Category Archives: Comptroller

Another Woman Ready To Run Statewide

Yesterday it was Maggie McIntosh, powerful chair of the House Appropriations Committee, ruminating about a statewide run. Today, it’s a great friend of this disreputable establishment, Joseline Pena-Melnyk, waving the flag. Del. Maggie L. McIntosh (Baltimore City), chair of the House Appropriations Committee, said she could be a candidate for governor or comptroller, while Del. Joseline A. Peña-Melnyk (Prince George’s)… Read more »

McIntosh To Run Statewide?

The Daily Record reports that Baltimore City Delegate Maggie McIntosh, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, is contemplating a run for statewide office. Del. Maggie McIntosh is thinking a lot about her political future these days. McIntosh, D-Baltimore City and the chair of the Appropriations Committee, said Thursday that she is taking a hard look over the next few months at… Read more »

“How Can You Have Any Pudding If You Don’t Eat Your Meat?”

I was recently forwarded a copy of an email with a statistical assessment of the Comptroller’s office in handling tax filings. Also included was a further assessment of the staffing levels of the office. Please note that these statistics are from the Comptroller’s office itself, so we can assume they’re accurate. There are around 95,000 backlogged tax filings, approximately 2/3… Read more »

Franchot: “Happy Comptroller”

Comptroller Peter Franchot sat down for an interview with Bryan Sears of the Daily Record (behind a pay wall) recently, and had a whole lot to say about a whole lot of topics. In the decade since being elected comptroller, Peter Franchot has built a reputation as a former delegate and Takoma Park liberal turned fiscal conservative, an independent voice on… Read more »

2018: Comptroller Holy War?

This is a long post, but the history of this once-obscure office is critical to understanding what the near future might hold. For 40 years, from 1958-1998, the legendary Louis Goldstein held the job of Comptroller of Maryland. The job’s actual duties are to serve as tax collector and chief financial officer for the state and to manage certain state funds…. Read more »

More 2018 Previews Coming Up

In no particular order, I’ll be writing up the following potential 2018 races over the next few days. So don’t touch that dial – keep it tuned right here for more goodies. CD3 and CD7 – who’ll look to go federal if the incumbents end up in a 2018 Senate race? Hold on to your hats for these lists. Comptroller… Read more »

Peter Writes Back To Mike

Got a copy of a letter from Comptroller Peter Franchot today, responding to yesterday’s love note from Senate President Mike Miller. The tone is intermittently pleasant, nasty, hectoring, and threatening. As before, here’s a series of photos of the whole thing. My only editorial comment is that after two letters from Franchot and one from Miller, it’s kind of hilariously… Read more »

EXCLUSIVE: Senator Miller Writes A Letter

Maryland Scramble has been provided with a copy of a blistering letter from Senate President Mike Miller to Comptroller Peter Franchot. And what a letter it is. If ever a letter could leave burn marks on its way to the recipient, this is that letter.  Miller’s letter is a response to Franchot’s letter to Miller and House Speaker Mike Busch dated… Read more »

Peak Ad Hominem

As attentive readers of this establishment know, there’s a big fight going on over the issue of alcohol distribution in Montgomery County. The chief advocate for change has been Comptroller Peter Franchot, who is advocating for a bill to open up the County’s monopoly on alcohol distribution. Among the many opponents of such a change is MCGEO, the union representing… Read more »

Irony Abounds

Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose. Submitted without comment. Montgomery County Del. Peter Franchot launched a campaign for state comptroller yesterday, saying voters should oust incumbent William Donald Schaefer because the former governor and Baltimore mayor has aligned himself too closely with Republicans. “It is now November. Halloween has come and gone. The time for masks is over. William… Read more »