I have just been told that Maryland Senate Republicans have elected Nancy Jacobs as their new Minority Leader, and E. J. Pipkin as the new Minority Whip.
Jacobs replaces Senator Allan Kittleman, whose socially moderate ways irked some of the caucus's more conservative members.
Still, if towing the line is what Senate Republicans demand of their leaders, then Pipkin is definitely a curious choice. Pipkin has exhibited his independent streak on a number of occasions. Now that he has the added stature of being a member of the party leadership, I have to imagine we will be seeing more of it in the future.