They crowd sidewalks, block streets and don’t know how to ride the Metro, but they bring D.C. big bucks.
Long a light-rail skeptic, Maryland’s new governor became convinced the Purple Line was worth it.
He is willing to build the light-rail project if Montgomery and Prince George’s pick up more of the cost.
If the Maryland GOP governor killed the light-rail project, Democrats would tar him as knee-jerk conservative.
Secretary Pete K. Rahn reportedly has recommended that the governor move forward with the project.
The city’s troubles hamper the former mayor’s pitch as the Democrat who is most ready to solve urban problems.
In Baltimore, New York and Washington, police have already backed away from “zero tolerance.”
Both sides staked out tough positions in budget negotiations, but each fell short on important goals.
The new GOP governor reframes the debate on spending and taxes, though the impact so far is modest.