State Roundup May 18, 2010

Today we have accusations of campaign misconduct, a U.S. Senator pushes to move FBI headquarters, perhaps into Maryland. And we try to untangle fact from fiction in the governor’s race.

CAMPAIGN “BULLYING”: State Republican Party Chairwoman Audrey Scott accused Gov. Martin O’Malley of trying to “bully” state employees into contributing money to his reelection campaign, John Wagner writes for The Washington Post’s Maryland Politics blog. O’Malley’s camp says an e-mail had been sent to somebody who signed up to receive campaign updates using their state e-mail address, but that they are combing the list to ensure it does not happen again. Julie Bykowicz has the story for The Baltimore Sun’s state politics blog.

FBI: Sen. Barbara Mikulski has been pushing to move the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s headquarters into Maryland, specifically Prince George’s County, Paul West writes for The Sun. Mikulski inserted language into a spending measure last year, directing the Government Accountability Office to study moving the FBI, but the report has not yet been made public.

GOVERNORS, UNSPUN:’s Len Lazarick tries to separate the truth from the spin regarding statements made by Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Gov. Bob Ehrlich about their past.

PREAKNESS: Gerald Neily writes a look back at the Preakness for Baltimore Brew, discussing the microcosmic nature of the event, as well as touching on how the race helps pay for the losses sustained for the rest of the year by the horse-racing industry.

LIQUOR DISCOUNTERS: A decade-old lawsuit challenging Maryland’s regulation of alcohol prices appears headed for a final resolution Wednesday, which means larger liquor stores could soon secure lower prices for their products, Andy Rosen reports for

FRANCHOT: Comptroller Peter Franchot visited business leaders in Hagerstown Monday as part of a statewide “economic listening tour,” Andy Schotz writes for The (Hagerstown) Herald-Mail. And Megan Miller reports in The Cumberland Times-News that he talked about the tourism business during his stop in Garrett County. He also made a stop at a coal-burning plant in Cumberland, writes Kevin Spradlin.

CAPITAL FOR THE DAY: Bryan Sears writes in his Strange Bedfellows blog that Middle River will receive the distinction of being “capital for the day” Tuesday. O’Malley will stop by in the morning, which Sears laments because he won’t be able to get any Pizza John’s, “home of one of the best pizzas ever.”

CANNON: Former Del. Robert Cannon died Sunday at the age of 93, Earl Holland reports for The (Salisbury) Daily Times.

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