August 6, 2014

State Roundup, August 6, 2014

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VOLUNTEERS FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN: Michael Dresser of the Sun reports that hundreds of Marylanders are volunteering to help Central American children coming here as part of an influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border in recent months, O’Malley administration officials said Tuesday.

O’MALLEY CALLS FOR REDSKINS NAME CHANGE: Count Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley among the politicians who would like to see the Washington Redskins get a new name, reports John Wagner for the Post.O’Malley — who presides in the state where the Redskins’ home games are played — voiced support for a name change Monday during an appearance on the Fusion television network.

PROMISES ON GAMBLING: In the gambling series in MarylandReporter.com, Megan Brockett of Capital News Service reports that Gov. Martin O’Malley looked into the camera in 2012 and told his audience that expanded casino gambling would mean “hundreds of millions of dollars for our schools.” But a measure approved by voters that fall has actually worked to send more money to the casino companies in fiscal year 2014 than to the education fund that was established when the state first legalized casino gambling in 2008.

  • In the series in MarylandReporter.com, Harper Wayne of Capital News Service writes that Joe Thomas used to stand in line for state lottery tickets but switched to the slots after the state’s third and largest casino opened its doors in Anne Arundel County in June 2012. He has his choice of nearly 5,000 machines. “I’ve moved onto bigger and better things,” he said. There is growing evidence that many others are doing the same.

WIND FARM CONTROVERSY: WYPR’s Joel McCord and Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post talk about the ongoing clash between Gov. Martin O’Malley and several members of Maryland’s congressional delegation over a proposed wind farm in Somerset County.

RETIREMENT TASK FORCE: Former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend will head a 14-member task force created by Gov. Martin J. O’Malley to come up with recommendations for spurring private sector employees to save for their retirement, reports Bryan Sears for the Daily Record.

MILITARY ACADEMY APPLICATIONS: The Cecil Whig writes that U.S. Military Service Academies nomination applications from U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md.-1st, now are available for those wishing to join the class of 2019.

BROWN & CASINO BUCKS: The editorial board for the Sun takes a look at the allegations coming from some Democrats over Larry Hogan’s acceptance of public campaign funds and his use of his organization Change Maryland. “But much more glaring,” writes the board, “is the compliance in technicality but flagrant violation in spirit by the Brown/Ulman campaign of a law designed to prevent casino owners from contributing to candidates for office.”

HOGAN MOCKS BROWN: The “most incompetent man in Maryland” is back, writes John Wagner for the Post. Maryland Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan used that moniker to mock his Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, in a Web ad just hours after they won their respective primaries in June. A second installment surfaced on YouTube late Monday, taking Brown to task for the loss of small businesses in the state, money wasted on the online health insurance exchange, tax increases and taking “eight years to come up with a plan” to fix the economy.

O’MALLEY HEADS TO NEW HAMPSHIRE: Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is weighing a 2016 White House bid, is heading back to New Hampshire this month, writes John Wagner for the Post. O’Malley is scheduled to appear at a family picnic Aug. 17 hosted by the Strafford County Democrats, the party announced Tuesday.

INDEPENDENT CHALLENGE: Veteran defense attorney Russell A. Neverdon Sr. brought about 6,000 signatures to the city’s Board of Elections on Monday — a total that, if verified, will put him on November’s ballot as an independent candidate for Baltimore state’s attorney, reports Luke Broadwater in the Sun.

NO TAX PLEDGE: Republican county executive candidate Blaine Young and five council contenders Tuesday vowed to block any tax increases if they are elected into office, Bethany Rodgers reports in the Frederick News Post. After signing a no-tax promise, Young challenged his Democratic rival, Jan Gardner, to follow suit and even produced a blank pledge form for her to fill out.