State Roundup, August 9, 2018

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous uses the f-word when asked by reporter if he identifies as a “socialist,” apologizes later; Jealous, Republican Gov. Hogan pick up endorsements from Democrats; GOP Baltimore County exec candidate Al Redmer uses Jealous gaffe to challenge Dem opponent Johnny Olszewski; as Republican Governors Association batters Jealous in ads, Democratic counterpart stays mum; Jealous lays out campaign strategy, reveals poll numbers that show him 9 point behind; local governments facing crisis of under-funded pensions; and Tribune nixes Sinclair deal, threatens to sue Hunt Valley company.

State Roundup, August 8, 2018

During multi-state Chesapeake Bay summit, Pennsylvania concedes it could do more toward cleanup, says state has no dedicated fund; Maryland senators ask U.S. Treasury to probe Russian ties to state elections company;; Maryland’s retirement and pension fund earns 8% return in last fiscal year; federal GSA admin may have mislead lawmakers on White House involvement in decision on new FBI headquarters plans; Comptroller Franchot issues rules on collecting online sales taxes; state Sen. Brochin expected to endorse Larry Hogan for governor; The Business Monthly newspaper is sold; and as Anne Arundel’s moratorium on solar projects ends, tightened regulations expected.

State Roundup, August 7, 2018

Nancy Floreen submits more than 20,000 signatures in independent bid to become Montgomery County executive; oops: Republican National Committee’s link to Maryland’s GOP Twitter account links to Sexy Car Babes instead; Maryland launches a community solar pilot program; state seeks help from Exelon, others states in cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay; state to keep SNAP program in place at farmers markets; U.S. Rep. Raskin’s Democracy Summer teaches youth about political activism;deputy sheriffs back Al Redmer for Baltimore County executive; and Baltimore City seeks to stop privatization of water system.

State Roundup, August 6, 2018

Investigators find that some packaged Maryland blue crab is cut with cheaper foreign meat; Democratic Governors Association gaffe exposes 1,418-page opposition research document on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan; Democratic governor hopeful Ben Jealous rides city bus system, calls it broken and blames Gov. Hogan; state Democratic Party launches statewide, coordinated campaign for Jealous; in interview with New York Times, Hogan tires of talking about President Trump; in Capital Gazette interviews, politicians weigh in on gun control; state Dems create an uneasy peace between women’s groups, Black Caucus over Del. Curt Anderson; deadline today for Nancy Floreen to collect enough signatures to get on Montgomery ballot in county exec race; and Baltimore Sun leaves its long time Calvert Street home for Port Covington.

State Roundup, August 3, 2018

Gov. Larry Hogan said he supports House Speaker Busch’s effort to allow voters to decide abortion issue; Maryland Legislative Black Caucus rejects calls for Del. Curt Anderson to resign before probe into harassment claims is complete; state to use millions of dollars it received in a federal settlement with Volkswagen to improve air quality; Hogan says his bipartisanship could work in Washington, doesn’t rule out run for president; Kent County may have veto power over any proposal for a new Chesapeake Bay crossing landing there; and Washington County releases reports on harassment claim against commissioner, leak.

State Roundup, August 2, 2018

House Speaker Michael Busch plans to lead an effort to enshrine a woman’s right to choose within the state constitution; Gov. Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot decry heavy debris, sediment flows into the bay, saying Susquehanna River states of Pennsylvania and New York haven’t done enough; fourth audit in 10 years finds Baltimore Circuit Court failed to pursue overdue fines, civil fees; Carroll school transportation chief says new Maryland sick leave law might worsen bus driver shortage; Senate President Mike Miller, other legislators urge Supreme Court to save Bladensburg Cross; and reports say aides to former Howard schools Superintendent Foose faced discrimination.

State Roundup, August 1, 2018

Scientists encouraged that deep, degraded areas of Chesapeake Bay are responding to cleanup efforts; offshore wind company to study seafloor for Maryland project; judge issues restraining order on release of 3D gun blueprints; study finds huge gap between pay of male, female physicians in Maryland; Gov. Larry Hogan disagrees with President Trump on trade policy; Maryland Democratic Party to form working group to study best ways to deal with harassment claims; Hogan says Montgomery County officials worried that election of exec hopeful Marc Elrich will discourage Amazon from locating HQ2 there; Hogan stumps for congressional candidate Amie Hoeber; and reports stemming from allegations of sexual harassment against Washington County Commissioner LeRoy Myers still not released.

State Roundup, July 31, 2018

President Trump’s involvement puts new FBI headquarters in limbo; storms could have long-term impact on Chesapeake Bay; health insurers seek average hike of 30% in premiums; Attorney General Frosh joins suit to stop 3-D printed guns; Gov. Larry Hogan use of stadium suites has a bi-partisan ring to it; in a rare occurrence, Professional Firefighters of Maryland endorse a Republican for governor as Ben Jealous, incoming state teachers union chief talk politics; Baltimore Mayor Pugh puts public campaigning financing on the ballot; and suspect in Capital Gazette murders a no-show in court, but attorneys enter not-guilty plea on his behalf.

State Roundup, July 30, 2018

Del. Curt Anderson, under probe after harassment claims, losing support among fellow Dems, state party as some urge him to drop re-election bid; Maryland renewable energy projects criticized as “cleanwashing,”claiming that they boost fossil fuel use; Gov. Hogan, rival Ben Jealous agree on seriousness of climate change problem; Sen. Elizabeth Warren backs Jealous for governor; Republican Governors Association ads for Hogan target women; what donors are behind the RGA ads?; Comptroller Franchot backs away from backing Dem nominee Jealous in favor of staying “neutral;” Baltimore Mayor Pugh asks Congress to act on opioid crisis; GOP trailblazer and former head of the Maryland Republican Party Joyce Lyons Terhes dies at 78; Baltimore Sun packing up for move from Calvert Street; Cecil Whig cuts print edition to two days; and Sinclair Broadcasting, others under investigation for possible violations of antitrust laws

State Roundup, July 27, 2018

As heroin deaths in Maryland decline, fentanyl deaths climb. State Health Secretary urges abuser to seek treatment, carry naxolone while Rep. Cummings, Sen. Warren set to meet in Baltimore about dealing with the problem; state prison population shrinks; advocates address problems caused by solitary confinement; Maryland senators say Social Security Administration is hostile to its workers; despite attempts to foster small, local businesses, Maryland’s medical marijuana industry being infiltrated by large out-of-state corporations; with recent heavy rains, flood concerns rise; some Democratic politicians are hesitant to cozy up to progressive Ben Jealous as he runs for governor; and former Sen. Mikulski urges President Trump to award Medal of Freedom to slain reporter Wendi Winters.