It takes all kinds: Maryland Democrats met former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani at a Philadelphia cigar bar. From left, House Majority Leader Talmadge Branch, Tabb Bishop, Giuliani, Del. Jay Walker and Todd Turner. From Gerry Evans Facebook page

State Roundup, July 29, 2016

BPW OKs $106.6 million in school construction contracts, but grills officials on money management first; as 6th casino set to open, state to undertake study on gambling addiction in Maryland; preliminary medical marijuana licenses to be announced Aug. 15; joint effort aids in work to create oyster habitat for bay; in her final speech at the Dem confab, Sen. Mikulski urges women to “suit up” for Clinton for president; O’Malley says DNC was all in for Clinton, despite other Dems in the race; and Baltimore City mulls minimum wage hike to $15 an hour.

Rep. Elijah Cummings reports Maryland votes Tuesday night.

State Roundup, July 28, 2016

Board of Public Works OKs $50,000 payout in death of Frostburg football player; Gov. Hogan questions renovations at city school slated for demolition; Prince George’s Exec Baker, potential candidate for governor, blasts Hogan; Martin O’Malley addresses Democratic National Convention; and as Marilyn Mosby drops last of charges against Baltimore police, critics, supporters line up.

State Roundup, July 27, 2016

Gov. Hogan appoints three to PG District Court, including son of note lobbyist, ally; court uphold $1.45 million lead paint verdict; BPW to vote on $50,000 payout to family of late Frostburg athlete; gubernatorial hopefuls out and about at Dem convention; Marylanders remain in spotlight at Dem convention; Montgomery Exec Leggett joins call for nationwide immigration reform; Del. Wilson throws hat in right for judgeship; and fight against proposed term limits in Montgomery County begins.

State Roundup, July 26, 2016

As Democratic National Convention gets under way in Philadelphia, Marylanders play key roles -- some better than others; Bernie Sanders’ Maryland supporters begin lining up behind Clinton; Maryland Dems agree that new DNC chair is needed; Gov. Hogan funds Washington County drug treatment program to allow addicts to recover at home while treatment advocates push for more in-jail aid; study finds that cleaner air can boost Chesapeake Bay water quality; Hogan communications chief steps down; and Frederick group considers moving Taney bust.

State Roundup, July 25, 2016

Hogan administration reconsiders six-year-old measures used to repopulate depleted oyster beds; Gov. Hogan hairy bobblehead wins race at Baysox stadium charity event; Greater Hagerstown Committee asks state to create plan to widen I-81 in Washington County; former AG, gubernatorial candidate Gansler says voters urge him to run against Hogan; Maryland Dems ready for Philly convention, including U.S. Rep. Van Hollen and Comptroller Franchot, who throw their support to Clinton; Dems defend Baltimore City after wild Trump claims; Senate race coffers not as filled as expected; and prospects fade for MoCo collective bargaining bill.

Carved watermelons were among the dozens of locally grown products at the annual Buy Local Cookout at Government House. First lady Yumi Hogan was serving up beef bulgogi; there were beef with crab sliders, lamb sliders, softshell crabs, rockfish, salads,  fresh oysters,  crispy poor with cornbread. Maryland-made wine and beer.

State Roundup, July 22, 2016

With Gov. Hogan’s appointment of Louis Pope to UMS regent, state GOP to lose major fund-raiser; school officials say state funding for construction falling short; court rules Maryland Public Information Act prohibits listing of abandoned property by value; Maryland gets $1.4 million to help fight Zika; as GOP convention closes, Maryland Republicans are upbeat; Perez on Clinton’s short VP list; and former Gov. O’Malley to speak at Democratic convention.

State Roundup, July 21, 2016

Medical marijuana advocate Del. Morhaim says he wishes he had been more transparent about business involvement; Maryland drops plan to limit mail to inmates to just postcards; Gov. Hogan, shunning GOP convention, takes in the love and crabs in Crisfield as lobbyist Bruce Bereano holds court once again under his giant tent; Maryland’s minorities in GOP stand out at convention, and at home; while local businesses don’t wish to associate with Trump, they still find ways to insert themselves at convention; Navy admiral makes Clinton’s short list of VP picks; Howard Dems demonstrate unity; and longtime White House reporter Helen Thomas dies.

In this screen shot from C-Span, Maryland GOP Chair Diana Waterman casts Maryland's votes for Donald Trump.

State Roundup, July 20, 2016

Attorney General Frosh announces suit against Volkswagen over pollution; Frosh says regulating “convoluted and complicated” fantasy sports industry overly expensive; Talbot transgender student files federal civil rights suit against county schools; state, local lawmakers eye Baltimore City’s contracting process after cost overruns; Gov. Hogan endorses Kathy Szeliga for U.S. Senate; Szeliga stays in Maryland to campaign but still backs Trump for president; in Senate race, Van Hollen adds $1.8 million to coffers; and at GOP Convention, Marylanders give Pence a thumbs up as VP pick; possible plagiarism by Trump’s wife shrugged off; and former Marylander Ben Carson speaks.

Hogan I-270

State Roundup, July 19, 2016

Gov. Hogan announces $100 million to help ease congestion along I-270; tosses in funds for Montgomery County shuttle service during Metro repairs; first lady tours art studio for adults with disabilities; state Del. McDonough pushes possibility of ousting Ruppersberger in U.S. House to Cleveland convention-goers; while some Marylanders urge unity under Trump at GOP convention, others attempt to change process at rules committee; convention delegate David Bossie of Citizens United cited by Gingrich as a major player; and Arundel council member pulls proposal to extend term limits.

Murphy Jennings at Convention cropped

State Roundup, July 18, 2016

Del. Morhaim, who led effort to legalize medical pot, is consultant with company trying to profit from the drug; school repairs could stop if Gov. Hogan doesn’t release funds for projects; Sen. Kelley replaces Sen. Gladden on Judicial Proceedings; study finds problems with Maryland wells; judicial appointee draws fire for pro-gun comments; while Hogan to sit out GOP convention, quite a number of Marylanders vouch for Trump; two writers offers similar perspective on the Donald Trump they know; CIA fraud is sentenced; Tom Marr laid to rest; and ‘Ellie’ Merrill, former Annapolis Capital publisher, dies.