State Roundup, October 30, 2012

Early voting canceled for Tuesday, will now last through Friday; CLOSED: check out the local, state and federal offices that are closed today; Gov. O’Malley says 280,000 in Maryland without power; Hurricane Sandy cancels U.S. Senate debate; Arundel elections officials encourage those voters to read their long ballot before heading to the polls; gambling expansion: will it go through if Prince George’s says no?; U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards is against gambling expansion; teachers union won’t back it; and while Marylanders say O’Malley is fine as governor, only 1 in 5 would back him for president.

Report recommends reform of bail system

The Maryland Public Defender Office has been providing representation since June to all defendants seeking counsel in their bail review hearings. But a Justice Policy Institute report released last month on the bail system in Baltimore City found the money-bail system itself discriminates against lower income defendants.