Some Maryland lawmakers are hopeful that the stars are aligned for Maryland to reform the way it draws its political district lines – a process that has resulted in some of the most convoluted maps in the country.
Dick Israel spent more than two decades behind the scenes in Annapolis guiding lawmakers. Now he plans to spend his final months alive lobbying the them from afar, advocating for the right to die when he chooses, a final act of control over a disease that robbed him of it.
Declaring that Maryland can no longer depend on the federal government for job growth, former Lockheed Martin CEO Norman R. Augustine presented Thursday a list of steps Maryland can take to improve its ability to compete for business.
Following through on a campaign promise, Gov. Larry Hogan unveiled legislation Tuesday that would repeal Maryland's requirement that its largest counties impose a fee to pay for stormwater cleanup. Critics call it the "rain tax."
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, despite a cordial breakfast with Gov. Larry Hogan to smooth over friction from Hogan's State of the State speech, continued to offer grim prospects for the new governor's legislative agenda.
Some lawmakers said Monday that General Assembly should change a school funding formula that gives great weight to property values — and is projected to cost Baltimore millions of dollars in lost state aid for next year.
Still fuming at what they considered the partisanship of Gov. Larry Hogan's State of the State address, the General Assembly's Democratic leaders predicted Thursday that most of the governor's legislative agenda would fail.
The fear tactics began before the ink was dry on a budget that spends less than taxpayers sent us, increases state spending $400 million, increases education funding by $45 million (a record high) and still eradicates an $800 million deficit. House Speaker Mike Busch warned, "Every county in the state will get less school funding than expected… that's a real cut." Except it isn't a real cut. Only in Annapolis is a $45 million education increase a cut.
Public health and environmental advocates gathered in Annapolis Thursday to push for a long-term moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, arguing that more time is needed to look into health threats posed by the drilling process commonly called "fracking."
Gov. Larry Hogan offered four kinds of tax relief in the first State of the State speech of his nascent administration, promising to push for breaks that impact the environment, small businesses, some retirees and transportation funding.
Gov. Larry Hogan's campaign message was among the most focused of any statewide race in the country: Lower taxes, improve the business climate and create jobs. What he needs now is cooperation from the General Assembly. Political and policy developments are setting the stage for what will define the next four years. Foremost among them are emerging disagreements between the governor and the General Assembly on budget and taxes and the expected release of findings from Senate President Thomas V.
As Gov. Larry Hogan released details of next year's austerity budget Friday, advocacy groups and local governments pored through the numbers to discover what the impact would be on the people they serve.
Freshman Del. Chris West, a Towson attorney, elected to represent District 42B, said his approach his first year in the House will be to listen, learn and develop relationships with fellow lawmakers, with staff and with constituents until he is fully acquainted with the legislative process.
Gov.-elect Larry Hogan and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown greeted lawmakers together at the State House on the General Assembly's opening day. Their joint appearance after a bitter election campaign set a bipartisan tone that was echoed by Democratic legislative leaders, who pledged to work with the incoming Republican governor and his party's legislators in the upcoming 90 day-session.
Gov.-elect Larry Hogan promised he would try to reduce tolls later this year and announced Tuesday a new transportation chief with an expertise in building roads. He also named prominent Baltimore Democrat Keiffer Mitchell as a special adviser to oversee expansion of charter schools.
Van T. Mitchell, an Annapolis lobbyist who is Gov.-elect Larry Hogan's choice to serve as Maryland's health secretary, said Friday that he will recuse himself from considering matters that involve his former clients.
Sixty-nine new senators and delegates have started learning the nuts and bolts of how to be one of Maryland's 188 part-time legislators, who give up their day jobs for 90 days to go to the state capital for an annual session that begins Jan. 14.
Larry Hogan won his race for governor not just because Marylanders of both parties turned out to support his call for lower taxes and smaller government, but because tens of thousands of Democrats in key jurisdictions stayed home.
Three Democratic candidates have challenged the three sitting Republican legislators in a bid for their District 7 Maryland House of Delegates seats, accusing the incumbents of creating gridlock in Annapolis similar to the ongoing partisan gridlock among Democrats and Republicans in Congress.
Boyd Rutherford served in Republican administrations in both Annapolis and Washington, but says he never seriously considered running for office until Larry Hogan asked him to run for lieutenant governor.
Democrat Anthony G. Brown and Republican Larry Hogan brought their combative disagreement on Maryland's future to their third and final televised debate in the race for governor. Hogan launched another testy exchange over Brown's role in the O'Malley administration's flubbed online health insurance marketplace. Brown, in turn, bashed Hogan for his role in an Ehrlich administration's personnel controversy.