October 8, 2014

State Roundup, October 8, 2014

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HOGAN-BROWN DEBATE: Democrat Anthony Brown and Republican Larry Hogan traded accusations of deception Tuesday in their first debate before the Nov. 4 election for governor. Michael Dresser and Erin Cox write that the rivals clashed repeatedly over social issues, education, the environment and Maryland’s economy.

CRAB MORATORIUM: Tim Wheeler of the Sun writes that a new Goucher poll finds that an overwhelming majority of Marylanders are worried about pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, and most are concerned enough about the bay’s slumping crabs to back a moratorium on crabbing.

PRO-POST LABOR DAY START: An overwhelming number of Maryland residents support efforts to delay the start of the state school year until after Labor Day, writes Bryan Sears for the Daily Record. A new poll of 708 residents released by the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College found that 71% of those asked said they supported moving the start of school until after Labor Day while 17% said they opposed.

ANTI-EQUALITY: The nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization has listed U.S. Rep. Andy Harris — a Baltimore County Republican — among the nation’s “most anti-equality members of Congress,” reports Kevin Rector of the Sun.

THEY DON’T CARE: A large number of Maryland residents — Democrats and Republicans — have no opinion of the two major party candidates for governor and the polls suggest those same residents may not care, Bryan Sears reports in the Daily Record.

MO CO WON’T EXTEND DETENTIONS: Bill Turque of the Post reports that Montgomery County announced Tuesday that it will no longer honor requests by federal immigration authorities to detain prisoners beyond their scheduled release dates unless there is probable cause under the Fourth Amendment.

SCHUH-JOHNSON DEBATE: Seemingly in the shadow of the more intense primary debate, the two candidates for Anne Arundel County executive worked Monday to differentiate themselves and their positions before 400 potential voters, writes Rema Rahman for the Annapolis Capital.

POLLITT CAMPAIGN COFFERS: In the race for Wicomico County executive, incumbent Democrat Rick Pollitt has seen an interesting development since the beginning of 2014. His campaign did not receive any cash donations for nearly eight months, including the entire primary season, reports Phil Davis for the Salisbury Daily Times.

BUDGET FREEZES IN PRINCE GEORGE’S: Weak tax revenue has exposed gaps in Prince George’s County’s annual budget that have triggered modest hiring and funding freezes across the government, reports Arelis Hernandez in the Post.

CHARLES COMMISSIONERS & POLICE PAY: Charles County commissioners, maneuvering to dodge a lawsuit filed against them by the local Fraternal Order for Police that was upset when the commissioners failed to fund officers’ annual pay increases, have proposed a law that would retroactively grant them absolute control over when officers receive a pay boost, writes Jeremy Bauer Wolf for SoMDNews.

FREDERICK COMMISSIONERS REFLECT: Bethany Rodgers of the Frederick News Post writes that on Tuesday night, the hearing room at Winchester Hall was full of Frederick County commissioners past and present gathering together to reflect on their experiences in the post they have shared. The look back at the board’s history came as the county prepares to say goodbye to the commissioner form of government.

HORSESHOE’S SHORT: Mark Reutter of Baltimore Brew reports that during its first full month of operation, Horseshoe Baltimore Casino generated 34% fewer revenue dollars than the Rawlings-Blake administration had anticipated.