September 6, 2012

State Roundup, September 6, 2012

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O’M REHASH:  Just hours after the prime-time speech to the Democratic National Convention, Gov. Martin O’Malley arrived at a breakfast here Wednesday with the Iowa delegation. It could have been a triumphant moment. Instead, writes John Wagner of the Post, O’Malley was facing tepid reviews.

Coming the night after a convention speech that drew mixed reviews, O’Malley’s appearance was notable in part because he talked more about himself and his state than in earlier stops this week, blogs Wagner for the Post.

In an opinion piece in the Sun, Steve Kearney, a former O’Malley employee, touts the governor’s speech, saying that he wasn’t given the prime-time spot for no reason at all.

MIKULSKI ON WOMEN: U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the longest serving woman in Congress and the self-styled dean of the Democratic women in Congress, urged support of female candidates in an address to her party’s national convention Wednesday that came as both presidential campaigns sought to court women voters, reports John Fritze of the Sun. Above the story are various links to videos of both Marylanders and others addressing issues concerning the state.

It was another Maryland night Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention as a third of the party’s members of Congress had speaking roles, though none with a primetime national audience as Gov. Martin O’Malley had Tuesday, according to Marylandreporter.com. For the large Maryland delegation, it was all hands on deck to show its support for Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Rep. Steny Hoyer and Chris Van Hollen.

“When women are in the halls of power, our national debate reflects the needs and dreams of American families,” Mikulski said in a speech punctuated by appeals to women. CNS’s Maria-Pia Negro writes in the Frederick News-Post that Mikulski added, “We’ve built families, businesses and communities. We’re Sunday school teachers and former governors, prosecutors and moms in tennis shoes.”

VAN HOLLEN ON THE RICH: U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who has been chosen to be the Ryan stand-in in debate practices for Veep Joe Biden, offered a sharp rebuke to Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan at the Democratic convention Wednesday, saying of their proposals, “If you refuse to ask the wealthiest to pitch in, then you hit everyone else much harder,” writes CNS’s David Gutman in the Frederick News Post.

DNC ANALYSIS: Dan Rodricks of WYPR-FM hosts political writer and analyst Brian Wendell Morton and Kimberly Moffitt, assistant professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and co-editor of The Obama Effect. He also makes calls to Charlotte for on-the-floor analysis with C. Fraser Smith, WYPR senior news analyst, and Ken Ulman, Howard County executive and 2012 convention delegate.

Marc Steiner of WEAA WYPR-FM also interviews local political animals and participants in the convention, including O’Malley.

CONVENTION COMPANY: A CNS story in the Daily Record profiles a Lanham company that has one of the most high-profile jobs in the nation this week — transforming three huge sites into a nominating convention for the president of the United States in full view of a nightly television audience.

WARY OF ROMNEY: With immigration reform on the minds of Maryland voters this election season — as the November ballot will feature the state’s DREAM Act — proponents are still unsure — and wary — of where Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney stands on a national scale, reports Jim Bach for the Diamondback.

CASINO TAKE DROPS: Maryland’s three casinos made more than $44.6 million in August, down from $48 million in July, with Maryland Live! in Anne Arundel County accounting for 73% of all casino profits last month, writes Chris Korman for the Sun.

BROCHIN BLASTS JUDGE: State Sen. Jim Brochin is pushing to oust a district judge accused this week of mistreating a White Marsh woman who was seeking a restraining order in a domestic violence case, writes Luke Broadwater in the Sun.

GOP DEFENDS DELANEY FLIER: Andrew Schotz of the Hagerstown Herald Mail reports that the GOP is defending its flier accusing Democratic opponent John Delaney of having close ties to a landfill company that was forced to shut a site for overfilling. Delaney is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett.

LEOPOLD ACCUSATIONS: Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold and his administration are facing new accusations they destroyed documents, deployed spies to detect disloyalty and attempted to conceal misconduct in an office beset by sexual harassment, reports Erin Cox in the Sun.

“There are really many things that happened in that office that are wrong and that are immoral and people need to be held accountable for it,” Joan Harris, one of two women fired, tells WBFF-TV.