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TV forum with Republicans for governor stirs little reaction

Here are some reactions to the televised forum with all four Republican candidates for governor that took place Saturday in Salisbury, rebroadcast on Maryland Public TV Sunday afternoon. There was not a lot of chatter on the Internet about the forum, which was not really a debate in form or substance.

Roger Hayden, Hellen Bentley, David Craig, Ellen Sauerbrey, Jeannie Haddaway

ICYMI: Sauerbrey, Bentley endorse Craig for governor

One of the more meaningful endorsements in the Republican campaign for governor got lost in the shuffle last week.

Former House of Delegates Minority Leader Ellen Sauerbrey, almost elected governor in 1994, and her then-archrival, former U.S. Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, along with former Baltimore County Executive Roger Hayden, enthusiastically endorsed Harford County Executive David Craig for governor and his running mate Del. Jeannie Haddaway on Wednesday.

Larry Hogan celebrating filing his candidacy.

Rutherford strengthens Hogan, but it’s still an uphill slog

Boyd Rutherford did not have to be reminded about what he said at a holiday party in December. "I know I told you I'd never do this," Rutherford said last week, grinning as he grabbed my arm. But he is doing it after all -- running for lieutenant governor on a ticket with Larry Hogan.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, right, and his running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman

At the first mile-marker in the money race for the 2014 campaign

Money can't buy you love, but in campaigns, it can buy you lots of other things: attention, status, respect, advertising, mailers, staff and headlines. The candidates with the most money don't always win. But they win most of the time since they often happen to be incumbents. An incumbent in any office with solid money in the bank, high name recognition and low negatives will win.

Herb Sweren, left, and Barry Silverman, co-founders of CampaignOn.

New campaign tech firm seeks to improve ground game in Md. races

Herb Sweren and Barry Silverman worked in political campaigns for years as an avocation, while they pursued careers in marketing and advertising. But a couple of years ago, after working together on a Baltimore County campaign, they decided to put their professional skills and political experience into a business using the latest technology that could improve the ground game for state and local candidates. This year, they launched CampaignOn.