Skip to content

Anjali Shastry

Anjali Shastry

Anjali Shastry covers Capitol Hill politics for The Washington Times. Originally from Cupertino, California, Shastry graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara, with a bachelor's degree in English and anthropology, and from University of Maryland, College Park, with a master's degree in journalism. She has previously written for American Journalism Review, Voice of America and the University of Maryland's Capital New Service wire. She can be reached at

Articles by Anjali Shastry

Inside the Maryland State House in Annapolis, the Senate approved the "justice reinvestment" bill on a 46-0 vote. (Associated Press/File)

Maryland Senate passes criminal justice reform bill

Despite mixed feelings over a sweeping criminal justice reform bill, the Maryland Senate unanimously approved the legislation, which lawmakers said ultimately "moves the state forward." Published March 24, 2016

Maryland State Sen. Jamie B. Raskin, Montgomery Democrat.

Three-year lawsuit window could sink Maryland equal pay bill

A Maryland effort to close the pay gap between men and women hit a roadblock Wednesday, as state senators couldn't agree on a provision to allow those who believe they have been paid unfairly to sue their employers. Published March 23, 2016

"Our state is very important," Maryland Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller Jr. said Thursday. "But our song contains some offensive verses." (Associated Press)

In Maryland, concerns remain as criminal reform bill nears vote

ANNAPOLIS -- The Maryland Senate is scheduled Thursday to take a final vote on a sweeping criminal justice reform bill amid concerns about its ability to reduce costs in incarceration and apply the savings to alternative methods of rehabilitation. Published March 23, 2016

Workers set up a DraftKings promotions tent in the parking lot of Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Mass., before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and New York Jets. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission meets Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, to discuss regulating daily fantasy sports contests run by Boston-based DraftKings and other companies that have exploded in popularity in recent years. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Maryland Senate advances referendum on fantasy gaming

ANNAPOLIS -- The state Senate approved Tuesday a clarification of a 2012 law against commercial daily gaming websites such as FanDuel and DraftKings, and advanced a referendum bill to allow voters in November to decide the legality of fantasy gaming. Published March 22, 2016

This April 8, 2014, file photo shows a general view of the Maryland State House in Annapolis. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) ** FILE **

Maryland Senate OKs changes to state song

ANNAPOLIS -- Maryland lawmakers are one step closer to removing pro-Confederacy lyrics from the official state song, as a bill to designate a "compromise" song advanced Thursday. Published March 17, 2016

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller had another easy year with Gov. Larry Hogan's state budget. (Associated Press/File)

Larry Hogan’s Maryland budget passes Senate unanimously

The Maryland Senate unanimously passed its version of Gov. Larry Hogan's $42.3 billion budget Thursday, the second consecutive year the Democrat-led chamber has approved the Republican governor's spending plan with little or no floor debate. Published March 17, 2016

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Associated Press/File)

Maryland Democrats push to ban guns on campus

Democrats are pushing bills to ban guns on college campuses to help prevent suicides and accidental deaths, but opponents argue that banning guns on campus will make students and faculty vulnerable in a future mass shooting. Published March 9, 2016

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said, "Unfortunately, it would appear that some members of the General Assembly are choosing to ignore fiscal responsibility altogether." (Associated Press)

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan blasts state’s ‘reckless’ spending

Gov. Larry Hogan criticized the General Assembly Tuesday for its "reckless" spending while Democrats said they are not keen to give him more power over the state budget, the latest tense exchange over budgetary priorities between the first-term Republican governor and a Democratic-controlled legislature. Published March 8, 2016

State Sen. Robert Cassilly, Harford Republican, has put forth the canvasback duck, a duck with deep ties to his home county, to be the official duck of Maryland. Critics wonder if the state needs a 24th official symbol. (Associated Press)

Canvasback pushed as Maryland state duck

Maryland has a state bird, fish, reptile, fossil shell and dinosaur. Now state Sen. Robert Cassilly is looking to add a duck to the list. Published March 6, 2016