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.

20 Montgomery candidates approved for public financing system, four hang in balance

Montgomery County candidates and voters are taking more notice of the source of campaign funds in the first election where public financing is an option. Former County Councilmember Phil Andrews, the architect of the public campaign financing program for county council and county executive races, said he believes some voters will favor candidates using the public financing system.

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.

Ballot afterlife: To support Ervin, vote for Kamenetz

Kevin Kamenetz may have been buried May 11, but he remains very much alive on Democratic primary ballots. The death of the Baltimore County executive as he campaigned for governor exposed problems with Maryland election laws, as well as long-standing constitutional issues with the job of lieutenant governor.

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.