Paid sick leave advocates scramble to get bill on governor’s desk quickly

By Bruce DePuyt Backers of a paid sick leave measure that’s been working its way through the General Assembly are trying to get a bill onto Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk as quickly as possible, hoping to force him to sign or veto the bill in time for lawmakers to override him before this year’s legislative … More Paid sick leave advocates scramble to get bill on governor’s desk quickly

Scoop: Baltimore attorney Jim Shea ponders bid for governor

By Josh Kurtz Add Baltimore attorney Jim Shea to the list of Democrats who are considering running for governor in 2018. Shea – until recently the chairman of the powerful Venable law firm – is making the rounds and talking to Democratic leaders, party activists and potential funders about a possible run, multiple Democrats tell … More Scoop: Baltimore attorney Jim Shea ponders bid for governor

Bad vibes infect Annapolis health care debate

By Josh Kurtz If the Maryland Senate confirms Dennis Schrader to be secretary of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, he – and Gov. Larry Hogan (R) – may have Schrader’s wife to thank. Even as Schrader’s nomination remains a point of contention – due to a combination of rising partisanship in Annapolis and ongoing … More Bad vibes infect Annapolis health care debate

Guest Commentary: The Hogan-Zirkin shotgun wedding on the fracking ban

By Pat Murray It should have been a spectacular moment of political theater: A popular Republican governor linking arms with a powerful Democratic lawmaker to announce a partnership on an issue that divides their constituents. But the staging was rushed and the actors were sullen, leaving the audience to feel as though it was watching … More Guest Commentary: The Hogan-Zirkin shotgun wedding on the fracking ban

Guest Commentary: A session slump or a Trump drag?

By Mileah Kromer In late February, the Goucher Poll released the first statewide survey of Marylanders since President Trump took the oath of office. Given nationwide polling and Maryland’s partisan composition, it came with little surprise that President Trump’s approval rating in Maryland registered just below 30 percent. Yet, President Trump’s approval rating was only … More Guest Commentary: A session slump or a Trump drag?

Rushern Baker planning a day of events on the Eastern Shore Friday

By Josh Kurtz As he inches closer to becoming a candidate for governor in 2018, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker (D) has a trip planned to the Eastern Shore on Friday, Maryland Matters has learned. Baker’s public schedule will include an address to students at the Institute for Public Affairs and Student Engagement at … More Rushern Baker planning a day of events on the Eastern Shore Friday

Scoop: Lawyer Kim Burns plans bid for Anne Arundel County Council seat

By Josh Kurtz Kimberly McCoy Burns, chief of staff at the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and a familiar and well-connected figure in the state politics, is planning to run for Anne Arundel County Council in 2018. Assuming she wins the 1st District GOP nomination, Burns – who only recently became a Republican … More Scoop: Lawyer Kim Burns plans bid for Anne Arundel County Council seat