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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Notes: Sick Leave Poll, Endorsements and Transitions

By Josh Kurtz Three-quarters of Maryland voters want employers to provide robust paid sick leave benefits to their workers, according to a poll conducted for advocacy groups. Specifically, 74 percent of survey respondents supported requiring companies with at least 15 employees to provide five days of paid sick leave each year to full-time employees. A bill that emerged from the

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Guest Commentary: Trump’s Tax Cuts Are the Right Cuts at the Right Time

By Charlie Gerow Most Americans agree that tax reform and significant tax cuts are badly needed. The keys to successfully reinventing our tax system are to make it simple, fair, to encourage U.S. competitiveness and to stimulate economic growth. Not many folks would argue that the tax code isn’t too complicated. Weighing in at 75,000 pages it’s a monstrous compilation

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Mizeur Surfaces With Multi-Faceted Social Justice Nonprofit

By Josh Kurtz After months of rumors and speculation, Heather Mizeur has finally answered the “What’s Heather Mizeur Up to?” question. On Wednesday, Mizeur, the former state delegate and erstwhile gubernatorial contender, announced that she has created a nonprofit organization called MizMaryland/Soul Force Politics. It’s a multi-faceted operation designed to get more people involved in politics and working for social

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A Useful Primer on How Montgomery County Evolved

By Ben Ross Suburb: Planning Politics and the Public Interest, by Royce Hanson.  Cornell University Press, 2017.   Planning is inseparable from politics, Royce Hanson tells us at the start of “Suburb.” His 272-page history of Montgomery County land-use regulation amply proves the point.   As chair of the county Planning Board from 1972 to 1981 and again from 2006

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