Category Archives: 2018

Democrats Top Focus in the Midterms Should be Governor’s Races

Let’s face it, Democrats have had a pretty rough go of it lately. Ever since President Obama’s route in 2008, the party has suffered devastating losses in three of the four elections since. In 2009, Democrats had the White House, a majority in the House with 257 seats under party control, 58 seats in the Senate that later became 60 due… Read more »

Maryland Civics 101

In some respects, Governor Larry Hogan has shown some real skill with social media and other forms of digital communication. Currently, he’s running a series of Facebook ads critiquing what he sees as vulnerable Democratic state senators for what he portrays as bad votes. Here’s one targeting Senator Kathy Klausmeier: Putting aside the merits (or not) of the content of… Read more »

No, Democrats Should Not Wait Until the Next Supreme Court Nominee to Pick a Fight

On Tuesday night, our current president announced, in a prime time address, he was nominating Neil Gorsuch, currently a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left after the passing of conservative justice Antonin Scalia almost one year ago today. There has been an ongoing debate in Democratic Party circles over… Read more »

Is It Campaign Season Already? 

In Montgomery County, it’s always campaign season. And campaigns are never as polite was we pretend they were after they’re over. So today, as reports of “shots fired” rang out across the land, it was clear: 2018 is here, right now, courtesy of Councilmember George Leventhal and liquor baron David Trone. Two calm, cool, collected guys just havin’ a chat,… Read more »

House Of Delegates Campaign Finance Reports

So yesterday I did 47 Senate reports, and then I started getting requests for the House versions. “#$%#$ these people, man,” my inner grouch said. “That’s 141 reports, it’ll take all week.” Actually, it took me about three hours this afternoon. Because I’m OCD and ADD, and because, as always, I live to serve. Y’all are seriously welcome. If you… Read more »

How Much Cash Does My State Senator Have?

I think that’s a question we all want to know, don’t you? Well, whether you do or you don’t, you’re gonna find out, as I’ve just spent the past two hours compiling the whole list. You want a list by district, showing prior balance, amount raised, amount spent, and cash on hand? I got that. Also in that spreadsheet are… Read more »

MoCo Councilmember Campaign Finance Reports

As everyone knows, 2018 is going to be a year of massive upheaval in Rockville. Three term incumbent County Executive Ike Leggett and four members of the County Council (Roger Berliner, Marc Elrich, Nancy Floreen, and George Leventhal) are all term limited, and another Councilmember (Craig Rice) is looking to run for executive as well. Speculation is so rampant about… Read more »

Governor 2018: Fundraising Round 1 Goes To Hogan

And another round like this one might just end the bout before it even gets started. You know, because you read all my posts (no, “some” is not acceptable), that Larry Hogan raised $3,923,807 in the past year and has $4.6 million cash on hand. How huge is that number? Go back to 2013, take the annual reports of Doug… Read more »

Gubernatorial Fundraising: Hogan Puts Up A Huge Number

Governor Larry Hogan’s campaign finance report is out, and it’s a monster.   Let’s see what the likely Democratic challengers post for their numbers before we draw any final conclusions, but um, that’s a really big . . . number he’s got there. For reference purposes, Hogan spent far less than what he now has on hand in the 2014… Read more »

EXCLUSIVE: One Stop Campaign Finance Report Shopping [UPDATED x3 WITH CURRENT SPREADSHEET @ 916 AM, 1/19]

UPDATE 3: Four new reports: Ariana Kelly, Rich Madaleno, Will Smith, and Sheila Hixson all got in under the wire late last night. Kathleen Dumais and Al Carr still have not filed, at least according to the website. The spreadsheet (see below) now has fundraising data for 30 out of 32 senators and delegates. UPDATE 2: Six new reports filed… Read more »