State Roundup, November 11, 2009

The big story of the day is Virginia’s execution of John Muhammad in the sniper killings that terrorized the D.C. suburbs in 2002. There are stories in all the media, with probably the most extensive coverage in The Washington Post, providing video, links to past stories and an essay by Paul Duggan.

The economy is “taking its toll on road projects,” Liam Farrell says in The Capital, with the state budget crunch having “a severe impact” on transportation.  The ever-digging Adam Pagnucco of Maryland Politics Watch reports on increasing financial strain at the Maryland Transportation Authority, which runs Maryland’s toll facilities.

The Diamondback at the University of Maryland College Park is reporting that Chancellor Brit Kirwan has recommended to the university system’s Board of Regents that they not adopt a firm policy on the showing of pornographic films at state universities, an apparent rejection of a legislative mandate passed earlier this year.

Gov. Martin O’Malley called the Stanley Works CEO on Monday to ensure that the company purchasing Black & Decker would keep its power tools division in Towson, Daniel Sernovitz at the Baltimore Business Journal reports.

The states will have the first shot at beefing up their regulations to protect the Chesapeake, Pamela Wood at The Capital reports.

A Frederick County commissioner skipped a closed meeting discussing a lawsuit involving a dispute between the county and State Highway Administration, Meg Tully reports in the Frederick News-Post.

Libertarian Richard Davis, a Hurlock dentist, is back in the race for the 1st Congressional District, the Salisbury Daily Times reports. 

In the Sun blog, Paul West reports on Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s new campaign manager, Simone Ward.

John Wagner in the Post blog notes that Gov. Martin O’Malley’s campaign Web site is now saying he was named “Governor of the Year” by Governing magazine, a slight inflation of the publication’s designation of him as a “Public Official of the Year,” one of eight from around the country.  (The governor’s official site sticks to the more accurate title of the honor. )

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Len Lazarick

Len Lazarick was the founding editor and publisher of and is currently the president of its nonprofit corporation and chairman of its board He was formerly the State House bureau chief of the daily Baltimore Examiner from its start in April 2006 to its demise in February 2009. He was a copy editor on the national desk of the Washington Post for eight years before that, and has spent decades covering Maryland politics and government.

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