State Roundup June 29, 2010

RUNNING MATE: Check out the YouTube video of GOP candidate for governor Bob Ehrlich as he says that he will use his Facebook page to announce his running mate this week, John Wagner blogs for the Post.  And here’s Julie Bykowicz’s piece for the Sun.

CAMPAIGN COVERAGE: Blogging for Red Maryland, Richard Vatz finds more fairness in the Sun’s reporting of the governor’s race, less in the Post’s.

DEMS SEEK SEAT: Tony Russo for writes that Democrats hope to capture an open Republican Senate seat on the Lower Shore.

OIL SPILL: Gov. O’Malley is set to meet with state officials, scientists and business owners in Ocean City to discuss what the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico could mean for Maryland, reports the Gazette’s Sean Sedam.

TERRORISM TRAINING: The Feds kill plans to construct an anti-terrorism training center on the Eastern Shore, Paul West reports for the Sun. Aaron Davis blogs in the Post that the decision leaves members of Maryland’s congressional delegation who supported the facility trying to explain why they’re OK with killing it.

MARC WOES: Trouble continues to dog the MARC commuter system as trains were delayed for problems ranging from brake failure to malfunctioning traffic signals to downed trees, write Liz Kay and Michael Dresser for the Sun.  Listen to Steve Fermier’s report on WBAL Radio here, where you can also find the MTA MARCtracker.

DEMS FUTURE: Center Maryland’s Josh Kurtz writes that history dictates — as does a recent poll — that Democrats in Maryland and the rest of the country will do poorly on Election Day.

ZIP CARS: Baltimore city is launching its partnership with Zipcar Inc., a car-sharing network that transportation officials hope will help reduce traffic and alleviate parking headaches, writes Nicholas Sohr of the Daily Record. Kate Smith of the Sun writes that cars will be placed in parking spots all over the city.

FRANCHOT TOUR: State Comptroller Peter Franchot is making several stops on the Eastern Shore on his way back to Annapolis from this year’s Maryland Municipal League convention in Ocean City, writes Liz Holland of the Salisbury Daily Times.

CASSELMAN MINE: Kevin Spradlin of the Cumberland Times-News reports that state Sen. George Edwards is frustrated by the state’s slow movement to allow Maryland Energy Resources to begin deep-mining at Casselman Mine.

CANE SEAT: Former Salisbury City Council member Von Siggers has filed as a Democrat to seek his party’s primary nomination to try to unseat incumbent Democratic Del. Rudy Cane for his District 37A seat,  Greg Latshaw reports for the Salisbury Daily Times.

CAMPAIGN SONG: PG County Executive candidate Sam Dean has the best, if not the only, original campaign song of his five opponents, blogs Jonathan Mummolo in the Post.

VETERANS AT RISK: Ike Wilson of the Frederick News-Post reports that Way Station Inc. will receive a $300,000 grant to serve formerly incarcerated veterans at risk of homelessness in Frederick and Baltimore.

ANNAPOLIS THEFT: Weeks after nearly $154,000 was stolen from a vault in Annapolis City Hall, residents continue to get reissued checks to arrive and police are still investigating the crime, Joshua Stewart reports for the Capital.

TAG CONTROVERSY: Upasana Kaku writes for the Capital that the state’s new license plates celebrating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 continue to spark conflict.

WICOMICO CHARTER: Greg Latshaw writes for the Salibury Daily Times that Wicomico County Council is considering four charter changes that voters would be asked to judge in November’s general election.

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