State Roundup, May 18, 2018

Valerie Ervin will run; cites national funding base; picks Johnson as running mate; Ervin seen as more progressive that Kamenetz; Ticket could catch lightning; nine Dems to debate; would-be challengers agree – more transit; Jealous won’t play it safe; public will get input in Kamenetz replacement; Alsobrooks launches ads; bill defines ‘agritourism’

State Roundup, May 17, 2018

Baker has a plan to revitalize Baltimore; Sun profiles PG exec.; Valerie Ervin must decide on race today; Pugh owns De Sousa appointment; Baltimore bears the brunt of disfunction; Campos will do time; Super PAC funded campaign turns P.G. exec. race ugly; Post endorses for MoCo council; More Democrats are challenging; BPW  rejects court fee hikes; Leventhal releases Avengers-themed ad.

State Roundup, May 16, 2018

Sports betting in Maryland will have to wait; hundreds of bills signed: gay conversion therapy banned; tax breaks for veterans, retirees; expanding medical cannabis; investigating Baltimore police; harassment protections; Balt. Co. Council plans no hearings on replacing Kamenetz; Frosh seeks help with opioid probe; Aruna Miller running ads.

State Roundup, May 15, 2018

Supreme Court allows states to have sports betting; Senate President Miller open to special session to pass sports gambling; feds approve all-payer hospital funding plan; Rep. Brown recovering from small stroke; Edwards urges Valerie Ervin to run for governor; Ficker may not get public financing; Jealous running Baltimore TV ads; retirement system responds to criticism.

State Roundup, May 14, 2018

Baltimore County Executive gets a grand sendoff, earning more praise in death than he often did in life; the fallout from the death of a major candidate for governor continues; the number of dolphins in the Chesapeake surges; Baltimore region has changed over the past decade, reports the Greater Baltimore Committee; The Washington Post endorses David Blair for Montgomery Executive; a woman doctor emphasizes gender in ad for 6th District seat; two women race for PG exec; Cummings attacks Trump drug plan.

State Roundup, May 11, 2018

Even so soon after the death of gubernatorial hopeful and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, government and running mate must consider next steps: Who will replace Kamenetz in Baltimore County and will Valerie Ervin run for governor in his place?; gubernatorial candidate forum turns into wake with pols, audience sharing memories of Kamenetz as others see his legacy in bringing growth to the county; Kamenetz’s funeral today; Gov. Hogan, cabinet meet in and tour Howard County; bump stock law that gives loophole to current owners really doesn’t; Chef Jose Andres considers running for U.S. Senate; and political signs in Arundel County may actually be unauthorized.

State Roundup, May 10, 2018

Baltimore County Executive and gubernatorial candidate Kevin Kamenetz dies at 60. He had participated in a candidate forum Wednesday night. As tributes and remembrances come in, he will be remembered for his long service in Baltimore County politics and as a formidable contender in governor’s race; in other news, ‘sextortion’ to become misdemeanor on Oct. 1; in another blow to crab industry, federal government restricts use of food stamps for steamed crabs; despite winter crab kill, juvenile crab population in Chesapeake up; families of children with disabilities search for help as they grow up, seek independence; money comes into gubernatorial campaign coffers from a wide variety of sources; governor-hopeful Vignarajah’s Maryland residency once again questioned as new documents come to light; and Baltimore County councilwoman and county exec candidate Almond suggests legislation to curb gun access to minors.

State Roundup, May 9, 2018

Among measures signed into law by Gov. Hogan on Tuesday: overhaul of Statehouse harassment policies, update to cyberbullying law and more funds for public schools; despite N.Y. attorney general’s resignation, Maryland Attorney General Frosh, others vow to continue legal actions against Trump administration policies; U.S. Sen. Cardin lambastes President Trump on decision to pull out of Iran nuclear deal; Baltimore County school board votes 8 to 4 to resubmit Verletta White’s name as superintendent; WYPR-FM profiles three city state’s attorney candidates; and Washington County schools lose student data.

State Roundup, May 8, 2018

Gov. Hogan set to sign more than 200 bills today, including one to allow evidence of previous sexual assaults in some rape trials and one to offer scholarships for community college students; insurers in Maryland individual health plan market propose double-digit hikes; governor’s use of recess appointments goes to court; while overall casino take is up, city’s Horseshoe casino drops; union opposing Senate President Mike Miller endorses progressive candidates; and a steadfast Del. Afzali in Frederick County exec race to win.

State Roundup, May 7, 2018

Latest Trump administration immigrant order could affect 1,900 Hondurans in Maryland; environmental groups say state budget holds $100 million “surprise;” Gov. Hogan expected to sign bill to offer some Marylanders free tuition to community college; one of two remaining insurers in state exchange concerned about Hogan’s reinsurance program; Jill Carter sworn in as state senator, replacing Nathaniel Oaks; Julian Ivey tosses hat in ring, upsetting what looked like a shoo-in race in House of Delegates; Jim Shea’s tax returns detail income, taxes and donations; Richard Madaleno backed by NARAL PAC; as Rose Krasnow seeks to become Montgomery County exec, #MeToo movement effect not lost on her; Bethesda Beat offers up interviews of the six Montgomery County exec candidates; and Prince George’s outgoing schools superintendent came in with a shining resume and high hopes.