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: An All-Star-Retirement Party for Brit Kirwan

By Laslo Boyd The party last Saturday night was huge-750 attendees.   It brought together leaders from the political, business, and educational communities of Maryland.  It was bipartisan-speakers included Republican Governor Larry Hogan and Democratic Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.  It allowed the guests to mingle in a place that most of them never thought they'd be-on the floor of the Xfinity Center at College Park.   And it raised a lot of money--$3 million-for the newly established Brit Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation. But mostly it was an expansive and richly deserved celebration of the extraordinary career of William E. "Brit" Kirwan, who retires at the end of June after more than 12 years as Chancellor of the University System of Maryland, following earlier stints as President of the University of Maryland and of Ohio State University.   Those are the resume landmarks. What all the speakers, many of whom have known... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: Larry Hogan's Way

By Laslo BoydThe new governor managed to get elected in 2014 while revealing very little about himself.  The key to his success was reminding voters that he was not Anthony Brown.  Other than repeating constantly that Martin O’Malley had raised taxes over forty times during his eight years, Hogan’s campaign was stunningly devoid of content. January 2015 started with Hogan signaling that he would not be Bob Ehrlich.  There was much talk about a new era of cooperation and bipartisanship in Annapolis.  Many commentators and even some Democrats became absolutely giddy at the prospect of a governor who seemed friendly, someone you might have a beer with, a non-politician with a common touch. Hogan’s State of the State message put a damper on the era of good feelings, filled as it was with partisan rhetoric and a tone of confrontation.  Yet, as proof that Democrats wanted to make the relationship with... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: Nancy Kopp: A Maryland Treasure

By Laslo Boyd Almost without notice, and certainly with much less fanfare than Barbara Mikulski’s retirement announcement, Nancy Kopp is now in her 40th year serving the State of Maryland.  Kopp was first elected as a Delegate from Montgomery County in 1974. She held that position until 2002, when she was selected by the General Assembly to be the State Treasurer. You would be hard pressed to find anyone in Annapolis who is smarter, more thoughtful, and more dedicated than Kopp.  In any conversation with her, it’s abundantly clear that she cares deeply about public policy and making government work for the public interest.  She speaks of the “honor” of having served in the House of Delegates as well as the “honor” of having been chosen by members of the General Assembly to serve as Treasurer.  Coming from her, those words ring absolutely true without a hint of cynicism. When I... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: Discrimination By Any Name

By: Laslo Boyd No matter what you call it, discrimination is wrong.  Period.  If that discrimination is rationalized by the fig leaf of religion, it’s still wrong and from my viewpoint even more disappointing. What I remember from Religion 101 are the core ideas that you should treat others as you want them to treat you and that you should love your neighbor as you do yourself.  Perhaps in some places the more advanced courses modified those concepts, but they still seem like pretty good guidelines.  Just as none of the Republican presidential candidates is a scientist, I’m no theologian, but I’m still convinced that discrimination and bigotry are not justified by any religious tenet. There are some people in Indiana, including Governor Mike Pence and a majority of the members of the state legislature, who have a different view.   Indiana enacted a “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” last week.   By some... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: How's All That "Serious Consideration" Coming Along?

By: Laslo Boyd Barbara Mikulski had scarcely finishing telling the world that she would not run for a sixth term in the US Senate before nearly everyone who has ever been elected to public office in Maryland announced an intention to “seriously consider” running to fill her seat. Given the history of many Maryland office holders staying around for a long time, an open US Senate seat is truly a rare occurrence.  Moreover, there was immediately a cottage industry of speculation about the ripple effects of prospective candidates for the Senate creating new opportunities for the positions they would vacate.  The day after Mikulski’s announcement, 8th District Congressman Chris Van Hollen was the first to enter the race for her seat.  He was joined the following week by 4th District Congresswoman Donna Edwards.  That initial flurry seemed to suggest that it would be a crowded field but no one else has... Continue reading
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