Briefs: Martin O’Malley, Lindsey Graham on fundraising trail

Former Gov. Martin O’Malley was the star attraction at a fundraiser for Howard County Councilmember Calvin Ball and his campaign for county executive against incumbent Republican Allan Kittleman, And U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina gave a laugh-filled speech to the Maryland Republican Party’s annual Red White and Blue dinner at the BWI Marriott Tuesday night.

State Roundup, April 19, 2018

Transportation Secretary Rahn to amend financial statement after he failed to disclose ownership, sale of stock in company he used to work for that was fast-tracked for highway contract; citing ethical concerns, Board of Public Works delays vote on fast-tracked roads contract; Maryland Health Benefit Exchange votes to begin working toward federal waiver to allow it to stabilize marketplace; women emerge among front-runners in District 18 General Assembly race; gubernatorial candidate Madaleno, taking a swipe at President Trump, releases six years of tax returns; other candidates say they will also; U.S. Sen. Cardin opposing CIA chief for secretary of state; and former Baltimore County Schools Super Dallas Dance ask judge for probation instead of jail time.

Incumbent delegates called vulnerable with three open seats in MoCo legislative District 18

Women are beginning to emerge as top tier candidates in Montgomery’s competitive District 18 legislative race at the same time some politicos are saying incumbent Del. Al Carr and Del. Jeff Waldstreicher, who is running for Senate, may be vulnerable. “There are incredibly strong non-incumbents candidates in this race, and as a result the incumbents — both Jeff and Al — could lose,” said Susan Heltemes, District 18 Democratic activist and founder of a decades-old District 18 breakfast club. “That is a given because of the quality of the candidates.”

State Roundup, April 18, 2018

Unbid state roads contract pulled from Board of Public Works schedule after questions arise over Secretary Rahn’s relationship with winner, handling of process; despite hope for extensive reforms, Metro will instead see more modest changes in governance; Gov. Hogan to choose ex-Sen. Oaks’ successor between former Del. Jill Carter and Joyce Smith; Sierra Club back Del. Miller for U.S. House seat; California senator backing Alsobrooks for Prince George’s exec; fired Arundel hearing officer says County Exec Schuh tried to influence decisions on medical marijuana business variances as County Council takes up Schuh bill throwing roadblocks into their placement; and interim Baltimore County Schools Superintendent White named to post.

Teachers give Jealous a boost over Baker in campaign for governor

Theresa Mitchell Dudley, president of the Prince George’s County teachers union, was standing on a chilly street corner in West Baltimore Tuesday morning, helping to promote the state union’s endorsement of Democrat Ben Jealous for governor that she and her members helped engineer. The endorsement of Jealous on Saturday by teachers from across the state was a major boost for him and a firm rejection of Rushern Baker, the Prince George’s county executive who the teachers there detest for multiple reasons — one of the few points of view they share with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

State Roundup, April 17, 2018

Transportation Secretary Rahn sought ethics clearance after transportation officials awarded no-bid job to his former employer; Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative generated $4 billion for involved states, including Maryland; College Republicans say clean energy is a priority for them; internal investigation into harassment claim against judge to end as he announces retirement; eight hopefuls seek to be named to former Sen. Oaks’ seat as interviews take place today; House candidate Trone fills campaign coffers with $3 million of own money, while Aruna Miller gets more in individual donations; and Arundel County Exec Schuh submits legislation to make it difficult for medical marijuana to be grown and sold in county.

Tiny Prince George’s town found ways to turn its streets green

Straddling the northeast branch of the Anacostia River just outside of Washington, D.C., is a half-square-mile patch of green called Edmonston. It’s a tiny Maryland town where, despite its distance from the Chesapeake Bay, the residents seem to understand that what they do here affects what happens there. What started in the early 2000s as an effort to ameliorate flooding on the town’s main thoroughfare has snowballed into a series of water quality-minded projects that are sprucing up streets, filling empty lots with community gardens and reducing the amount of polluted stormwater flowing into the Anacostia River. Almost half of Edmonston’s 1,500 residents are Latino and 35% are African American. The median income is $19,000.

Guest Opinion from College Republicans: Maryland must act boldly on clean energy

College Republicans across the country are calling on policymakers to make clean energy a priority. The College Republicans here in Maryland are no exception.
We get it: The global race to lead the transition to clean, efficient energy is on, and the states and nations that act boldly will give themselves a competitive edge, create good jobs, and grow their economies. Now is the time for Maryland policymakers to build on the state’s clean energy progress.  

State Roundup, April 16, 2018

Federal appeals court rules Maryland’s generic drug price-gouging law as unconstituional; Ben Jealous picks up MSEA endorsement for governor; Maryland GOP ad campaign targets only Democratic woman running for 6th Congressional District; governor’s signature would give Maryland-based companies a tax break; measure would offer a boost to Maryland’s film industry; Secretary Rahn waived bid process as former employer becomes recommended contractor; Del. Parrott asks Gov. Hogan to veto bill to ban conversion therapy; state considers phasing out cash tolls; five Arundel lawmakers in the General Assembly leaving office this year; and Vicki Almond, Jim Brochin trade fund-raising barbs in race for Baltimore County exec.