A Miner Detail Podcast
EPISODE 279: Sen. Clarence Lam & Del. Marc Korman on Roy McGrath’s Severance Packages

EPISODE 279: Sen. Clarence Lam & Del. Marc Korman on Roy McGrath’s Severance Packages

September 8, 2020

This is A Miner Detail Podcast episode 279.

Roy McGrath resigned as Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's (R) chief of staff on Aug. 17, 2020, after The Baltimore Sun reported that McGrath was given a six-figure severance package when leaving the Maryland Environmental Service.

State Sen. Clarence K. Lam (D-Howard/Baltimore) and Del. Marc Korman (D-Montgomery) joined A Miner Detail Podcast host Ryan Miner on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, to discuss McGrath's severance and his tenure at the Maryland Environmental Service.

Lam and Korman serve on the General Assembly's Joint Committee on Fair Practices & State Personnel Oversight.

Their committee is holding hearings on McGrath's severance package.

EPISODE 278: The Firing of Mac Love

EPISODE 278: The Firing of Mac Love

September 7, 2020
Arthur "Mac" Love IV Arthur "Mac" Love IV served as deputy director for the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives, which is responsible for outreach to diverse ethnic groups and faith communities.
 
Love shared a series of social media posts supporting Kenosha shooting suspect Kyle Rittenhouse. Love was fired from his statehouse job on Saturday, Aug. 29th, 2020.
 
A Miner Detail Podcast host Ryan Miner moderated a panel discussion about Love's firing on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020.
 
This is A Miner Detail Podcast episode 278.
 
Panelists included:
  • Charlotte Aufdem-Brinke, co-owner, Dan's Restaurant and Tap House;
  • Mark McLaurin, Maryland progressive activist and union leader;
  • Sarahia Benn, candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates;
  • Michael Feldman, progressive activist;
  • Jake Burdett, progressive activist;
  • Henry Callegary, attorney and Baltimore Couty Democratic leader;
  • Eric Beasley, A Miner Detail Correspondent
EPISODE 277: State Del. Carl J. Anderton Jr. on the Wicomico County executive selection process

EPISODE 277: State Del. Carl J. Anderton Jr. on the Wicomico County executive selection process

August 31, 2020

Maryland state Del. Carl J. Anderton Jr. (R-Lower Shore) joined A Miner Detail Podcast host Ryan Miner on Sunday, Aug. 30 to discuss his journey through the Wicomico County executive selection process.

This is A Miner Detail Podcast Episode 277. 

EPISODE 276: Maryland Politics Roundup (Aug. 23)

EPISODE 276: Maryland Politics Roundup (Aug. 23)

August 31, 2020

A Miner Detail Podcast featured a guest panel on Sunday, Aug. 23, for its monthly Maryland politics roundup show.

This is A Miner Detail Podcast Episode 276.

Topics discussed:

  • Visiting Circuit Court Judge Thomas G. Ross ruled against Dr. Alan McCarthy in his lawsuit aimed to toss Danielle Hornberger from the Nov. general election ballot for failing to file the required paperwork at the time she filed her county executive candidacy last fall;
  • Gov. Larry Hogan's chief of staff resigned on Aug. 17 after the Baltimore Sun reported that Roy McGrath received a six-figure severance package from the Maryland Environmental Service;
  • The Wicomico County Council generated drama around its selection process to replace the late Bob Culver, who died in July;
  • Maryland Matters recently published a story this month about Maryland's potential 2022 statewide candidates. The panel dissects the article;
  • The panel reacts to the Democratic National Convention.

Panelists include:

  • Len Foxwell, Chief of Staff to Maryland Comptroller Peter V. R. Franchot (D);
  • Mark J. McLaurin, Director of Political and Legislative Affairs for the Service Employees International Union Local 500;
  • Richard DeShay Elliott, Maryland progressive activist, and candidate for state delegate in Prince George’s County.
EPISODE 275: Podcast Panel Takes on Easton’s Talbot Boys Confederate Statue

EPISODE 275: Podcast Panel Takes on Easton’s Talbot Boys Confederate Statue

August 30, 2020

monument honoring Confederate soldiers is staying put for now in front of Talbot County’s Courthouse in Easton, Maryland.

The Talbot County Council voted 3-2 on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, against removing the statue.

The statue, dedicated in 1916, commemorates the 84 soldiers from the county who fought for the Confederacy.

This is A Miner Detail Podcast Episode 275.

On Sunday, August 23, 2020, A Miner Detail Podcast, hosted by A Miner Detail Editor in Chief Ryan Miner, featured five panelists to discuss the fallout from the council’s decision to allow the racist statue to remain on public property.

Panelists include:

Maryland News: Thursday, August 20, 2020
Maryland News: Monday, August 17, 2020

Maryland News: Monday, August 17, 2020

August 17, 2020

Roy McGrath resigned Monday as Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's chief of staff amid turmoil over a six-figure severance package he received from his previous state government job.

McGrath officially assumed the role of Hogan's top aide on June 1.

The Maryland Environmental Service board of directors approved McGrath's severance in May.

The board offered McGrath a year's salary - roughly $233K - plus tuition reimbursement and other perks.

Senate President Willam C. "Bill Ferguson IV (D) and House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D) released a statement Friday calling for special hearings into McGrath's severance.

Though McGrath did not release an official statement, he wrote on Facebook that he "remains focused" on his job, and he decried the report as toxic, partisan politics."

The governor and his press officials declined to comment.

On Monday, however, McGrath said he was "exiting state service," referring to the latest incident as a "distraction."

"For me, this entire topic is simply the sad politics of personal destruction, and right now, we cannot afford unnecessary distractions from the critical work the governor and his team are doing," McGrath said in a statement.

Hogan's office released a statement Monday announcing the governor regretfully accepts McGrath's resignation.

"It is with regret that I have accepted Roy McGrath’s resignation as chief of staff. Roy has been a deeply valued member of our administration, and our state is better for his dedicated service," Hogan said.

"I recognize that this was a difficult decision for Roy, but I understand and respect his reasons for making this decision. I have always known Roy to be someone of the highest character, and I wish him well in his future endeavors."

Hogan taps Keiffer Mitchell Jr. as Acting Chief 

The governor tapped Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr., the administration's chief lobbyist, as his acting chief of staff. Mitchell is widely respected by both sides of the political aisle and established himself as a bipartisan consensus builder.

“I am humbled that Governor Hogan has put his trust in me. We have a first-rate team that is working around the clock at such a critical moment in our history. Together, we will continue to change Maryland for the better," Mitchell said in a statement, released by Hogan officials.

Both Bill Ferguson and Adrienne Jones released a statement Monday saying that agreed with McGrath's decision to step aside.

Hogan's spokesman said McGrath is "not receiving severance from the governor's office," the Sun reported.

A Subplot 

A Miner Detail received a data dump earlier Monday morning from someone apparently on the inside of state government - someone who worked closely with McGrath.

Stay tuned.


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