State Roundup, May 2, 2018

Maryland joins 16 other states in suing Trump administration over attempt to relax vehicle emission standards; General Assembly hiked University System of Maryland budget $39 million; Maryland high court to hear case on removing Sen. Oaks name from ballot; Prince George’s embattled schools chief sees writing on the wall, announces he will resign; former Del. Betty Workman dies; and Baltimore County exec candidate McDonough’s radio program is pulled, he blames rival for Republican nomination.

State Roundup, May 1, 2018

Gov. Hogan taps former Del. Jill Carter to fill out Sen. Oaks’ term as she runs to secure seat in election; University of Maryland students push for added mental health services on campus; Prince George’s County Exec Baker had pushed for control over school system. Now his critics are highlighting system’s problems; in year with term-limited incumbents; Bethesda Magazine conducts indepth interviews with all six candidates for Montgomery exec; wealthy businessman and House candidate may have found his right constituency; and State’s Attorney Mosby adopts incumbent tactic she criticized: declining debates.

State Roundup, April 30, 2018

Maryland’s crackdown on toll scofflaws in pulling in millions, but lawmakers and consumer groups call it punitive and predatory; despite appeals panel ruling, Attorney General Frosh continues to press for state lawsuit against drug price-gouging; court rejects synagogue’s challenge of state stormwater runoff fee; Republicans are being urged to switch parties to vote in Democratic primary; Democratic gubernatorial forum was indeed a snoozefest; Richard Madaleno sees his run as first gay gubernatorial candidate an uphill battle; and policy group report offers Montgomery County exec candidates a bleak picture of its economy; but Montgomery Exec Leggett pushes back on report.

State Roundup, April 27, 2018

Gov. Hogan touts Arundel’s Safe Stations program targeting addicts, directs $287,000 toward it and says he plans to roll it out in other counties; Comptroller Franchot says he’ll return to General Assembly next year with a headier craft brewery reform; vital bay grasses make a comeback in the Chesapeake; judge reconsiders, orders former Sen. Oaks’ name off ballot, pushing Board of Elections to file an appeal; in forum for seven Democratic gubernatorial candidates, none breaks from the pack; State House Republicans pull construction company into its fight with Republican candidate for delegate; judge orders Trump administration to restore funds for Baltimore City pregnancy prevention grant; and U.S. Rep. Hoyer recorded trying to pressure Democratic congressional candidate to drop out of race.

State Roundup, April 26, 2018

Gov. Hogan signs Amazon incentive package, Metro funding bill, tying the two together in bid for HQ2; the Kirwan education commission to begin taking up cost, funding sources to implement goals; state settles pollution claim with Volkswagen by agreeing to come back to Port of Baltimore; in Goucher Poll, Dems, Republicans approve/disapprove of Comptroller Franchot exactly the same; Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Baker splits with pack on legalizing recreational marijuana; Sam Bogley returns to the spotlight – sort of – in a run for Prince George’s County exec; and Attorney General Sessions to reconsider denial of crime fighting funds for Baltimore City.

State Roundup, April 25, 2018

Gov. Hogan cuddles up to puppies as he signs bills to address puppy mills, rehoming of lab dogs; amid the 200-plus bills signed is one to allow families, police to ask courts to restrict a person’s access to guns; lawmakers take another swipe at Comptroller Franchot with bill that would make state treasurer chair of pension panel; Metro weighs labor contract; U.S. Rep. Ruppersberger backs Kevin Kamenetz for governor; Prince George’s teachers union backs Donna Edwards for county exec; defamation claim against Washington County Commissioner Myers moves forward; and Baltimore City schools task force meets in secret.

State Roundup, April 24, 2018

While Gov. Hogan dominates Democratic rivals in new Goucher Poll, less than half of voters surveyed say they would vote for him and a quarter are undecided; pet store owners in Maryland concerned that puppy mill bill will drive pure-bred business to difficult-to-regulate internet; state gives Anne Arundel $500,000 for continued “safe station” drug program; not all the Democratic candidates for governor are committed voters; Republican Frederick County executive hopefuls square off; in at-large Montgomery Council race with four seats, most voters vote only for three; and Baltimore City Council to consider creating system for public campaign financing in city races.

State Roundup, April 23, 2018

Gov. Larry Hogan orders Secretary Rahn to seek new contract on state highway project after questions raised over unbid contract that went to former Rahn employer; Hogan joins regional leaders to sign letter to Amazon CEO as they seek HQ2; saying they are working through problems with violators, state regulators take fewer enforcement actions against pollutors; former Sen. Oaks’ name to remain on ballot; Rushern Baker, Aruna Miller win straw poll; Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls come out for legalizing recreational marijuana use; and former Baltimore County school super Dance sentenced to six months in prison.

State Roundup, April 20, 2018

The Maryland Democratic Party is asking Gov. Hogan for all correspondence with HNTB, whose company is under scrutiny for no-bid contract, relationship with Transportation Secretary Rahn; Comptroller Franchot asks Hogan to veto bill that strips comptroller of pension board chair; Hogan on verge of signing bill to deal with foreign interference of elections; Maryland gets $10 million federal grant to continue fighting opioid crisis; Prince George’s County exec candidate Alsobrooks calls on Exec Baker to fire school super; former Gov. Glendening endorses Baker for governor; women candidates perturbed by Montgomery Exec Leggett’s male-only endorsements; and U.S. Rep. Harris joins small group of Republicans calling for prosecution of Hillary Clinton and James Comey.

State Roundup, April 19, 2018

Transportation Secretary Rahn to amend financial statement after he failed to disclose ownership, sale of stock in company he used to work for that was fast-tracked for highway contract; citing ethical concerns, Board of Public Works delays vote on fast-tracked roads contract; Maryland Health Benefit Exchange votes to begin working toward federal waiver to allow it to stabilize marketplace; women emerge among front-runners in District 18 General Assembly race; gubernatorial candidate Madaleno, taking a swipe at President Trump, releases six years of tax returns; other candidates say they will also; U.S. Sen. Cardin opposing CIA chief for secretary of state; and former Baltimore County Schools Super Dallas Dance ask judge for probation instead of jail time.