Author Archives: Cynthia Prairie

State Roundup, October 30, 2014

October 30th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

The Republican Governors Association pours almost $300,000 into D.C. ads to tout Hogan for governor; if you missed it, there’s video of N.J. Gov. Christie, who is also head of the RGA, on the hustings with Hogan at the Honey Bee Diner; in a profile for the Post, we learn that Brown didn’t stay in the shadows as a new lawmaker; Mizeur offers an unflattering backing of Brown; problems continue to pile on for Baltimore County delegate candidate Jay Jalisi; Sun editorial board is all in for Frosh for attorney general; early voting ends tonight and hit a record high yesterday; state, Frederick County to answer suit on non-citizen voting and machine irregularities reported; and state to buy historic home in Annapolis


State Roundup, October 29, 2014

October 29th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

State GOP complains about voting machines in 14 counties flipping votes; Gov. Christie makes third trip to stump for Hogan; Brady Campaign supports Brown for governor; ballot questions may be statewide, but they aren’t for everyone; five former rivals back Tarrant over Del. Conaway; early voter turnout is good in Baltimore County, poor in Montgomery; third parties benefiting from loosened donation laws; and in other news: another delay for medical marijuana panel and Boehner stumps for Alex Mooney (remember him?)


State Roundup, October 28, 2014

October 28th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

State crafts guidelines to address Ebola situation and eyeing travelers from three West African countries; Board of Elections pulls half a dozen voting machines from service; Gun control advocates hound Hogan for his A- NRA questionnaire; Brown raises $4.1 million in two months, while state Republican Party brings in $700,000 for Hogan; close gubernatorial race draws national attention; Hogan declares war on heroin problem; Josh Kurtz speculates on what a Brown administration would look like; and Watson leads in fund-raising for Howard County exec but Kittleman catching up


State Roundup, October 27, 2014

October 27th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Hillary Clinton plans trip to Maryland to stump for Brown; Hogan turns run for governor into a real race; Brown begins to focus on pocketbook issues; super PAC in probe ends ads for Brown; Brown says money rolling into warchest; Brown team borrows $500,000 from union; contributions from Sparrows Point owner draws concern; Sun gives limp endorsement to Brown; Carroll County Times backs Hogan; Sun profiles running mates Rutherford and Ulman; is early voting favoring the GOP?; U.S. Rep. Harris boosts GOP legislative campaigns through new organization; Steve Schuh picks up backing for Arundel County exec; and O’Malley returns to New Hampshire


State Roundup, October 24, 2014

October 24th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

As the campaign draws to a close, the Republican Governors Association to spend $500,000 for Hogan TV ads; state Dems play the race card, aim mailing at black voters in Charles, Prince George’s; accusations continue to be thrown by both campaigns; Del. Shawn Tarrant, who narrowly lost primary, to mount write-in campaign against Del. Frank Conaway Jr.; good turnout as early voting kicks off; state health officials say they are prepared to track West African travelers for Ebola; health exchange software contract approval leaves questions unanswered; and in the race for Howard County exec, Watson and Kittleman are children of the county


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



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