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Rascovar: Hogan’s rhetoric has Trump tendencies

Our take on Larry Hogan is the genial "I'm not Trump" face floating over an uber-Ehrlich refugee administration where every agency is busy rolling back progressive law and regulation. In a guest post by permission from our friends at MarylandReporter.org, veteran political analyst Barry Rascovar argues that Hogan's a lot more Trump-like than not, if you watch his words instead of his smile. Continue reading

Police Brutality: Call It What It Is

"...the next time we criticize the police for their actions let's not feel the need to hug them first and call them heroes, let's just talk about the policies that need to change and the culture that needs to change with it." Continue reading

Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo, pre-Labor Day edition

Don't get too relaxed... after Labor Day (and even before) there are important PM events in Prince George's, Montgomery and Howard counties -- plus musical opportunities to support our neighbors struggling after the Long Branch apartment explosion. Continue reading

The PM Weekend Reader... county officials frolic in O.C., pay gaps and other things

Our weekend roundup of interesting reads, including a report from the Maryland Association of Counties' annual get-together, black women's pay gap, health care policy choices and more... Continue reading

Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo: Our neighbors' struggles continue, plus links to past blog posts

Heading for Labor Day, life is quiet for many of us but quite hard for some of our neighbors. Continue reading

Good Reads for the Week from Progressive Maryland

The Progressive Maryland Weekend Reader -- (Actually because of a cyber-hiccup appearing at the beginning of the week, this week) Here’s a collection of interesting reads for progressives from inside and outside Maryland. Continue reading

Gov. Hogan’s Hypocrisy About Playing Politics with the Budget

Gov. Larry Hogan is doing some twists and turns on withholding money that the Legislature insisted he spend on the state's public education system, while rewarding private schools with taxpayer funds. His claim that he won't play politics with the budget is ringing pretty hollow these days. Continue reading

Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for August 15-21

How to help victims cope with disasters in Silver Spring, where an apartment blew up with deadly results, and in the slow recovery from flooding in Ellicott City -- plus the slow, stealthy disaster of tipped workers in Montgomery County with a separate minimum wage of $4 an hour. Plus summaries and links for our recent blog posts. Continue reading

Introducing PM’s Weekend Reader: smart growth, community internet, community supported fisheries and Maryland’s mental health crisis

Introducing a weekend reading list, as if you needed another one: good reads, mostly about Maryland, in our PM Weekend Reader. Continue reading

There's voting. And then there's the other 364

In a presidential election year constantly labeled the "lesser of two evils" election, Rob Anthony talks us through his thinking on how to decide: Clinton or Trump, Trump or Clinton.... Continue reading