July 17, 2014

State Roundup, July 17, 2014

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HOGAN WOULD ELIMINATE TAX ON VETERANS PENSIONS: Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan told veterans Wednesday that he would eliminate the state income tax on military pensions if elected, reports Matthew Hay Brown for the Sun. “This tax is not only bad economic policy, it’s also unfair to the men and women who have served our state and fought for our nation. You earned this tax break,” Hogan told members of the Maryland Department of the American Legion at their annual convention in Ocean City.

CAN HOGAN TAKE MO CO? Does Larry Hogan, the first Republican gubernatorial candidate since 1998 not named Ehrlich, think he can break the 40% hurdle in Montgomery County,  the state’s most populous jurisdiction this year, asks Louis Peck for Bethesda Magazine.

TAWES’ DRAWS: Republican Larry Hogan entered the 38th annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake to the sound of his name being chanted. Because his opponent in the governor’s race had a funeral to attend, Hogan was largely uncontested as he worked the crowd of about 4,200 of the most politically active people in Maryland, writes Luke Broadwater for the Sun. .

HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN MARYLAND: Laslo Boyd of Center Maryland writes that if you think human trafficking only occurs elsewhere, you’d be mistaken. Since 2007, Maryland “has also formalized its approach to human trafficking.  There is a Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force operating under the leadership of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  … In April, the third annual Governor’s Conference was held with a wide array of workshops. While that’s encouraging, it’s not so easy to find out much about the activities of these groups.”

FIXING THE GLITCHES: The Sun editorial board opines “Pardon us if we are not completely reassured by officials’ insistence that glitches recently discovered in the Connecticut Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange that Maryland is in the process of adapting will be fixed well before the site goes live here in November.”

GLASSMAN’S VISION FOR HARFORD: Sen. Barry Glassman, Republican candidate for Harford County executive, continues his conversation with Center Maryland by sharing his vision for making Harford County regionally competitive in the knowledge-based economy.

KAMENETZ’S LACK OF VISION: Opinionmaker Fraser Smith, in a piece for WYPR, ways that when it comes to the Red Line project, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is sorely lacking in the vision department.

HARMAN WINS GOP BA CO PRIMARY: George Harman won the Republican primary for Baltimore County executive last month by 20 votes, election officials said after a rare recount, reports Alison Knezevich in the Sun. Harman, an environmental consultant from Reisterstown, will face Democratic County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in the general election.

‘SANITY’ WRITE-IN CANDIDATE: Jim Rowe’s rallying cry to Carroll County Commissioner District 4 residents voting in November’s general election is to “bring back sanity!” Rowe, of Union Bridge, filed as a write-in candidate with the Carroll County Board of Elections Tuesday. Rowe will face incumbent Richard Rothschild in the general election, reports Christian Alexandersen for the Carroll County Times.

PETROUKA RESPONDS: Anne Arundel County Council candidate Michael Petrouka responds to an editorial in the Annapolis Capital, in which he is called “a highly unusual sort of Republican.”

BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON DIVIDE: Gazette columnist Blair Lee writes about the divide between Baltimore and Washington and its sports team.