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 Short version: Maryland repealed that odious rain tax.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.

Mar
27
2015
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My Watchdog.org Maryland Fracking Update post is up.

Found, as usual, here. Short version: the Maryland legislature is going to not sign off on fracking, and the governor is probably going to let them because, honestly, the state is generally (if only vaguely) against it.  …Sorry?

Mar
11
2015
6

Donna Edwards (D CAND, MD-SEN PRI) plots the conquest of Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Presumably.

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As Virginia Virtucon notes: “Whoops.” Although, ironically? …It makes a certain amount of strategic sense, when you look at the map.

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Mar
03
2015
3

Martin O’Malley not running for MD-SEN seat, surprisingly.

You’d think that he’d be all over this, but no: “Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said Tuesday he will not run for Senate in 2016, taking himself out of what could be a messy Democratic primary race to replace retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.” That is… very interesting. Maybe there really is an internal Democratic movement afoot to give Hillary the old heave-ho convince the Distinguished former Secretary of State that she should relax a little, and enjoy her twilight years.  Certainly O’Malley would have much more of a shot in a completely open Presidential field…

Or maybe O’Malley just wants to spend the rest of his life cashing fat lobbying checks. I could see that, too.

Mar
02
2015
9

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D, Maryland) to cut and run?

Normally I’d bow to the realities on the ground and write that as “Sen. Barbara Mikulski to retire?” – but what the heck. We got lucky in Maryland last year; I’m willing to spend a little of that on optimism gone mad. Anyway: “U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski will announce her retirement this morning in Baltimore, according to multiple sources… The Democrat will address the media at 11 a.m. in Fells Point, promising an “important announcement about her future plans.” No further details were available.”

This has been expected: Sen. Miklulski was either going to retire this term, or next one. I’m not going to lie: flipping this seat would be an uphill battle. On the bright side, nobody’s going to take the Republican candidate seriously until it’s too late… and, as Governor Larry Hogan can tell you, that can be a precious thing to have going for you. Guess we will, as they say, see. (more…)

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