Gov. Hogan eliminates E-ZPass fees on new toll customers, expected to save users $46 million; citing education needs, activists campaign against Maryland, D.C. and Virginia tax subsidies to Amazon; state paid out $87 million in pension management fees; Comptroller Franchot switches stance, now wants beer, wine sales in groceries; temp replacement for Baltimore County Exec Kamenetz could be named this morning; Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls sign pledge to shore up Obamacare; GOP ‘snooze’ ad draws scorn for including late candidate Kamenetz; Rushern Baker media buy proves Montgomery to play large role in governor’s race; Montgomery exec candidate Marc Elrich finds himself sparring with ‘socialist’ label; County exec hopeful Jim Brochin buys big in Baltimore County media blitz; and in Frederick County exec race, Kathy Afzali maintains largest bankroll, but incumbent Jan Gardner has raised more.
Elrich, along with David Blair, attended a candidate’s forum at the Tastee Diner in downtown Silver Spring Wednesday morning. The questions were pointed, and as each candidate answered, a contrast between two potential leaders in the race emerged.
Montgomery County candidates and voters are taking more notice of the source of campaign funds in the first election where public financing is an option. Former County Councilmember Phil Andrews, the architect of the public campaign financing program for county council and county executive races, said he believes some voters will favor candidates using the public financing system.
Kevin Kamenetz may have been buried May 11, but he remains very much alive on Democratic primary ballots. The death of the Baltimore County executive as he campaigned for governor exposed problems with Maryland election laws, as well as long-standing constitutional issues with the job of lieutenant governor.
As in so many other places around the Chesapeake Bay, oysters are now scarce in Breton Bay, a short, relatively wide tributary of the Potomac River that zigzags south like a question mark from Leonardtown in St. Mary’s County. But the bivalves may return to this picturesque and comparatively remote estuary if a proposal by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources comes to fruition. State officials have nominated Breton for an ambitious effort to restore its long-dormant oyster reefs.
In the race for the Montgomery County Council at-large more than two-thirds of the candidates have applied to participate in the public financing program, but less than half have gained approval as the submission deadline looms Tuesday.
April showers bring May flowers — and mosquitoes. This spring, a team of researchers with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is looking into whether the annual onslaught of those pesky blood suckers can be curbed by some tiny, shrimplike critters called copepods.
We’re 12 days away from the deadline for campaign finance reports for the first four months of 2018. But Capital News Service did an analysis of where the Democratic candidates had been raising money during 2017.
Rose Krasnow may prefer to be judged by voters for her credentials rather than her gender, but the fact remains she is the only female candidate in a crowded race of five white men running for county executive during the #MeToo movement. A former county executive candidate and a well-known Maryland pollster see this as an advantage. The consensus is also that the June 26 Democratic primary election for county executive has no clear front runner and remains wide open.
After years of study and haggling over how to deal with the impact of Conowingo Dam on the Chesapeake Bay, the Hogan administration has ordered the hydropower facility’s operator to reduce nutrient pollution passing through the dam on its way down the Susquehanna River — or pay up to $172 million a year for someone else to do it.