State Roundup, August 30, 2018

Gov. Larry Hogan, rival Ben Jealous are picking up cash from dramatically different classes of donors; recent history shows Jealous’ work as a venture capitalist; former U.S. Atty Gen Holder backs Jealous; Jealous, Hogan wrestle over union support; cash bail reform seems to be cutting into its use, freeing those charged to continue to work; Comptroller Peter Franchot holds huge lead in the money race against opponent Anjali Reed Phukan; recent fundraising by Arundel exec Steve Shuh mirrors foe Steuart Pittman’s but Schuh coffers still brimming; and former Ocean City Mayor Fish Powell dies at 89.

State Roundup, August 29, 2018

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous has raised $1 million in two months, has $386,000 on hand compared to Republican Larry Hogan’s $9 million. But campaign says money not needed for a victory; Jealous says TV ads set to run after Labor Day; following Florida killings by Baltimore man, Sen. Zirkin says lawmakers will review gun and mental health laws; in standardized testing, Maryland, Baltimore City students show improvement; campaign finance reports look good for incumbents; independent Montgomery exec hopeful Nancy Floreen takes in bucks from developers, business people; Johnny Olszewski leads Al Redmer in Baltimore County exec fund-raising race; Montgomery County exec hopeful Robin Ficker visits Amazon HQ1; and Republican rival to Prince George’s County exec candidate Angela Alsobrooks drops out.

State Roundup, August 28, 2018

New report says General Services Administration may have misled Congress on Trump administration involvement in killing FBI suburban headquarters plans and costs, sparking rebuke from Rep. Steny Hoyer, others; following blogger’s piece on Democrats’ concern over health of congressional candidate David Trone, Trone admits he has been undergoing cancer treatment; Gov. Hogan’s finance report lists $9.3 million in coffers as rival Ben Jealous waits to file report; Jealous’ cost savings from incarceration reduction doesn’t add up with official estimates; Jealous against arming teachers while Hogan says state has good safety plans in place; and Arundel school nurses get training in gun would care.

State Roundup, August 27, 2018

Following ethics probe, Del. Curt Anderson stripped of leaders posts, must attend anti-harassment training; Maryland part of nationwide trend to ban non-disclosure agreements over workplace sexual harassment; state contracts firm to better track sex offenders; Kirwan Commission still hasn’t toted up the cost of its wide-ranging education reforms; despite losing slew of lieutenants to progressive Dems, Senate President Miller adept at holding on to power; Gov. Hogan’s deep coffers help him win messaging contest against opponent Ben Jealous; supporters concerned about health of congressional candidate David Trone; is soon-to-be former Del. Pat McDonough becoming a newspaper owner? Late Arizona Sen. John McCain to be buried at Naval Academy; Maryland tributes pour in for former presidential candidate, Vietnam POW; and former Baltimore County super Dallas Dance to be released from prison.

State Roundup, August 24, 2018

Kirwan panel gets wide-ranging recommendations, including expanding pre-k, changing how teachers are paid.; Maryland to begin requiring coal-fired power plants to scrub toxic metals from discharge water; bay scientists concerned with overfishing of cownose rays; federal judge lets stand conspiracy, bias claims against Dels. Rick Impallaria and Pat McDonough in lawsuit over Muslim retirement community; Howard County recommends razing 19 Ellicott City buildings in flood mitigation plan; Gov. Hogan gets police endorsement, Ben Jealous gets endorsed by Senate Prez Miller and House Speaker Busch; GOP poll says Hogan popular in Miller and Busch’s districts; and faculty protests Frederick Community College president.

State Roundup, August 23, 2018

As state leaders cheer waiver that shores up Obamacare in Maryland, Democrats, advocates say they’ll push for permanent fix; two polls find Marylanders across the board support expanded pre-k; survey by state teachers union finds 91% of teachers shell out for class supplies, 40% work needed second job; legislative ethics panel meets to consider harassment allegations against Del. Curt Anderson; Democratic candidate for governor Ben Jealous tells kids about his lifelong struggle with stuttering; Gov. Larry Hogan courts votes in Democratic stronghold of Leisure World; independent Nancy Floreen garners enough valid signatures to make the ballot for Montgomery County exec; Maryland members of House oversight committee see testimony from Trump attorney Michael Cohen; and attempt by Rep. John Delaney to have Robert E. Lee statue removed from Antietam stalls.

State Roundup, August 22, 2018

Maryland gets federal waiver to help stave off health insurance hikes for more than 200,000; state officials wary of Trump administration plan giving states more control over pollution limits of coal-fired power plants; citing pollution flowing into Bay, Del. Kramer may reintroduce bill calling for economic boycott of Pennsylvania; U.S. Homeland Security in Maryland to evaluate voting systems; CNBC gives Northern Virginia edge over Montgomery County for Amazon HQ2; Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ben Jealous touts plan to make Maryland a model for universal health care; campaign of Gov. Larry Hogan hits the airwaves; Sierra Club of Montgomery backs Marc Elrich for county exec; and Arundel sheriff candidates back tightened access to firearms.

State Roundup, August 21, 2018

Democrats tout gubernatorial hopeful Ben Jealous’ plan to expand kindergarten using revenue from legalized marijuana; Montgomery’s GOP chief says Larry Hogan will do better than numbers indicate in that Democratic county; Sen. Ron Young, targeted by Republicans’ ‘Drive for 5,’ joins demonstration outside opponent’s event; Del. Rosenberg says lottery could save Pimlico; new 501(c)(4) pushes to give D.C. back to Maryland to ensure voting rights; Maryland orders Baltimore incinerator to cut pollution; enough signatures get Frederick County Council Prez Bud Otis back on ballot as independent; and Maryland news outlets sue state over new political ad financing law.

State Roundup, August 20, 2018

UM criticized for settlement with departing football coach as Board of Regents to probe player’s death; with lack of H2-B worker visas, Lower Eastern Shore a key battleground as Republicans seek to pick up 5 state Senate seats; Maryland’s crab industry suffers; state, county leaders split over smart growth policies; in wake of Pennsylvania grand jury report, Maryland attorney general called on to probe possible abuses by local priests; with no rival around, Gov. Larry Hogan takes the spotlight at MACo; Democrats focus on Ben Jealous’ education plan in effort to lure supporters; former Democratic Senate candidate’s ‘Bread and Roses’ party focuses on the ‘new socialism;’ and late Judge John Eldridge’s legacy is Maryland laws that brought it into 20th century.

State Roundup, August 16, 2018

As Maryland’s education overhaul commission moves closer to recommending a billion increase in K-12 funding, panel wrangles with oversight, accountability; political pundits point out Ben Jealous’ lack of Maryland roots, neophyte missteps; independent Senate hopeful Neal Simon launches six-figure advertising campaign; MACo to focus on water issues; a year after Confederate monuments are removed from Baltimore city and the Statehouse, issues surrounding them remain; DSS vendor apparently was close friend of ex-director; and Capital Gazette murder suspect considers insanity defense.