November 5, 2009

State Roundup, November 5, 2009

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The victories of Republicans for governor of New Jersey and Virginia have stirred talk of another run by former Gov. Bob Ehrlich, who weighed in on the significance of those wins in multiple venues. Ehrlich tells the Post he planned to study the election results in both states more closely in coming days. “We’re trying to be pretty objective about this analysis. …I want to look at cross tabs,” he said. “I want to look at independents. I want to look at ticket-splitters.” Ehrlich was also interviewed by The Baltimore Sun and Capital News Service. Full results of the Clarus Poll on an O’Malley-Ehrlich rematch are on the Corridor Inc. Web site.

Bryan Sears at Patuxent appears to have broken the story that Mike Pappas, a Baltimore County attorney, is dropping out of the race for governor and throwing his support to Larry Hogan, who will only run if Ehrlich doesn’t. There’s more coverage in the blogs at the Post and the Sun. Inside Charm City blog carries the full message of Pappas to supporters.

“Maryland poultry farmers could face more stringent pollution regulations than those in other states, a stance that has drawn opposition from Gov. Martin O’Malley and the Maryland Farm,” James Hale at the Capital News Service reports. The Sun’s Tim Wheeler has a slightly different take on the EPA warnings.

Wine merchants are beginning another push to allow direct mailing of wine to Maryland residents, the Associated Press reports in The Daily Record. The measure has never made it out of General Assembly committees.

Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey is considering a race against freshman Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards, Roll Call and the Washington Examiner report.

Gov. Martin O’Malley and State Schools Superintendent Nancy Grasmick are refusing to meet with a Washington County woman who wants to stop the construction of a new elementary school, Dan Dearth reports in the Hagerstown Herald-Mail.

The Daily Record carried MarylandReporter.com’s exclusive story on the big shortfall in state pension contributions, as did Corridor Inc., and the Post linked to it in its blog.