State Roundup, October 10, 2016

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ON THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE: Len Lazarick, in his column for, gives points to Hillary Clinton as “restrained,” adding that she “interacted with the town hall questioners,” while “Trump paced the stage, looming over her, and constantly sniffling and nose-breathing into the mic.”

REACTION TO TRUMP VILE REMARKS: Several state Democratic candidates for Congress, at a joint appearance in Annapolis on Saturday, called on supporters to be “the antidote” to the Republican Party after the release of Donald Trump’s comments about women in a 2005 videotape, Phil Davis reports for the Capital and the Sun. Meanwhile, Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh and Kathy Szeliga, both Republicans, have denounced Trump’s comments without calling for him to step down from the ticket. A spokesman for Gov. Larry Hogan’s office said the videotaped remarks had not changed the governor’s position on Trump — Hogan said in June that he would not vote for him.

NEW RX POT PANEL MEMBER: Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has appointed a new patient advocate to the 16-member Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, which has come under fire for, among other things, not considering racial diversity of companies when awarding the first batch of marijuana cultivation licenses this summer. Fenit Nirappil and Aaron Gregg of the Post report that he appointed Saundra Washington, an African American cancer survivor and director of a Maryland nonprofit group that provides food and charity to people in need, after consulting with the General Assembly’s Legislative Black Caucus.

DHMH TO OVERHAUL PROTECTIONS: The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has reached a settlement with a former patient which includes an overhaul of sexual abuse protections in state-run hospitals and treatment facilities, Heather Cobun reports for the Daily Record.  The plaintiff, identified as Jane Doe, filed suit in 2014 after being sexually assaulted by two patients while in the custody and care of two DHMH facilities, according to a news release from Venable LLP announcing the settlement.

SCHUH DEFENDS NORTHROP GRANT: Joanna Sullivan of the BBJ writes that Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh says Maryland’s continued refusal to hand over a $20 million grant promised to Northrop Grumman Corp. threatens the defense contractor’s presence in Maryland. The conditional loan from the state’s Sunny Day Fund has been tied up by a dispute over funding between Gov. Larry Hogan and the General Assembly’s top Democratic leaders despite being approved by the legislature this year.

SZELIGA-VAN HOLLEN DEBATE: Kathy Szeliga, the GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, dropped in on several Main Street businesses on Friday, campaigning in Annapolis just hours after a vigorous midday radio debate with her opponent, Chris Van Hollen, reports Pat Furgurson for the Annapolis Capital.  The article is topped by a report from WJZ-TV’s Pat Warren.

YUMI HOGAN TOUTS ARTS: Although she’s known now as the first lady of Maryland, Yumi Hogan first was an artist, writes CJ Lovelace in the Hagerstown Herald Mail. It’s Hogan’s love and advocacy for art that brought the wife of Gov. Larry Hogan to Hagerstown on Saturday night, serving as an honorary co-chair of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts’ 85th anniversary gala.

CARDIN BACKS COHEN: In Baltimore’s first City Council district, Republican Matthew McDaniel has the backing of popular Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who won the area two years ago — a fact he touts on the campaign trail, writes Luke Broadwater for the Sun.  But Democrat Zeke Cohen has the support of a group of elected Democrats, including U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, who is spending time in the area to campaign for the 30-year-old educator.


Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh weds Dania Blair in St. Mary;s Catholic Church. From Schuh’s Facebook page.

SCHUH WEDS: Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh and local business woman Dania Blair were married Thursday evening in Annapolis, Ben Weathers reports for the Annapolis Capital. The couple were married during a private ceremony with their parents, siblings and children at St. Mary’s Church.


PRO-LIFE CENTERS’ 1st AMENDMENT RIGHTS: A Baltimore City ordinance requiring pro-life “pregnancy centers” to post a sign in their waiting rooms stating they do not provide abortion- or birth-control-related services violates the centers’ First Amendment rights, a federal judge has ruled.  Lauren Kirkwood of the Daily Record writes that U.S. District Court Judge Marvin J. Garbis ruled the ordinance was not narrowly tailored to serve the compelling public interest — using the least restrictive means available — of preventing harm to women’s health caused by deceptive advertising.


Barbara Pash Milsten

JOURNALIST BARBARA PASH DIES: Barbara Pash Milsten, a longtime journalist and editor in the Baltimore community and one of the most storied writers in the history of the Baltimore Jewish Times, passed away on Sept. 23 at the age of 75, Daniel Nozick writes in the Jewish Times. Said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz: “I  always had tremendous respect for her as a solid journalist and trusted community resource. She had a great knack for covering local and state politics, and I will miss her personality and words.” Pash Milsten also wrote for