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  1. But the power isn't necessarily held by the politician. He/She has the vote. But most legislators aren't policy wonks. The people who understand policy are the committee staff, the bureaucrats, and the interested parties (i.e., lobbiests). Those are the people who really control what happens in a legislature.
  2. Well, Com, his cognitive abilities may be intact, but he's not one to use much tact! (sorry, couldn't resist)
  3. Are we developing some more discerning voters?
  4. I don't like the idea of term limits (though it might be one way to get rid of both Ryan and O'Connell at the same time!). I believe Ohio has had term limits for a while now. Maybe Kansas, but I'm not sure. What happens is that the career politicians in the legislature resign from a position in one house to be appointed to a position in another. In effect, they stay in office for years and years, defying what most people understand to be the purpose of term limits. One other issue is the lack of expertise and experience in he legislature. It takes a bit of time for a legislator to know his way around, get familiar with the subject matter, etc. With a term limited legislator, by the time he/she is becoming a proficient member, it's time to leave the body. We end up with a continual bunch of neophytes in our legislature. I realize that a lot of people don't like the Mikes. A lot of people don't like a lot of legislators. But the general sentiment becomes something like, "I love my representative, but I hate the other guy's. Let's get the other guy's legislator out of the body. But my guy can stay." And, like it or not, the people the Mikes represent like them and want them to continue in office.
  5. Government budgeting usually does not permit moving monies around from item to item. The heaters could not have been anticipated given the usual climate in the area. Money is frequently put into pots to be used for items such as this consultant.
  6. Well, wasn't that late. It was back when O'Malley was mayor.
  7. Lots of experience? He's 25 years old. How much experience can he have? This sounds like something from the Bob Ehrilch school of hiring government personnel. He hired an ice skater to work for the ports. I'll give Pugh a little credit -- at least she hired a singer to work in the performing arts arena.
  8. Speaking of pot holes, I contacted the City one Sunday morning a few years back about some pot holes by my house. Imagine my surprise when a crew showed up about an hour later to fill them. On a Sunday morning. And it wasn't under the Schafer administration.
  9. The "problem" was the heat (or, more accurately, the lack of heat) in many or most City schools due to the age of the heating systems. The problem was actually caused by the state's policies and by the city not being able to front the money and seek reimbursement. While I admit i don't the the ins-and-outs of this process, it's possible that the governor could fix this on his own with a stroke of his pen. Then again, he may have to work with the General Assembly. In any event, this does not appear to be a problem warranting any sort of major investigation. Of course, the Gov did manage to come up with $2.5 mil to throw to the City. Too little too late, but I'm sure some people will by impressed by his "rushing into action." The other "problem" he cited was with the Baltimore County school superintendent. This is an issue between the superintendent and the School Board. The state has no reason go be involved. In this case, Hogan wants to embarrass Kamanetz to hurt him before the election.
  10. Poor idea. There are already several Inspectors General in the counties. They can perform this function at no additional cost to the taxpayer. But is there really a "crisis of confidence" in the public schools in Maryland? Just a few years ago we were being proclaimed the best public school system in the country. Have we fallen that far so soon? If so, I'd be looking at the Governor and his administration as the problem, not the local jurisdictions.
  11. It's called "Partisan Politics," Guido. Look at DC. The ACA passed and then Republicans spent 7 years trying to repeal it. Found out this year that it's not so easy to do so. I think most of us were even more surprised to learn that, after 7 years, they still had no plan of their own. And it's not just Maryland. Look at North Carolina, for example.. As someone said above, it's about power -- not only individually, but for the party too
  12. There are actually several theories of what it means to be a representative of the people. One says, as Guido says, that the representative is to represent the wishes of his constituency. At the other end of the spectrum, the representative is the person who knows what is best for the people he represents (I believe this is referred to as the "Enlightened Representive"). There are, as I remember, 2 other theories, somewhere in between the two extremes.
  13. Back to the topic. Part of the problem is the bill. It's a bad bill. Why are craft brewers limited in the amount of beer they can sell on site? Why, after selling so many barrels, do they have to buy THEIR OWN BEER back from a distributor so that they can sell it on site? Makes absolutely no sense . . . unless you're a distributor.