Political tidbits for the last day of session

By Josh Kurtz Jaws in Annapolis are still dropped over Del. Charles Barkley’s interview late last week with the Naptown Pint blog over the controversial bill to enable Guinness to open a brewery and tap house in Baltimore County. Many stakeholders believe the compromise bill that emerged from the Senate on Friday is still flawed. … More Political tidbits for the last day of session

Analysis: General Assembly session ends, but questions abound

By Josh Kurtz The Maryland General Assembly session began in January with legislators being indicted. It’s ending in April with another legislator indicted. What have we learned from this experience? The third session of a four-year cycle is usually the most momentous and productive. The governor and legislature have found their footing, and it’s far … More Analysis: General Assembly session ends, but questions abound

Jealous Guy: Seasoned Maryland Operative Aids Ex-NAACP Chief’s Exploratory Bid

By Josh Kurtz As he ponders whether to run for governor in 2018, former NAACP President Ben Jealous has turned to a well-known state Democratic operative to help his exploratory effort, Maryland Matters has learned. Travis Tazelaar, a former executive director of the Maryland Democratic Party, is one of the people guiding Jealous as he … More Jealous Guy: Seasoned Maryland Operative Aids Ex-NAACP Chief’s Exploratory Bid

Guest commentary: Creating opportunity for kids requires hard work, not soundbites

By Del. Eric Luedtke Regardless of their ideology or partisan affiliation, every Marylander should be able to agree on one straightforward statement: Every child should have an opportunity to get a great education every day, regardless of what school they attend. The much more difficult question is, how we make that happen? We know some … More Guest commentary: Creating opportunity for kids requires hard work, not soundbites

Del. Barrie Ciliberti wishes a Democrat would offer him a bourbon and branch

By Josh Kurtz It’s often said that lightning doesn’t strike twice. But in the case of state Del. Barrie Ciliberti (R), it kind of did. Ciliberti might be called something of an accidental legislator. And it happened not once, but twice. In 1994, running in a new Montgomery County district that had been drawn by … More Del. Barrie Ciliberti wishes a Democrat would offer him a bourbon and branch