September 12, 2014

State Roundup, September 12, 2014

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O’MALLEY URGES LEGAL AID FOR CHILD IMMIGRANTS: Gov. Martin O’Malley urged members of the Hispanic National Bar Association on Thursday to represent some of the thousands of immigrant children who arrived in the United States alone and now must navigate the legal system, Jenna Johnson is reporting in the Post.

BIZ BLASTS DBED: Two prominent developers leveled pointed criticism at Maryland government and the state Department of Business and Economic Development for what they said was an almost a willful avoidance of businesses in the state, reports Bryan Sears for the Daily Record. Jon Peterson, principal with Peterson Cos., was one of two developers to tell the Maryland Economic Development and Business Climate Commission on Wednesday that state officials failed to pay attention to them.

SLOTS FOR RACING: Casinos have become part of the Maryland landscape, thanks in part to a legislative arrangement that diverts a percentage of slot machine proceeds to support the state’s horse racing and breeding industries. That money began making its way to tracks and breeders two years ago. According to figures provided by Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency spokeswoman Carole Everett, the state’s Purse Dedication Account received approximately $13.6 million from casinos in 2012 and $39.1 million in 2013, reports George Berkheimer for the Business Monthly.

OD DRUG SAVED LIFE: At least one life has been saved by the anti-overdose medication naloxone after almost 150 Frederick County law enforcement personnel have undergone training since July, Paige Jones reports for the Frederick News Post.

SENATORS SEEK NFL ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY: Sixteen female senators have sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell requesting that the NFL adopt a zero-tolerance policy against domestic violence, writes Aaron Wilson for the Sun.

DGA’S AD BUY FOR BROWN: The Democratic Governors Association will buy $750,000 worth of television ads in Maryland’s gubernatorial contest, despite what many assume will be an easy win for Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, the party’s nominee. WYPR’s Fraser Smith and Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post talk about what the DGA’s participation says about the race.

WA CO FORUMS: With less than two months left until the Nov. 4 general election, Washington County voters will get plenty of chances to learn more about contested races at the state and local level in a series of election forums to be held in the coming weeks, writes Kaustuv Basu for the Hagerstown Herald Mail.

KITTLEMAN BLASTS MAILERS: It was no more Mr. Nice Guy for Republican Sen. Allan Kittleman in the first formal debate for Howard County executive with Democratic County Council member Courtney Watson. “I support commonsense gun laws,” Kittleman said, contrary to the mailers that also contained some errors about his record. “I want to keep abortion safe, legal and rare.” Watson gave as good as she got, saying “you should be judged on your record” and pointing out that Republicans including Kittleman sent out negative mailers against Watson in her 2010 re-election race. Len Lazarick writes the story for Marylandreporter.com.

NEW MEDIA CAMPAIGNING IN AA: With a fragmented media market, a mobile population and a swath of unaffiliated voters, the candidates for Anne Arundel county executive will have to rely on every tool — namely social media and online advertising — to get out the vote, Rema Rahman writes in the Annapolis Capital.

UNION WON’T ENDORSE: Anne Arundel County’s largest public safety union will not endorse a candidate for county executive, reports Rema Rahman in the Annapolis Capital. Keith Whalen, president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 1563, announced that the union would not endorse Democrat George Johnson or Republican Steve Schuh because its members believe both make formidable candidates.

For Maryland Day Tuesday, a hand-sewn replica of the Fort McHenry flag that inspired the Star-Spangled Banner was unfurled in the State House rotunda. September marks the bicentennial of the British bombardment and the poem by Francis Scott Key.

On March 25, Maryland Day, a hand-sewn replica of the Fort McHenry flag that inspired the Star-Spangled Banner was unfurled in the State House rotunda. This weekend marks the bicentennial of the British bombardment and the poem by Francis Scott Key.

YOUNG WOULD GIVE UP BUSINESS: Bethany Rodgers of the Frederick News Post is reporting that Frederick County executive candidate Blaine Young has promised that if elected he will give up his cab company and other businesses to make sure his time and loyalties are undivided. There are several options for relinquishing the companies; Young said he could sell his shares or put the businesses into a blind trust.

O’MALLEY ON B’MORE HOUSE SEARCH: Gov. Martin O’Malley and his wife, Katie, are actively house shopping in northern Baltimore and plan to “repatriate” to the city when his term ends, write Erin Cox for the Sun.

***F.S. Key and the Song that Built America, an hour-long documentary produced by Maryland Public Television, will be broadcast tonight, Friday, Sept. 12 at 9 p.m. The documentary was produced, written and narrated by Philip Marshall, MPT’s filmmaker in residence, with funding from the Delaplaine Foundation and the Delaplaine family, owners of the Frederick News-Post.***