| May 5, 2014
| 3:00 AM
The recent passage of Maryland's Marijuana Decriminalization Bill was an act of rebellion. Not against society's norms, but against one man: House Judiciary Chairman Joseph Vallario.
The bill easily passed the Senate and had overwhelming support from...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 5:15 AM
You've got to be kidding about Anthony Brown being our next governor. Are we that stupid? ("With money to spend, candidates for governor likely to launch ad blitz," May 28).
The election will take place soon. We are about to have a coronation whether we...
| May 6, 2014
| 3:22 PM
Del. Jon S. Cardin, the front-runner to become Maryland's next attorney general, calls himself an active legislator who believes "nothing is more sacred to democracy than the right to vote."
But when it came time to cast votes in the House Ways and...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 7:02 PM
A Valentine's Day agreement among the Democrats running for governor to cooperate on setting up debates collapsed Wednesday as his rivals accused front-runner Anthony G. Brown of ducking a third televised encounter.
The lieutenant governor's campaign...
| May 3, 2014
Go ahead and try pinning down Montgomery County Executive Isiah "Ike" Leggett about whom he'll endorse in the Democratic primary for governor. Leggett may smile politely, but he will be wincing on the inside.
You might as well ask him which of his...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 7:18 PM
Ending a standoff that had stalled the governor's top legislative priority, General Assembly leaders said Wednesday that they have reached a deal to raise Maryland's minimum wage, while also boosting the pay of workers caring for the developmentally...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 3:58 PM
Holding out against rising public sentiment in favor of less stringent marijuana laws, the House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to reject a move to treat possession of small amounts of the drug as a civil offense.
Instead, the committee amended the...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 2:00 PM
Democrats in the House of Delegates sidetracked a Republican attempt Tuesday to force a vote on a 16 percent pay raise for lawmakers – virtually assuring the pay hike will take effect without a vote.
The House voted 87-48 to defeat a procedural...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 4:24 PM
When the House of Delegates meets Saturday to vote on dozens of pieces of legislation, including whether to decriminalize marijuana, one representative from Anne Arundel County won't be there. He'll be in jail.
Del. Don Dwyer Jr., spends weekends in the...
| Apr 5, 2014
| 10:14 AM
Here are some of the things expected to happen as the General Assembly goes into one of the body's busiest days of the session.
• Marijuana: The House will debate marijuana decriminalization, and it's likely that lawmakers could have...
| Apr 5, 2014
| 5:52 PM
The General Assembly moved Saturday to dramatically change Maryland's drug laws as the House of Delegates joined the Senate in voting to make possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil offense punishable only by a fine.
The House voted 78-55 to...