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.

State Roundup, May 4, 2018

As Maryland crab industry faces crisis of guest worker shortage, federal officials to OK 15,000 visas to include state; possible trade was with China could harm soybean farmers; question in need of an answer: is Lawyers’ Mall an open soap box or just a common area?; Shea gubernatorial duo releases tax returns; Baltimore County school board dissenters lobbied state super over Verletta White approval; and Montgomery County teachers union adds more names to its Apple Ballot endorsement list.

State Roundup, May 3, 2018

State Schools Super Salmon rejects Baltimore County Super White for permanent position as ethics report moves forward; Baltimore County Exec Kamenetz says Gov. Hogan orchestrated the move; and court sides with State Election Board in keeping Nathaniel Oaks’ name on ballot; failure of annual Mexican workforce to get visas throw Maryland’s Eastern Shore crab houses in crisis; meanwhile Montgomery County continues to debate whether to aid immigrants facing deportation; state officials had little contact with Discovery officials before it announced it would indeed move; Comptroller Franchot, Gov. Hogan raise issue of repealing law removing BPW from school construction oversight;

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.