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Eye on Annapolis

The Daily Record's Maryland state government blog

Top 2 Md. House Republicans say this will be their last year as leaders

Del. Nicholaus Kipke, R-Anne Arundel, and Del. Kathy Szelia, R-Baltimore and Harford counties, applaud the final moments of the session. (Maximilian Franz)

The top two Republicans in the Maryland House of Delegates say this session will be their last leading the caucus. Dels. Nic Kipke and Kathy Szeliga, House Minority leader and whip respectively, told Republicans in a call on the eve ...

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Frederick delegate apologizes for tweet calling Pence ‘a traitor’

Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

A Frederick County Delegate is apologizing for a social media message directed at Vice President Mike Pence sent as pro-President Donald Trump protesters rioted and stormed the U.S. Capitol. Del. Dan Cox, in an email Tuesday, apologized for a now-deleted message ...

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Legislation to restrict governor’s emergency powers draws Hogan’s ire

Del. Haven Shoemaker, R-Carroll, has proposed a measure to limit a governor's ability to renew unlimited emergency orders.. (Bryan P. Sears)

ANNAPOLIS – A proposal to limit the governor’s authority to impose a state of emergency in practically unlimited 30-day periods is being derided by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. Maryland has been under a state of emergency since the first coronavirus ...

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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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Serafini to resign; earned bipartisan respect as budget expert

Sen. Andrew Serafini, R-Washington County and member of the B&T Committee. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

Sen. Andrew Serafini, a western Maryland Republican who built respect among his Republican and Democratic peers as a trusted voice on budgetary issues, will resign effective Aug. 1. Serafini had talked about departing the legislature for well over a year but ...

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