November 2, 2010

State Roundup, November 2, 2010

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7 WAYS OF CHANGE:  From health care to table games to the death penalty, Maryland could change under the next governor — whether it’s Martin O’Malley or Bob Ehrlich — John Wagner writes for the Washington Post.

9 THINGS TO LOOK FOR: Julie Bykowicz and Annie Linskey of the Sun offer “Nine things to watch” as the results come in from Election Day — from black voter turnout to the enthusiasm of voters to the results of early voting.

WHY EHRLICH? The Diamondback endorsement of Ehrlich for governor gets a closer look by Julie Bykowicz of the Sun.

PPC ENDORSES: Patuxent Publishing offered up its endorsements Monday, including Ehrlich for governor.

FINAL PUSH: Rallies, doughnuts and toasts filled out the final push of gubernatorial campaign stops for Ehrlich and O’Malley, writes Annie Linskey of the Sun. John Rydell of WBFF-TV checked in with the two candidates on their final legs of the race.

Dave Collins of WBAL-TV reports that O’Malley and Ehrlich continue to try to energize voters. An Associated Press story in the Daily Record reports that O’Malley went from Baltimore to Prince George’s while Ehrlich stuck closer to his home turf of Baltimore County.

The Post’s John Wagner reports that Ehrlich, eating doughnuts, touted his endorsement by the Diamondback, calling it “a big deal.” Ann Marimow of the Post writes that O’Malley ate beef and chicken fajitas on his last full day of campaigning. Here’s the take from Emily Mullin of the Baltimore Business Journal.

LEANING GOP: Another handicapper has put the 1st Congressional District race between incumbent Frank Kratovil, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger Andy Harris in the “lean Republican” category, Paul West blogs for the Sun.

HOLT SAYS DEMS VOTE GOP: Brian Sears introduces his new Insider Politics column for Patch with tidbits on Baltimore County exec candidate Ken Holt’s take on early voting and its benefit to Republicans and Ehrlich’s stop at a Krispy Kreme.

VOTER TURNOUT: Liam Farrell of the Capital reports that Arundel County elections officials are predicting that voter turnout could hit 80%. The Carroll County Board of Elections is anticipating about 70% of voters will cast their ballots today, writes Adam Bednar of the Carroll County Times.

CARROLL POLLS: The Carroll County Times offers voters a nifty map to tell them where to vote.

EARLY VOTING: Baltimore County’s early voting numbers for the general election were twice the primary election total, but the expected higher turnout did not quite meet election officials’ highest hopes, writes Bryan Sears of Patch.com.

BEING AN ELECTION JUDGE: In a special report for MarylandReporter.com, Cassie Chew writes what it is like to be an election judge. First things first — she was up at 4 a.m.

AREA CLOSINGS: Here’s what’s closed, what’s open on Election Day in Baltimore City and Baltimore, Arundel, Frederick, Harford and Howard counties.

ARUNDEL BLOG: Follow the Annapolis Capital Election Day blog throughout today by clicking here.

BALT CO BLOG: Click here for the live blog from Patuxent Publishing reporters.

GA ENDORSEMENTS: The Sun offers a pictorial recap of their endorsements in the state legislature.

GREEN Q&A: The Sun’s Opinion editor Andy Green answered reader questions yesterday concerning the election and the paper’s endorsements. You can read that discussion here.

ROUNDUPS

COUNTY EXEC, STATE: Scott Dance of the Baltimore Business Journal gives a quick breakdown of the significant races in Maryland.

WASHINGTON CO: Heather Keels of the Hagerstown Herald Mail reports that thanks to absentee ballots and later military voting deadlines, not all races will be determined today.

FREDERICK CO: Meg Tully of the Frederick News Post offers a roundup for Frederick voters as the dawn breaks on Election Day.

VOTERS GUIDES
WBAL-TV offers Voters Guides for these counties:

ANNE ARUNDEL; 

BALTIMORE COUNTY Also, here’s the candidates list from Patuxent Publishing.

HARFORD COUNTY

HOWARD COUNTY

SUIT THREATENED: A Pasadena attorney seeking a seat on the county’s Circuit Court bench is threatening to sue her two Democratic opponents, claiming representatives of the two judges are disseminating “maliciously false and misleading” information about her and her work history. The judges say the information doesn’t come from them but from a group “that wants to see qualified people elected to the bench,” Scott Daugherty of the Capital reports.

AMBULANCE FLIER SUIT: A Montgomery County judge said yesterday that a county-produced campaign flier advocating ambulance fees was designed to intimidate voters, but he dismissed a suit challenging government campaign efforts because he ruled it was filed one day late, Michael Laris writes for the Post.

TRACKS NOT FOR SALE: The owner of Pimlico and Laurel reiterates that despite the back and forth with David Cordish over the slots issue, the two race tracks are not for sale, writes Andy Rosen of the Sun.