State Roundup, May 4, 2016

Former Baltimore City Mayor Sheila Dixon ponders challenging Catherine Pugh victory for mayor, cites irregularities and wants Gov. Hogan to intercede as activists also call for halt to election certification; Emily’s List lost big time in three Maryland races: Edwards for U.S. Senate and Matthews, Pena-Melnyk for House; underwater grasses make a comeback, signalling healthy Maryland waters; Hogan says he’s committed to BWI airport growth; and Gregory Thornton out as Baltimore City schools chief.

State Roundup, May 3, 2016

Amtrak plans to fix two rail bottlenecks in Maryland; state Department of Environment says Maryland’s air cleaner and getting better; U.S. Sen. Cardin hosts roundtable on federal clean water legislation; off-ballot, Green Party candidates hold private races; Jamie Raskin, Chris Van Hollen benefited from home-field advantage in races for U.S. House, Senate respectively; former MoCo Councilmember Valerie Ervin may be lining up support to fill Raskin’s state Senate seat; and in Baltimore City election count kerfuffle, group seeks to delay results validation while elections chief defends staff.

State Roundup, May 2, 2016

With 12 cases documented in Maryland, state to spend $700,000 to raise awareness, prevent Zika; fatal crash, traffic fatalities rise in state; school construction funding could be altered; GOP’s Custer urges rank and file to accept Trump as presidential nominee; but Gov. Hogan says he still won’t back Trump; U.S. Rep. Cummings calls Trump ‘dangerous;’ Donna Edwards foregoes post-primary unity rally; election results from eight Baltimore City precincts went missing for 24 hours; and city administration under Mayor Pugh might not change much.

State Roundup, April 29, 2016

The state panel set up to assess school construction practices begins seven-month review; after police shoot 14-year-old with pistol-like BB gun, lawmakers renew call for state to ban replica guns; Gov. Hogan says Baltimore mayor never thanked him for saving riot-torn city; parsing the money- and candidate-filled 8th District congressional race, candidate Trone says he may pursue other public service outlets; after election, some believe Baltimore City now poised for higher minimum wage.

State Roundup, April 28, 2016

With Sen. Mikulski’s retirement, Van Hollen’s win over Edwards and possible win over Szeliga, Maryland poised to send all-male delegation to Congress for first time in 45 years; Edwards lays situation at feet of the state Democratic Party; despite it being a “year of the outsider,” insiders are in in Maryland; Anne Arundel County again loses power in Congress; with Pugh Baltimore City’s likely next mayor, several step up to fill her state Senate seat; former radio personality Alan Walden wins GOP mayoral primary; Raskin, who won congressional primary one doorstep at a time, will be missed in state Senate for his constitutional authority; Dem challenger to incumbent Harris thinks he has a shot at Congress; overall, Maryland saw few problems at the polls; Gov. Hogan warns state agencies on contracting process; and Hogan signs more bills.

State Roundup, April 27, 2016

The primary results are in with few surprises. Van Hollen beat Edwards in the Democrat race for Senate and many voters said race and gender were not a factor in their vote; Republican Kathy Szeliga will now face Van Hollen in the general; in the most expensive congressional race, Jamie Raskin beat out both wine guy David Trone and TV anchor Kathleen Matthews for Van Hollen’s House seat; Anthony Brown grabs victory after gubernatorial defeat, beats Glenn Ivey for 4th Congressional race; U.S. Rep. John Delaney’s neighbor Amie Hoeber will face him in the general; Catherine Pugh beats Sheila Dixon for Baltimore City mayor; Clinton, Trump both take Maryland in presidential run; and some city polls stay open late after problems.

State Roundup, April 26, 2016

Gov. Hogan is expected to sign a bill to help kids get land high-tech jobs after earning associate’s degree; Hogan names former state trooper to head medical marijuana panel; and yes, it is Primary Election Day, polls are open and be ready to tackle the paper ballot; the most contentious election has been between Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards, who are duking it out to fill Barbara Mikulski’s Senate seat; former Gov. O’Malley backs Van Hollen; and U.S. Rep. Harris unfazed by Republican challengers.

State Roundup, April 25, 2016

Erroneous instructions sent out with absentee ballots for tomorrow’s primary vote; some state lawmakers running for other offices were allowed to fund-raise from lobbyists, businesses; former convicts go to the polls to vote; in the presidential race, Sanders rallies in downtown Baltimore; Trump takes over hangar in Hagerstown; husband Bill Clinton addresses churches in Baltimore on behalf of Hillary Clinton; Trent Lott, Andy Harris back Szeliga for Senate; Edwards-Van Hollen matchup down to the wire; state party chiefs look to the General Election for more involvement; and why did this year’s tax cut plan fail to pass the General Assembly session?

State Roundup, April 22, 2016

Gov. Hogan spends time on Eastern Shore touting new road and bridge projects, earning thanks along the way; new state panel charged with marketing Maryland as business-friendly; Hogan candid on how cancer, treatment affected his governing; two judgeship challengers make it a race in Prince George’s; picking convention delegates a dry but necessary process; early voting numbers rose as Primary Day nears; transgender teen, mother kicked out of Cruz rally; 5th Congressional race has its own set of oddities, according to Newsweek; Van Hollen gains commanding lead over Edwards in new poll; and Emily’s List funding again helps Edwards with new ad.

State Roundup, April 21, 2016

With early primary day around the corner, and early voting ending tonight, presidential candidates and their supporters descend upon Maryland; Tony Puca, running to oust U.S. Rep. John Delaney, says his sights are set only on Congress; Senate hopeful Edwards has drawn loyal supporters, as well as spurned them, with her outspoken manner; labor union that supported Edwards for House now opposing her for Senate; Sun board backs Van Hollen, Kefalas for Senate; in other news, redistricting reform expected to return next year; and panel recommends level state property tax rate.