State Roundup July 14, 2010

CAMPAIGN SIGNS: As the race between incumbent Gov. O’Malley and challenger Bob Ehrlich intensifies, their followers are going to extremes to show their support, reports WBAL-TV.

EDUCATION INITIATIVE: Liz Bowie of the Sun writes that Gov. O’Malley wants the state to pick up the $86 tab that most students pay to take the Advanced Placement and PSAT tests as part of his education initiatives.

MIKULSKI AHEAD: Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski has a 25-point lead over her GOP rival in a new Rasmussen poll, blogs Matthew Brown for the Sun.

CREDIT CARDS: In the first of a three-part series, Megan Poinski for reports that audits of 10 state agencies have found misuse of state-issued credit cards, but officials say the program saves the state money and paperwork.

HARRIS COFFERS: State Sen. Andy Harris has nearly $900,000 in 1st District race, blogs David Nitkin and the AP in the Sun.

CURRIE UNOPPOSED: State Senate Budget and Tax Committee Chair Ulysses Currie is running unopposed for a fifth term in his Prince George’s District. But he shouldn’t be, writes Josh Kurtz for Center Maryland.

HUGE LIST, SMALL LIST: This long, hot summer is yielding a large field of Montgomery County candidates for the state legislature, Sean Sedam writes for the Gazette. On the other hand, that county’s council is seeing a surprisingly small list of candidates, writes Erin Cunningham. And more on those races hereAnd here.

BLACK CANDIDATES: African-American candidates are answering the call in Somerset, giving that county a chance to change racial disparties, say editorial writers for the Salisbury Daily Times.

DISTRICT 2B: The race for District 2B House of Delegates now has three candidates, reports Andrew Schotz of the Hagerstown Herald-Mail.

NO REMATCH: You won’t see the two candidates for Baltimore County State’s Attorney on the same softball field anytime soon, blogs Bryan Sears of Patuxent Publishing.

ACCOUNTABLE CANDIDATES: Carroll County Times editorial writers are urging voters to demand real answers from candidates.

BARTENFELDER ENDORSED: The 1,700-member Baltimore County Federation of Public Employees has endorsed Joe Bartenfelder in his race with fellow County Councilman Kevin Kamenetz for the Democratic nomination for county executive, blogs Arthur Hirsch for the Sun.

RESIDENCY QUESTION: A Baltimore County Council contender is a man of many addresses, which is finding him in hot water with his opponent in the 5th District, so writes Bryan Sears of Patuxent Publishing.

ALMOND FOR COUNCIL: Bryan Sears of Patuxent Publishing blogs that four state legislators sent out identical e-mails endorsing Vicki Almond in her race for the 2nd District Baltimore County Council seat.

REGISTRATION DAY: Would-be Frederick County candidates have no wiggle room when it comes to the deadline to register to vote, says the editorial board for the Frederick News-Post.

PAID LEAVE: Montgomery Exec Ike Leggett says a proposal to give county workers additional paid leave for forgoing pay raises won’t carry any cost, but the county’s Office of Legislative Oversight sharply disagrees, Erin Cunningham reports for the Gazette.

MARC PASSES: The Maryland Transit Administration is offering five free day-passes to passengers who were stranded aboard a MARC train for two hours in sweltering heat last month, Michael Dresser reports for the Sun. But Andrea Fujii of WJZ-TV reports that that may not be enough.

JUDGE RESIGNS: Because of his candidacy for the Office of Register of Wills, Tim May is resigning from his post as chief judge of the Frederick County Orphans’ Court, reports Meg Tully of the Frederick News-Post.

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