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 – Waiting for Larry Hogan

By Laslo Boyd: Unlike Godot, we can be quite certain that Governor Hogan will arrive in Annapolis on January 21.   Beyond that, however, we really know little more about him than we do about the title character in Samuel Beckett’s famous play. Hogan ran a masterful campaign in that he told us almost nothing about what he intended to do.  That approach worked for many voters who were content to know that Hogan was neither Anthony Brown nor Martin O’Malley.  Generalizations during the campaign about improving the business climate and rolling back tax increases were devoid of any details.  Since November 4, there have been a few trial balloons, some scattering of tea leaves, and more vague comments about what he intends to do once he takes over as governor.   The only specific development, one outside his control and surely unwelcome, is the continuing deterioration of the state’s fiscal condition.  The... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: The Ten Top Political Stories of 2014

By: Laslo Boyd  Although we may disagree about some of the entries on this list, there can be no doubt what the top political story of 2014 was. Larry Hogan’s stunning and decisive victory in the gubernatorial election seemed a remote possibility early in the year. Even as Nov. 4 approached, few observers saw Hogan taking the lead much less winning by the margin that he did. What makes this the most important political event of the past year, however, is its importance for the next four. Hogan will not only control the Executive Branch of state government but will also have an opportunity to reshape the political landscape of Maryland. Whether he is actually able to do that will depend on the choices he makes and the skill that he demonstrates, but there will also be other factors outside of his immediate control. Will he be able to forge a... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: Goodbye Stephen

By: Laslo Boyd  This is a sad day for Stephen Colbert’s countless fans. Tonight’s edition of the Colbert Report will be the last one. Sometime next year, he will start his new gig on the Late Show, replacing David Letterman. While the new venue will undoubtedly provide Colbert with the opportunity to develop new comedic riffs, it just won’t be the same. Along with the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, Colbert has brought the venerable art form of political satire into the 21st century. It takes nothing away from Will Rogers, Thomas Nast or even Garry Trudeau to observe that Colbert and Stewart are today’s “Gold Standard” of how to skewer politicians and oversized-ego celebrities (Is that redundant?). Some media critics have coined the term “fake news” to characterize both shows. Having applied that label, some then go on to bemoan the fact that many young adults seem to view Colbert and... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: Do Police-Community Relations Have To Be Troubled?

By: Laslo Boyd  As recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, vividly demonstrate, grand juries are not the solution to tensions between the police and residents of minority communities. Both grand juries, operating largely in secret, seemed to presume that police officers deserve an almost unlimited benefit of the doubt for their actions. The decisions not to indict in the aftermath of the deaths of two unarmed black men inflamed rather than reassured. Moreover, the question of whether to indict a police officer for murder or for using excessive force is already after the fact. Michael Brown and Eric Garner both died as the result of encounters with police officers. Whether the officers responsible for their deaths were treated fairly by the court system is an important issue, but what happened in those encounters on the street is even more important, literally a matter of life or death.... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: Transitions

By: Laslo Boyd  In the world of politics, it looks like 2015 will be really different from 2014. Well, maybe not so much at the national level. Republicans will control both Houses of Congress, but that probably doesn’t mean that bills will be passed. Having responsibility can be a terrible burden. It’s so much easier when all you have to do is obstruct and grandstand. Curiously, there may be more changes on the horizon for Democrats than for Republicans. This last election was a disaster. It would take a remarkable level of obliviousness to think that having a good chance to win the presidency in 2016 is enough to make things right. The party has a structural turnout problem that won’t be solved merely by a presidential election. The Democratic coalition, such as it is, is hard to awaken for state and local elections, especially in non-presidential years. The lack of... Continue reading
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