An article published in The Washington Post April 15 examines the steps Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has taken during the last year in preparation for a potential White House bid in 2016. The article states O’Malley has been pivoting toward the left and has energized the Democratic base on issues such as gun control, same-sex marriage and raising the minimum wage.
Public Policy Professor and Chair Donald Norris was interviewed for the article and said it is clear to many that O’Malley is attempting to appeal to the left ahead of the 2016 election.
“I think everybody in Maryland who pays any attention to politics has come to that conclusion,” Norris said.
Norris was also interviewed for an article in The Diamondback on the state legislature taking a very different look next year after Gov. O’Malley’s term comes to an end and with 25 percent of the legislature changing. Norris said the state leadership system will be an important factor next year.
“As long as that structure remains in place, losing or changing 20, 30, even 40 delegates and senators doesn’t actually change the operation of those houses,” Norris said.
Norris was also interviewed for an article in the Baltimore Jewish Times about a Maryland legislative session recap. The complete article can be found here.