March 29, 2012
In August 2011, amidst the debt ceiling debate, I changed my party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. I never liked the Bob Ehrlich sell-out-your-values Republican Party. I'm a Rand Paul "The Tea Party is Coming to Washington" kind of Republican. Yet I see the Tea Party has yet to come to Howard County. I received a mailer from the Gelfman-Tucker campaign with the endorsement of Sen. Allan Kittleman and I have to ask, "Why is a leading Republican supporting a Democratic endorsed slate and a judge (Tucker)
January 14, 2012
If you think Rick Santorum is a weird, pious wackadoo, try being a female walking around certain ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods in Israel with your ankles showing. Mr. Santorum's near-victory in the Iowa caucuses last week raised the volume on some of his more paranoid kvetchings about the moral breakdown of society - gay marriage being a slippery slope to marrying your pet, "Christendom" being under attack, birth control being "not OK" even for married couples.
January 12, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley is proposing a $15 million increase in the state's program to help build affordable rental housing, saying the bump would leverage $285 million in private investment and create 1,100 jobs in Maryland. Surrounded by housing advocates, construction workers and local residents, O'Malley went to the site of a former public housing development in Annapolis to announce plans to double the state's investment in loans to developers to help spur rental housing construction.
November 3, 2011
State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller predicted Thursday that the General Assembly would approve an increase in Maryland's gas tax, putting his considerable influence behind an issue that is likely to be divisive in the coming legislative session. "There's going to be a gas tax," Miller said flatly in an address to Maryland business leaders meeting here. "Is it popular? No, [but] it is going to have to get done now. " Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch spoke at the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Business Policy Conference.
February 4, 2011
A House Republican leader who is pushing to end the state's $15 million earmark program has herself introduced or sponsored bills this year that would use the fund to send $1.4 million to projects in her district. House Minority Whip Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, who called for an end to the use of so-called bond bills this week during the Republican response to Gov. Martin O'Malley's state of the state address, says she introduced her legislation before she saw his budget proposal and learned how dire the state's fiscal situation is. "I think all of us would love to have projects funded," the Eastern Shore Republican said.
January 3, 2011
For all the remarkable accomplishments of the just-ended lame-duck Congress, one of its most notable disappointments was the defeat of the Dream Act for children of illegal immigrants. The measure would have given a path to citizenship to children who, through no fault of their own, were illegally brought into the country by their parents, provided they later served in the military or attended college. By rights, the act should have been passed in the same spirit of bipartisan cooperation that produced so many other year-end legislative successes.