A host of advocates for Maryland interests — from the Chesapeake Bay to the defense industry — are anxiously watching whether the election will change the political dynamic in Congress despite early indications that it probably won't.
Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett has become the latest incumbent in Congress to announce he will skip his party's national convention this year to spend time campaigning for reelection, drawing a contrast with other state Republicans as well as his Democratic challenger.
Baltimore and other Maryland localities woulld be guaranteed millions of dollars in federal money for bicycle trails, scenic pull offs and street beautification projects as part of a massive, bipartisan transportation funding bill expected to pass as early as today in the U.S. Senate.
The upheaval in today's Republican Party started after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 but didn't come to the fore until Newt Gingrich's takeover of the House in 1995. Now it has become a real threat to the nation.