State Roundup July 1, 2010

KANE WITH EHRLICH: Mary Kane, who served as Maryland secretary of state under Bob Ehrlich, has been chosen by the former governor to be his running mate in this year’s governor’s race. Julie Bykowicz and Annie Linskey report for the Sun. Read John Wagner’s article in the Post here. Watch Ehrlich’s Facebook announcement on Youtube here. And Linda So’s report for WMAR-TV here.

Len Lazarick adds some more background on Kane at

GOOD PICK: With Mary Kane, Ehrlich makes a smart pick, writes Andy Green in his Sun blog.

OWINGS DROPS RACE: Former Del. George Owings is ending his long-shot bid to win the Democratic nomination for governor of Maryland, blogs John Wagner of the Post. You can read Owings’ announcement on Facebook here.

O’MALLEY ‘GREATEST’: Liz Bowie reports for the Sun that the nation’s largest teachers union is handing out its annual “America’s Greatest Education Governor” award to Gov. Martin O’Malley on Monday.

OWENS SAYS NO: Janet Owens, who served two terms in the as Anne Arundel County executive, won’t be running for that post again, she tells Len Lazarick of

PG EXEC FORUM: Four of six PG county executive candidates talk issues, qualifications at forum, Holly Nunn of the Prince George’s Sentinel reports.

JOE BARTLETT: Three-term Del. Joe Bartlett is considering not running again following ethics questions, writes Katherine Heerbrandt of the Gazette.

HOGAN TO RUN: Republican Patrick Hogan believes his experience serving in the House of Delegates will help him regain the 3A seat he lost in 2006 to Democrat Sue Hecht, writes Tripp Laino  for the Gazette.

CIRCUIT COURT RACE: Scott Daugherty of the Annapolis Capital writes that judicial and political observers are preparing for a repeat of the 2004 race in which Anne Arundel County was rocked by a contentious race when two Republican lawyers ran for – and won – seats on the Circuit Court.

CAVEY TO RUN: Patuxent Publishing’s Bryan Sears reports Republican Central Committee Chairman Chris Cavey will seek a second full term after telling committee members earlier this year that he would not seek re-election.

IVEY FILES: Cheverly resident and incumbent Del. Jolene Ivey of the 47th District has filed in the race to win her party’s nomination in the Sept. 14 primary, reports Elahe Izadi of the Gazette.

MIKULSKI GETS HELP: Ben Pershing of the Post blogs that as the fundraising deadline nears, Sen. Mikulski gets a little help from friends Sarbanes, Cardin and O’Malley.

FRANCHOT PUSH: Editorial writers for the Frederick News Post think that Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot’s idea of adding financial literacy to high school graduation requirements is great.

RETIRING: Tom Peddicord, legal adviser to the Baltimore County Council, announced he is retiring, just two weeks after County Auditor Mary Allen unexpectedly announced that she was also retiring, writes Bryan Sears for Patuxent Publishing.

SAVING DEMS: Columnist John Culleton of the Carroll County Times writes that the Democrats need to save the economy now to save themselves in November.

TECH PAC: Scott Dance of the Baltimore Business Journal writes that Maryland’s technology industry is continuing to grow its presence in politics, this time by launching its own political action committee.

PAGE ELMORE: Del. Page Elmore is laid to rest, reports Liz Holland of the Salisbury Daily Times.

CITY LAYOFFS: About 100 Baltimore city workers were laid off or forced to retire Wednesday, the victims of belt-tightening across Baltimore’s governmental landscape, Nick Madigan reports for the Sun.

MARC SERVICE: Amtrak says that a rescue locomotive will be sent immediately when MARC locomotives break down, and MARC crews will undergo training to better inform passengers of problems, Katherine Shaver blogs for the Post. Michael Dresser reports on the measures here for the Sun.

INSURANCE POOL: Maryland, D.C. and Virginia will be getting $207 million in federal funds to operate high-risk medical insurance pools, blogs Darryl Fears of the Post.

AGENCY MOVE: Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold plans to fight a plan by Gov. Martin O’Malley to move the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development to Prince George’s County, Daniel Valentine reports for the Gazette.

NEW STATE LAWS: New state laws take effect today, including mandatory foreclosure mediation and a prohibition of BPA chemical in baby bottles, reports Julie Bykowicz for the Sun.

BAY BILL: Sen. Ben Cardin’s Chesapeake Bay restoration bill has been approved by a Senate committee after amendments were added to address concerns of Republican lawmakers, according to an AP story in the Carroll County Times.

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