Category Archives: General Maryland Politics

Sometimes You Need A Little Inspiration 

Hasn’t been a great week here at the Maryland Scramble transit center. Got hit with a new bout of pneumonia and a powerful bug, and I’m back to the hospital for 72 straight hours of antibiotic induced delusional sleep. So when I woke up today a blog post was not on the agenda. But then I saw this ray of sunshine that… Read more »

BREAKING: Bail Reform Comes To Maryland 

Not, ultimately, through the legislature but via the Court of Appeals’ rulemaking process. No longer may a defendant be held on bail when he or she does not have the ability to pay the bail amount. Maryland’s highest court adopted a landmark rule Tuesday aimed at ending the practice of holding criminal defendants in jail before trial when they cannot… 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 »

Annapolis Rally Saturday

Governor Larry Hogan gave a state of the state speech this week in which he managed to avoid ever mentioning the federal government, Donald Trump, or any of the horror show currently playing on a cable network near you. Maybe he just needs a little help and encouragement – so a few folks are heading down to Government House to see… Read more »

Senate Overrides Hogan Veto Of Clean Energy Jobs Act

One veto override complete: the Senate today voted 32-13 to override Larry Hogan’s 2016 veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act. The House yesterday voted 88-51 to similar effect. Democratic lawmakers completed their override of Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill that increases renewable energy requirements with a party-line vote on Thursday. The Senate voted, 32-13, to override Hogan’s veto, after… Read more »

Petition: Call On Larry Hogan To Oppose ACA Repeal

The MCDCC has another petition out, this one calling for Governor Larry Hogan, who appears to have forgotten the name of the current occupant of the White House, to oppose repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Health insurance coverage for at least 430,000 Marylanders would be at risk in the event of repeal. Go sign.

Want To #ThankALegislator?

Here’s a nice, easy way to say “thanks” to the MoCo House delegation for unanimously voting to override Larry Hogan’s veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act – a petition set up by the new leadership of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC). Seems to me like a pretty cool thing to do.

House Dems Override Hogan Veto Of Renewable Energy Bill

In the first of several veto override showdowns this session, the House of Delegates voted 88-51 earlier today to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act. Maryland’s House of Delegates voted Tuesday 88 to 51 to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s 2016 veto of a bill calling for stronger renewable-energy standards, moving the Democratic-majority legislature one key vote… Read more »

Democratic Leadership Legislative Priorities Press Conference [UPDATED]

[UPDATE: correction from Senator Miller’s office. Delegate Sandy Rosenberg is the House sponsor of the Maryland Defense Act of 2017, not Delegate Frick as originally stated.] ORIGINAL POST FOLLOWS: Here’s a video of the press conference held just about an hour ago regarding the Annapolis response to the looming shadow of the Eye of Trump. And here is the press… Read more »

Koch Brothers Condemn Trump Immigration Order – But Not Hogan

The uber right wing Koch operation today condemned Donald Trump’s extraordinary order barring refugees and travel from seven countries. Leaders of the influential Koch network on Sunday expressed opposition to President Trump’s controversial ban on refugees and immigrants from Muslim-majority countries, saying the executive order is not in keeping with their aims to build a free and open society. “We believe… Read more »