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 Short version: Maryland repealed that odious rain tax.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…)

Feb
09
2015
3

Maryland Democrats: Oh, man, Larry Hogan is gonna get reelected, huh?

Call this a buried lede:

Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo, D-Montgomery, is sponsoring the Protect Our Health and Communities Bill that would delay hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Western Maryland for the next eight years in order to provide more time to investigate health and environmental ramifications.

Eight years. How droll.

Moe Lane

PS: I dunno if the legislature can override Hogan’s inevitable veto… :click click click: …Maybe?  Ask me again after we see how far this bill gets.

Jan
28
2015
4

The obligatory snow-related whine of the day.

Give you an idea of the way the county handles school closings: when I woke up this morning to check I was aggravated that there wasn’t an email from the county indicating that today was a regular school day.  And I spent five minutes wondering why they didn’t email us about that, until it occurred to me that this was an absolutely ludicrous thing to want to have happen. I blame the lack of coffee.  Actually, no, I blame the fact that I live in the suburban corner of a county that is mostly semi-rural and not set up to handle black ice on the roads, but that doesn’t sound as pithy.

Whine whine, moan moan, complain complain.  And pray that the snow tomorrow doesn’t start until mid-day.

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