Author Archives: Cynthia Prairie

State Roundup, October 23, 2014

October 23rd, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gubernatorial candidates continue to distort each other’s stand on issues; as election day draws near, Republican Governors Association intends to purchase ads for Hogan; both campaigns urge backers to vote early as that process begins today; Libertarian candidate for Attorney General knows he has a tough fight ahead; Del. Conaway pulls down YouTube videos early Wednesday, but they are preserved on another site; Sun backs Kittleman for Howard County executive; Democratic leaders roll out voter protection hotline; and paper trail for health exchange costs prove difficult to come by

State Roundup, October 22, 2014

October 22nd, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

N.J. Gov. Christie stumps for Hogan in Bethesda, assures volunteers a Republican can win in blue Maryland; after errant release of prisoner, Hogan questions Brown’s leadership; big donors are the majority in Maryland congressional races; write-in candidate hopes to best Comptroller Franchot with a “Phukan-A;” Frosh sees his role in Senate as very different from his potential spot as next Attorney General; Del. Frank Conaway publishes raft of YouTube videos; number of voters in Harford inches up; and Democratic leadership rallies against Arundel council candidate Peroutka

State Roundup, October 21, 2014

October 21st, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

The National Rifle Association throws it support to Hogan for governor, Brown celebrates the news but Hogan says he didn’t ask for it; Hogan meanwhile criticizes the O’Malley administration for delaying the lawsuit over state’s health exchange web site; Hogan says he’ll be more involved in pardon process, will address growing heroin problem; in today’s opinion pieces, Blair Lee outlines Hogan sin (of coming within striking distance of winning) and Josh Kurtz writes about Brown’s difficulty in stirring up needed enthusiasm among a majority of black voters; delegate candidate Jalisi sues three former campaign workers; Republican Pritzker touts independence from the pack in run for attorney general; Brown mum on backing O’Malley for president; and gas prices are dropping

State Roundup, October 20, 2014

October 20th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Final Hogan-Brown debate proves wide-ranging; Obama rallies for Brown in Prince George’s, urges early voting; Hogan, Brown on transportation issues; union official says Hogan flip-flopped on minimum wage; Hogan’s blunt style reigns, according to Sun profile; in Sun profile, Brown sees himself as deliberate, not stiff; Frosh holds wide lead in money race for attorney general; in 1st District forum, incumbent U.S. Rep. Harris, challenger Tilghman draw bright line between visions ; some voters have a hard time identifying Arundel exec candidates; state to hold off on suing health exchange contractor; state to consider tightening regulations on group homes with oversight of disabled foster children; and O’Malley tells Marylanders it's business as usual despite Ebola concerns

State Roundup, October 17, 2014

October 17th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Larry Hogan is attracting attention from top GOP leaders around the country; he’s also attracting criticism from local Democratic officials over his opposition to building the Purple Line; meanwhile, Anthony Brown also faces criticism, this time over using uniformed police in a campaign ad; Hogan says if elected, he will block bad legislation; lieutenant governor candidates take to the airwaves, clash over Purple Line, gun control and taxes; Mathias, McDermott debate in race for shore state Senate seat; Delaney has slight lead over Bongino in latest fund-raising push; O’Malley holds fund-raiser with Democratic stars; political signs a good sign for sign companies; and U.S. Rep. Andy Harris calls for travel ban in addressing Ebola problem

State Roundup, October 16, 2014

October 16th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Despite low approval ratings elsewhere, President Obama remains popular in Maryland, is a draw for Brown campaign; N.J. Gov. Christie, Jeb Bush step up for Hogan for governor; Brown’s latest ads take a positive spin; candidates for lieutenant governor to debate today; O’Malley tosses money to candidates in other states; in race for Frederick County executive, Young blasts Gardner over ‘junkets;’ and Western Maryland gets new $11.8 million state police helicopter

State Roundup, October 15, 2014

October 15th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

President Obama to stump for Anthony Brown; Hogan says he knows how to find solutions to state’s problems but there is no “magic wand;” dems criticize Hogan on school construction funding; Brown says he’s not ready to legalize pot; gun control remains an issue in race for governor; Montgomery Exec Leggett blasts opponent Shalleck on over budget proposal; questions raised over where Baltimore County delegate candidate really lives; Gardner, Young clash over development in Frederick County exec debate; Howard exec candidates Kittleman, Watson have visions for the county, but disagree over what is best; Arundel exec candidates Schuh, Johnson profiled; and despite GOP call to resign state job, Johnson says he’ll stay

State Roundup, October 14, 2014

October 14th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

As race tightens, Hogan and Brown wrestle for control in second debate. Each attempts to slug at the other’s soft spots; pundits weigh in on the outcome and opinions are all over the place; some say Brown’s no tax pledge will paint him into a corner; in other political contests: U.S. Rep. Delaney, Bongino address manufacturing growth in country; Washington County candidates for delegate address economic issues; negative campaigning, an alien to Shore politics, lands with a thud; in Frederick County executive race, development, school construction go hand in hand; Vermonters like Sanders for president more than Marylanders like O’Malley; and O’Malley’s crime stand as mayor could haunt presidential bid

State Roundup, October 13, 2014

October 13th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

State’s proposed fees on pot growers, dispensaries has medical marijuana advocates worried; state says it won’t close housing facility for developmentally disabled despite shut-down; 2nd gubernatorial debate starts this morning at 10; share your reactions with; Brown holds modest lead over Hogan in new poll, which also finds a lot of squishy supporters; Brown has two major problems heading toward Nov. 4: taxes and O’Malley; Post endorses Brown; Hogan urges Western Maryland supporters to go to the polls; in Harford state Senate race, voters have two familiar names to choose from: Cassilly and James; Maryland support for O’Malley for president is lackluster; and Gardner, Young talk transit issues in race for Frederick County executive

State Roundup, October 10, 2014

October 10th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Refining of pot decriminalization law falls to courts, cops and prosecutors; percentage of “actively employed” Marylanders drops; Democrats on defense as a number of Northeast governors races are in play; Brown, Hogan camps queried about lack of closed captioning in advertising; Brown, Dems attack Hogan on Purple Line stand, school construction; whoever the next governor is, he’ll be a Catholic; Sun profiles candidate’s wives: Yumi Hogan and Karmen Brown; small business organization backs Hogan for governor; Delaney, Bongino sharply divided on issues; and Arundel courts to launch e-filing system for documents

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