BUDGET STRATEGY: The Baltimore Sun’s Annie Linskey finds that Gov. Martin O’Malley and challenger former governor Bob Ehrlich used similar budgeting tools. WBAL fact checks job growth claims in O’Malley’s ads.
BROWN LEADING LGs: Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown was elected leader of the National Lieutenant Governors Association at the group’s annual meeting, reports The Baltimore Sun’s Julie Bykowicz. She also blogs about Brown’s role. John Wagner of the Washington Post also writes about Brown‘s new position.
VAN HOLLEN’S FUTURE: For U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, in his 4th term representing Montgomery County and his 2nd as chair of the Dems’ Congressional Campaign Committee, the 2010 elections will likely shape his next political step, writes Ben Pershing and John Wagner of the Washington Post.
HARRIS REMATCH: A Salisbury State University political professor analyzes Andy Harris’s rematch against U.S. Rep. Frank Kratovil, a campaign that has been active since he lost that race in 2008, writes Jenny Hopkinson of the Salisbury Daily Times.
ELECTION RULES: Adam Bednar of the Carroll County Times reports that tomorrow is the deadline for all candidates seeking local and state offices to include authority lines on their campaign’s social media pages on websites such as Facebook and Twitter.
ULMAN SECURITY: Howard County Executive Ken Ulman’s use of a security detail at political events raises eyebrows, reports Larry Carson of the Sun.
ORPHANS’ COURT: Maggi Hays, the first female deputy sheriff in the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, is now seeking office as a judge of the Frederick County Orphans’ Court, writes Blair Ames of the Frederick News-Post.
HAUNTING RECORDS: Some candidates’ court records — full of acquittals, dismissals, and dropped charges — continue to haunt them into the race, writes The Capital’s Liam Farrell.
LODGING RULES: Speaker of the House Michael Busch wants legislative and ethics officials to review lodging regulations, after revelations that Del. Joe Bartlett paid his girlfriend rent, The Capital’s Liam Farrell reports.
ELECT VS. APPOINT: Appointed Anne Arundel County Councilman Charles Ferrar is pushing for vacancies to now be filled by special election, reports The Capital’s Erin Cox.
TAPING POLICE: The Maryland Attorney General’s Office says it’s likely not a violation of Maryland’s wiretap law to make an audio recording of a police officer during an arrest, reports the AP for WMAR-TV, where you can see the situation that set off the controversy.
METRO INCREASES: The Post’s Robert Thomson blogs about the newest Metro fare increases, which go into effect this week. WTOP reports that the increases have been delayed until Tuesday so Metro officials have time to post signs featuring the new fares at stations.
OSHA CITATIONS: Maryland’s Occupational Safety and Health has given Metro four citations in connection with a fatal incident in January that killed two employees in Rockville, The Sun’s Michael Dresser blogs.
SWIM AT RISK: Swimming in the rivers that feed the Chesapeake Bay after a hard rain could be as hazardous to your health as hopping into an unflushed toilet, Kate Yanchulis of the Capital News Service writes in MarylandReporter.com.
JUVENILE JAIL: State officials are reviewing plans for a 230-teen capacity juvenile detention center after advocates complained it was too big, reports the Sun’s Julie Bykowicz. The Sun blogs about Ehrlich’s criticism of the project — which began while he was governor.