Abortion rights groups scramble to derail Hogan nominee to state board

By Josh Kurtz Personnel matters have been the source of increasing rancor between Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and Democratic legislators in recent days. To wit: the Senate Executive Nominations Committee rejecting the governor’s choice for state Planning secretary, Wendi Peters; Hogan’s harsh criticism of Democrats for bottling up his nomination of Dennis Schrader to become … More Abortion rights groups scramble to derail Hogan nominee to state board

Commentary: What to make of the flurry of wannabe candidates for governor?

By Josh Kurtz Back in March 2001, when Terry Lierman announced that he wouldn’t take a second crack at U.S. Rep. Connie Morella (R) despite a strong showing the previous November, several Democrats immediately came forward and said they would explore the possibility of running in 2002. On the day Lierman dropped the news, a … More Commentary: What to make of the flurry of wannabe candidates for governor?

Report from the front lines: Rep. Sarbanes on the health care fight

By Josh Kurtz As the battle over Republican legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act rages this week on Capitol Hill, only one member of the Maryland congressional delegation is involved in the minute-by-minute machinations: Rep. John Sarbanes (D), a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, one of two House panels working on the … More Report from the front lines: Rep. Sarbanes on the health care fight

SCOOP: Baltimore tech entrepreneur ponders run for governor in 2018

By Josh Kurtz A Baltimore tech entrepreneur and author is seriously considering running for governor this election cycle, according to multiple Democratic sources — and some say he has begun to talk to consultants and potential staffers about putting together a campaign. Alec Ross is a 45-year-old distinguished senior fellow at Johns Hopkins University who … More SCOOP: Baltimore tech entrepreneur ponders run for governor in 2018

Martha McKenna responds to yesterday’s item on Kathleen Matthews

Although I was disappointed after reading the first few lines of Josh’s column (see https://marylandmattersblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/kat-on-a-hot-tin-roof/) about the next Democratic Party chair, I was seeing red by the time I finished. As the chair of Emerge Maryland, a statewide organization dedicated to recruiting and training Democratic women to run for state and local office, I’ve never experienced … More Martha McKenna responds to yesterday’s item on Kathleen Matthews

Guest Commentary: Pass the Healthy Working Families Act

By Delegate Luke Clippinger Last summer I was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. I had been feeling tired all the time for months and didn’t know why. I caught up on sleep after the legislative session, thinking it would get better, but after a while I relented and went to see my doctor. … More Guest Commentary: Pass the Healthy Working Families Act