July 15, 2010

State Roundup July 15, 2010

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EHRLICH ON TV: Bob Ehrlich, who hopes to retake the governor’s mansion from Martin O’Malley, says he’ll begin running TV ads when he’s ready, John Wagner blogs for the Post.

KRATOVIL’S MONEY: The Post’s Ben Pershing writes that state Rep. Frank Kratovil has narrowly outraised state Sen. Andy Harris in the second quarter of 2010.  Here’s Paul West’s report for the Sun.

PG EXEC RACE: Five hopefuls are vying for PG County executive, but political observers say that concerns over each raise questions about the level of quality of those running, reports Dan Valentine of the Gazette.

PG PROBE: Hayley Peterson of the Washington Examiner focuses on a nonprofit group run by PG County exec candidate Rushern Baker. That group is under investigation for failing to file reports on its finances. Read Dan Valentine’s piece for the Gazette here.

STATE CREDIT CARDS: In the 2nd of a 3-part series, Megan Poinski reports for MarylandReporter.com that about 7,500 state employees spent $223 million on 700,000 purchases in fiscal 2010 with State of Maryland credit cards.

O’MALLEY PLAN: Gov. O’Malley’s proposal to waive fees for AP exams has some merit, the Carroll County Times editorial board says.

VALLARIO: The Gazette’s Zoe Tillman reports that after 36 years of representing District 27A in the Statehouse, Del. Joe Vallario said he is running for re-election because “there’s more to be done.”

ROLLE DEBT: Campaign woes continue to plague House of Delegates candidate Scott Rolle, as the District 3A hopeful is fielding questions about the $100,000 he owes a local business. Katherine Heerbrandt reports for the Gazette.

TEA PARTY: Former Maryland LG and current RNC chief Michael Steele is defending the Tea Party movement from accusations of racism leveled by the NAACP, blogs Matthew Brown of the Sun.

CANDIDATE SCRUTINY: The Annapolis Capital editorial board says that background checks change the way voters view candidates.  And the Capital’s Paul Foer takes a closer look, saying that when vetting candidates, ‘just the facts’ is just the start.

BALTIMORE CO. EXEC: View John Rydell’s WBFF-TV report on the Baltimore County exec race, which he reports, is heating up.

KAMENETZ ENDORSED: Baltimore County Councilman Vince Gardina has endorsed Councilman Kevin Kamenetz for county executive, blogs Bryan Sears for Patuxent Publishing. Read Sun blogger Arthur Hirsch’s piece on the endorsement here. And Sears writes of more endorsements in county races.

EADER MULLS SUIT: Caroline Eader, who was hoping to run for Frederick County commissioner, is considering legal action against Frederick’s election chief for disqualifying her from running in the Sept. 14 primary, Sherry Greenfield writes in the Gazette.

RESIDENCY CHALLENGE: A challenger will not file a complaint against Bill Paulshock, a 5th District Baltimore County Council candidate, over residency concerns, reports Bryan Sears of Patuxent Publishing.

VOTERS APPROVE: Majorities of Maryland voters approve of President Obama’s job performance and his health care plan, according to a survey by Public Policy Polling, writes Matthew Brown for the Sun.

TRIPLE A: The Carroll County Times reports that Maryland is keeping its Triple-A bond rating, which has been affirmed by three major bond rating agencies. Here’s Scott Dance’s piece for the Baltimore Business Journal.

FLAWED FOR MD: Marta Mossburg of the Frederick News Post writes that a call for states to borrow from the Treasury during recessions is a flawed idea for Maryland.

MARC SAVES: Michelle Nealy of the PG Sentinel reports that Maryland commuters saved 7.1 million gallons of gas by riding MARC trains in 2008, according to a report by an environmental advocacy group.