| Feb 15, 2013
| 1:45 PM
Legislation to subsidize an offshore wind energy project off Ocean City moved ahead Friday, as the House Economic Matters Committee approved the measure, a priority of Gov. Martin O'Malley and many environmental activists.
The committee voted 14-7 to...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 2:05 PM
Republicans in the House of Delegates denied Tuesday that there is any need to raise taxes on gasoline to pay for the state's transportation needs, contending the state should instead cut the share of its spending that goes to mass transit and stop...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 11:14 AM
February can be the cruelest month. In the midst of the cold, gray winter bleakness, it's tempting to daydream of a simpler life without hard work, heavy lifting or personal sacrifice, where nobody ever has to pay more in taxes yet all necessities of...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 5:14 PM
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller testified Wednesday that Maryland's shortage of funds for transportation projects is a crisis that needs to be addressed now.
Appearing before the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee, Miller said his proposed...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 9:21 PM
The General Assembly took an important step toward repealing Maryland's death penalty Thursday night when a key committee, for the first time in decades, approved a bill to end capital punishment.
The Senate Judicial Proceedings committee voted 6-5 to...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 2:41 PM
The troubles hitting Maryland's health exchange could have a lasting impact by tarnishing the political image of Gov. Martin O'Malley and his handpicked successor, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, according to experts assessing elections in 2014 and beyond....
| Jan 1, 2014
In the Maryland General Assembly, newly-elected lawmakers inevitably have one experience in common. Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, rural or urban, it doesn't matter. When they arrive at the State House, they soon discover that the...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 1:11 PM
Raising the minimum wage in Maryland will be the top issue for leading Democrats when state lawmakers return to Annapolis on Wednesday to embark on their annual legislative session.
Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to champion the idea in his final year in...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 6:10 PM
Maryland Republican legislative leaders vowed Tuesday to make tax reduction, including repeal of the so-called "rain tax," their top priority for the 90-day General Assembly session that begins Wednesday.
After a briefing at which GOP lawmakers were told...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 2:00 AM
Turns out, I am glad that Thomas V. Mike Miller gives no hint of retiring from his position as president-forever of the Maryland Senate. I know that sounds odd coming from me, but that's how I feel today.
And I don't even smoke pot.
Miller is 71,...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 9:29 AM
Baltimore Del. Maggie McIntosh joined the chorus of powerful legislators supporting legalized marijuana in Maryland.
In a Friday email to supporters, McIntosh identified the legalizing pot as one of four "the biggest, most important issues" facing the...