State Roundup, August 15, 2018

Businessowners at the Port of Baltimore begin to see impact President Trump’s tariffs and trade war; state Sen. Zirkin criticizes Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ben Jealous over judicial appointments comment; MACo summer conference sans Jealous; Gov. Hogan backs UM decision to put coach on leave; student-organized school safety roundtable to feature a number of politicians; Frederick County Democrats rank higher than Republican counterparts in MaryPIRG scorecard; and racist flyer appears after White Marsh Mall brawl and call for MTA to cut bus service hours.

State Roundup, August 14, 2018

Gov. Larry Hogan has taken a large lead in the first media poll since the primary, with rival Ben Jealous seeing his unfavorability ratings inch up; new African-American business organization backing Jealous for governor; Maryland Republicans hope to end supermajority of Democrats in the state Senate; one Maryland Democrat doesn’t mind being called a socialist and is working toward starting a separate party; too many mental health issues end up being dealt with in criminal justice system; despite lawmakers’ calls, Gov. Hogan won’t curtail Light Rail service to Arundel County; Maryland’s medical marijuana industry is growing; and U.S. Rep. John Delaney visits all 99 counties in Iowa in his presidential bid.

State Roundup, August 13, 2018

Board of Elections set to spend $7.4 million on election security, although report finds major overhauls are unnecessary; Maryland law goes into effect protecting family planning services should federal funds be cut; University of Maryland to probe football coaching practices in wake of reports on poor treatment of players; Maryland becomes a testing ground for progressive activism; Gov. Larry Hogan, rival Ben Jealous condemn white supremacist rally; Baltimore County could be key to winning governorship, political analysts say; as Democratic HQ opens in Howard, turnout becomes Goal No. 1; Neil Simon gets enough signatures to make the Senate ballot as an independent; and Baltimore County Exec Mohler says no to trimming MTA hours to White Marsh after brawl.

State Roundup, August 10, 2018

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ben Jealous asks TV stations to pull last RGA commercial; Gov. Hogan announces new initiative to combat human trafficking; Hogan sends letters to corrections officers defending his record with the state prison system; Maryland state parks are so crowded they are turning away visitors; violent crime becomes major issue in Baltimore County executive’s race; Tribune Media suit claims Sinclair “fought, threatened, insulted and misled” federal regulators; and Frederick council hopeful says old racist comments on Facebook came from a hack.

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.