July 7, 2010

State Roundup July 7, 2010

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RUNNING MATE NO. 2: Maryland GOP gubernatorial hopeful Brian Murphy unveiled his second running mate of the election season, tapping a fellow Montgomery County resident to fill out his long-shot ticket, John Wagner writes for the Post.

GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE: Community activist Maria Allwine is running for Maryland governor on Green Party ticket, reports InvestigativeVoice.com And read IV’s 2009 interview with her here.

BIDEN STUMPS: VP Joe Biden is set to headline a fund-raiser for Gov. O’Malley on July 19, in a small parade of Obama administration folks heading to the state during the election cycle, John Wagner of the Post reports.

KANE PRAISED: Ehrlich’s LG candidate Mary Kane wins plaudits on the early campaign trail, writes Alan Brody of the Gazette.

EASY, TOUGH RACES: As Len Lazarick of MarylandReporter.com wrote yesterday, Attorney General Doug Gansler, a Democrat, and a load of other incumbents could face an easy ride to victory since no challengers emerged. Read Julie Bykowicz’s piece on this issue in the Sun. Nicholas Sohr of the Daily Record reports that some high-ranking state lawmakers could face a tough road back to Annapolis.

CANDIDATE LIST: Here’s the Sun’s candidate list for Maryland offices following last night’s filing deadline. Go to the State Board of Elections for county offices here.

MARGINAL STEELE: Dan Balz and Chris Cillizza of the Post write that many Republican leaders are bypassing RNC chief and former Maryland LG Michael Steele ahead of midterms. Republican GOP candidate Brian Murphy criticizes Steele in the WBAL Radio report from Robert Lang.

CITY PROSECUTOR: In Baltimore City, challenger Gregg Bernstein makes his case against State’s Attorney General Pat Jessamy, Jean Marbella blogs for the Sun. Here’s Greg Haber’s piece for the Baltimore Business Journal. You can hear Robert Lang’s report for WBAL Radio here. You can watch Jayne Miller’s report for WBAL-TV here. And WBFF’s report here.

LOWER SHORE: New faces are assured among the local and state legislators representing the Lower Shore, staff writers of the Salibury Daily Times report.

BALTIMORE COUNTY: Bryan Sears of Patuxent Publishing has a lot to blog about. Say Don Murphy’s name three times and voila; Board of Elections boredom; Gimbel won’t run for Baltimore County Council; Hutchinson to head Revenue Authority.

STATE’S ATTORNEY: Money, not crime is the focus of the rematch for Baltimore County state’s attorney, reports Robert Lang of WBAL Radio. Click here to read his story and hear his report.

MONTGOMERY COUNCIL: Royce Hanson, who retired as chairman of Montgomery’s Planning Board, launched a bid for the Montgomery County Council seat being vacated by Michael Knapp, says Miranda Spivack of the Post. Meghan Tierney of the Gazette adds “Eddie” Kuhlman also is throwing his hat into that ring.

BARTLETT OUT: Three candidates rushed to fill the vacant spot left with Del. Joe Bartlett’s announcement in the Frederick News-Post that he would not seek re-election to a fourth term, Annie Linskey writes for the Sun. Read Meg Tully’s piece for the News-Post.

DISTRICT 4A: Meg Tully of the News-Post also writes about the District 4A House of Delegates race here.

WASHINGTON COMMISSION: Andy Schotz of the Hagerstown Herald-Mail reports on the Washington County races.

CUMBERLAND MAYOR: Cumberland’s 10-year veteran mayor won’t seek re-election, Cory Galliher writes for the Cumberland Times-News.

PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT: President Obama has appointed Rep. Chris Van Hollen’s top aide, David Weaver, to be the chief NASA spokesman, the Gazette’s Alan Brody reports.

FINANCIAL LITERACY: While Maryland students will be taking financial literacy courses in years to come, it is the legislators who need the lessons most, opines Marta Mossburg in the Frederick News-Post.

GOOD SALES: Congressman Frank Kratovil dropped in on retailers on Ocean City’s Boardwalk to find out that they are seeing a banner year for sales, Brian Shane writes for the Salisbury Daily Times.

COPPIN AUDIT: Auditors have found that Coppin State University in Baltimore still isn’t following established procedure to go after millions in delinquent accounts, Megan Poinski writes for MarylandReporter.com. Coppin says it allows some delinquent students to register for classes to help minority students get degrees, Childs Walker writes for the Sun.