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.

State Roundup, May 25, 2018

Gubernatorial candidate Valerie Ervin says rival Ben Jealous tried to keep her from joining Kamenetz ticket, and cost her a job as another candidate says Jealous tried to keep him from running against supporter; Montgomery council asks state to issue new primary ballots; analysts see Rushern Baker’s gubernatorial campaign as lackluster; Gov. Hogan ramps up campaign; Don Mohler, aide to Kevin Kamenetz given the bi-partisan nod to fill out his term; Baltimore County exec hopeful Pat McDonough files ethics complaint against Republican rival Al Redmer; Hogan vetoes three education bills; in Baltimore City, wave of younger candidates targeting state senators.

State Roundup, May 24, 2108

Gov. Hogan eliminates E-ZPass fees on new toll customers, expected to save users $46 million; citing education needs, activists campaign against Maryland, D.C. and Virginia tax subsidies to Amazon; state paid out $87 million in pension management fees; Comptroller Franchot switches stance, now wants beer, wine sales in groceries; temp replacement for Baltimore County Exec Kamenetz could be named this morning; Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls sign pledge to shore up Obamacare; GOP ‘snooze’ ad draws scorn for including late candidate Kamenetz; Rushern Baker media buy proves Montgomery to play large role in governor’s race; Montgomery exec candidate Marc Elrich finds himself sparring with ‘socialist’ label; County exec hopeful Jim Brochin buys big in Baltimore County media blitz; and in Frederick County exec race, Kathy Afzali maintains largest bankroll, but incumbent Jan Gardner has raised more.

State Roundup, May 23, 2018

Democratic gubernatorial candidates blast Board of Elections’ fix on primary ballots, ask for new ballots as flaws in system rise to top; Ben Jealous leads pack in fundraising; but Gov. Hogan’s coffers now hold the most; state launches Climate Leadership Academy to help local governments, state agencies, nonprofits and the private sector prepare to address the impact of global warming; U.S. Rep. Brown back on Capitol Hill after minor stroke; Baltimore County Council wrestles with replacing late County Exec Kamenetz on temp basis; and Del. Afzali leads in fundraising for Frederick County exec.

State Roundup, May 22, 2018

Gubernatorial candidate Ervin considers suit to get name in right place on ballot; first TV debate highlights lack of difference among field, as candidates attack Gov. Hogan; Hogan to report $9 million in hand; Baltimore County Council to hear from public on replacement for Kevin Kamenetz as county executive; Montgomery’s public campaign finance system draws attention to where campaign donations comes from; Montgomery council to change tactics as it attempts to aid detained immigrants; and Arundel council erects more barriers to medical marijuana facilities.

State Roundup, May 21, 2018

New gubernatorial candidate Valerie Ervin’s name to appear on ballot – as Kevin Kamenetz’s running mate while state board of elections contends its too late to change; situation exposes serious flaws in system, including forcing candidates to choose running mates so early; HBCU advocates protest Attorney General Brian Frosh’s stance on discrimination settlement; Maryland leads nation in prison population decline; owners pretty much doom Pimlico; in Baltimore City, three delegates challenge three senators; and Arundel, Annapolis consider banning plastic foam containers.

State Roundup, May 18, 2018

Valerie Ervin will run; cites national funding base; picks Johnson as running mate; Ervin seen as more progressive that Kamenetz; Ticket could catch lightning; nine Dems to debate; would-be challengers agree – more transit; Jealous won’t play it safe; public will get input in Kamenetz replacement; Alsobrooks launches ads; bill defines ‘agritourism’

State Roundup, May 17, 2018

Baker has a plan to revitalize Baltimore; Sun profiles PG exec.; Valerie Ervin must decide on race today; Pugh owns De Sousa appointment; Baltimore bears the brunt of disfunction; Campos will do time; Super PAC funded campaign turns P.G. exec. race ugly; Post endorses for MoCo council; More Democrats are challenging; BPW  rejects court fee hikes; Leventhal releases Avengers-themed ad.

State Roundup, May 16, 2018

Sports betting in Maryland will have to wait; hundreds of bills signed: gay conversion therapy banned; tax breaks for veterans, retirees; expanding medical cannabis; investigating Baltimore police; harassment protections; Balt. Co. Council plans no hearings on replacing Kamenetz; Frosh seeks help with opioid probe; Aruna Miller running ads.

State Roundup, May 15, 2018

Supreme Court allows states to have sports betting; Senate President Miller open to special session to pass sports gambling; feds approve all-payer hospital funding plan; Rep. Brown recovering from small stroke; Edwards urges Valerie Ervin to run for governor; Ficker may not get public financing; Jealous running Baltimore TV ads; retirement system responds to criticism.