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Eye on Annapolis

The Daily Record's Maryland state government blog

Md. officials debate COVID-19 data and how to use it

"Positivity rates were never designed for the way that we're using it now," says Sen. Clarence Lam. "It's being used as the high-stakes measurement of whether we can open businesses, schools and the like." (The Daily Record/File Photo)

State officials are butting heads over a COVID-19 statistic that has been turned into a ubiquitous measurement of how well the pandemic is being handled. Maryland’s seven-day rolling positivity rate rose to 3.71% Friday, the highest since Sept. 11. Gov. ...

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Md. Senate’s top 2 Republicans relinquishing leadership posts

Senate Minority Leader J.B. Jennings, left, and Minority Whip Steve Hershey. (The Daily Record/Bryan P. Sears)

The top two Republicans in the Maryland Senate will not seek reelection to their leadership posts. Sens. J.B Jennings and Steve Hershey, the minority party leader and whip, respectively, made the announcement late Tuesday night. The pair were facing a ...

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Longtime top aide Foxwell out at comptroller’s office

Comptroller Peter Franchot, seated, and his former longtime top aide, Len Foxwell. Foxwell was widely considered the architect of Franchot's political transformation and his take-no-prisoners style often made him a polarizing figure for both Democrats and Republicans. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

A longtime top aide to Comptroller Peter Franchot is suddenly out. Leaving is Len Foxwell, Franchot’s chief of staff, who is sometimes credited with the political rebirth of Franchot and as the architect of his transformation from a self-proclaimed Takoma ...

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Md. Senate leaders impose caps to stanch flow of bills

A stack of bills on the Senate rostrum during the 2020 General Assembly session (The Daily Record/Bryan P. Sears)

Maryland state senators will have to pick and choose their legislative battles under a set of rule changes for the 2021 General Assembly. The changes for 2021 come after a pandemic-shortened session this year in which there were complaints about ...

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