Nearly 20 years ago, a federal judge declared the Maryland lawmakers and lobbyists tolerated a “culture of corruption,” and decried the State House as a “mess” in need of reform. Today, some say, not much has changed.
Looking back on Maryland's 2017 political season so far, the only players busier than the governor, legislators, Annapolis staffers, party operatives and political geeks like me were, unfortunately, prosecutors. This session of the Maryland General Assembly began and ended with high profile indictments for various alleged political crimes. Unfortunately, Maryland has been here many times before.
Top law enforcement officials and elected leaders in Maryland are expressing hope — and confidence — that Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein will continue in his role under the incoming administration of president-elect Donald J. Trump.
County staff will be requesting the Carroll County Board of Commissioners' permission to hold a public hearing regarding a state-approved ethics ordinance which has garnered opposition from Carroll and several municipal governments.
Carroll County's latest attempt to comply with Maryland's ethics ordinance — which requires candidates for elected positions to disclose all financial information, including that of their children and spouses — was approved by the State Ethics Commission and will soon go before the Carroll County Board of Commissioners for possible adoption.
When Jack B. Johnson, the county executive for Prince George's County, was indicted in 2010 on federal charges shortly before pleading guilty to extortion along with witness and evidence tampering, legislators realized local governments needed to be held just as accountable as state employees. Though changes made to the requirements for local governments — including counties, municipalities and school boards — are mandatory, some municipalities in Carroll County have been reluctant
Del. Tiffany Alston isn't alone in refusing to step down after being found guilty of a crime — it's a clear pattern of behavior among Maryland's corrupt politicians. But voters have a chance to take matters into their own hands.