Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, encouraged by whopping awards and settlements in other states, could join what one analyst calls a "nationwide cascade" of litigation against the oil industry for its use years ago of a gasoline additive that has contaminated ground water across the state.
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.
Gov.-elect Larry Hogan said Monday that new budget figures show Maryland's economic picture is even bleaker than he had warned during his campaign, and will make it tougher to devise a plan to cut taxes.
Mr. Hogan's remarkable victory was less about turnout than conversion of the Maryland electorate. He persuaded independents and moderate Democrats to support him and, if we're being honest, race played at least some role in this transformation.
With Maryland's long campaign for governor now over, the unexpected election of Republican businessman Larry Hogan has given rise to an intense new campaign now just beginning: The jockeying among advocates and interest groups for attention, jobs and influence in a rare GOP administration.