The Lesson This Year: How Not To Run A Campaign

freevote2014Without a doubt, the 2014 Maryland gubernatorial election will go down as historic. It will also go down as a textbook demonstration of how to lose a fight when everything is in your favor. To say the race was Lt. Governor Anthony Brown’s to lose is a vast understatement. Justin Schall will have a hard time finding another job as campaign manager after this year unless he has connections.

In a state where Democrats have an overwhelming edge, now-Governor-elect Larry Hogan earned a voter mandate with a five point margin as of Wednesday evening. It was a far gone conclusion that Brown would win Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties along with Baltimore City. He needed to fight for the counties which were unkind to him. Poor campaigning by Brown caused his defeat.

Here is how to completely shoot to hell your chances of winning a Maryland election in seven easy missteps. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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