Nov
17
2015
1

Larry Hogan is cancer-free!

Excellent news! “Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that medical scans show no sign of the cancer he was diagnosed with five months ago, indicating that 18 weeks of intensive chemotherapy have put the disease into remission.” They’ll have to monitor him for the rest of his life, of course – but this is a good indication that that might be a good, long time.

Moe Lane

PS: Between this and the way that Gov. Hogan shut down the Baltimore riots in a day, it’s gonna be a hard time for a Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Maryland in 2018.

Nov
11
2015
6

My RedState post on the Maryland Democratic Senate primary is up.

Found here. Short version: there’s going to be one heck of a slap fight over the primary. And I figure that minority Democrats will end up being the ones taking it on the chin. Again.

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Oct
25
2015
6

Elijah Cummings contemplating running for US Senate in Maryland.

Well, I certainly hope that Elijah Cummings decides to run: “The 64-year-old Maryland Democrat is mulling whether to run for the Senate seat soon to be vacated by Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski who will not seek reelection in 2016 after nearly 30 years in office.” Then again, I’m more familiar with Maryland Democratic politics than other people are.  Or possibly just more cynical.

Here is the basic situation. There are nine Democrats in the Maryland Congressional delegation: two Senators, and seven representatives. Of those nine, seven are white people.  And you might be asking yourself, “Isn’t that a little weird?” After all, in 2012 Obama lost the white vote in Maryland, and got pretty much all of the black vote; which implies that the Democratic party in Maryland is going to about… well, based on my back-of-the-envelope (literally!) scribblings; about half black, half white. So why is it that African Americans are so under-represented in the Democratic party’s Maryland Congressional delegation? (more…)

Aug
19
2015
1

Interesting: Rep Elijah Cummings may be positioning himself for Maryland Senate run.

This man used to be my Congressman, and about the best I can say for Rep. Cummings is that he’s not the absolute worst Democratic politician in Maryland.  I don’t even really despise him; I’m just kind of contemptuous of the way that Cummings has done precisely zero beyond get himself nicely situated in the machine. It was a happy day when that racist redistricting plan the Maryland legislature shoved through shoved me into some other Democrat’s bailiwick; it meant that I could stop caring about Elijah Cummings directly, as it were. (more…)

Jul
20
2015
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Power’s gone out twice this evening already.

Apparently my local power company is having problems with peak loads. But GOD FORBID we build more power plants in Maryland… sorry. Well, no, not really: although I should be yelling elsewhere.

May
29
2015
3

John K. Delaney (D, Maryland-06) reeks of fear for the 2016 election.

He came really close to losing in 2014, and I guess John Delaney is kind of worried about 2016. Which makes sense: he should be.  Time to start pretending to be reasonable:

With Washington already broken, the last thing we need is a left-wing version of the tea party[*]. But I am worried about where some of the loudest voices in the room could take the Democratic Party.

Rejecting a trade agreement with Asia, expanding entitlement programs that crowd out other priorities and a desire to relitigate the financial crisis are becoming dominant positions among Democrats. Although these subjects may make for good partisan talking points, they do not provide the building blocks for a positive and bold agenda to create jobs and improve the lives of Americans.

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May
19
2015
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My Watchdog.org piece on Maryland online sales tax disputes is up.

Link here. Short version: big hotels versus travel agencies. And the governor of Maryland stuck in the middle.

May
14
2015
3

My Watchdog.org post on the rain tax repeal is up.

Found here. Short version: Maryland repealed that odious rain tax.  And good riddance to bad rubbish, too.

Apr
27
2015
2

My Watchdog.org post on Maryland SNAP oversight is up.

Link here. Short version: it’s not very oversight-y. Yes, I know, shocking.

Apr
27
2015
8

Tweet of the Day, Larry Hogan Needs To Step Up edition.

Although I will concede that what Gov. Larry Hogan needs to do here is open for debate.

I don’t expect anything out of new-minted Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and I expect that I will get precisely that (yes, a tautology, but you know what I mean). But Gov. Hogan currently has to deal with the largest city in his state sliding out of control. As a Marylander myself, I’m quite interested to hear what he plans to do about it.

Apr
16
2015
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My Watchdog.org piece on Maryland wind farms is up!

Found here.  Short version: now that the subsidies are drying up they’re killing those wind farms with fire.  Also, Watchdog.org will in fact edit out my hysterical laughter on this topic.  Good to know.

Apr
06
2015
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My Watchdog.org post on the Maryland tax battles is up.

Found here. Short version: Democrats really hate to cut taxes. I mean, it’s like it causes them physical pain.

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