In first forum, U.S. Senate candidates tackle state ballot questions

In their very first forum of the U.S. Senate campaign, the four candidates offered varying views on three of the state’s most controversial ballot questions Wednesday on Larry Young’s Morning Show on WOLB radio in Baltimore.

Responding to a question from Young, U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, Republican Dan Bongino, independent Rob Sobhani and Libertarian Dean Ahmad offered their views on same-sex marriage, gambling expansion and immigrant tuition.

Ruppersberger questioned about Benghazi attack in debate

In Monday’s debate between U.S. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger and his Republican challenger for Maryland’s 2nd Congressional District, Sen. Nancy Jacobs, Ruppersberger questioned why the safe room in the Benghazi compound where U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens died of asphyxiation did not have an air supply.

State Roundup, October 24, 2012

A look at redistricting from both sides of the issue; U.S. Rep. Ruppersberger is pro-gay marriage, Cummings still mum on the issue; Dream Act from two points of view; Del. McDonough says no matter what happens to the Dream Act on Nov. 6, court case is in the offing; state prosecutor launches a probe into Montgomery officials’ use of state resources on local ballot initiatives; replacements sought for two Prince George’s delegates; Gov. O’Malley’s rating takes a dip in latest Washington Post poll; and Arundel County Exec John Leopold’s legal bill tops $40,000.

Rep. Elijah Cummings and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (By ElijahECummings)

Md. Democratic leaders cry foul as watchdog group trains 200 poll watchers

The Maryland Democratic Party and some of its top elected officials are complaining that a Maryland voter watchdog group is training people in voter suppression.

Election Integrity Maryland, an offshoot of the Texas-based TRUEtheVOTE, has trained up to 200 poll watchers across the state this year to monitor what should be one of Maryland’s most contentious elections in memory.