Smith Island Pulls Together After Tornado Strikes Chesapeake Bay Community

A day after a tornado touched down on Smith Island in Somerset County, officials were working Friday to restore power to customers there and to clean up debris as neighbors came together in support. Chief Deputy Paul Keplinger of the county sheriff’s office said Friday afternoon that just one person was reported injured while about…

Jan. 6 Attack Echoes on Maryland’s Eastern Shore as Democrat Heather Mizeur Seeks Inroads in ‘Red’ District of Rep. Andy Harris

The Democratic congressional challenger walked up to the Republican candidates’ booth at the Cecil County Fair, smiled and introduced herself. “Hi, I’m Heather Mizeur. Nice to meet you,” she said. There, in a display hall surrounded by funnel cakes, corn dogs and tractors, she talked with a county Republican official about her platform of trying to bridge…

Former Rivals Offer Wes Moore Their Full Support at Democratic Unity Rally

They are running against Republicans who have described as unelectable extremists. But Maryland Democrats came together on Monday to declare that they will campaign hard between now and November — and that they will not take any race for granted. “We know sane versus crazy is on the ballot,” said Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott (D)….

Andy Harris Is an Embarrassment

This week, the House of Representatives passed the “Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2022”, by a tally of 401 to 20. The anti-human trafficking bill builds on the existing system, focusing resources on local agencies operating in high-intensity sex-trafficking areas, while reauthorizing the Department of Homeland Security’s Angel Watch Center,…

Andy Harris Once Cared About Criminality

It’s hard to believe from his recent voting record — against the Frederick Douglas Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Act (which passed 401-20) and against the assault weapons ban passed by the House on Friday — but Rep. Andy Harris once cared about crime and criminality. I know: It seems impossible that a Republican lawmaker who met…

Maryland’s Congressional Races: A Look at the November Match-Ups

It took a few days, and even now, there are some results in the primary election of July 19th outstanding, and races that haven’t been called. The deadline for jurisdictions to report their results is Friday, but historically, that deadline has been somewhat malleable. In the Republican primary for Anne Arundel County Executive, Jessica Haire…

Letter to Editor: The Irrelevance of Andy Harris

When I was still working there was a large plant in the lobby of my company.  It never grew, never died.  For a long time I assumed it was artificial. Eventually I confirmed otherwise.  After passing through the lobby regularly I started asking co-workers what that plant was.  The most common response was “What plant?” So goes the congressional…

Out and About (Sort of): New Political World

The political world changed a week ago. Big time. Did you notice? Republican Delegate Johnny Mautz beat Sen. Addie Eckardt in the State Senate primary in District 37. Eckardt has been an Annapolis mainstay for many years. Mautz is an up-and-coming politician. He will face Democrat Naomi Hyman. Eckardt deserves gratitude and praise for serving…