State Roundup, June 11, 2018

Long-time Anne Arundel public servant Del. Ted Sophocleus dies at 79; Ben Jealous, Rushern Baker tie as front-runners in pre-Democratic primary poll; Gov. Hogan remains popular, even with Democrats, new poll finds; Gov. Hogan formally kicks off campaign for re-election; progressives, labor activists spending big to turn out the vote for Ben Jealous; money from Republican developers helps fuel Montgomery County’s Democratic primary for county executive; David Blair sinks bucks into Facebook ad buy in race for Montgomery County exec; Al Redmer commercial in Republican primary for Baltimore County executive attacks rival Pat McDonough’s voting record; and Sinclair Broadcasting waiting for FCC approval of Tribune purchase.

State Roundup, June 8, 2018

Baltimore Countian sues gubernatorial candidate Krish Vignarajah, challenges her residency claim; former Gov. O’Malley backs Rushern Baker in Democratic primary for governor; in race for governor, Sen. Madaleno challenges the norms, but his long distinguished resume also makes him an insider; union that almost always backs Democrats endorses Republican Gov. Hogan; do elections keep politics out of administrative offices such as register of wills?; Montgomery exec candidate Berliner gets heat over negative Blair-Trump ad, decides to change it; in state Senate race, Dana Beyer blasts Del. Waldstreicher for touting substance abuse committee he rarely held; city State’s Attorney candidates go after incumbent Mosby; and oyster restoration unifies watermen, environmentalists.

State Roundup, June 7, 2018

Valerie Ervin won’t appeal ruling that keeps her name on ballot as a running mate instead of gubernatorial candidate; in debate, gubernatorial candidates tout Trump impeachment, disbanding Baltimore City cops; banning legalized sports betting; Madaleno ad seals his anti-Trump creds with a kiss; U.S. Rep. hopeful David Trone apologizes for memo contents after it was leaked; police drew guns in wellness check on Chelsea Manning; in District 41 Senate race, two political legacy families battling it out; in Baltimore County exec debate, Dems see a different county than one painted by Republican on the dais; and in Arundel County, big wigs influencing smaller races.

State Roundup, June 6, 2018

Despite differences over education, minimum wage and other issues, Marylanders broadly approve of Gov. Hogan’s performance, new Washington Post-UM poll finds; in latest Democratic gubernatorial candidate debate, hopefuls stress differences, but still agree on most issues; Ben Jealous to deploy celebrity supporters to help drum up votes; at nonpartisan Maryland Business for Responsive Government event, Gov. Hogan stars; four Baltimore County exec hopefuls to face off, but Al Redmer to sit out; and review says Joe Tydings’ autobiography is a must read.

State Roundup, June 5, 2018

Judge apologizes to Valerie Ervin, but rules that primary ballots to stand with her as running mate of late gubernatorial candidate Kevin Kamenetz; new Washington Post-UM poll finds Democrats largely undecided in gubernatorial primary; Democratic governor candidates back on TV for another debate; five arrested in Poor People’s Campaign protest at State House; Sen. Jennings endorses former district director to replace Del. McDonough; and judge questions Del. Impallaria on stalled Muslim community development.

State Roundup, June 4, 2018

After the floods, Ellicott City residents, businesses wonder whether rebuilding is worth it and whether government could have done more to prevent floods; Gov. Hogan officially launches his campaign in a hangar in Hagerstown; before launch, Hogan rallies Montgomery County Asian-American community; Vignarajah siblings, both candidates, resolve campaign finance reporting issues by loaning their campaigns declared funds; Maryland Matters profiles the 33 running for four Montgomery County Council at-large seats; and Arundel considers ban of plastic foam containers.

State Roundup, June 1, 2018

Arundel judge refuses to order state Board of Elections to toss outdated ballots, sets Valerie Ervin hearing for Monday; ACLU seeks to overturn policy on prisoner access to books; Exelon appeals state Department of Environment ruling on $172 million annual dam cleanup; Education Secretary DeVos visits Arundel School as gubernatorial candidate, teachers union protest; and state superintendent denies Verletta White permanent Baltimore County superintendency for second time.

State Roundup, May 31, 2018

Democratic gubernatorial forum considered another snoozer, focuses on Baltimore problems; Gubernatorial candidate Ervin follows through with suit threat over getting her, running mate’s names on ballot; Bay Foundation assessment say Chesapeake is clearer, but still delicate; Sen. Carter Conway, Del. Maggie McIntosh bring on new blood to 43rd District race; Gov. Hogan launches ad; Democratic Montgomery County exec candidate faces criticism of being Trump-like; Blair is target of first negative ads in MoCo race; Montgomery Reporter updates its 200 candidates list with endorsements; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Mosby dropping cases, just like her predecessor.

State Roundup, May 30, 2018

Gubernatorial candidate Valerie Ervin sends letter to state elections officials threatening suit to get name of ballot; U.S. Rep. Harris says off-shore wind proposal could harm sealife, needs two-year NOAA study; Comptroller Franchot announces sales tax deferment for flood-damaged businesses; hike in guest worker visas may help state seafood industry; Prince George’s exec candidate Edwards finally files financial report, has $600,000 less on hand than rival Alsobrooks; Baltimore County gun legislation hearing becomes a political platform; Don Mohler sworn in as Baltimore County exec; and Montgomery County Council’s Twitter account apparently hacked.

State Roundup, May 29, 2018

Following flooding in Maryland, Gov. Hogan declares state of emergency for devastated areas of the state as local politicians, residents and business owners try to figure out next steps; despite reservations, new law to give Maryland right to regulate political ads on social media; Hogan vetoes three education bills, one meant to chasten Comptroller Franchot and one that would give convicts more time to challenge convictions; Maryland manufacturers say that steel tariffs could harm business; Baltimore County exec candidate Pat McDonough wants to make English official language of county; and incumbent Montgomery clerk says opponent is loose with definition of endorsement.