State Roundup, June 1, 2018

Arundel judge refuses to order state Board of Elections to toss outdated ballots, sets Valerie Ervin hearing for Monday; ACLU seeks to overturn policy on prisoner access to books; Exelon appeals state Department of Environment ruling on $172 million annual dam cleanup; Education Secretary DeVos visits Arundel School as gubernatorial candidate, teachers union protest; and state superintendent denies Verletta White permanent Baltimore County superintendency for second time.

State Roundup, May 31, 2018

Democratic gubernatorial forum considered another snoozer, focuses on Baltimore problems; Gubernatorial candidate Ervin follows through with suit threat over getting her, running mate’s names on ballot; Bay Foundation assessment say Chesapeake is clearer, but still delicate; Sen. Carter Conway, Del. Maggie McIntosh bring on new blood to 43rd District race; Gov. Hogan launches ad; Democratic Montgomery County exec candidate faces criticism of being Trump-like; Blair is target of first negative ads in MoCo race; Montgomery Reporter updates its 200 candidates list with endorsements; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Mosby dropping cases, just like her predecessor.

State Roundup, May 30, 2018

Gubernatorial candidate Valerie Ervin sends letter to state elections officials threatening suit to get name of ballot; U.S. Rep. Harris says off-shore wind proposal could harm sealife, needs two-year NOAA study; Comptroller Franchot announces sales tax deferment for flood-damaged businesses; hike in guest worker visas may help state seafood industry; Prince George’s exec candidate Edwards finally files financial report, has $600,000 less on hand than rival Alsobrooks; Baltimore County gun legislation hearing becomes a political platform; Don Mohler sworn in as Baltimore County exec; and Montgomery County Council’s Twitter account apparently hacked.

State Roundup, May 29, 2018

Following flooding in Maryland, Gov. Hogan declares state of emergency for devastated areas of the state as local politicians, residents and business owners try to figure out next steps; despite reservations, new law to give Maryland right to regulate political ads on social media; Hogan vetoes three education bills, one meant to chasten Comptroller Franchot and one that would give convicts more time to challenge convictions; Maryland manufacturers say that steel tariffs could harm business; Baltimore County exec candidate Pat McDonough wants to make English official language of county; and incumbent Montgomery clerk says opponent is loose with definition of endorsement.

State Roundup, May 25, 2018

Gubernatorial candidate Valerie Ervin says rival Ben Jealous tried to keep her from joining Kamenetz ticket, and cost her a job as another candidate says Jealous tried to keep him from running against supporter; Montgomery council asks state to issue new primary ballots; analysts see Rushern Baker’s gubernatorial campaign as lackluster; Gov. Hogan ramps up campaign; Don Mohler, aide to Kevin Kamenetz given the bi-partisan nod to fill out his term; Baltimore County exec hopeful Pat McDonough files ethics complaint against Republican rival Al Redmer; Hogan vetoes three education bills; in Baltimore City, wave of younger candidates targeting state senators.

State Roundup, May 24, 2108

Gov. Hogan eliminates E-ZPass fees on new toll customers, expected to save users $46 million; citing education needs, activists campaign against Maryland, D.C. and Virginia tax subsidies to Amazon; state paid out $87 million in pension management fees; Comptroller Franchot switches stance, now wants beer, wine sales in groceries; temp replacement for Baltimore County Exec Kamenetz could be named this morning; Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls sign pledge to shore up Obamacare; GOP ‘snooze’ ad draws scorn for including late candidate Kamenetz; Rushern Baker media buy proves Montgomery to play large role in governor’s race; Montgomery exec candidate Marc Elrich finds himself sparring with ‘socialist’ label; County exec hopeful Jim Brochin buys big in Baltimore County media blitz; and in Frederick County exec race, Kathy Afzali maintains largest bankroll, but incumbent Jan Gardner has raised more.

State Roundup, May 23, 2018

Democratic gubernatorial candidates blast Board of Elections’ fix on primary ballots, ask for new ballots as flaws in system rise to top; Ben Jealous leads pack in fundraising; but Gov. Hogan’s coffers now hold the most; state launches Climate Leadership Academy to help local governments, state agencies, nonprofits and the private sector prepare to address the impact of global warming; U.S. Rep. Brown back on Capitol Hill after minor stroke; Baltimore County Council wrestles with replacing late County Exec Kamenetz on temp basis; and Del. Afzali leads in fundraising for Frederick County exec.

State Roundup, May 22, 2018

Gubernatorial candidate Ervin considers suit to get name in right place on ballot; first TV debate highlights lack of difference among field, as candidates attack Gov. Hogan; Hogan to report $9 million in hand; Baltimore County Council to hear from public on replacement for Kevin Kamenetz as county executive; Montgomery’s public campaign finance system draws attention to where campaign donations comes from; Montgomery council to change tactics as it attempts to aid detained immigrants; and Arundel council erects more barriers to medical marijuana facilities.

State Roundup, May 21, 2018

New gubernatorial candidate Valerie Ervin’s name to appear on ballot – as Kevin Kamenetz’s running mate while state board of elections contends its too late to change; situation exposes serious flaws in system, including forcing candidates to choose running mates so early; HBCU advocates protest Attorney General Brian Frosh’s stance on discrimination settlement; Maryland leads nation in prison population decline; owners pretty much doom Pimlico; in Baltimore City, three delegates challenge three senators; and Arundel, Annapolis consider banning plastic foam containers.

State Roundup, May 11, 2018

Even so soon after the death of gubernatorial hopeful and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, government and running mate must consider next steps: Who will replace Kamenetz in Baltimore County and will Valerie Ervin run for governor in his place?; gubernatorial candidate forum turns into wake with pols, audience sharing memories of Kamenetz as others see his legacy in bringing growth to the county; Kamenetz’s funeral today; Gov. Hogan, cabinet meet in and tour Howard County; bump stock law that gives loophole to current owners really doesn’t; Chef Jose Andres considers running for U.S. Senate; and political signs in Arundel County may actually be unauthorized.