Democratic primary voters move to the left, with Jealous at the top

Democratic primary voters in Maryland moved their party to the left on Tuesday. Younger, more progressive candidates beat older establishment liberals in key races, led by the energetic performance of former NAACP president Ben Jealous, who will face Republican Gov. Larry Hogan as their nominee in the fall. The strong showing by Jealous, carrying all but two counties against an underfunded Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, may have been a key factor in progressive victories down the ballot, particularly in the Baltimore region. Jealous got almost 40% of the vote statewide against eight opponents.

State Roundup, June 26, 2018

The MVA’s voter registration glitch hits 80,000 as Dem leaders calls for firing of administrator, Gov. Hogan orders audit and polls get ready to offer more provisional ballots; five different voters guides; more than 190 women are on Maryland ballots seeking the primary nod for everything from Congress to governor to legislature; gubernatorial candidate Rushern Baker misses 11th-hour campaign event to tend to hospitalized wife; Baltimore City’s Democratic Central Committee is in for some big changes today; Republican Wayne Gilchrist backs a moderate Democrat to beat Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Harris in November; Gov. Hogan seeks federal aid for flooded Ellicott City; and feds to study transferring ownership of BW Parkway to state.

State Roundup, June 25, 2018

Links to five different voters guides for those who haven’t made up their minds; more than 18,700 people who updated their voter registration data through the MVA may not be correctly registered to vote tomorrow; early voting was up; Maryland Democratic Party urges the state GOP to donate $100,000 raised by President Trump to help reunite migrant families; Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls make a final weekend push before Tuesday’s primary; wealthy California liberals gave liberally to Ben Jealous; voters complain about pushy John Leopold; Comcast to continue to run ad attacking Montgomery County exec candidate David Blair; and still don’t know who to vote for? Check out a bunch of voters guides.

In MoCo exec race, Comcast refuses Blair request to take down attack ad

David Blair, a Democratic candidate for Montgomery County executive, objected so strongly to a cable TV ad attacking him that his lawyers told Comcast Spotlight that it “should remove or reject it.” But after reviewing the ad by the Progressive Maryland Liberation Alliance PAC, Comcast Spotlight said it found the ad part of “reasonable political debate” and continues to run the ad on cable channels in Montgomery County.

Once forgotten Anacostia River gets its first passing grade

Decades of work to improve the health of the Anacostia River are beginning to pay off, according to a report released Wednesday by the Anacostia Watershed Society. The river earned a “D-minus” on its annual report card, its first passing grade in the decade since the nonprofit began issuing report cards for the waterway that runs through Maryland and the District of Columbia into the Potomac River.

State Roundup, June 22, 2018

Following Supreme Court ruling, Maryland scrambles to estimate potential revenue from collecting tax from online sales; record numbers turned out to vote early; Attorney General Frosh to join suit against Trump administration to reunite immigrant parents and their children; Maryland court rules General Assembly overstepped bounds in denying pay to two former Hogan appointees, Dennis Schrader and Wendi Peters; race for governor should turn interesting once the primary decides on the Democrat to challenge Gov. Hogan; former Baltimore County exec Jim Smith, who now works for Mayor Pugh, uses political organization to attack Jim Brochin, challenger to Vicki Almond; and delegate’s campaign manager fired after stealing, dumping rival’s literature.

State Roundup, June 21, 2018

Immigrant children, separated parents are being housed in Maryland; Maryland government retirees in uproar over changes to prescription drug coverage, announced in “politically charged” letters; Del. Mary Washington asks State House leadership to release an interim report on probe into sexual misconduct allegations against Del. Curt Anderson; strong turnout in early voting may not be a sign of blue wave that Democrats were hoping for; meanwhile early voting in Garrett County is sluggish; congressional candidate Aruna Miller has the recipe for success, but her biggest hurdle is foe David Trone’s personal fortune; union PAC that has been operating in Maryland wasn’t properly registered with Board of Elections; and Montgomery residents deluged with torrents of campaign mailings.