State Roundup, June 19, 2018

Supreme Court “punts” Maryland’s gerrymandering case, but experts say door remains open for redistricting reform; U.S. Rep. Harris, U.S. Sen. Van Hollen addressing immigration crisis in two very different ways; Eastern Shore crab houses without migrant workers for the summer; Gov. Hogan pulls in more than $1 million in less than a month; several state delegates, including Curt Anderson, could face a tough primary; former state Sen. Oaks forfeits $5,000; race for state Sen. Madaleno’s seat takes a nasty turn; Prince George’s exec hopeful Alsobrooks gets support from the other side of the Potomac; developers give to Almond Super PAC in Baltimore County exec contest; and Maryland congressional Democrats come out for bill to fund prevention, treatment during opioid crisis.

State Roundup, June 18, 2018

It’s the down ballot races that are drawing out the voters; a plethora of stories on the latest fund-raising, spending and cash-on-hand data for the governor’s race, state Senate and county executive races; Howard County principal violated school policy by forwarding state Senate candidate’s email seeking workers; wine store magnate David Trone pours more of his own money into his congressional race; three incumbent Republican county executives have a good shot at re-election; Baltimore County executive races are heating up; Martin O’Malley didn’t escape slurs from FBI agent, according to Inspector General’s report; and two Maryland cases to go before the Supreme Court.

State Roundup, June 15, 2018

Del. Curt Anderson being investigated by General Assembly ethics panel over sexual misconduct claims; gloves finally come off in last televised democratic gubernatorial debate, with Jim Shea throwing first punches at front-runners Rushern Baker and Ben Jealous; campaign coffers of late gubernatorial candidate Kevin Kamenetz to go to college scholarships, Baltimore Zoo and others; Krish Vignarajah touts $350 million flood resiliency program; U.S. Rep. John Delaney backs Baker for governor; Gov. Hogan plans to seek new State Center developer; Hogan announces Baltimore City violence prevention program, multi-agency “strike force;” who are the other candidates running for Prince George’s County exec?; former state police trooper to run for District 35 Senate seat as independent; and Maryland congressmen appeal to Trump administration to rescind food stamp rule over crab shacks.

State Roundup, June 14, 2018

As Valerie Ervin drops out of governor’s race, she back Rushern Baker and takes several swings at Ben Jealous; with early voting beginning, gubernatorial candidates are releasing policy positions, getting more aggressive with campaigning; Jealous issues plan to boost state’s economy; Richard Madaleno outlines school construction plan; get the thumbnail take on the candidates for Montgomery County executive; Montgomery County Exec Ike Leggett hasn’t endorsed in the race to replace him, but his blessing would carry a lot of weight; Baltimore Sun backs John Olszweski Jr., Al Redmer in Baltimore County exec primaries; in Part 3 of series on plea deals and police corruption, internal affairs documents have been kept secret preventing defense attorneys from accessing valuable information; and Howard County Register of Wills candidate has DUI record.

State Roundup, June 13, 2018

Valerie Ervin drops out of Democratic primary for governor, says she’ll back Rushern Baker instead; judge throws out suit attempting to nullify Krish Vignarajah’s gubernatorial eligibility; former state Sen. Nathaniel Oaks re-registers to vote, meaning he could be re-elected to his old job since his name remains on ballot; late Del. Sophocleus technically could win primary; the Baltimore Sun editorial board back Ben Jealous in Democratic gubernatorial primary; 253 State House hopefuls sign on to support Clean Energy Jobs Act; in other news, in Part 2 of series on plea bargains and police corruption: In the long wait in jail, many innocent defendants take a plea deal; despite Supreme Court ruling, state doesn’t necessarily purge dormant voters; Maryland reverses stand on books for prisoners; and group sues state over bump stock ban.

State Roundup, June 12, 2018

Ousting President Trump is Issue No. 1 for Maryland Democrats, new poll finds; plea bargaining and pre-trial detention led innocent defendants to plead guilty and enabled police corruption in Baltimore City; new ad for Gov. Hogan highlights bipartisanship; in profile, gubernatorial hopeful Jim Shea called civic-minded, go-to person; Del. Sophocleus’ death throws wrinkle into District 32 election; funeral set for Del. Sophocleus; in Baltimore County executive primaries, new poll finds Jim Brochin, Pat McDonough taking the lead; Baltimore City State’s Attorney candidate Ivan Bates criticized for claims about record; and Comptroller Franchot backs David Blair for Montgomery County exec.

State Roundup, June 11, 2018

Long-time Anne Arundel public servant Del. Ted Sophocleus dies at 79; Ben Jealous, Rushern Baker tie as front-runners in pre-Democratic primary poll; Gov. Hogan remains popular, even with Democrats, new poll finds; Gov. Hogan formally kicks off campaign for re-election; progressives, labor activists spending big to turn out the vote for Ben Jealous; money from Republican developers helps fuel Montgomery County’s Democratic primary for county executive; David Blair sinks bucks into Facebook ad buy in race for Montgomery County exec; Al Redmer commercial in Republican primary for Baltimore County executive attacks rival Pat McDonough’s voting record; and Sinclair Broadcasting waiting for FCC approval of Tribune purchase.

State Roundup, June 8, 2018

Baltimore Countian sues gubernatorial candidate Krish Vignarajah, challenges her residency claim; former Gov. O’Malley backs Rushern Baker in Democratic primary for governor; in race for governor, Sen. Madaleno challenges the norms, but his long distinguished resume also makes him an insider; union that almost always backs Democrats endorses Republican Gov. Hogan; do elections keep politics out of administrative offices such as register of wills?; Montgomery exec candidate Berliner gets heat over negative Blair-Trump ad, decides to change it; in state Senate race, Dana Beyer blasts Del. Waldstreicher for touting substance abuse committee he rarely held; city State’s Attorney candidates go after incumbent Mosby; and oyster restoration unifies watermen, environmentalists.

State Roundup, June 7, 2018

Valerie Ervin won’t appeal ruling that keeps her name on ballot as a running mate instead of gubernatorial candidate; in debate, gubernatorial candidates tout Trump impeachment, disbanding Baltimore City cops; banning legalized sports betting; Madaleno ad seals his anti-Trump creds with a kiss; U.S. Rep. hopeful David Trone apologizes for memo contents after it was leaked; police drew guns in wellness check on Chelsea Manning; in District 41 Senate race, two political legacy families battling it out; in Baltimore County exec debate, Dems see a different county than one painted by Republican on the dais; and in Arundel County, big wigs influencing smaller races.

State Roundup, June 6, 2018

Despite differences over education, minimum wage and other issues, Marylanders broadly approve of Gov. Hogan’s performance, new Washington Post-UM poll finds; in latest Democratic gubernatorial candidate debate, hopefuls stress differences, but still agree on most issues; Ben Jealous to deploy celebrity supporters to help drum up votes; at nonpartisan Maryland Business for Responsive Government event, Gov. Hogan stars; four Baltimore County exec hopefuls to face off, but Al Redmer to sit out; and review says Joe Tydings’ autobiography is a must read.