2018 Legislative Handbook Series – An Indispensable Reference

The Department of Legislative Services has released its quadrennial Legislative Handbook Series, a deep and useful reference series that encapsulates nearly every issue of government at the state and local level. The series may be downloaded or viewed online for free at the links below: Legislative Handbook Series: Vol 1 – Legislators Handbook Vol 2 – Government Services Vol 3 – Revenue Structure Vol 4 – Budget Process Vol 5 – Personnel, Pensions & Procurement…

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Sun’s Political Retrospective Captures Maryland’s Ups and Downs in 2018

A Baltimore Sun article (2018-12-20) by Luke Broadwater offered a retrospective of the rough-and-tumble political happenings of 2018. The article covered: (1) the fortunes and misfortunes of Maryland's Republicans, (2) the role United States President Donald Trump played in shaping the state's political dynamics; (3) issues regarding Maryland's Congressional Delegation; (4) the changing face of the Maryland General Assembly; (5) key legislation passed in 2018; and (6) the fate of several state constitutional amendments that were on…

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Conduit Street Podcast: #NG911 Report, Kirwan Testimony, Ranked-Choice Voting, #MACoCon, and County Awards

  MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website. Useful Links: Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Commission Charts Course for #NG911, Crafts Preliminary Recommendations Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Counties Weigh in on Kirwan Previous Conduit…

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Preview the 2019 Session “Big Picture”

A compilation of Issue Papers previews major fiscal and policy issues facing the General Assembly in the year ahead. This resource is a handy guide to the top issues that your legislators will be tackling in the year ahead – a great preparation document for county officials in advance of meetings with their local Delegations. Developed by the Department of Legislative Services, the 2019 Issue Papers are an annual staple for the Annapolis policy-inclined population.…

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Conduit Street Podcast: Election Tidbits, Congressional District Dilemma, and Amazon Is Coming! … Sort Of

On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally discuss some of the "too close to call" election races in Frederick County, review the fate of some of the more intriguing ballot questions from across the country, explain the significance of a federal court's ruling that Maryland's 6th Congressional District is unconstitutionally gerrymandered and must be redrawn in time for the 2020 election, and ponder what Amazon's decision to co-locate…

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Marylanders Cast Record Number of Midterm Ballots

An estimated 2.1 million Marylanders cast ballots in Tuesday's election, setting a new state record for voter turnout in a midterm election. The unprecedented turnout easily surpassed 2010's midterm record of close to 1.9 million voters. According to The Baltimore Sun: That doesn’t mean it’s a record turnout by percentage of registered voters — only that the state’s growing population and voting base continues to increase. Preliminary turnout numbers from early voting and Election Day indicate…

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Conduit Street Podcast: Special Edition: General Election Roundup

On this special edition of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally, Michael Sanderson, and Natasha Mehu breakdown state and local results from the 2018 primary election. Click here to read MACo's coverage of the 2018 gubernatorial election. Listen here: MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes…

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Southern Maryland Counties Stay Blue, Red, Red

The three Southern Maryland Counties retained their single-party domination in 2018, with each of the three electing a complete slate from a single party - the same as in 2014. Charles County's Commissioners will all be Democrats, while Calvert and St. Mary's Counties will all be Republicans, again. Charles County will see new leadership, as former County Commissioner Reuben Collins returns to county elected office as the Commission President. He will be joined by two…

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Eastern Shore General Election Highlights
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Eastern Shore General Election Highlights

Caroline County The Caroline County Board of Commissioners will see the return of incumbents Larry C. Porter (R) (29.7%), Wilbur Levengood Jr. (R) (25.8%), and Daniel Franklin (R) (25.8%). Dorchester District 1 incumbent Don B. Satterfield (R) lost to challenger Jay Leonard Newcomb (D).  Newcomb secured 53.3% of the vote to Satterfield's 46.1%. Incumbents William Nichols (District 2) (D), Ricky C. Travers, Sr. (District 3) (D) will return to the council having run unopposed in the general election.…

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Garrett and Caroline — Only Two Counties Returning Full Slate
Caroline County Commissioners (from left to right): Daniel Franklin, Larry Porter, Wilbur Levengood (photo source: Caroline County)
Garrett and Caroline — Only Two Counties Returning Full Slate

Among the counties across the state contesting elections for their Commissioners, Councils, and Executives last night... only two, Garrett and Caroline, will return their full complement of elected officials for the next term. Both counties, perhaps not coincidentally, have only three County Commissioners. Garrett County is used to being something of an anomaly in Maryland policy and politics - a large part of the county lies West of the continental divide, and its waters nominally…

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