April 26, 2010

State Roundup April 26, 2010

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EHRLICH: WBAL radio’s news director defended the decision to keep Bob and Kendel Ehrlich on the air despite his candidacy, using the first half hour of Saturday’s show, John Wagner reports in the Washington Post. Len Lazarick of MarylandReporter.com discusses Miller’s argument in his column on the “endless campaign.”

POLL: On his own blog, Tom Lobianco of WYPR, Center Maryland and Corridor Inc. discusses the new Rasmussen poll showing the governor’s race tightening. Here’s a link to the poll itself. Annie Linskey takes a look at the poll in the Sun’s blog.

ALI v. KING: Del. Saqib Ali confirmed Friday on the WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi show that he will take on Sen. Nancy King in the Democratic primary in their Montgomery County district, John Wagner reports in the Post blog. Sean Sedam has the detailed story for the Gazette of Politics and Business.

Maryland Politics Watch has a video link and the press release.

MIKULSKI: Sen. Barbara Mikulski kicked off her campaign for a fifth term in the Senate. David Nitkin and Annie Linskey report for the Sun

CORRUPTION: Annie Linksey with the Sun examines the impact a pending Supreme Court case on the mail fraud statute might have on the investigation of Sen. Ulysses Currie and earlier convictions using the federal law.

IMPALLARIA: Republican Del. Rick Impallaria is continuing his crusade against the Harford County school board’s decision to allow students Internet access to gay, lesbian and trans-gender websites, Bryan Sears of Patuxent Publishing reports.

WORKPLACE FRAUD: Maryland Labor Secretary Alexander Sanchez discusses employers who misclassify workers as independent contractors with Nick Sohr of The Daily Record.

STEM CELL: The Vatican will fund adult stem cell research at the University of Maryland, Danielle Ullman reports in The Daily Record. Kelly Brewington has the story for the Sun.

LOTTERY: The former Kansas gaming commissioner Stephen Martino takes over the Maryland Lottery agency Monday, Liz Farmer reports in the Daily Record.

BAD FOR BUSINESS?: A Sun editorial counters arguments that Maryland is bad for business in light of March job gains that were the highest in the nation.

ELECTRICITY: The candidates for governor need to discuss the future of electric power in Maryland, not just the past missteps, a Sun editorial argues.

COMMON CAUSE: Ryan O’Donnell of Common Cause has some strong words about the General Assembly’s inaction on items his organization supported in a Sun commentary, “90 Days of Disappointment.”

GROWTH: Maryland is making plans for how to deal with Census projections it it population will grow by one million people by 2030, the Associated Press reports at WTOP.

DRESSER: In his opinion column, Sun transportation reporter Michael Dresser has some rants about legislative inaction on drunk driving and praise for lawmakers on bike safety and cell phone use.