June 3, 2010

State Roundup June 3, 2010

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BAY RESTORATION: Governors from Maryland and Virginia will be meeting with representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency today to discuss Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts, while Pennsylvania’s governor will miss the meeting, according to the Associated Press.

A flotilla of bay advocates arrived in Annapolis Wednesday with a list of restoration strategies, writes Alex Dominguez for the Associated Press.

WBAL-TV reporter David Collins has video of the event from Annapolis. Maryland officials say Bay cleanup is on track, while activists disagree, write Tim Wheeler for The Sun.

EHRLICH & BUSINESS: Ex-Gov. Robert Ehrlich will be announcing “major initiatives” to aid the state’s small businesses, writes Julie Bykowicz for The Baltimore Sun’s Maryland Politics blog.

SLOTS CASINO: Opponents wrapped up their defense Wednesday in court, attempting to prove that the Anne Arundel County elections board made a mistake by allowing the fate of the gaming parlor to be placed in the hands of a countywide vote. Liz Farmer has the story for The Daily Record.

ARUNDEL EXECUTIVE: Janet Owens will start polling next week to make up her mind about running against her successor John Leopold for a third term as county executive, writes MarylandReporter.com’s Len Lazarick writes for The Business Monthly.

GIFT CARDS: The University System of Maryland is investigating how it distributed $40,000 worth of gift cards that were meant for needy families, writes Kathleen Miller for the Associated Press.

SOCIAL MEDIA REGS: The state elections board is poised to begin regulating candidates’ Facebook and Twitter pages in an attempt to bolster transparency, writes Annie Linskey for The Sun.

STATE GOP: The state Republican party seems to have “turned a corner” based on where the party stood a year ago. Sun reporter Julie Bykowicz credits the Republican upshift on money raising efforts, and high-profile members in key places.

BASE REALIGNMENT: Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who chairs the Governor’s Subcabinet on Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), announced the state will spend $200,000 for a “guaranteed ride home” for Fort Meade transit users as an emergency backup plan. Michael Dresser has the story in his transportation blog Getting There, in The Sun.

RACE TO THE TOP: Maryland and D.C. joined 34 states in competing for a share of $3.4 billion in federal aid for schools, writes Nick Anderson for The Washington Post.

STUDENT REGENT: The newly-appointed student member for the University System of Maryland Board of Regents says he wants to use his new position to enhance academia at historically black colleges, according to Nick DiMarco for MarylandReporter.com.

GANSLER: Attorney General Doug Gansler is using his campaign to express his opinion on gay marriage, writes Julie Bykowicz.

INDY RACEWAY: Gov. Martin O’Malley and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Sheila Dixon announced Wednesday that the city will play host to an Indy-style raceway, writes Julie Scharper for The Sun.

STATE DEMS: The Maryland Democratic party is well-positioned in money, organization and message, according to Hagerstown chairwoman Susan Turnball. Andrew Schotz, (Hagerstown) Herald-Mail reporter, has the recap from the county’s annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner.

ANTI-LITTER CAMPAIGN: WBAL Radio reporter John Patti spoke with Baltimore City Del. Jill Carter regarding a campaign to reduce trash in the city.

DISTRICT COURT VACANCY: Eight lawyers will be interviewing with O’Mallley to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Edward Murphy, according to Bryan Sears in his Strange Bedfellows blog.

PROGRESS: In the Frederick News-Post, Marta Mossburg is critical of the Genuine Progress Indicator O’Malley launched earlier this year.