Fiastro calls on GOP to shun ‘Republicans behaving badly’

The chairman of the Baltimore County Republican Central Committee said he will ask fellow Republicans to support a resolution that would call on elected members of the party to resign their public offices if they are convicted of a crime and incarcerated.

“This is not about any one particular member of the party,” said John Fiastro. Continue reading

Hogan inches toward candidacy for governor

Larry Hogan

Larry Hogan

A former appointee of Gov. Robert Ehrlich and head of a grassroots conservative group will take a step closer to becoming a Republican candidate for governor during an event tonight that coincides with the Maryland Republican Party convention in Annapolis. Continue reading

Mizeur’s pot for tots plan doesn’t add up


Del. Heather Mizeur

Del. Heather Mizeur

Marylanders would have to smoke a lot of pot in order to pay for full implementation of a preschool education plan proposed by Del. Heather Mizeur.

But the plan proposed by the Democratic candidate for governor would face a (dare we say it) chronic shortfall beginning in the fourth year. Continue reading

Kagan enters Senate race, Simmons claims edge in poll

Cheryl Kagan (courtesy Cheryl Kagan for State Senate)

Cheryl Kagan (courtesy Cheryl Kagan for State Senate)

A former delegate from Montgomery County said Tuesday she plans to seek the state Senate seat currently held by fellow Democratic Sen. Jennie Forehand.

The announcement by Cheryl Kagan came the same day that Del. Luiz Simmons, another Democratic candidate for the same Senate seat, released a poll claiming an edge over Kagan in a head-to-head contest. Continue reading

Basu on rain tax: They get you on the bounce

131115BasuLeave it to an economist to sum up how Maryland’s stormwater management fee works.

“They get you on the bounce,” said Anirban Basu, chairman and chief executive officer of Baltimore-based Sage Policy Group.

Basu made his comments to the Maryland Rural Counties Coalition during a 90-minute presentation on the economic effect and impact of rural areas of the state. [Subscriber access.]

“The Maryland state legislature is very very creative,” Basu said of the so-called rain tax. “You know for time immemorial, literally thousands of years, dictators, emperors, kings, queens, tribal chieftains, the shogunate have been trying to figure out ‘How do I tax the rain?’ For  thousands of years no one had been able to figure out how to do this, the brilliant minds of the past. Continue reading

O’Malley takes ‘Believe’ campaign to New Hampshire

State of the StateAssuming you had something better to do, you probably missed Gov. Martin O’Malley on C-SPAN Saturday night speaking to a gathering of New Hampshire Democrats at the state party’s annual Jefferson Jackson dinner.

O’Malley spoke to the audience about his time as mayor of Baltimore and was introduced by a nearly 4 minute video that looks a lot like a video meant to introduce candidate O’Malley.

“I’m sorry if some of you thought you were about to watch another episode of The Wire,” he quipped.

The Maryland governor told the crowd he wanted to tell “the story of us, of Baltimore and New Hampshire.” Continue reading

Brown: Those are Not Insurance Cancellation Notices

 (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

The more than 73,000 Marylanders who were told their insurance policies were being cancelled can rest a little easier, according to Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

In a moment reminiscent of Obi-Wan Kenobi using a Jedi mind trick on Imperial Stormtroopers on the prowl for a couple of droids, Brown told WBAL’s Lisa Robinson Sunday that what was once called a cancellation is, in fact, a renewal notice. Continue reading

Pols in hot water over rain tax

ANNAPOLIS — Republicans and Democrats alike appear to be lining up with legislation to alter and in some cases repeal the controversial stormwater pollution fee sometimes referred to as the “rain tax.”

Many have their eye on next year’s elections, and some are complaining of what they see as uneven application of the 2012 law across the jurisdictions to which it applies — eight counties and Baltimore city.

“You’re going to see a lot of stuff on the rain tax,” said Sen. Joan Carter Conway, D-Baltimore, chairwoman of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.

Conway was one of the legislators who supported the bill a year ago. It was intended to require nine of the state’s largest counties, and the city, to meet federal mandates to reduce phosphorus, nitrogen and sediment runoff.

But implementation of the law has been different from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and complaints have come from all directions — business owners, nonprofits and churches, and residential property owners. Continue reading

Brown reviewing Gansler’s ‘dark money’ challenge

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

One day after challenging fellow Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidates to forgo independent expenditures in the 2014 campaign, Doug Gansler stands alone.

Gansler on Tuesday called on his rivals, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Del. Heather Mizeur, to voluntarily agree to a pledge that prohibits “third party non-candidate entities or organizations from spending money on radio, cable, online advertising, and direct mail that names any of the candidates for governor.”

So far, neither Brown’s nor Mizeur’s campaign has agreed to sign on to the pledge. Continue reading

Washington Post: Mizeur Taps Baptist Minister as Running Mate

Del. Heather Mizeur

Del. Heather Mizeur

Del. Heather Mizeur appears to have selected her running mate in her bid for Maryland governor in 2014.

The Washington Post reports that Mizeur will announce that Delmon Coates, senior pastor at Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Md. will round out her ticket.

Coates, 40, has been outspoken on a number of issues including access to health care and same-sex marriage in the state, according to the paper. Continue reading