Dutch bows out

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, the six-term Baltimore County Democrat, will forego a run for Maryland governor and instead seek a seventh term in Congress.

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger

In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, the former-Baltimore County Executive thanked Marylanders who encouraged him to run for top state job in 2014. Continue reading

Snow can’t stop Hogan from officially entering race for governor

What’s a little (or a lot) of snow when it comes to officially announcing that your running for governor of Maryland.

Larry Hogan

Larry Hogan

Larry Hogan had planned to officially announce his candidacy later today at a rally at Mike’s Crab House in Riva but mother nature had other plans.

So Hogan made two official announcements. Continue reading

Miller: Legal pot will happen ‘in my lifetime’

The legalization of recreational marijuana is coming to Maryland but probably not this year or any time soon, according to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller.

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller

“It’s going to happen,” Miller said. “I’m not advocating it but it’s going to happen.” Continue reading

Maryland fairs poorly in university solvency evaluation

Maryland ranks among the worst states when it comes to short-, medium- and long-term fiscal solvency, according to a review released by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

Gov. Martin O'Malley

Gov. Martin J. O’Malley during a Jan. 15, 2014 news conference explains what he called “the bad math of the past’ that resulted in structural budget deficitis for much of the last decade.

Maryland ranked no higher than 41 of 50 states in three categories meant to rate the liquidity of each state government, the ability to meet current expenses without running a deficit and the ability to meet all long-term costs, based on 2012 budget numbers. Continue reading

Miller predicts changes to O’Malley minimum wage bill

With Maryland’s top three Democrats on board, an increase in the state’s minimum wage may look like the stone cold lock of the 2014 General Assembly session but exactly how much the increase will be and other details may not be so certain.

Gov. Martin J. O'Malley

Gov. Martin O’Malley is making raising the minimum wage to $10.10 one of his top priorities for the 2014 General Assembly Session.

Gov. Martin J. O’Malley announced Monday that increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour was tops on his to-do list for his last 90-day session.

But Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller raised concerns about the proposal and predicted significant changes to the governor’s plan days O’Malley released his legislative agenda.

“It’s going to be a very tough sell—the bill as it is now,” Miller said last week. “I’m telling you, it’s going to be a very tough sell.” Continue reading

The decision of the judges is final, unless…

The decision of the judges shall be final.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller

It’s a statement that anyone that’s every entered a contest has probably seen at least once.

In the case of attorneys at initial bail hearing in Maryland that line might very well read: The decision of the judges shall remain final unless we don’t like it. Continue reading

Mission failure: O’Malley budget won’t erase structural deficit

A structural budget deficit that has plagued the state for more than a decade will continue to vex the next governor, according to a budget expected to be released later today by Gov. Martin J. O’Malley.

Maryland State Budget

Maryland State Budget

The Baltimore Sun reports this morning that O’Malley will present a $39 million billion budget that will close a $400 million gap in the budget without raising taxes but leaves the next governor and General Assembly holding the bag next year to the tune of about $188 million in structural deficit. Continue reading

Gansler defends Brown (OK, not really)

Attorney General Douglas Gansler probably won’t get a job in public relations any time soon—at least not after the statement he offered “in defense” of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and his involvement in the state health insurance exchange.

Douglas Gansler

Douglas Gansler

Gansler, during an interview with WBAL radio, was asked about how much blame should fall on the lieutenant governor when it comes to some of the failures of the MarylandHealthConnections.gov site.

Based on Gansler’s comments, one has little difficulty figuring out that he and Brown are squaring off for the 2014 Democratic nomination for governor. Continue reading

Busch: Dwyer ‘lost his privilege’

House Speaker Michael E. Busch Thursday said the decision to remove Del. Don Dwyer from the House Ways and Means Committee was prompted by the Anne Arundel County Republican’s two DUI-related convictions and a jail sentence Dwyer continues to serve on weekends during the session.

Michael Busch

Speaker Michael Busch addresses the delegation on the opening day of the General Assembly in Annapolis, Md. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

“It was basically reflective of the fact that we’re all lawmakers here and we should have a higher standard,” Busch said in an interview with The Daily Record. Continue reading

Anderson ‘amazed at how many Mexicans’ working on city school

Del. Curt Anderson is coming under fire by a conservative blogger for comments made about the race of workers at a city school he recently toured.

Anderson, curtMF14Anderson, a Baltimore City Democrat who chairs the city delegation in the House of Delegates, can be heard discussing the issue of school construction in the city at a League of Women Voters legislative breakfast.

Anderson’s comments were recorded by Dennis McIver, who co-hosts a podcast on Citythatbreeds.com. McIver’s audio was first published by Jeff Quinton on Quintonreport.com.

During that discussion, Anderson tells the audience about touring a school that is scheduled to open on January 6. Continue reading