Sobhani becomes surprise contender by pouring millions into sleepy U.S. Senate race

The U.S. Senate campaign in Maryland was plodding along quietly this fall. Democrat Ben Cardin, the incumbent liberal seeking a second term, was blithely fending off upstart conservative Republican Dan Bongino, a political novice who left a career in the Secret Service to try to end Cardin’s 46-year career in elected office. Suddenly in September, independent Rob Sobhani began popping up on TV screens across Maryland. He talked directly to voters about his plans to create thousands of jobs with billions in private investment and he was spending millions of his own money to get his message out.

Court of Appeals advised to reject challenges to legislative redistricting

A special master appointed by the Maryland Court of Appeals to examine the legal challenges to legislative redistricting enacted earlier this year has found that all the challenges are without merit and should be denied. If the court accepts the recommendation in the report by retired appeals Judge Alan Wilner following a Nov. 7 hearing, it will uphold the plan Gov. Martin O’Malley submitted to the legislature in January.

State Roundup, October 4, 2012

BGE customers could see $1 to $2 added to monthly bill for grid upgrade; magician does robocall to promote gambling in Maryland; Gov. O’Malley attacks Penn National for anti-gambling ads; reaction to presidential debate; John Delaney failed to vote in two recent elections; and charter government proposal promoted in Frederick County.