Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The state comptroller criticizes the president of Towson University and compares her to a movie villain.
Comptroller Peter Franchot went "Old School" on Towson University President Maravene Loeschke during a Wednesday meeting. Literally. Before calling for the resignation of Loeschke, the comptroller gave the Towson University president a political tongue lashing in absentia. Then Franchot, the Amherst graduate, dropped in a pop culture reference comparing her to the Dean Gordon "Cheese" Pritchard, head of the fictional Harrison University in the movie "Old School." Pritchard, played by Jeremy Piven, lies and schemes and connives to thwart a group of middle-age men who attempt to start their own fraternity. In this case, Franchot was worked up over how Loeschke choose to tell students she was eliminating the men's baseball and soccer programs…
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Comptroller Peter Franchot and Gov. Martin O'Malley want President Maravene Loeschke to "come down here" to explain how the men's baseball and soccer teams were eliminated.
The cancellation of two Towson University athletic programs has resulted in the delay of a construction contract related to a university building in Harford County. The state Board of Public Works Wednesday delayed a decision on the contract until university President Maravene S. Loeschke can explain events surrounding the cancellation earlier this month of the men's baseball and soccer programs. "I'm pretty disgusted by what Towson [University] has done with recent events concerning their athletic teams," Comptroller Peter Franchot said, referring to what he called the "bizarre decision" to disband the teams. Loeschke and university Athletic Director Mike Waddell said earlier this month that the decision to end the men's soccer and …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Officials from around Maryland head to Annapolis to compete for a share of $336 million in school construction money at the annual gathering known as beg-a-thon.
State House Insiders and veterans call it "beg-a-thon." Gov. Martin O'Malley once tried to re-name it with the more pleasant sounding "hope-a-thon." And on Wednesday, the tradition begins anew as officials from around the state appear before the state Board of Public Works, hat in hand, seeking funding for school construction and renovation projects. Last week, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz charged county delegates and senators with "ensuring that the county gets its fair share." Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent S. Dallas Dance will make his first appearance before the board made up of O'Malley, state Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot. Gov. Martin O'Malley has proposed $336 million for school construction …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Married same-sex couples who reside in Maryland can file jointly in 2014.
Same-sex married couples in Maryland will be able to file joint tax returns but they'll have to wait a year to do so. Comptroller Peter Franchot said Wednesday in a statement that "same-sex couples in the State of Maryland – whether married in this state or in other states – will have the opportunity to file joint tax returns for Tax Year 2013, and will receive the same state tax treatment as any married couple." The comptroller issued the statement a day after a Washington Times story reported that same-sex couples in Maryland would not be eligible to file jointly. Franchot said the story "contained significant misinformation regarding the tax filing status of same-sex couples in Maryland." That story raises questions about Maryland's tax…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The next gubernatorial election in 2014 could draw a crowded primary field.
Comptroller Peter Franchot, who was expected to run for governor in 2014, announced Tuesday he would not seek the post. Franchot, whose criticism of Gov. Martin O’Malley lead many to believe he would run, instead announced he would seek to retain his current position. But just because Franchot won’t run, doesn’t mean there won’t be a crowded primary field. Other Democrats who may seek the office include: Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Del. Heather Mizeur, Attorney General Doug Gansler and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. What Democrat would you like to see make a run for the state’s top office? Tell us in the comments why you would like to see that person campaign for the office.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Democrat says he will seek re-election to the state comptroller's post he's held since 2006.
State Comptroller Peter Franchot told supporters Tuesday that he will seek re-election to the position he's held since 2006. The state's top tax collector was rumored to be eyeing a run for governor in 2014. In emails and calls to supporters, Franchot said he has decided to forego that campaign. Stay with Patch for updates on this story.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot toured shops in Glyndon Thursday to encourage Marylanders to shop locally for the holidays.
To emphasize the importance of supporting local business this holiday season, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot took a tour of small businesses in Glyndon. “I’m urging everyone who cares about Maryland to shop locally,” Franchot said. Franchot was joined by Baltimore County Councilwoman Vicki Almond and Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brian Ditto. His toured started at Santoni’s Marketplace and Catering, where he saw the sales office and hopped inside the market to buy some chocolate top cookies. He stopped by several other shops after that, including The Wine Post and The Boxwood Collection. Michael Leggett, co-owner of The Wine Post, said his visit from the comptroller was pleasant, and Franchot…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot will visit small businesses in Glyndon on Thursday to encourage Marylanders to shop locally for the holidays.
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot will do a tour of small business in Glyndon this Thursday in an effort to encourage Marylanders to shop locally this holiday season. “Shopping locally puts citizens’ hard earned money back into their communities and also support local businesses and the more than 500,000 hard-working Maryland retail employees,” according to a press release. Franchot will be joined by local elected officials, Patrick Donoho, president of the Maryland Retailers Association, and Brian Ditto, executive director of the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce. Franchot’s visit starts at noon at Santoni’s, and he will make his way to The Boxwood Collection, The Wine Post and several other shops.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
How will you vote on the Congressional redistricting plan on Nov. 6?
In addition to more notable referendum questions such as same-sex marriage, DREAM Act and expanded gambling, Maryland voters will also be asked to decide the fate of the state's recently redrawn congressional districts. Earlier this week, Comptroller Peter Franchot announced he intends to vote against the maps and asked voters to do the same. The comptroller said the recent maps drawn by Gov. Martin O'Malley and approved by the General Assembly are unfair and make Maryland "the poster child for gerrymandering." A spokeswoman for the governor noted that the maps have survived a number of challenges in the courts and that the process used to create them is legally sound. Voters on Nov. 6 will be asked to vote for the referred law or against …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Comptroller says Maryland "is the poster child for gerrymandering" and urges voters to vote no on Question 5.
Democratic Comptroller Peter Franchot said Monday he supports his party's candidates but that recent redistricting of Maryland's congressional is too heavy-handed. "This map is way over the edge in terms of bare-knuckle politics," said Franchot. "I'm a proud Democrat. I support Democrats. I just want it to be fair and not fixed," Franchot said, comparing the redistricting process to "Boss Tweed-style Chicago politics." Franchot Tuesday called for an independent, non-partisan commission that would redraw the congressional and state legislative districts. The change would help restore faith in the political system, he said. The comptroller said the districts should be more compact in order to provide voters with better representation. He …