After two years of meeting behind closed doors, some of the people who’ve been lobbing verbal grenades at each other over oyster restoration — watermen and environmentalists — have buried enough of their differences to agree on a wide-ranging set of recommendations for restoring oysters in a pair of Eastern Shore rivers while also aiding the industry that depends on harvesting them.
Valerie Ervin won’t appeal ruling that keeps her name on ballot as a running mate instead of gubernatorial candidate; in debate, gubernatorial candidates tout Trump impeachment, disbanding Baltimore City cops; banning legalized sports betting; Madaleno ad seals his anti-Trump creds with a kiss; U.S. Rep. hopeful David Trone apologizes for memo contents after it was leaked; police drew guns in wellness check on Chelsea Manning; in District 41 Senate race, two political legacy families battling it out; in Baltimore County exec debate, Dems see a different county than one painted by Republican on the dais; and in Arundel County, big wigs influencing smaller races.
Despite differences over education, minimum wage and other issues, Marylanders broadly approve of Gov. Hogan’s performance, new Washington Post-UM poll finds; in latest Democratic gubernatorial candidate debate, hopefuls stress differences, but still agree on most issues; Ben Jealous to deploy celebrity supporters to help drum up votes; at nonpartisan Maryland Business for Responsive Government event, Gov. Hogan stars; four Baltimore County exec hopefuls to face off, but Al Redmer to sit out; and review says Joe Tydings’ autobiography is a must read.
My Life in Progressive Politics: Against the Grain by Joseph D. Tydings with John W. Frece, Foreword by Joe Biden. If you read but one political autobiography in the next 10 years, make it this one, for sure!
Judge apologizes to Valerie Ervin, but rules that primary ballots to stand with her as running mate of late gubernatorial candidate Kevin Kamenetz; new Washington Post-UM poll finds Democrats largely undecided in gubernatorial primary; Democratic governor candidates back on TV for another debate; five arrested in Poor People’s Campaign protest at State House; Sen. Jennings endorses former district director to replace Del. McDonough; and judge questions Del. Impallaria on stalled Muslim community development.
After the floods, Ellicott City residents, businesses wonder whether rebuilding is worth it and whether government could have done more to prevent floods; Gov. Hogan officially launches his campaign in a hangar in Hagerstown; before launch, Hogan rallies Montgomery County Asian-American community; Vignarajah siblings, both candidates, resolve campaign finance reporting issues by loaning their campaigns declared funds; Maryland Matters profiles the 33 running for four Montgomery County Council at-large seats; and Arundel considers ban of plastic foam containers.
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the murder and death of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy as he campaigned for the presidency. Towson author Blaine Taylor, who has a forthcoming biography of Kennedy, here reviews three books on Kennedy that came out this year.
Arundel judge refuses to order state Board of Elections to toss outdated ballots, sets Valerie Ervin hearing for Monday; ACLU seeks to overturn policy on prisoner access to books; Exelon appeals state Department of Environment ruling on $172 million annual dam cleanup; Education Secretary DeVos visits Arundel School as gubernatorial candidate, teachers union protest; and state superintendent denies Verletta White permanent Baltimore County superintendency for second time.
The owner of Conowingo Dam is challenging conditions the state of Maryland placed on the hydroelectric facility’s continued operation, saying the pollution cleanup ordered by the state imposes an “unfair burden” that would cost “orders of magnitude” more than the dam is worth.
Democratic gubernatorial forum considered another snoozer, focuses on Baltimore problems; Gubernatorial candidate Ervin follows through with suit threat over getting her, running mate’s names on ballot; Bay Foundation assessment say Chesapeake is clearer, but still delicate; Sen. Carter Conway, Del. Maggie McIntosh bring on new blood to 43rd District race; Gov. Hogan launches ad; Democratic Montgomery County exec candidate faces criticism of being Trump-like; Blair is target of first negative ads in MoCo race; Montgomery Reporter updates its 200 candidates list with endorsements; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Mosby dropping cases, just like her predecessor.