State Roundup, September 17, 2018

First Jealous campaign ads hit the airwaves; Families seek pay hike for needed in-home nurses in Maryland; federal lawsuit claims UMBC, Baltimore County State’s Attorney Shellenberger covered up sex assault cases; judge to allow bump stock ban to go into effect Oct. 1; before entering prison, former Sen. Nathaniel Oaks distributes $90,000 from campaign fund; gubernatorial hopeful Ben Jealous to introduce plan to control prices on prescription drugs;who’s to blame for the loss of Fortune 500 companies from Maryland?; Attorney General Frosh, challenger Wolf tangle over debate schedule; Comptroller Franchot says he’s neutral on governor’s race, for now; flooding emerges as issue in Howard County executive race; in three-way Montgomery exec race, some sniping, but also consensus; and U.S. Sen. Van Hollen criticizes lawmakers who fail to act on some gun control issues.

State Roundup, September 14, 2018

Gov. Larry Hogan keeps Maryland under state of emergency; Amazon’s Jeff Bezos says decision on HQ2 will come by end of year; Hogan wants to expand program focused on science, technology and math; Maryland seeks ruling on constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act; Frederick County sue Maryland over stormwater runoff mandates; Ben Jealous joins forces with other African American progressive gubernatorial candidates; Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman, challenger Calvin Ball square off over business climate; and in her independent bid for Montgomery exec, Nancy Floreen has a powerful super PAC.

State Roundup, September 13, 2018

Maryland may get fifth party on ballot as Bread and Roses just 227 signatures from certification and man behind the party files suit; demolition of Bloede Dam on the Patapsco begins; surgery on congressional candidate David Trone called a “success” as he begins recuperating; campaign mailer of state Sen. Klausmeier ties Democrat closely to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan; Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen to head up Planned Parenthood, becoming first physician in 50 years to do so; and state prosecutors probe former Baltimore Social Services chief after auditors question nearly $2 million she directed to a contractor and local nonprofit.

State Roundup, September 12, 2018

Four state retirees sue Maryland, claiming that changes to their prescription drug benefits are illegal, seek temporary restraining order; state to take down dam in the Patapsco to help restore fish migration; Maryland, region prepares for Hurricane Florence; gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous, pollster Patrick Gonzales trade barbs over month-old poll; Gov. Hogan’s re-election campaign introduces website mocking Jealous; Baltimore County exec hopefuls Johnny Olszweski, Al Redmer address education issues, funding at first debate; and outgoing Howard County Councilman Weinstein backs Allan Kittleman for county exec.

State Roundup, September 11, 2018

Maryland officials will be dropping the much maligned PARCC standardized tests; community group petitions the Maryland Aviation Administration to halt expansion of BWI Marshall Airport; as Florence threatens to become a Category 5 hurricane with landfall in Carolinas, Gov. Hogan declares state of emergency in Maryland; congressional candidate David Trone to undergo surgery today, expect recovery to take two weeks; as Hogan campaign floods the airwaves, rival Ben Jealous still hasn’t released commercials; with shakeup at Alexander & Cleaver lobby firm, lawsuits are possible; and Baltimore city considers paying $1 million in attorney’s fees to a Christian-based health organization that successfully challenged ordinance requiring pregnancy centers that they don’t offer abortion, some birth control services.

State Roundup, September 10, 2018

General Assembly ethics panel could not substantiate more serious claim against Del. Curt Anderson and, in 2005, former co-chair John Arnick did not disclose allegation; experts say single gubernatorial debate is cheating voters; progressive Democrats seeking governorships throughout U.S. struggle with fundraising; Dem gubernatorial hopeful Ben Jealous capitalizes on President Trump’s swipe against him; growing underwater grasses a sure sign of Bay health; Baltimore County executive candidates confront lack of school air conditioning; and Baltimore city ethics panel rejects Mayor Pugh’s request to sidestep approval of charitable fundraising.

State Roundup, September 7, 2018

Despite criticism from Gov. Larry Hogan, Baltimore County and Baltimore city school have kept state officials updated on detailed air conditioning plans; 2013 state construction program provide drinkable water in Baltimore city schools; Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ben Jealous proposes sales tax cut, says closing capital gains loophole would help pay for it. Meanwhile the Hogan camp levels criticism; Hogan, Jealous set only one televised debate, get roundly criticized for it; state removes statues as it begins repairs of pipes under Lawyers Mall; Maryland’s U.S. senators ask CSX Corp. if it is considering reviving expansion of the aging Howard Street Tunnel; and Baltimore County teachers union backing Johnny Olszewski for county executive.

State Roundup, September 6, 2018

Gov. Larry Hogan rebukes Baltimore City schools chief over lack of air-conditioning; meanwhile, Prince George’s schools send 134,000 students home early as temperatures soar and aging air conditioning systems fail; Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ben Jealous to proposes sales tax cut to 5.75%; Hogan campaign launches ad blitz touting his education record; congressional candidate Liz Matory, a former Democrat, finds her place as a Republican; Comptroller Franchot, Hogan defend Treasurer Kopp after some lawmakers criticize her; opponent of state plans to widen highways says Hogan’s assurances to homeowners inadequate; and Baltimore County exec hopefuls back new schools, with no details on paying for them.

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.