Laslo Boyd

Laslo Boyd

Laslo Boyd's professional experience includes serving as education advisor to the Governor of Maryland, Acting Secretary of Higher Education, senior administrator in several higher education institutions and university professor.  His work in political campaigns has involved strategic communications, public opinion polling, and development of position papers.  Dr. Boyd has consulted for a wide range of clients in higher education, government, and business.  He has provided political commentary and analysis in both print and electronic media.

Laslo Boyd: Last Call

Once I’ve selected a topic, I’m generally a pretty fast writer.  This column has taken longer because it’s the last one for Center Maryland.   I’ve been writing for about nine years counting previous efforts at the Gazette and the Daily Record.  Over all, it’s been a great ride. I still enjoy writing and have a few opinions left to voice, but this is a good time to pause and reflect.  I expect to reappear in some form but I haven’t yet sorted that out fully.  I’m even getting some tutoring from a much younger person about Twitter, but we’ll have to see if I can adapt to a format that right now seems fairly incomprehensible.  My friends already know that I often give in to the temptation to offer opinions on Facebook and certainly plan to keep doing that. 2015 has been an eventful year for me as well as for... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: Hogan wades into national politics

At first glance, it seemed like a reasonable statement, very much in keeping with the general image that Larry Hogan has projected since becoming governor.  Who, after all, would argue with the assertion that gun control is “not the only solution” to the kind of tragedy that occurred in San Bernadino, California last week?    The answer, equally obvious, is that no serious person has actually contended that it is the “only” solution. The second look at Hogan’s comment makes it seem more like callous political pandering than a thoughtful contribution to a desperately needed national dialogue.  Maryland’s governor may not be using the inflammatory rhetoric of a Ted Cruz or a Ben Carson.  Nevertheless, he is certainly signing on with the Republican mainstream in dismissing any and all efforts to limit guns in response to a public health epidemic in this country. The GOP position is fundamentally dishonest and it’s unfortunate... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: Terrorists, Refugees, & Politicians

Larry Hogan has demonstrated some impressive political skills.  Start with his victory in last year’s gubernatorial election.  While he certainly got a lot of help from Anthony Brown’s breathtakingly inept campaign, give Hogan credit for taking advantage of the opportunity. A year later, he’s riding high in public opinion polls and receiving praise from some unlikely quarters.   In Sunday’s New York Times, columnist Frank Bruni extolled Hogan for his popularity in Democratic Maryland, his less partisan approach to governing and the courageous way in which he has battled cancer.  Bruni was obviously charmed by Hogan, which is clearly another of his political assets. However, Bruni may have gotten a little carried away in his adulation.  For example, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake certainly must have been surprised to hear that Hogan had “taken care not to fuel” the intense criticism of her in the aftermath of the Baltimore riots.  Similarly, his claim of... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: The Hits Keep Coming

On November 14, 2015 Baltimore reached the depressing milestone of 300 murders this calendar year, a figure that has not been equaled since 1999.  However you look at that number—whether as a rate that far exceeds that of much larger cities or solely in comparison to the years since 1999—it’s a grim reminder that this has truly been a horrible year for the City. As if to add insult to injury, Bernie Sanders took a gratuitous swipe at Baltimore as a dangerous place during last week’s Democratic Presidential Debate.  The Vermont Senator, perhaps annoyed at Martin O’Malley’s jabs at his record on guns or wanting to shift attention away from his own unsure footing on foreign policy issues, put the spotlight squarely on Baltimore. The attack came way out of left field and made little sense as part of the debate discussion, but was a reminder that Baltimore is an easy... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: Surplus Politics

Last week we may have seen the prologue to the 2018 Gubernatorial Election as well as a foreshadowing of the 2016 General Assembly session.  Public statements were exchanged, criticisms were volleyed back and forth, and there was a scramble to reach the moral high ground. The precipitating event was the revelation that Maryland will have an unexpected and more to the point, unprojected, budget surplus going into next year.  In response, Democratic leaders in the General Assembly called on Governor Hogan to release education funds withheld from local school systems in his first budget.  Hogan’s Office swatted away the request, indicating that the surplus would disappear in future years and that he is committed to maintaining the fiscal discipline that voters expect from him. On Monday, Warren Deschenaux, Executive Director of the Department of Legislative Services, confirmed the Governor’s position that deficits are expected again starting in the 2018 budget year.  ... Continue reading
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