State Roundup June 30, 2010

RUNNING MATE: Annie Linskey of the Sun blogs that one potential Ehrlich running mate is out: Alison Asti sent out a news release announcing that she wants to be an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge. While Alan Brody of the Gazette writes that Mary Kane is the probable choice since Ehrlich intends to announce Thursday in Silver Spring. Linskey adds that Ehrlich will be in Charm City in that afternoon.

O’MALLEY: Being cryptic seems to be in vogue this campaign season, as O’Malley announces his own “game changing” mystery of the week, blogs Julie Bykowicz of the Sun.

ANTI-SLOTS: Neighborhood activists vowed to continue their fight against Maryland’s largest planned slots casino, saying they would not be deterred by a judge’s ruling that derailed a public vote on the Anne Arundel County project, John Wagner and Aaron C. Davis of the Post report. Read the article by the Sun’s Nicole Fuller here. And view Kai Jackson’s report on WJZ.

SLOTS VIEWS: The Capital’s editorial board says that the judge’s ruling leaves the messy issue clearer and slots a lot closer. While the Sun’s editorial writers say the judge’s ruling raises difficult questions about the limits on voter referendums and the implications of the court case that paved the way for Oriole Park.

MORE ON MARC: Maryland’s top transport official demands that Amtrak conduct a “top to bottom review” of its MARC operations to prevent a recurrence of lapses that have plagued the service in recent weeks, reports Michael Dresser for the Sun. View David Collins‘ report on what is causing the problems.

METRO RIDERS: Meanwhile, two Metro riders were locked in the Cheverly Station on the Orange Line after the station manager apparently misread the schedule for the last train, writes Mark Berman and Ann Scott Tyson of the Post. And Metro police conduct anti-terrorism drills.

HANSON FOR COUNCIL? Royce Hanson, who recently stepped down as chairman of the Montgomery County Planning Board, hasn’t made up his mind about County Council bid, Miranda Spivack of the Post blogs.

HOMEBUYERS: A bill, co-sponsored by freshman Maryland Rep. Frank Kratovil, passed the House, 409-5. It extends the time to qualify for the homebuyer tax credit for those who have a home under contract but haven’t closed, Ben Pershing blogs for the Post.

PAGE ELMORE: The Salisbury Daily Times editorial writers pay tribute to the late Del. Page Elmore.

CITY OVERTIME: A Sun analysis shows that hundreds of Baltimore City employees — including 36 police officers — have earned overtime pay equal to more than half their annual salary, even as the city has reduced overtime by nearly a third, writes Annie Linskey.

MOCO LAYOFFS: Of the 237 Montgomery County employees whose jobs are being eliminated for fiscal 2011, most took other positions within county government, while 23 are expected to be without work, reports Erin Cunningham in the Gazette.

OIL READINESS: With more than two miles of oil-blocking boom waiting in Maryland Department of the Environment warehouses, the state says it is ready should disaster strike, reports Jenny Hopkinson of the Salisbury Daily Times.

BAY BILL: Loved by environmentalists and hated by farmers, the Chesapeake Bay cleanup bill introduced by Sen. Ben Cardin is slated for markup in the Environment and Public Works Committee, blogs Tim Wheeler in the Sun.

CASA: The leader of the immigrant advocacy group CASA de Maryland who met with President Obama says “time is running out” for positive signs from his administration, the AP reports in the Annapolis Capital.

STATE DESSERT: Health magazine is calling the official state dessert — Smith Island cake — one of the Nation’s 50 Fattiest Foods, Meredith Cohn writes for the Sun.

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