Author Archives: Maryland Matters

Poll: Rushern Baker Starts With Solid Base at Home

By Josh Kurtz A poll conducted last month help explains why Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker (D) appears to start with an advantage over his opponents in the Democratic primary for governor: He has solid ratings in his home county — which has the biggest Democratic registration in the state. The poll of 407 Prince George’s County Democrats, obtained

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Maryland Matters Gets First Major Grant

Maryland Matters, a new nonprofit news website dedicated to covering state and local government and politics, is pleased to announce that it has just received its first major grant – a $100,000 commitment from the Baltimore-based Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. “This is a game-changer for us,” said Josh Kurtz, co-founder and editor of Maryland Matters. “It will help us build

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Fundraising Rule May Hamper Lawmakers’ Ability to Join Gubernatorial Tickets

By Josh Kurtz Democratic legislators waiting by the phone for an invitation to join a gubernatorial ticket may not want to get their hopes up too high. A little-known provision in state election law puts restraints on the fundraising activities of joint campaign committees featuring a state legislator. For years, state officials have been banned from raising campaign cash during

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Analysis: Mikulski Power and the Democratic Challenge

By Josh Kurtz Beleaguered Maryland Democrats may yet have some cause for optimism. On a day when hundreds of people came together to pay tribute to venerated former U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) and her 45-year political career, hopeful glimpses of the Democrats’ future were also on display Thursday. Mikulski was, rightfully, the toast of her home town Thursday evening,

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