State Roundup, June 22, 2018

Following Supreme Court ruling, Maryland scrambles to estimate potential revenue from collecting tax from online sales; record numbers turned out to vote early; Attorney General Frosh to join suit against Trump administration to reunite immigrant parents and their children; Maryland court rules General Assembly overstepped bounds in denying pay to two former Hogan appointees, Dennis Schrader and Wendi Peters; race for governor should turn interesting once the primary decides on the Democrat to challenge Gov. Hogan; former Baltimore County exec Jim Smith, who now works for Mayor Pugh, uses political organization to attack Jim Brochin, challenger to Vicki Almond; and delegate’s campaign manager fired after stealing, dumping rival’s literature.

State Roundup, June 21, 2018

Immigrant children, separated parents are being housed in Maryland; Maryland government retirees in uproar over changes to prescription drug coverage, announced in “politically charged” letters; Del. Mary Washington asks State House leadership to release an interim report on probe into sexual misconduct allegations against Del. Curt Anderson; strong turnout in early voting may not be a sign of blue wave that Democrats were hoping for; meanwhile early voting in Garrett County is sluggish; congressional candidate Aruna Miller has the recipe for success, but her biggest hurdle is foe David Trone’s personal fortune; union PAC that has been operating in Maryland wasn’t properly registered with Board of Elections; and Montgomery residents deluged with torrents of campaign mailings.

State Roundup, June 20, 2018

Gov. Hogan joins other governors in protesting Trump administration policy of separating migrant children from families by pulling National Guard unit from border patrol; Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous releases three years of tax returns; super PAC supporting Jealous jumps into Democratic primary with videos, mailers critical of Rushern Baker; in U.S. Senate race, Jerry Segal does a take off on the ice cream containers, Ben or Jerry?; state Senate candidate Jill Carter may be lagging in the money race against J.D. Merrill, but she has a slew of City Hall supporters; a Montgomery voter as state Board of Elections to look into Empower Montgomery, a group founded by county exec candidate David Blair; and facing little demand for recyclables, the cost of taking care of it is falling to taxpayers.

State Roundup, June 19, 2018

Supreme Court “punts” Maryland’s gerrymandering case, but experts say door remains open for redistricting reform; U.S. Rep. Harris, U.S. Sen. Van Hollen addressing immigration crisis in two very different ways; Eastern Shore crab houses without migrant workers for the summer; Gov. Hogan pulls in more than $1 million in less than a month; several state delegates, including Curt Anderson, could face a tough primary; former state Sen. Oaks forfeits $5,000; race for state Sen. Madaleno’s seat takes a nasty turn; Prince George’s exec hopeful Alsobrooks gets support from the other side of the Potomac; developers give to Almond Super PAC in Baltimore County exec contest; and Maryland congressional Democrats come out for bill to fund prevention, treatment during opioid crisis.

State Roundup, June 18, 2018

It’s the down ballot races that are drawing out the voters; a plethora of stories on the latest fund-raising, spending and cash-on-hand data for the governor’s race, state Senate and county executive races; Howard County principal violated school policy by forwarding state Senate candidate’s email seeking workers; wine store magnate David Trone pours more of his own money into his congressional race; three incumbent Republican county executives have a good shot at re-election; Baltimore County executive races are heating up; Martin O’Malley didn’t escape slurs from FBI agent, according to Inspector General’s report; and two Maryland cases to go before the Supreme Court.

State Roundup, June 15, 2018

Del. Curt Anderson being investigated by General Assembly ethics panel over sexual misconduct claims; gloves finally come off in last televised democratic gubernatorial debate, with Jim Shea throwing first punches at front-runners Rushern Baker and Ben Jealous; campaign coffers of late gubernatorial candidate Kevin Kamenetz to go to college scholarships, Baltimore Zoo and others; Krish Vignarajah touts $350 million flood resiliency program; U.S. Rep. John Delaney backs Baker for governor; Gov. Hogan plans to seek new State Center developer; Hogan announces Baltimore City violence prevention program, multi-agency “strike force;” who are the other candidates running for Prince George’s County exec?; former state police trooper to run for District 35 Senate seat as independent; and Maryland congressmen appeal to Trump administration to rescind food stamp rule over crab shacks.

State Roundup, June 14, 2018

As Valerie Ervin drops out of governor’s race, she back Rushern Baker and takes several swings at Ben Jealous; with early voting beginning, gubernatorial candidates are releasing policy positions, getting more aggressive with campaigning; Jealous issues plan to boost state’s economy; Richard Madaleno outlines school construction plan; get the thumbnail take on the candidates for Montgomery County executive; Montgomery County Exec Ike Leggett hasn’t endorsed in the race to replace him, but his blessing would carry a lot of weight; Baltimore Sun backs John Olszweski Jr., Al Redmer in Baltimore County exec primaries; in Part 3 of series on plea deals and police corruption, internal affairs documents have been kept secret preventing defense attorneys from accessing valuable information; and Howard County Register of Wills candidate has DUI record.

State Roundup, June 13, 2018

Valerie Ervin drops out of Democratic primary for governor, says she’ll back Rushern Baker instead; judge throws out suit attempting to nullify Krish Vignarajah’s gubernatorial eligibility; former state Sen. Nathaniel Oaks re-registers to vote, meaning he could be re-elected to his old job since his name remains on ballot; late Del. Sophocleus technically could win primary; the Baltimore Sun editorial board back Ben Jealous in Democratic gubernatorial primary; 253 State House hopefuls sign on to support Clean Energy Jobs Act; in other news, in Part 2 of series on plea bargains and police corruption: In the long wait in jail, many innocent defendants take a plea deal; despite Supreme Court ruling, state doesn’t necessarily purge dormant voters; Maryland reverses stand on books for prisoners; and group sues state over bump stock ban.

State Roundup, June 12, 2018

Ousting President Trump is Issue No. 1 for Maryland Democrats, new poll finds; plea bargaining and pre-trial detention led innocent defendants to plead guilty and enabled police corruption in Baltimore City; new ad for Gov. Hogan highlights bipartisanship; in profile, gubernatorial hopeful Jim Shea called civic-minded, go-to person; Del. Sophocleus’ death throws wrinkle into District 32 election; funeral set for Del. Sophocleus; in Baltimore County executive primaries, new poll finds Jim Brochin, Pat McDonough taking the lead; Baltimore City State’s Attorney candidate Ivan Bates criticized for claims about record; and Comptroller Franchot backs David Blair for Montgomery County exec.

State Roundup, June 11, 2018

Long-time Anne Arundel public servant Del. Ted Sophocleus dies at 79; Ben Jealous, Rushern Baker tie as front-runners in pre-Democratic primary poll; Gov. Hogan remains popular, even with Democrats, new poll finds; Gov. Hogan formally kicks off campaign for re-election; progressives, labor activists spending big to turn out the vote for Ben Jealous; money from Republican developers helps fuel Montgomery County’s Democratic primary for county executive; David Blair sinks bucks into Facebook ad buy in race for Montgomery County exec; Al Redmer commercial in Republican primary for Baltimore County executive attacks rival Pat McDonough’s voting record; and Sinclair Broadcasting waiting for FCC approval of Tribune purchase.