SEIU union played attack role in June primary

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is a rapidly expanding and politically prominent labor union who endorsed more than 80 for state office. Most were incumbent Democrats, and most won. Its sometimes brutal mailers and the union’s presence have permeated recent Maryland election cycles. While the candidates who enjoy an SEIU endorsement consider it a boon for their campaigns, other contenders consider themselves targets, and have derided the SEIU’s tactics as purely nasty.

Progressive Rupli ready to challenge conservative Hough for Frederick Senate Seat

It was fear of a Tea Party Republican winning the race in District 4 that got Dan Rupli, an old Democratic war-horse, to accept his party’s pleas to get into the race.

Now that Del. Michael Hough has beaten Sen. David Brinkley, the Senate minority leader, in conservative-minded District 4, Rupli and Hough will battle it out in the fall. Rupli, 71, practiced public interest law and formerly served as counsel to then-Gov. Parris Glendening.

Senate Republican leader Brinkley challenged from the right

In a legislature where the GOP is already drowned out by the majority Democrats, Senate Republicans are in danger of losing a voice many Democrats have come to respect in SEnate Minority Leader David Brinkley. Brinkley, 54, faces a younger, energized challenger in Del. Michael Hough, 20 years his junior, who insists that Brinkley’s conservative record just isn’t conservative enough for the constituents of District 4 in Frederick and Carroll counties.

In District 18, Madaleno vs. Beyer: The gay liberal incumbent senator has an even more progressive transgender challenger

An unusual political matchup pitting Maryland’s only openly gay senator against a transgender woman has emerged as one of the more fiery races before the June 24 primary.

Sen. Richard Madaleno, the Democratic incumbent of District 18 in Montgomery County, faces a former county council aide, Dana Beyer, a retired surgeon and long-time transgender rights activist and lobbyist.

Campaign for Harford County Senate seat turns nasty

A face-off between two Democrats for the District 34 Senate seat has turned sour, with both candidates devising websites dedicated to smearing each other.

Art Helton, a former senator who represented the 34th, a Harford County district, in the ’70s and ’80s, and Del. Mary-Dulany James, are at war over the seat vacated by Republican Sen. Nancy Jacobs, who is retiring this year.

20 battle for open legislative seats in Dundalk

Little attention has been called to the political battle waging in Baltimore County’s District 6, comprising Dundalk and Essex. With two longtime Democratic incumbents — Sen. Norman Stone, who has served in the Senate since 1967, and Del. Sonny Minnick — calling it quits, a band of candidates from both parties has rushed to fill three open seats.

Twenty — 11 Democrats and nine Republicans — have filed to run for the three House of Delegates seats, while four will be competing for the Senate spot.

Frosh, Cardin combatative in attorney general debate

The final debate in the Democratic race for attorney general Monday night turned tempestuous as Sen. Brian Frosh and Del. Jon Cardin threw accusations at one another, dominating much of the hour-long discussion. The third Democrat in the race, Del. Aisha Braveboy of Prince George’s County, escaped the men’s criticism.