court-ordered school desegregation is also credited with giving political access to blacks, women and gays.
By By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun
The retirement of Barney Frank not only removes a powerful advocate for the Democratic point of view but also signals a wariness about the party's chances of regaining the House and holding the Senate.