Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has issued about 150 pardons to convicted offenders over the past three years, after rarely exercising his power to grant clemency in his first term. But despite the uptick, the governor has remained stingy when considering clemency, rejecting nearly 1,300 cases that came across his desk.
As Gov.-elect Larry Hogan reiterated a pledge to declare a "state of emergency" to combat the spike in heroin-related deaths, state officials said Tuesday they have gotten pharmacies to agree to keep the powerful overdose antidote naloxone in stock at about 140 locations in 22 counties.
In deep blue Maryland, it's the white Republican running for governor who has a direct message for black voters. Larry Hogan argues his job-creating economic policies are just what's needed to address the community's high jobless rate. Democrat Anthony Brown studiously avoids talking about minority voters, saying his policies are designed to make life better for everyone.
As he weighs whether to seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, political observers say the remainder of this year will be an important test of the governor's ability to lift his profile in early voting states like New Hampshire and raise enough money to appear credible on the national stage.
By By John Fritze and Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun
By the time Gov. Martin O'Malley left the Democratic convention last fall, he had schmoozed with party leaders from Iowa, spoken to potential donors and hosted swanky parties that kept delegates entertained into the next morning.
Sixteen Democratic governors led by Maryland's Martin O¿Malley have sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to quickly broker a compromise to extend long-term unemployment benefits before the money runs out at the end of the year.