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.

Eric Zeemering, Public Policy, to Present Talk on Sustainability in Baltimore (7/15)

A new book out by Eric Zeemering, an assistant professor of public policy, examines what Baltimore can do to become a more sustainable city. The book, titled, “Collaborative Strategies for Sustainable Cities: Economy, Environment and Community in Baltimore” (Routledge Studies in Public Administration and Environmental Sustainability) was published on May 28, 2014. In the above video, Zeemering shares his research on how sustainability is defined in Baltimore, and how city government officials, community organizations and state and federal agencies have taken a collaborative approach to sustainability policies.

Zeemering’s teaching and research interests focus on public management, intergovernmental relations and urban policy. He is presenting a talk on his new book at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Branch on Tuesday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. For more information on the event, click here.

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

With less than two weeks until Maryland’s Democratic primary, new polls in the gubernatorial and attorney general’s race show one race is likely already decided and the other could swing in either direction.

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Public Policy Professor and Chair Donald Norris was interviewed by The Washington Post about the two polls. A new Washington Post poll shows Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown holding a commanding lead with 46 percent of likely Democratic voters supporting him, with 23 percent backing Attorney General Doug Gansler and 16 percent supporting Del. Heather Mizeur (Montgomery).

“Absent a gigantic mistake from the Brown campaign, this is probably over,” Norris said. “I think the only strategy left for a candidate in Gansler’s situation is to attack, attack, attack, and that’s likely to backfire.”

Meanwhile, in the attorney general’s race, Del. Jon Cardin (Baltimore County) narrowly leads Sen. Brian Frosh (Montgomery) with 26 percent of likely Democratic voters saying they support him. That’s compared to 20 percent supporting Frosh and Del. Alisha Braveboy (Prince George’s), who is running third at 13 percent. Forty percent of likely Democratic voters say they have no preferred candidate or are disengaged: “People are generally not paying attention,” said Norris. “I’m not sure whose advantage that is.”

To read “Lt. Gov. Brown holds commanding lead over Democratic rivals in Maryland governor’s race,” click here. You can read “Polls show two candidates for Md. attorney general are locked in a tight battle” here.

Norris was also interviewed for an article published in The Baltimore Sun on June 13 about spending in the governor’s race. To read, “Candidates have millions to spend in final days before primary,” click here.

Dave Marcotte, Public Policy, in The Washington Times

Dave MarcotteA recent Washington Times article discusses Maryland officials joining other states in reconsidering school start dates that have been pushed earlier in the summer over the last several years. Some officials say moving the start dates to after Labor Day could benefit the state economically due to additional tourism dollars.

Public Policy Professor and Graduate Program Director Dave Marcotte was interviewed for the article and commented on potential academic effects of moving school start dates to after Labor Day.

“With the state testing schedule, schools that start early have an advantage,” Marcotte said. “In the state of Wisconsin, schools started moving their start dates up in order to do better on standardized tests. The state had to restrict the early start dates because the schools were creeping up into early August.”

Marcotte said that students from lower income families suffer the most from long learning gaps during the summer and tend to lose many educational gains made during the school year.

To read the full article in The Washington Times titled, “Starting school later could generate an extra $7.7 million for Maryland’s coffers, click here.

Donald Norris, Public Policy, Comments on Maryland’s Race for Governor

Maryland’s Democratic primary in the race for governor is less than a month away, and Public Policy Professor and Chair Donald Norris has been in the news frequently commenting on several aspects of the race.

Donald Norris UMBC

Updated campaign finance reports were released showing Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s campaign raising more than $1.2 million since the General Assembly session ended in April with $4.15 million total in cash on hand. Attorney General Douglas Gansler and Del. Heather Mizeur’s campaigns were reported at having $3.1 million and $961,000 in the bank respectively.

Norris told The Washington Post that the disparity in fundraising among the candidates reflects the disparity in the polls: “It tells me that the folks that give money have already picked a winner,” he said.

Norris also told WJZ 13 that there has been little interest in this year’s governor’s race and commented on what it will take to win the Democratic primary: “Whoever is going to be able to turn out the vote in his or her campaign in an election that’s going to have a very, very low turnout,” he said.

Below is a complete list of media coverage:

Big Draw of Democratic Race for Governor Still Falls Short in Voter Interest (WJZ 13)
Brown leads Gansler, Mizeur in money race, latest Md. campaign finance reports show (Washington Post)
Brown raises more than $1 million in 6 weeks (Baltimore Sun)
Frosh holds big lead in money in bank in AG race (Baltimore Sun)
Gubernatorial Primer (Baltimore Jewish Times)
Attack ads running in Gansler and Brown Primary Campaigns for Governor (WJZ 13)

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

The first televised debate in Maryland’s Democratic gubernatorial campaign aired Wednesday, May 7. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Attorney General Douglas Gansler, and Del. Heather Mizeur discussed everything from the rollout of the Affordable Care Act to legalization of marijuana.

Donald Norris UMBC

Public Policy Professor and Chair Donald Norris was interviewed for several stories previewing and recapping the debate. In The Washington Post on May 6, Norris discussed what was at stake for the front-runner in the race, Anthony Brown, saying “his main goal has got to be not to make any colossal mistakes.”

In a Baltimore Sun article analyzing the debate, Norris commented on Mizeur’s performance: “She was positive, she was direct, she said what she wanted to do very clearly,” said Norris. “The other two guys were beating each other up.”

Norris was also interviewed for a story that aired on WJZ Channel 13 recapping the debate. He commented on the discussion of the troubled rollout of the state health exchange, saying it likely will not play a major role in the election.

“The Baltimore Sun poll back in February showed that only about six percent of the respondents cared about that issue,” said Norris. He also said the candidates failed to gain any traction on the issues during the debate.

To read the complete article in The Washington Post, click here. For the full story in The Baltimore Sun, click here, and to watch the story on WJZ 13, click here.

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

With the primary election in Maryland’s race for governor approaching in June, a new poll out shows that more than half of Maryland voters are still undecided. WJZ 13 interviewed Public Policy Professor and Chair Donald Norris about the new poll and what it could mean for voter turnout in June.

Donald Norris UMBC

Norris said timing could have a significant impact because the candidates were restricted from campaigning during the legislative session, which just ended, leaving just a few short months to win over undecided voters. “If the numbers remain anywhere near like that on June 24, turnout will be abysmally low,” Norris said.

Earlier in the week, Norris was interviewed by The Baltimore Sun about the first negative advertisements in the Democratic primary for governor that have hit the airwaves. With the primary just a short time away, the negative ads could increase, especially with candidates with enough money to pay for them. “It’s a surprise that it didn’t happen earlier,” Norris said.

To read the full article in The Baltimore Sun, click here. To watch the full interview on WJZ 13, click here.

John Rennie Short, Public Policy, in World Future Review

In the March 2014 issue of World Future Review (WFR), Public Policy Professor John Rennie Short was interviewed about his book Stress Testing the USAWFR is a quarterly publication that explores trends and alternatives for society and regularly features interviews with leading experts in policy analysis, operations research and issues management.

John Rennie Short

Short was interviewed by the associate editor of WFR as a “featured futurist.” The interview opens with Short outlining one of the main arguments in his book.

“What I did in the book was to look at the whole range of events—four in particular, namely, the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina, the financial crisis, and Hurricane Sandy. In a sense, I wanted to shift the debate toward looking at systemic failures and away from blaming any one particular individual or group. Often we’ll look for one person to blame—’the botched Hurricane Katrina response was Michael Brown’s fault,’ for example, or ‘the Wall Street meltdown happened because of greedy bankers,’” Short says.

To read the complete four-page interview in WFR, click here.