State Roundup, September 5, 2018

As school starts in sweltering heat, Gov. Larry Hogan, rival Ben Jealous lay blame for the lack of school air-conditioning, offer differing solutions; Hogan announces school accountability plan, signs exec order creating an education watch dog to root out corruption; proposal to creat network of electric vehicle charging stations goes before Public Service Commission; defections hit top lobbying firm in Annapolis; ex-Del. Vaughn sentenced to four years in prison; Arundel council votes down anti-abortion resolution; and Baltimore school parents protest Amtrak tunnel proposal.

State Roundup, September 4, 2018

Comptroller Franchot announces $504 million surplus thanks to higher returns, less spending; Maryland leads on school safety as Montgomery schools to drill on active assailant scenarios; with recruiting far and wide, 6,000 teachers added to state ranks; meanwhile, heat closes schools in Baltimore County and city; while Gov. Hogan touts 100% retirement exemption from taxing, but its cost is questioned; Ben Jealous promotes prisoner reduction plan that may be undoable due to state’s already rapid prisoner reduction; people with disabilities school police on interacting with people with disabilities; who are the highest paid lobbyists in Maryland?; Montgomery’s race for county executive unusual for that jurisdiction; and Arizona Sen. John McCain laid to rest at Naval Academy.

State Roundup, August 31, 2018

County executive candidates out-fundraise Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous; Social Security Administration lifts restrictions on union advocacy; as gubernatorial candidates wrestle over debating, venues try to set firm plans; review of MTA finds serious problems with maintenance, lack of expertise; MSEA, education advocates seek constitutional amendment to dedicate casino funds for schools; high court says juveniles can receive life sentences; and Arundel women protest proposed council resolution recognizing the rights of fetuses.

State Roundup, August 30, 2018

Gov. Larry Hogan, rival Ben Jealous are picking up cash from dramatically different classes of donors; recent history shows Jealous’ work as a venture capitalist; former U.S. Atty Gen Holder backs Jealous; Jealous, Hogan wrestle over union support; cash bail reform seems to be cutting into its use, freeing those charged to continue to work; Comptroller Peter Franchot holds huge lead in the money race against opponent Anjali Reed Phukan; recent fundraising by Arundel exec Steve Shuh mirrors foe Steuart Pittman’s but Schuh coffers still brimming; and former Ocean City Mayor Fish Powell dies at 89.

State Roundup, August 29, 2018

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous has raised $1 million in two months, has $386,000 on hand compared to Republican Larry Hogan’s $9 million. But campaign says money not needed for a victory; Jealous says TV ads set to run after Labor Day; following Florida killings by Baltimore man, Sen. Zirkin says lawmakers will review gun and mental health laws; in standardized testing, Maryland, Baltimore City students show improvement; campaign finance reports look good for incumbents; independent Montgomery exec hopeful Nancy Floreen takes in bucks from developers, business people; Johnny Olszewski leads Al Redmer in Baltimore County exec fund-raising race; Montgomery County exec hopeful Robin Ficker visits Amazon HQ1; and Republican rival to Prince George’s County exec candidate Angela Alsobrooks drops out.

State Roundup, August 28, 2018

New report says General Services Administration may have misled Congress on Trump administration involvement in killing FBI suburban headquarters plans and costs, sparking rebuke from Rep. Steny Hoyer, others; following blogger’s piece on Democrats’ concern over health of congressional candidate David Trone, Trone admits he has been undergoing cancer treatment; Gov. Hogan’s finance report lists $9.3 million in coffers as rival Ben Jealous waits to file report; Jealous’ cost savings from incarceration reduction doesn’t add up with official estimates; Jealous against arming teachers while Hogan says state has good safety plans in place; and Arundel school nurses get training in gun would care.

State Roundup, August 27, 2018

Following ethics probe, Del. Curt Anderson stripped of leaders posts, must attend anti-harassment training; Maryland part of nationwide trend to ban non-disclosure agreements over workplace sexual harassment; state contracts firm to better track sex offenders; Kirwan Commission still hasn’t toted up the cost of its wide-ranging education reforms; despite losing slew of lieutenants to progressive Dems, Senate President Miller adept at holding on to power; Gov. Hogan’s deep coffers help him win messaging contest against opponent Ben Jealous; supporters concerned about health of congressional candidate David Trone; is soon-to-be former Del. Pat McDonough becoming a newspaper owner? Late Arizona Sen. John McCain to be buried at Naval Academy; Maryland tributes pour in for former presidential candidate, Vietnam POW; and former Baltimore County super Dallas Dance to be released from prison.

State Roundup, August 24, 2018

Kirwan panel gets wide-ranging recommendations, including expanding pre-k, changing how teachers are paid.; Maryland to begin requiring coal-fired power plants to scrub toxic metals from discharge water; bay scientists concerned with overfishing of cownose rays; federal judge lets stand conspiracy, bias claims against Dels. Rick Impallaria and Pat McDonough in lawsuit over Muslim retirement community; Howard County recommends razing 19 Ellicott City buildings in flood mitigation plan; Gov. Hogan gets police endorsement, Ben Jealous gets endorsed by Senate Prez Miller and House Speaker Busch; GOP poll says Hogan popular in Miller and Busch’s districts; and faculty protests Frederick Community College president.

State Roundup, August 23, 2018

As state leaders cheer waiver that shores up Obamacare in Maryland, Democrats, advocates say they’ll push for permanent fix; two polls find Marylanders across the board support expanded pre-k; survey by state teachers union finds 91% of teachers shell out for class supplies, 40% work needed second job; legislative ethics panel meets to consider harassment allegations against Del. Curt Anderson; Democratic candidate for governor Ben Jealous tells kids about his lifelong struggle with stuttering; Gov. Larry Hogan courts votes in Democratic stronghold of Leisure World; independent Nancy Floreen garners enough valid signatures to make the ballot for Montgomery County exec; Maryland members of House oversight committee see testimony from Trump attorney Michael Cohen; and attempt by Rep. John Delaney to have Robert E. Lee statue removed from Antietam stalls.

State Roundup, August 22, 2018

Maryland gets federal waiver to help stave off health insurance hikes for more than 200,000; state officials wary of Trump administration plan giving states more control over pollution limits of coal-fired power plants; citing pollution flowing into Bay, Del. Kramer may reintroduce bill calling for economic boycott of Pennsylvania; U.S. Homeland Security in Maryland to evaluate voting systems; CNBC gives Northern Virginia edge over Montgomery County for Amazon HQ2; Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ben Jealous touts plan to make Maryland a model for universal health care; campaign of Gov. Larry Hogan hits the airwaves; Sierra Club of Montgomery backs Marc Elrich for county exec; and Arundel sheriff candidates back tightened access to firearms.