Environmentalists, watermen forge compromise on oysters

After two years of meeting behind closed doors, some of the people who’ve been lobbing verbal grenades at each other over oyster restoration — watermen and environmentalists — have buried enough of their differences to agree on a wide-ranging set of recommendations for restoring oysters in a pair of Eastern Shore rivers while also aiding the industry that depends on harvesting them.

20 Montgomery candidates approved for public financing system, four hang in balance

Montgomery County candidates and voters are taking more notice of the source of campaign funds in the first election where public financing is an option. Former County Councilmember Phil Andrews, the architect of the public campaign financing program for county council and county executive races, said he believes some voters will favor candidates using the public financing system.

Ballot afterlife: To support Ervin, vote for Kamenetz

Kevin Kamenetz may have been buried May 11, but he remains very much alive on Democratic primary ballots. The death of the Baltimore County executive as he campaigned for governor exposed problems with Maryland election laws, as well as long-standing constitutional issues with the job of lieutenant governor.