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Democratic establishment largely prevails from top to bottom, as few State House incumbents lose

June 25th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

It was a good night for Democratic incumbents in the legislature and the Democratic establishment throughout the state as favored candidates from top to bottom did well in Tuesday's primary. There were only nine State House incumbents who lost, while newcomers backed by incumbents won. The Republican establishment did not fare quite as well, losing two incumbent senators. This article contains a rundown of scores in contested primary contests.


Senate Republican leader Brinkley challenged from the right

June 20th, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

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


Sen. Currie faces strong challenge from veteran delegate

June 18th, 2014 | by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

After being censured by the General Assembly for an ethics violation, Sen. Ulysses Currie could be particularly vulnerable to election year attacks. But his primary challenger, Del. Melony Griffith, has decided not to dwell on this issue when she speaks about him


In PG District 26, Sen. Muse has two strong challengers

June 18th, 2014 | by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

Brian Woolfolk, who has never served in the state legislature, is running against two opponents with significant legislative experience representing District 26, which runs along the Potomac River in southern Prince George’s County. He is challenging incumbent Sen. C. Anthony Muse, who has served two terms in the Senate and three terms in the House of Delegates before that, and Del. Veronica Turner, who is challenging her own state senator with significant union backing


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

June 16th, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

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


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

June 13th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

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."


Campaign for Harford County Senate seat turns nasty

June 12th, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

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


Lt. Gov. Brown touts Sen. Currie as ‘leader’ on minimum wage hike

May 22nd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Just 33 days from the primary election and 20 days from early voting, the campaign mailers are beginning to hit the mailboxes of regular primary voters. Some contain the usual puffery and exaggeration of records. One on behalf of Sen. Ulysses Currie by Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown seems to stretch the legislative record like a rubber band


Budget bill signed by O’Malley contained unconstitutional provisions, Gansler says

May 22nd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The key budget-balancing bill signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley last Thursday contained several unconstitutional provisions, including language exempting Carroll and Frederick counties from aspects of the rain tax. That's what Attorney General Doug Gansler told O'Malley in a letter the day before he signed the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2014.



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