State Roundup July 6, 2010

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EHRLICH LEADS: Gov. O’Malley is trailing Ehrlich by 3 percentage points in an automated Magellan Strategies survey of more than 750 likely voters, reports David Sands of the Washington Times. And view the WBFF Fox TV news report here.

KANE PROBLEMS: The federal lawsuit against her husband’s company could be a problem for Mary Kane, Bob Ehrlich’s running mate, according to John Wagner in the Post.

FILING FOR GOVERNOR: Ehrlich and Kane officially filed their candidacy Friday, Julie Bykowicz reports in the Sun.

O’MALLEY ADS: A Washington Post editorial slams Gov. Martin O’Malley “crude” radio ads against Ehrlich.

STEELE: Criticism of the Afghan war by Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele are all over the news, but ex-Gov. Bob Ehrlich has little to say about his former lieutenant governor, Rob Lang reports on WBAL radio.

FILING DEADLINE: As tonight’s 9 p.m. filing deadline for candidates for state and local office draws closer, some incumbents look like they will coast to new terms, while others will face tough battles to retain their seats, reports Len Lazarick for Josh Kurtz of Center Maryland recalls the turbulent filing deadline of 1998.

FEW KNOW BUSINESS: The 188-seat Maryland General Assembly has few business owners, writes Julie Bykowicz of the Sun.

CORPORATE CANDIDATE: State election officials rejected an attempt by a corporation to run for office in Maryland — because it wasn’t old enough, Julie Bykowicz notes in the Sun blog.

PARADE POLITICS: Who loves a parade? The pols do, Liam Farrell reported in the Capital. O’Malley rode through Ehrlich territory in Dundalk’s parade Saturday, with the incumbent getting some boos and polite applause, while the ex-gov got a much warmer reception, Len Lazarick wrote in

PROGRESSIVE ENDORSEMENTS: Progressive Maryland filled out its endorsement list, posted on Maryland Politics Watch.

BARTLETT’S PROBLEMS: If you want an update on Del. Joe Bartlett problems with the state rent payments to his girlfriend, then read Annie Linskey’s piece in the Sun.

PAY CUT: Some Annapolis city aldermen considered taking their own voluntary 5 percent pay cuts. Some will, some won’t, Joshua Stewart writes for the Capital.

MTA BRUSH-OFF: Michael Dresser of the Sun tells the story of one MARC passenger who gets the MTA brush-off after officials say communication with riders is the agency’s No. 1 weakness.

CONSTITUTION: Maryland voters get to decide this fall whether to have a constitutional convention. Aaron Davis at the Washington Post examines the pros and cons.

WASHINGTON WATER: Water use restrictions for all WSSC customers will remain in effect through today, pending satisfactory test results from water in the repaired 8-foot main in Potomac, Margie Hylsop reports for the Gazette.

FLAG COLLECTION: A Columbia man has a collection of more than 800 vintage U.S. flags, writes Stephanie Lee in the Post.

OYSTERS: Pamela Wood in the Capital reports on the expanding of a state oyster hatchery in Cambridge.

CAKE WALK: Eating Maryland’s official dessert, the Smith Island cake, will make you fat. Who knew? In his Sun column, Ron Smith reports on the nagging doubts by the health police.

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