Maryland’s leftward swing

Benefits for illegal immigrants. Same-sex marriage. Strict regulations on gun purchases. Over the past two years, Maryland has enacted laws that represent a dramatic liberal shift, even for a state long dominated by Democrats. …

Now, as the legislative session in Annapolis comes to an end, the state faces the question of whether Maryland is becoming a reliably liberal bastion like Massachusetts, California and Vermont. Or has the state’s Democratic leadership moved too far to the left, potentially endangering incumbents at the polls in 2014? [cont.]

Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post