State Roundup May 24, 2010

SLOTS: Nicole Fuller of the Baltimore Sun advances the trial starting today on the petition drive against the slots casino at Arundel Mills. Fox 45’s Melinda Roeder has a video report.

JOBS: Maryland saw the number of jobs grow for the second straight month, Robert Terry reports in the Daily Record.  Jamie Smith Hopkins has the details in the Sun. The Washington Post’s Dion Haynes gives a regional perspective on the drop in unemployment announced Friday.

GOVERNOR’S RACE: O’Malley and former Gov. Bob Ehrlich differ sharply on their view of the job situation in Maryland, John Wagner writes in the Washington Post. Wagner also details O’Malley’s full embrace of President Obama.

O’MALLEY: Corridor Inc. has an interview with Gov. Martin O’Malley done by editor Ron Snyder.

OYSTERS: O’Malley announced Friday he was moving ahead with the plan to create more oyster sanctuaries in the state, as reported by the Post.

OIL SPILL: Baltimore Sun science writer Frank Roylance reports some scientists think tar balls from the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster could reach Maryland beaches.

OFF-SHORE DRILLING: Gov. Martin O’Malley says he can’t imagine anyone wanting to go ahead with oil drilling off the coast of Virginia, according to the Washington Post blog.

DOORY: In the Sun blog, Michael Dresser has the details on O’Malley’s appointment of longtime Del. Anne Marie Doory to the Board of Contract Appeals, opening up a seat in her city district.  The Gazette reports on other appointments by the governor.

LEGISLATORS: The final bill signing marks the end of the four-year term for state senators and delegates, who have now switched into full campaign mode, Len Lazarick reports on

CYBER COMMAND: In a long anticipated announcement, Fort Meade was named the headquarters of the federal government’s new cyber command, Rick Hutzell writes in the Capital.

BRAC: Robert Celaschi in the Baltimore Business Journals examines how ready Maryland is for the influx of defense jobs from the Base Realignment and Closure process, especially when it comes to transportation.

ARUNDEL SCHOOLS: Anne Arundel County, the local school board and state school construction officials are in a tussle over what County Executive John Leopold did with building funds, Elizabeth Hulette reports in the Capital.

CROWNSVILLE: Leopold and Ehrlich say the Crownsville state hospital site should be turned over to Anne Arundel County.

BIO-TECH: East Baltimore is still waiting for the biotech industry to blossom there as it has in other parts of Maryland and as political leaders had promised, Stephanie Gleason reports for Capital News Service.

FRANCHOT: The Cumberland Times-News had an editorial about Comptroller Peter Franchot’s visit to the region last week and the “mystery” he found.

BRINKLEY: Meg Tully of the Frederick News-Post reports on Sen. David Brinkley’s announcement of his re-election bid.

RACE TO THE TOP: The Washington County teachers union joined others in the state in opposing Maryland’s application for federal Race to the Top funds, Dan Dearth reports in the Hagerstown Herald-Mail.

TREE BUG: WJZ’s Tim Williams has a video report on the state’s campaign against the emerald ash borer killing trees around Maryland.

CHALLENGER: A Pasadena accountant will challenge U.S. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger in the Democratic primary, Rob Lang reports for WBAL radio.

MANNO: Maryland Politics Watch posts one of the more unusual videos from a campaign announcement – Del. Roger Manno’s mother talking about a family disaster and his political career.

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