May 8, 2014

State Roundup, May 8, 2014

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BROWN-GANSLER-MIZEUR DEBATE: Michael Dresser and Erin Cox of the Sun report that Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Attorney General Doug Gansler launched barbed attacks on each other’s record and character as they and Del. Heather Mizeur met in the Democratic gubernatorial campaign’s first televised debate Wednesday night.

3 AGREE ON REDSKINS: At least one issue appeared to unite three Democratic candidates for Maryland governor during the first of two televised debates, writes Alexander Pyles and Michael Dresser for the Sun. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler and Del. Heather Mizeur agreed that it’s time for the Washington Redskins organization to pick a new nickname. That was a bit of a change for Gansler.

MEMORABLE LINES: John Wagner of the Post offers up some of the best and most memorable lines from each candidate delivered during the debae.

WHO WON? Who won last night’s debate among Doug Gansler, Anthony Brown and Heather Mizeur? MarylandReporter.com got responses from a dozen people. There seems to be no clear winner.

PROGRESSIVE MARYLAND BACKS BROWN: Apparently following its head rather than its heart, the activist group Progressive Maryland threw its support behind Lt. Anthony Brown in the Democratic race for governor — passing on the chance to embrace the liberal candidacy of Del. Heather Mizeur, reports Michael Dresser in the Sun.

CAMPAIGN AMUSEMENT: Erin Cox of the Sun writes about two amusing anecdotes from the Gansler campaign, one relating to a T-shirt being worn by a student during a commercial.

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JUDGE MURDOCK: Sun columnist Dan Rodricks profiles M. Brooke Murdock, the Baltimore Circuit judge who ruled against the gay marriage ban, as she gets ready to retire.

OYSTER BOOM: Chesapeake Bay is teeming with more than twice as many oysters than it had in 2010 as the icon of Maryland’s seafood industry continues to rebound from devastating disease outbreaks and overfishing, according to a report in the Salisbury Daily Times.

TRADES COUNCIL BACKS BRAVEBOY: The Baltimore Building and Construction Trades Council threw its support behind Del. Aisha Braveboy Wednesday in her race for the Democratic nomination for attorney general, reports Michael Dresser in the Sun. Braveboy, a two-term lawmaker from Prince George’s County, is competing against Sen. Brian Frosh and Del. Jon Cardin in the June 24 primary.

CARDIN NEEDS TO EXPLAIN: The editorial board of the Sun writes that there are any number of reasons to miss a committee vote here or there in Annapolis that are legitimate and reasonable. But the recent revelations regarding the voting patterns of Del. Jon Cardin, the presumed front-runner to be Maryland’s next attorney general, go far beyond the typical or understandable — or perhaps the reasonable given the lack of explanation that he has offered so far.

HOUSE ENDORSEMENTS IN D-14-16, 18: The Gazette continues its endorsements for contested races in the June 24 party primaries by looking at the House of Delegates races in Districts 14, 15, 16 and 18.

MCEA BACKS LEGGETT: The Montgomery County Education Association, which represents about 12,000 teachers in the county’s public school system, announced Wednesday evening that it is endorsing Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett for re-election to a third term, Louis Peck reports in Bethesda Magazine.

PANTELIDES’ RISING STAR: Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides will appear at the annual Republican National Committee spring meeting this week as part of a panel on the party’s rising stars, reports Jack Lambert in the Annapolis Capital. Pantelides traveled to Memphis, Tenn. Wednesday for the three-day conference.