Remembering CBS News Political Consultant Dotty Lynch

(photo: American University)

(photo: American University)

CBS News Political Consultant Dotty Lynch died Monday after a battle with melanoma, Politico reports.

She has had an association with the network for two decades.  In addition, Lynch was a professors at American University.

I have the pleasure of speaking with Lynch, who lived in the Annapolis area, last year for a segment on Capital Caucus, the program I hosted for WNAV (1430AM) for three years.  She gave a “big picture” look at where Maryland was in the gun control debate after the Newtown, Conn. school shooting.  If you recall, the General Assembly was looking debating the toughest gun control measure proposed at that time.

Here is that segment that aired on Monday, March 4, 2013.

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And The Winner Is…Square One

My view of the gubernatorial debate...from Baltimore.

My view of the gubernatorial debate…from Baltimore.

By the end of the debate between the Democratic candidates for governor, I felt that everything that was expected to happen, happened.

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What’s Going On In The 24th?

If…IF…the allegations turn out to be true, three people, including one incumbent, will have known skeletons in the closet as they run for the House of Delegates in the 24th Legislative District.

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Tobacco Tax: An Issue Two Years In The Making

He warned you.  Vinny DeMarco with Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative vowed to make raising the tobacco tax a campaign issue in 2014.

He warned you. Vinny DeMarco with Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative vowed to make raising the tobacco tax a campaign issue in the gubernatorial election in 2014.  He is now following through.

In November 2012, Vinny DeMarco, leader of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative began his push to raise the tobacco tax up by another dollar.  That year, taxes on other tobacco products were brought in line with cigarettes which saw a tax hike a year before (keeping up?)

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Will O’Malley Play Nationally In 2016?

When the clock strikes 12 midnight on Monday, Governor Martin O’Malley will ride off into the sunset as far as legislative sessions. He will still be Governor through January 2015 but he will mostly govern through the Board of Public Works in regards to everyday business. In the interim, he will help his Lt. Governor, Anthony Brown, campaign for his job.

It’s no secret that O’Malley is possibly exploring a presidential run in 2016. Based on the timeline for the last two cycles, he will likely be starting as soon as he leaves office. However, I have to ask will the governor’s record in Maryland play nationally?

Before he claims the nomination, he has to get through the primary which does not look all too promising based on polling that has him not registering on any level. Black Democrats in particular will want to know why O’Malley, while mayor of Baltimore, embraced zero tolerance as a crime fighting strategy and later suggested a return to those days as a way to combat a spike in crime last summer.

His accomplishments are on par with would be challengers – passing same-sex marriage, pushing for higher taxes in general but on the wealthiest in particular, spending more on school construction and holding the line on tuition at state colleges and universities for a period of time. That will not be enough, however.

O’Malley will need to find a way to stand out and prove that he can beat whichever nominee the Republicans will choose. With the national exposure that he embraced – especially as leader of the Democratic Governors Association – by appearing on the Sunday morning talk circuit and on the cable networks, it feels weird saying that.

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