State Roundup, September 21, 2017

State sales tax receipts drop amid less buying, as Board of Revenue Estimates approves $53 million write-down; study finds Marylanders pessimistic on race relations; in a surprise move, House Majority Leader Frick pulls out of congressional race to run for Montgomery County exec; Gov. Hogan schedules Montgomery announcement during Rosh Hashanah, disappointing many Jewish lawmakers; Renee Foose declines state education job soon after it was offered; state to offer $5,000 bonuses to get more corrections officers; Hogan & Hogan at “mystery dinner;” young Democrats in Prince George’s line up to challenge State House incumbents; and in Annapolis mayor’s race, its Pantelides vs. Buckley.

Young Turks challenge Prince George’s incumbent delegates

A group of young Democratic challengers in their 20s and 30s has emerged in Prince George’s County to run for the House of Delegates in 2018 and take on incumbent Democrats. The challengers cite a need for fresh blood and new ideas in a delegation they say has gotten out of touch with the voters and ineffective at getting things done.  

Rascovar’s State Center column was misleading

Barry Rascovar’s Sept. 4 column about State Center is very misleading.  The stakes are high and clarity on details surrounding this project is very important –– particularly as the lack of transparency from the state grows. Key parts of his tale about a faulty plan, greedy developers, and changing economic circumstances are just not true, says a former transportation staffer on the project.

State Roundup, September 20, 2017

Gavin Buckley beats Sen. Astle for Democratic nomination for Annapolis mayor; Del. Gutierrez to run for Montgomery Council; Krishanti Vignarajah announces her run for the Democratic nomination for governor; Gov. Hogan urges Congress to reject latest version of GOP Obamacare repeal, saying it will cost state $2 billion annually; Prince George’s to make a bid for Amazon HQ2, urges state to go with two-site proposal; tree cutting along Purple Line could begin on Monday; mental health advocates blast Hogan over lack of inmate care; former controversial Howard school super hired by state education department; and no wrongdoing found in Washington County harassment case.

Ana Sol Gutierrez

Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez jumps into County Council race

Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez, the first Latina ever elected to the Maryland General Assembly, has jumped into the race for Montgomery County Council. Gutierrez, who is serving in her fourth term as a District 18 representative, filed paperwork Monday with the state elections board to run as a  candidate in County Council District 1 using public campaign financing.

Montgomery County Candidates List for local, state, federal office 9/21/2017

This is an updated list of candidates for local, state and federal office in Montgomery County, updated on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. Candidates for county executive and County Council are listed first, followed by state legislature, Congress and then statewide office. This week we added the courthouse offices, candidates for comptroller and U.S. Senate, and fixed a few errors and omissions.

State Roundup, September 19, 2017

Baltimore County Exec Kamenetz makes it official, announces run for governor, takes aim directly at Gov. Hogan and President Trump; State audit finds Human Services Department mishandled contracts, misspent $5 million; Metro chairman says agency needs $25 billion over next 10 years, not $15.5 billion; citing legal concerns, UM’s Pharmacy School cancels medical marijuana training; University system gives three presidents raises; three state lawmakers concerned that Harford house development could discriminate against non-Muslims; Doug Gansler won’t run for governor; Montgomery Council candidate pushes public financing law with pledge to donate donations to charity; Lazarick talks ‘Columbia at 50;’ and noted Annapolis eatery Chick n’ Ruth’s is sold.

State Roundup, September 18, 2017

Gov. Hogan to lobby for Amazon HQ2 for Baltimore city, as Democratic challenger Kamenetz agrees that Port Covington is best site; calling it ineffective, Hogan strips state funds from Baltimore city criminal justice panel; as opioid programs come on line, directors wait for promised state funds; Baltimore County Exec Kamenetz to announce run for governor; Kamenetz IT chief in hot water over internal memo on announcement; LA mayor backs Ben Jealous for governor; Harriet Tubman school in Howard County gets new purpose; in Baltimore City State House races, young pols challenge the old guard; someone tries to clean up vandalized Key memorial, does more damage instead; and longtime journalist Herb Brubaker dies at 84.

Rascovar: Hogan strong arms his own state school board

Gov. Larry Hogan is trying to sabotage his own school board. A state school board made up almost exclusively of Hogan appointees is scheduled today to submit to federal officials a plan for turning around under-performing schools.  Yet the governor is intent on blowing up his school board’s plan before it arrives in Washington. 

State Roundup, September 15, 2017

Gov. Hogan refuses to endorse state education plan for aiding low-performing schools, cites new law limiting what the plan can include; Virginia Gov. McAuliffe says Hogan proposal to fund Metro isn’t good enough for a long-term fix; outgoing head of UM Environmental Center has overseen Bay health improvement in 27-year tenure; governor hopeful Madaleno touts Amazon-university deal to bring HQ2 to Maryland; Del. Szeliga targets city school standards; House Speaker Busch, sister discuss liver transplant; and Montgomery County exec asks council for a slower path to $15 minimum wage.