State Roundup April 29, 2010

WIND FARM: The approval of the nation’s first offshore wind farm in Massachusetts could mean big things for a similar project near Ocean City, according to Timothy Wheeler for The Baltimore Sun.

TEACHER EVALUATIONS: The State Board of Education is pushing for a new way of evaluating teachers, tying their performance to student success. WBAL TV education reporter Tim Tooten has the story.

The heightened standard is another factor in vying for the Race to the Top education program, which could provide as much as $250 million in federal aid to Maryland schools, writes Michael Birnbaum for The Washington Post.

EHRLICH ON JOBS: After taking Tuesday off, ex-Gov. Bob Ehrlich came back swinging against Gov. Martin O’Malley’s record on jobs, according to John Wagner for the Washington Post’s Maryland Politics blog.

O’MALLEY CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Gov. O’Malley made his way to Washington County Wednesday, speaking to more than 100 supporters in hopes of getting re-elected, according to Andrew Schotz for The (Hagerstown) Herald-Mail.

Also Wednesday, O’Mallay addressed the economy “head-on” in Frederick, writes Meg Tully for the Frederick News-Post.

ELECTRICITY: Proposals intended to help increase competition in the state’s power market failed this year, in the face of lingering doubts over the controversial 1999 decision to deregulate electric supply. Andy Rosen has the story for

TAX BREAKS: Former Del. Rushern Baker III, D-Prince George’s, says Gov. O’Malley should veto a bill that would provide residents tax breaks, because it could hurt the county in the future, writes Jonathan Mummolo for The Post’s Maryland Politics blog. Baker is running for county executive.

CONSERVATION SERVICE: A pending law will allow the Department of Natural Resources to sidestep state contracting rules when making deals with nonprofit groups for conservation service programs, writes Nick DiMarco for

NORTHROP: The Daily Record’s Nicholas Sohr follows up on Northrop Grumman’s decision to build its headquarters in Northern Virginia, eliminating Maryland from the race. He says the defense contractor was offered $22.5 million by the state and Montgomery County.

GOP SUPPORT: The editors over at Red Maryland are supporting Republican candidates. Here’s why the conservative bloggers believe former Gov. Bob Ehrlich deserves another chance in office. And this video illustrates why they think Republican legislators are the way to go come November.

DISTRICT 18 ENDORSEMENT: Gov. Martin O’Malley formally endorsed the Distrct 18 Democratic Team, which is composed of Sen. Rich Madaleno and Delegates Ana Sol Gutierrez, Jeff Waldstreicher and Al Carr, writes Adam Pagnucco for Maryland Politics Watch.

@SENATORBARB: Maryland politics reporter Tom LoBianco found Sen. Barbara Mikulski on Twitter and posted a few of her “gems” to his blog.

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