| Feb 26, 2012
| 1:58 PM
The first 45 days of the General Assembly session were dominated by talk of marriage. The theme for the second half is shaping up to be money — and there's not enough of it.
Thursday's Senate vote approving same-sex marriage in Maryland came on the...
| Mar 5, 2012
| 6:14 PM
State aid to public schools and universities could be slashed, 500 state jobs abolished and local law enforcement grants eliminated under a "doomsday" budget prepared for the Maryland Senate to show the impact of a budget balanced without tax increases....
| Aug 18, 2011
| 5:59 AM
State Sen. James Brochin suggested Wednesday that a surcharge could be used to help the Housing Authority of Baltimore City pay nearly $12 million in court-ordered judgments that it owes former public housing tenants who suffered lead-paint poisoning...
| Oct 17, 2011
| 7:19 PM
Gov. Martin O'Malley's political redistricting plan earned a quick first stamp of approval from the Maryland Senate on Monday night despite a day full of objections from top Republicans — and a sitting Democratic congresswoman — who slammed...
| Jan 15, 2013
| 7:03 PM
Expressing confidence that "the will is there" in the General Assembly to do away with capital punishment, Gov. Martin O'Malley predicted Tuesday that Maryland voters would uphold a decision to repeal the death penalty.
As expected, O'Malley announced...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 2:42 PM
A bill to ban the Maryland Transit Administration's practice of recording conversations on its buses has been filed by two state senators.
James Brochin, a Baltimore County Democrat, and Allan Kittleman, a Republican representing Howard and Carroll...
| Sep 19, 2012
| 12:11 PM
A hard truth about being Baltimore's mayor is that there is almost never a good time to declare progress. Whenever there is good news to report, it will almost inevitably collide with a fresh tragedy.
That's what happened to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-...
| Oct 8, 2012
| 5:42 PM
Gov. Martin O'Malley and the ruling Democrats in Annapolis worked hard to draw a new congressional map that could force a Western Maryland Republican from office. But the result is such a contorted tangle of districts that even some Democrats have...
| Oct 17, 2012
| 3:53 PM
A Maryland Transit Administration decision to record the conversations of bus drivers and passengers to investigate crimes, accidents and poor customer service has come under attack from privacy advocates and state lawmakers who say it may go too far....
| Oct 22, 2012
| 9:45 AM
There's a famous scene in Robert Penn Warren's political novel, "All the Kings Men," where Willie Stark delivers a fiery speech telling the people that they have been lied to and that the political establishment was counting on them being a bunch of...
| Jun 6, 2012
| 4:36 PM
The extra police officers sent to the Inner Harbor and downtown to combat unruly youths and crime this past weekend recorded 40 arrests, including more than 10 for drug possession, and two handguns seized.
It's a snapshot of crime covering a single,...