State Roundup, October 12, 2018

Judge rejects lawsuit filed by Exelon against Maryland as state seeks to control pollution flowing into the Chesapeake; Maryland to extend retirees prescription drug plan through 2019; Sens. Van Hollen, Cardin introduce bill aimed at foreign foes from influencing elections systems; Maryland Democrats, gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous see blue wave in large number of requests for absentee ballots; Jesse Colvin, hoping to unseat U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, strategic in his campaign; campaign of Baltimore County exec candidate Al Redmer denies Dems’ that he is breaking vow to not take funds from the industry that he regulates as insurance commissioner; local AFL-CIO backs Johnny Olszewski for Baltimore County exec; and group opposes razing Ellicott City buildings.

State Roundup, October 11, 2018

Washington Post editorial board endorses Hogan for re-election; DNR employee sues state claiming that it has violated her First, Fourteenth Amendment rights; Ben Jealous, Gov. Hogan talk Frederick County, economic development; delegate candidates in 23A says their constituents are focused on education; District 20 delegate hopeful to make 70 mile run this weekend; Baltimore County exec candidates Al Redmer; Johnny Olszewski debate issues; Arundel exec hopeful Steuart Pittman would bar developers with pending applications before county from donating to candidates; and Baltimore city police to accept IDs issued by Archdiocese of Baltimore to undocumented immigrants, others.

State Roundup, October 10, 2018

Washington Post-UM and Gonzales polls find Gov. Hogan primed for re-election with 18 to 20 point lead and few undecided; Ben Jealous says new Hogan video mocks his stuttering, calls it “bullying;” opioid deaths have soared under the Hogan administration; importance of Conservation Voters grows; Hogan’s record on the environment seen as mixed; Attorney General Brian Frosh leads challenger Craig Wolf in latest poll; and state GOP chief wants complaints in Anne Arundel County exec race withdrawn.

State Roundup, October 9, 2018

Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Tydings dies at 90; FHA classifies 288 Maryland bridges as both “poor” and “structurally deficient;” Maryland’s “blue wave” resistance groups are in full campaign mode; state casinos see fourth best month in September; recent poll says Maryland District 12 Senate race, with incumbent Democrat Clarence Lam, is in play; Arundel legislative race forums are set; Montgomery County exec candidate Floreen returns $18,000 in donations; and who are the biggest donors to Donald Trump in Maryland?

State Roundup, October 8, 2018

Maryland senators vote no, but Gov. Larry Hogan says he is unsure how he would have voted on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh; Maryland’s funeral directors stock narcan, concerned about contact with deadly drugs; while new laws went into effect on Oct. 1, some odd ones remain on the books; Republican Governors Association continues ad attacks on Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ben Jealous; incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin and challengers Tony Campbell and Neal Simon debate; Prince George’s politics seeing a changing of the guard; Arundel County exec challenger Steuart Pittman seeks ethics probe into incumbent Steve Schuh’s mailing; Hogan says he wouldn’t endorse John Grasso in state Senate race; and ‘first lady’ of University of Maryland Patricia Kirwin dies.

State Roundup, October 5, 2018

Homeland Security finds “no adversary presence” in Maryland elections systems, preliminary report says; three-judge panel appears ready to allow challenge to Maryland redistricting to move forward; advocacy group sues Maryland transportation agencies over rejection of “kitten” ads; abnormally high summer rain causes problems for Bay health; three-week-old poll finds Johnny Olszewski leading Al Redmer in race for Baltimore County executive; and Arundel County Councilman and state Senate hopeful John Grasso apologizes for anti-Muslim FB reposting.

State Roundup, October 4, 2018

While Metro leaders say they have no clear solution to system’s ridership drop, an internal document offers detailed plans; state Treasurer Nancy Kopp warns of multi-billion dollar maintenance crisis for state facilities; state announces new tip line, mobile app to make it easier to report potential school threats; physician-professors top state salary list; turnover continues at Annapolis lobbying firm; Kittleman, Ball in combative debate for Howard County executive; former Republican Arundel Exec Neuman backs Dem Pittman for that spot; and Arundel County Exec Schuh continues to back John Grasso for state Senate despite FB controversy; UM study finds pregnancy-related deaths in U.S. rise 26% prompting nonprofit to help in city;

State Roundup, October 3, 2018

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ben Jealous, critical of Amazon incentives for HQ2, promises to honor deal; Jealous backs off promise to redraw districts to get full Democratic congressional delegation; Republicans target two seats in Maryland Senate race; following surgery, short recovery, U.S. House candidate David Trone says he is now cancer-free; state, counties get $1.6 million in Justice Dept. funds to combat opioid crisis; should Dems win U.S. House, Rep. Elijah Cummings in powerful spot to lead probe into President Trump’s finances; marijuana advocates arrested at U.S. Rep. Andy Harris’ office following confrontation in which he was bruised; Dem Johnny Olszewski, citing family issues, pulls out of Friday debate against Republican rival for Baltimore County exec Al Redmer; poll says exec race in Howard County is very close; and Islamic group calls on Arundel County Councilman Grasso to resign.

State Roundup, October 2, 2018

Federal inaction imperils Obamacare for 3.5 million Marylanders; progressives push for political support of Prescription Drug Affordability Board; Gov. Hogan taps advocate to be first anti-human trafficking director; former President Obama backs Ben Jealous for governor, others in State House races; judge rules Hogan can use his apple logo in campaign material; District 30 Senate hopefuls get tarred with anti-candidate fliers, ads; development is key in latest debate of Montgomery County exec candidates; and Howard council OKs demolition of some Ellicott City buildings.

State Roundup, October 1, 2018

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous says he’ll create districts for an all-Dem congressional delegation; scores of new laws are going into effect today including those that would ban spoofing phone calls, stop distribution of e-cigarettes to minors and create a red flag order to take guns from alleged abusers; despite Gov. Hogan’s anti-Trump stands, Trump fans still like the Republican; a judge will rule today on preliminary injunction sought over Hogan’s use of an apple symbol; national surge of young, Democratic women seeking office hits Maryland; Dem Del. Moon gets unlikely support from Republican Robin Ficker as House speaker; Montgomery law enforcement says it won’t probe complaints against Supreme Court hopeful Brett Kavanaugh without a formal complaint; Dem Steuart Pittman, incumbent GOP Arundel Exec Steve Schuh outline stands on the environment; and cost of repairs to Baltimore city schools more than double annual operating cost.