January 5, 2012

State Roundup, January 5, 2012

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6th DISTRICT RACE: Republican state Sen. David Brinkley of Western Maryland and commercial banker John Delaney of Potomac and attorney Charles Bailey of Sharpsburg, both Democrats, have added their names to the list of those who will be seeking their party’s nomination to run for the 6th Congressional District seat currently held by Republican Roscoe Bartlett, Glynis Kazanjian and Len Lazarick report for MarylandReporter.com.

Bethany Rodgers of the Frederick News-Post attended Brinkley’s announcement.

All could be taking advantage of the anti-incumbent mood that is sweeping the nation, writes John Fritze for the Sun. He also writes that Duchy Trachtenberg, a former Montgomery County Council member who was the first to enter the race for the Democratic nomination, is withdrawing due to illness.

HARRIS STAFF DISCIPLINED: The Annapolis Capital runs an AP story that reports U.S. Rep. Andy Harris has disciplined his chief of staff after an underage intern was allowed to drink alcohol at a party on a veranda at the U.S. Capitol last summer.

JACOBS ON RACES: Dan Rodricks of WYPR-FM interviews state Sen. Nancy Jacobs, who is running for for Dutch Ruppersberger’s congressional seat, about the presidential races. Scroll down to the audio link.

UM PREZ HOUSE: Comptroller Peter Franchot criticized the University of Maryland’s College Park Foundation’s use of $7.2 million to rebuild the university president’s palatial on-campus residence, as he cast the sole vote opposing the demolition of the current home, Megan Poinski reports for MarylandReporter.com.

DREAM ACT FIGHT: An effort to overturn a law allowing in-state tuition rates for some illegal aliens will move to the fund-raising phase with an announcement today by Del. Pat McDonough, reports Bryan Sears for Patch.com. “It’s going to take a statewide, very aggressive effort,” McDonough says.

UNION BACKS MARRIAGE BILL: Maryland’s AFL-CIO, a 300,000-member strong labor union, will back the same-sex marriage legislation, marking a key endorsement from a powerful political force in the state, Annie Linskey of the Sun reports.

DEFICIT REDUCTION: As Howard County’s state legislators prepare for the 90-day session that starts Jan. 11, their primary focus remains on reducing the state’s projected $1 billion deficit, Lindsey McPherson reports for the Columbia Flier.

Joel McCord of WYPR-FM begins a three-part series that examines some of the issues that are expected to come up during the General Assembly session. The first is the state’s chronic budget deficit, which you can read here or click on the accompanying link to listen.

SLOTS & PENSIONS: Allegany County teachers and veterans met with their state legislators to discuss seek support for pensions and slots in Annapolis, Matthew Bieniek writes for the Cumberland Times-News.

CURRIE REPRESENTED: Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr., who retired from Maryland’s highest court last fall, has agreed to represent state Sen. Ulysses Currie in an ethics inquiry expected to get under way in the General Assembly later this month, Michael Dresser reports for the Sun.

POACHING FIGHT: Candus Thomson of the Sun reports on new state efforts backed by laws passed in the 2011 General Assembly session to thwart what has been the extensive poaching of striped bass – aka rockfish – in the Chesapeake Bay.

SAVE THE BAY: In a Sun op-ed, Tom Horton recounts an incident where a developer bulldozed a small stream valley forest, and says that the likely penalties aren’t tough enough to protect the Chesapeake Bay.

HIV FUNDING: Maryland will get $12.5 million from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to fund HIV prevention activities in the counties this year, down about $604,000 from last year, the Sun’s Meredith Cohn reports.

JUDGE KRATOVIL: Jack Shaum of the Easton Star-Democrat interview former U.S. Rep. Frank Kratovil about his recent appointment to the District Court bench.

FORMER SEN. MURPHY DIES: Former state Del. and Sen. Nancy Murphy, who served in the General Assembly for 11 years, died in her Catonsville home on Dec. 30, 2011, a day before her 82nd birthday, Brian Conlin reports for the Catonsville Times.

VOTE ON JONES’ REMOVAL: An Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge denied a temporary restraining order from Anne Arundel County Councilman Daryl Jones yesterday, allowing the council to vote on legislation that would remove him from office, Allison Bourg reports for the Annapolis Capital.