November 1, 2013

State Roundup, November 1, 2013

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SAVING BLACK COLLEGES: Del. Aisha Braveboy, who is running for Attorney General, writes in an opinion piece in the Gazette that now is the time for the state of Maryland to act with utmost speed to comply with the Civil Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution in its treatment of the state’s historically black colleges and universities.

GANSLER & THE PRESS: Barry Rascovar, in his Political Maryland blog, addresses the controversies surrounding Attorney General Doug Gansler, who is running for governor, and takes a quick look at how the press and public have been responding.

Gazette columnist Blair Lee says there’s something fishy of the media beat down on Attorney General Doug Gansler in his campaign for governor.

THE DARK SIDE: Joseph Steffen, a Baltimore-based political operative whose activities sparked widespread controversy during the administration of Gov. Robert Ehrlich and triggered a General Assembly probe, is doing work for ex-Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, a Republican hoping to take on Rep. John Delaney, D-Potomac, in 2014, reports Louis Peck for Bethesda Magazine.

DEL. MYERS TO RUN FOR COMMISSION: Del. LeRoy Myers, a three-term Republican lawmaker in the Maryland General Assembly, plans to announce he will be running for Washington County commissioner in 2014, Kaustuv Basu reports in the Hagerstown Herald Mail.

DEL. GUTIERREZ TO RUN? Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez, who in 2002 became the first Hispanic-American woman elected to the Maryland General Assembly, has been sending mixed signals about whether she will seek re-election next year – while keeping several would-be successors guessing in the county’s District 18, writes Louis Peck for Bethesda Magazine.

DISTRICT 37B: Christopher Adams of Wicomico County, has filed to enter the House of Delegates District 37B race. Dels. Addie Eckardt and Jeannie Haddaway are the current District 37B representatives. Haddaway is Harford County Executive David Craig’s running mate in the upcoming 2014 gubernatorial election, so she can’t run for her House seat again, Josh Bollinger reports for the Easton Star Democrat.

C LIST GUESTS: One sign that a television show is going bad is its low-rent guests — folks not much in demand who are easy to book and bring nothing with them to the show, writes Sun media critic David Zurawik. “Crossfire” has had two with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich.  “It might not be fair to call them has-beens, but I would be hard pressed off the top of my head to find two political figures less in demand by the standards of political TV than these two.”

LEGGETT WON’T VETO RAISES: Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett will not veto legislation that awards a series of raises totaling 28% to council members who take office after the 2014 elections, Bill Turque reports for the Post.

SPEED CAMERAS VANDALIZED: Meredith Somers of the Washington Times reports that Montgomery County police are investigating reports of speed camera vandalism an average of once every week, with the most recent incident involving three cameras, spray paint and swastikas.

NEUMAN NOTED: Among items in Allison Bourg’s Political Notes column for the Capital-Gazette is one highlighting the fact that Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman has been named one of Washingtonian magazine’s six women to watch.

CANDIDATE SUES CANDIDATE: Pamela Wood of the Sun reports that a candidate for the Annapolis City Council has sued his opponent, his opponent’s campaign organization and one of his opponents’ supporters, claiming an e-mail and a campaign flier were defamatory.

In the complaint, one candidate is accusing the other’s campaign of making false statements about his legal history in a flier distributed to potential voters, reports Jack Lambert in the Capital-Gazette.

AA EXEC RACE: WYPR’s Joel McCord and Pamela Wood of the Baltimore Sun talk about the 2014 race for Anne Arundel County executive, in particular the competitive Republican primary.

PR HULLABALOO: Christian Alexandersen of the Carroll County Times reports that changing the way the Carroll County Board of Commissioners communicates with the media caused a hullabaloo among board members Thursday when they bickered and accused one another of taking advantage of the system, and one stormed out without voting.

MoCo HEALTH INSURANCE: Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro is preparing a bill requiring many county contractors to provide affordable health insurance to their employees, Ryan Marshall reports in the Gazette.

NSA SPY CHIEF QUESTIONED: At the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs Thursday night, Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the National Security Agency, took questions from a large audience, and one of the questioners was former Ambassador to Romania Jim Rosapepe, now the state senator from College Park, writes Len Lazarick in MarylandReporter.com