John Rennie Short, Public Policy, to Present Lecture at National Heritage Museum

The National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts contains exhibitions, collections and programs based on American history, traditions and culture. It contains the Van Gorden-Williams Library, a research library specializing in American Freemasonry.

John Rennie ShortAs part of the museum’s series on its collection of historic maps, Public Policy Professor John Rennie Short will present an upcoming lecture entitled, “Cartographic Encounters: Native Americans in the Exploration and Mapping of North America.” Short, an expert on the history of cartography, will discuss how Native Americans were an essential element in the European and American exploration and mapping of North America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He will use diaries and official reports in describing the role of indigenous people in mapping and exploration. Specifically, Short will focus on Native Americans’ roles as guides, informants and mapmakers.

The lecture is scheduled for Saturday, October 4 at 2:00 p.m. at the National Heritage Museum. For more information, click here.

Donald Norris, Public Policy, in The Baltimore Sun and on FOX 45

As the race for Maryland governor picks up in intensity in the coming weeks heading into the fall, Public Policy Professor and Chair Donald Norris was in the news this past week providing analysis on the state of the campaign.

Donald Norris UMBC“It’s clearly Anthony’s to lose,” said Norris in an August 14 article in The Baltimore Sun when referring to Democratic candidate Anthony Brown’s chances of winning the election. In a separate article, Norris commented on an event held at the Maryland Association of Counties (MACO) Convention in which Brown and Republican candidate Larry Hogan appeared separately to avoid face-to-face confrontation.

“There’s no reason for the front-runner to give the challenger any more opportunity to interact than necessary,” he said. “It’s not in the interest of the front-runner to do that.” Norris added history shows that the leader does not pay a political price for avoiding an opponent.

In an August 22 article, Norris commented on the messaging that Brown used with some of his policies to raise the minimum wage, to provide prekindergarten for children and to lower the cost of college in his first general election campaign television ad which aired recently in the Baltimore market: “I think this will be a campaign theme, and I expect we’ll see a lot more of it,” he said. “He’s going to be aiming that message at important subgroups within the Democratic Party in Maryland.”

In a story that aired on FOX 45 Baltimore, Norris was interviewed at the MACO Convention, where he was promoting UMBC’s Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research: “We do research for local government so we want to be here to show them what we do,” Norris said, noting that the conference is all about learning and networking. “It’s where local government officials and state government officials get together, share information, share knowledge, and discuss solutions to problems,” Norris added.

You can read the complete coverage by clicking below:

Brown to strike first on airwaves (Baltimore Sun)
Pundits have advice for Brown, Hogan in governor’s race (Baltimore Sun)
Brown, Hogan make pitches to county officials (Baltimore Sun)
MACO Conference taking place during peak season in Ocean City (FOX 45)

Tim Brennan FCC Appointment Extended

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has extended the appointment of UMBC public policy and economics professor Tim Brennan as chief economist through December 31, 2014.

Dr. Brennan’s appointment is part of an FCC program that brings in scholars from academia to provide outside perspectives and advice on challenging issues. Dr. Brennan has held the position of FCC chief economist since January, 2014.

Donald Norris, Public Policy, in The Baltimore Sun, on WJZ 13

Public Policy Professor and Chair Donald Norris was recently quoted in The Baltimore Sun about the Maryland governor’s race and Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein’s announcement that he is leaving his post as secretary of the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as the O’Malley administration ends.

Donald Norris UMBC

An article published August 2 titled, “Brown, Hogan sharply divided on child immigration,” highlights the stark contrast in positions on the issue between Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and his Republican opponent Larry Hogan, who has said the state shouldn’t do anything to make it easier for children who have entered the country illegally to come to Maryland.

Norris said that Hogan ran as arguably the most moderate candidate in the Republican primary and won convincingly: “He doesn’t need to take this kind of hard-line position,” Norris said. “Where he’s hurting himself here is in the middle, where he needs the votes.”

In the article about Health Secretary Sharfstein’s announcement, Norris said he expects changes in leadership to take place as the current administration winds down: “I expect we’ll be seeing this from nearly all department heads in next few weeks and few months,” said Norris. “I don’t know that any of them will necessarily be retained.” You can read the full version of both articles below.

Brown, Hogan sharply divided on child immigration (Baltimore Sun)
Health Secretary Sharfstein to join Hopkins (Baltimore Sun)

WJZ 13 ran a story on August 8 about the governor’s race and a new YouTube ad that was launched by Republican candidate Larry Hogan attacking Democratic candidate Anthony Brown on tax increases, unemployment rates, and the state’s business climate. Norris was interviewed for the story and said, “I expect to see a good bit of attacking. I also expect the Brown campaign to attack right back.” You can watch the story here.

Donald Norris, Public Policy, in The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun

Larry Hogan, the Republican nominee for Maryland governor, decided last week to participate in the state’s public financing system in the fall election. Hogan is the first candidate in 20 years to do so for a statewide general election. Hogan will receive a grant of about $2.6 million from the state, and his campaign will not be allowed to spend more than that on the race.

Donald Norris UMBC

Donald Norris, professor and chair of the public policy department, was interviewed about Hogan’s decision by The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun“It surprises me a great deal that Hogan is going this way,” Norris told the Washington Post. “It tells me that the smart money is going elsewhere or people with money don’t think Hogan is going to win.”

In The Baltimore Sun, Norris said: “Nobody does this because they want to. They do this because they have to — and they have to because they can’t raise substantial amounts of money in any other way.” To read the full articles about Hogan’s decision, click below:

Republican Larry Hogan to use public funds in campaign for governor of Maryland (Washington Post)
Hogan opts for public financing in governor’s race (Baltimore Sun)

Donald Norris, Public Policy, Provides Maryland Primary Election Analysis

Donald NorrisThroughout Maryland’s primary election night on June 24, Public Policy Professor and Chair Donald Norris provided analysis on WJZ 13 for several key races, including the race for governor and attorney general. After the governor’s race was set, Norris offered his take on how Democrat Anthony Brown and Republican Larry Hogan will proceed in the months ahead before Election Day in November.

“I think these guys are going to go after each other tooth and toenail, quite frankly. It’s a Republican establishment candidate who has positioned himself as a moderate to draw off Democratic votes,” Norris said. ”Brown is, of course, the Democrat established candidate. I think it’s going to be all odds favoring the Democrat because the state is so Democratic, so deep blue.”

Norris was quoted in The Daily Record and The Baltimore Sun providing post-election analysis, and also was quoted in a Baltimore Sun article on July 1 about Governor O’Malley’s intervention in the Johns Hopkins Hospital labor dispute. The article can be found here.

Donald Norris, Public Policy, in The Baltimore Jewish Times

An article published June 19 in the Baltimore Jewish Times analyzed several Maryland General Assembly and Congressional races ahead of primary day on June 24. Donald Norris, professor and chair of UMBC’s public policy department, was interviewed for the article and said incumbents will likely have an advantage come primary day.

Donald Norris UMBC

“All the incumbents will win,” predicted Norris, “because the state has been so effectively gerrymandered, and none of them has any [viable] opposition in the primary.”

Norris added it is more difficult to predict who will win the primary in the Maryland attorney general race because “turnout is going to be abysmally low,” adding that a turnout as small as 20 percent wouldn’t surprise him.

To read the full article in the Baltimore Jewish Times titled, “Get out the vote,” click here.