About a year ago, the scandal surrounding the deaths of veterans waiting for care from the Veterans Health Administration finally publicly exposed the VA's ineptitude. Since then, Congress conducted inquiries, the FBI commenced investigations, the secretary for Veterans Affairs resigned, and some regional directors were fired. Nearly anyone with any modicum of power in Washington, D.C., vowed to fix the VA. But the problem is this: The VA is simply too large and too bureaucratic for reforms to
Hillary Clinton, according to all the polls is the overwhelming favorite to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2016. So the tantalizing question is: Who will be standing next to her when the cheers explode and a zillion balloons cascade at the convention? Could it possibly be Sen. Elizabeth Warren?
The rift between Gov. Larry Hogan and lawmakers over the state budget widened further Thursday, with the governor and House Speaker Michael E. Busch digging in their heels and both sides making provocative moves and statements.
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the Montgomery County Democrat running for Senate, announced endorsements from several Frederick County officials on Thursday, the latest in a series of state elected leaders who are lining up behind his bid.
Our country has traditionally supported religious liberty and we have a Constitution that requires us to do so. But sometimes a broad notion of "religious liberty" leads to a clash with broadly applicable laws that we support as well. Balancing those values is difficult, but it is a task for Congress and state legislatures, not the courts.
WASHINGTON -- Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III will endorse Rep. Chris Van Hollen in his bid for the Senate, lending one of Maryland's most prominent African American voices to a campaign that is moving quickly to shore up support from state political leaders.
After a vigorous debate over the scope of the First Amendment and whether corporations should have the same rights as people, the Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a joint resolution calling for a national constitutional convention to deal with the issue of money in politics.
The developer of a wind energy project planned for Somerset County has abandoned the proposal, citing the continued opposition of Southern Maryland lawmakers concerned about protecting the work of the naval air station in their region.
We're not sure exactly what it was that got Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller so worked up last week that he hijacked a bill hearing to demand that lawmakers find a "solution" — with less than two weeks left to the legislative session — to a requirement that the state provide public defenders for poor people at their initial bail hearings. We are, however, certain that a proposed fix is not only a bad idea, but likely unconstitutional.
Despite Gov. Larry Hogan's public request that the central committees in the state keep their recommendation processes open and transparent, his Office of Appointments is refusing to do the same for the appointment process.
Federal employees are once again bracing for cuts to their paychecks as the Republican-controlled Congress slowly moves toward an agreement on a federal budget, setting up a confrontation that is likely to remain in place for much of the year.
Legislation laying out ground rules for use of police body cameras failed in Annapolis, despite efforts to forge a compromise. Another bill that would exempt police from having to tell citizens they're being filmed has passed the House.
Negotiators from all sides discussing the Iran nuclear deal must drown out the noise and continue the hard work that has led to the progress we've so painstakingly achieved thus far. The preliminary agreement certainly does not mark the end of possibilities for U.S.-Iran diplomacy, but rather it is only the beginning.
Sen. Ben Cardin became the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, providing the Obama administration with a potentially powerful ally at a critical time for U.S. foreign policy.
Sen. Ben Cardin will be named the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, taking over the position following the indictment of New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democratic spokesman confirmed Thursday.
WASHINGTON — The indictment of New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez on corruption charges Wednesday could have significant implications for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — and it could also provide an unexpected opportunity for Maryland.
A Senate panel voted Wednesday to impose a two-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in western Maryland, which would let lawmakers review any limits the Hogan administration may put on the controversial drilling practice.
Sen. Richard Madaleno called Tuesday for a ban on state-funded travel to Indiana in response to a controversial new law that critics say opens the door for businesses to discriminate on religious grounds, including against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller's bid to end the long-running political uproar over the so-called "rain tax" ran into some turbulence Wednesday, as witness after witness urged a House panel to retool the Democratic leader's bill.
The indictment of New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez on corruption charges Wednesday could have significant implications for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee -- and it could also provide an unexpected opportunity for Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin.