Browsing All posts tagged under »Montgomery County«

Life and Politics in Maryland, 2009

January 5, 2009


First Monday of the Year in Ocean City Back to work! I’m always happy when we have survived the holiday season, and we can get back to life and work and politics as normal in Maryland, whatever that is. This morning, I have already dust mopped the entire apartment with a Swiffer-brand dust cloth. This […]

Barack Obama Wins in Maryland

November 5, 2008


Sen. Barack Obama captured Maryland’s 10 electoral votes in the presidential election. The incomplete results Wednesday morning are Barack Obama, 1,160,347 (56.9 percent) and John McCain, 842,673 (41.3 percent). Obama’s victory margin will be significantly increased when the votes are reported from Prince George’s County. Barack Obama, a Democrat, won in Maryland by rolling up […]

Maryland Votes on Slot Machines and Early Voting: Yes and Yes

November 5, 2008


Was I wrong, or what! The vote on slot machines in Maryland wasn’t close. The statewide totals Wednesday morning are 1,155,204 votes for the constitutional amendment to allow slot machines in Maryland, and 818,156 against slot machines. That’s without votes from Prince George’s County, which are not yet available. Slots won everywhere, in Baltimore City […]

Searching for a Snowball Stand in July

July 20, 2008


On a lighter note, but still thinking about regional differences within Maryland: Does anyone know of a snowball stand in Montgomery County? Snowball stands are everywhere in Baltimore and its suburbs during the summer. Snowball stands are nowhere in D.C. and its suburbs. How to explain? — Bernie

Maryland Politics – Small State, But Is It Governable?

July 19, 2008


For a long time, I have held a two-part hypothesis about Maryland government. First, Maryland is small enough to be flexible and efficient. Second, Maryland is rich enough to pay for its needs and address its problems. In other words, in this world of dysfunction and chaos, Maryland is one place that ought to be […]

Bad Idea of the Year for Montgomery Democrats

July 10, 2008


Of all the dubious recommendations floated this week to increase the clout of the Montgomery County delegation in Annapolis, one recommendation stands out: Jam the Committees. The Jam-the-Committees concept calls for all Montgomery County Democrats on every committee to stand united with all Republican committee members to block priority bills favored by the governor and […]

Power Politics In Maryland

July 8, 2008


Adam Pagnucco, one of the best and most prolific bloggers in Maryland, is writing a great three-part series over at Maryland Politics Watch entitled “How to Get Clout in Annapolis.” This question about political clout is close to the heart of democracy. I have mixed feelings about the whole subject. A better word for “clout” […]