GOP poll shows tight race for governor: Brown 45, Hogan 42

The Maryland Republican Party released a poll Friday on the race for governor showing Democrat Anthony Brown at 45% and Republican Larry Hogan at 42%. There’s been a lot of chatter recently about internal polls showing the race tightening to single digits. But this is the first publicly released poll that includes breakdowns and methodology. Admittedly it is a partisan poll done by Republican pollster Wes Anderson, a national pollster who happens to live in Anne Arundel County. Political science professor Todd Eberly also analyzes the poll.

Boycott of MdReporter was a flop

We want to thank congressional candidate Dan Bongino for announcing a boycott of on Monday morning. It produced the third highest daily traffic we got on the website since the General Assembly ended, with 3,900 page views and close to 1,800 unique visitors.

Blowback on Rascovar column was fierce; Bongino calls for boycott of Maryland Reporter

The blowback from Barry Rascovar’s column accusing Republicans of being anti-immigrant was fast and furious Monday and congressional candidate Dan Bongino urged a boycott of unless the column was taken down.

At the urging of Bongino and others, about a dozen people asked to have the column removed, as well as demanding a retraction and an apology.

In AG’s race, key message is ‘Jon is not Ben’

Michael Morrell, former communications guru for Gov. Parris Glendening and Sen. Barbara Mikulski, told a Democratic audience in Columbia Wednesday night that the most important words in this week’s mailer attacking attorney general candidate Jon Cardin were not the headlines highlighting his faults as a delegate. The key words were in smaller type at the top of the back page: “Jon Cardin is not Ben Cardin.”

Republican opponents drag O’Malley into Arundel exec race

The expected attack mailers in the contentious Republican race for Anne Arundel County Executive began hitting the mail boxes of reliable primary voters this week. Challenger Steve Schuh and incumbent Laura Neuman both associated the other with pictures of one of the most reviled men in Maryland Republican circles: Martin O’Malley, the departing Democratic governor.