State Roundup, September 25, 2018

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ASSESSING THE DEBATE: The single gubernatorial debate is now done and how did Democratic challenger Ben Jealous and incumbent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan perform? Editor Len Lazarick and a handful of people offer their views on Maryland Reporter. Lazarick called it a “remarkably feisty debate” that likely did not change any minds. St. Mary’s College Professor Todd Eberly called the debate a draw that helped to stop the bleeding of support from the Jealous camp. Karla Raettig of the League of Conservation Voters was disappointed that climate change didn’t figure in the debate. Rhetoric Professor Richard Vatz and conservative Brian Griffiths gave the big points to Hogan as did several others who wrote in.

ICYMI Here’s a link to the full debate video.

FACT CHECKING: Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Democratic challenger Ben Jealous flung charges at each other during Monday’s first and only gubernatorial debate on issues ranging from opioid deaths to student test scores to job growth. Michael Dresser of the Sun fact-checks quite a number of assertions.

TAKE-AWAYS: Luke Broadwater of the Sun offers up six big take-aways from the debate, including the fact that Ben Jealous did indeed have a big moment during the event and that U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos loomed large when education was brought up.

PEREZ FOR JEALOUS: In a column for Maryland Matters, Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee writes that he is all in for Ben Jealous for governor, and that “I have to make strategic decisions about where to invest our resources, and investing in the Maryland Democratic Party’s all-Maryland field strategy, which will activate voters in every ZIP code in Maryland, was a no-brainer.”

ARCHDIOCESE TO COOPERATE WITH AG PROBE: Archbishop William E. Lori has told clergy members of the Archdiocese of Baltimore that state authorities are investigating the archdiocese’s records related to the sexual abuse of children, Jonathan Pitts of the Sun reports. Lori told priests and deacons in a letter Monday that the office of the Attorney General Brian Frosh has informed the archdiocese that it plans to “conduct an investigation and thorough review” of the records.

CUMMINGS EYES ROSESTEIN FUTURE: U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings called on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Monday to conduct an emergency hearing if Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is forced out of his position by President Donald Trump, Jeff Barker of the Sun reports. The Baltimore lawmaker called Rosenstein a “firewall” because he oversees special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

  • Barker also reports that President Donald Trump is to meet Thursday with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, whose job is in jeopardy following a report that he once discussed constitutional means to remove Trump and the possibility of secretly recording the president. Rosenstein had been Maryland’s U.S. attorney for 12 years when he left his office in Baltimore to serve as the No. 2 to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

SCHUH CAMPAIGN: The former Office of Constituent Services director for Anne Arundel County has been assigned to the county executive’s re-election campaign through her work with the Maryland Republican Party. Chase Cook of the Annapolis Capital writes that Nancy Schrum took a leave of absence from the county in June to work for the Maryland Republican Party. The party hired her for regional field operations in the county, where she was assigned to Steve Schuh’s re-election campaign. The Office of Constituent Services reports to the county executive.