| Jan 30, 2014
| 2:00 AM
The Civil War casts a long shadow.
In the first year of that wrenching conflict, Maryland's lawmakers voted unanimously for a constitutional amendment to bar the federal government from abolishing slavery. Now, more than 150 years later, some...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 6:15 PM
Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan introduced Boyd Rutherford, a former Ehrlich administration Cabinet secretary, as his running mate Wednesday night at a rally at an Annapolis-area crab house.
Hogan, the Anne Arundel County resident who...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 10:44 AM
When Washington, D.C., and Montgomery County enacted 5-cent taxes on plastic bags handed out by grocery stores and other businesses, officials expected that the money the government collected as a result would quickly drop off as customers changed their...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 2:38 PM
Sean McComb was sitting Wednesday morning on one of the worn wooden benches at Baltimore's Penn Station reading a book on how to improve teaching when his phone began to buzz wildly with text messages and email notifications.
The word was out: McComb had...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 12:29 PM
A candidate for state representative issued a press release about a 23-year-old misdemeanor arrest, saying he believes his opponent threatened to make it public.
Keith Matune, who is seeking the Republican nomination for a seat in the Illinois House,...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 3:25 PM
Environmentalists concerned about shale gas drilling in Maryland returned to Annapolis Wednesday to try again for a legislative moratorium on "fracking," as the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing is called.
Waving signs and chanting...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Maryland has long been a heavily Democratic state, but 2013 may have cemented its status as a truly liberal one.
The two things were not always synonymous. Though Democrats have dominated the legislature and governor's mansion for decades, the party's...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 10:12 AM
With public approval ratings for most political figures suffering these days — Congress is hovering around 9 percent, an all-time low — and unemployment still relatively high, it's probably not the best time for elected officials of any kind...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 3:34 PM
The controversy over exporting liquefied natural gas via the Chesapeake Bay has become an issue in the race for Maryland's State House, at least among the Democratic candidates for governor.
Saying the environmental costs are too high, Montgomery County...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 7:29 PM
Congressional negotiators announced a $1.01 trillion budget agreement on Tuesday that would avoid another government shutdown but deliver an additional round of cuts to federal employees in Maryland.
The two-year deal would replace $63 billion in...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 3:45 PM
Acknowledging that scores on a national reading test may have been inflated, Maryland education officials changed course this week, saying they will work harder to reduce the number of special education students excluded from taking the test.