State Roundup July 22, 2010

CRAB & POLITICS: The weather was hot and humid, the crabs were warm and spicy, and the politicians and their supporters were sweating buckets at the Tawes Crab & Clam Bake. Len Lazarick reports on the event for It wasn’t just the politicians that drew the crowds, reports John Rydell for WBFF-TV. Julie Bykowicz was there for the Sun. And Greg Latshaw attended for the Salisbury Daily Times. You can also view Sun photos of the event.

O’MALLEY MOVES: Before heading to the crab feast, O’Malley delivered a ceremonial check for $700,000 and the news of 100 more jobs a nearby plant, reports Liz Holland for the Daily Times. O’Malley is to meet with bankers to discuss ways of improving business access to loans and other forms of credit, Gary Haber writes for the BBJ. And during the commercial breaks of this summer’s television reruns,  viewers can look forward to another familiar narrative: Martin O’Malley running for governor, reports the Sun’s Annie Linskey.

GANSLER WINS: It’s official, reports Annie Linskey for the Sun: Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is running unopposed for re-election and has therefore won four more years in office.

SLOTS FIGHT: Celebrating a victory from Maryland’s highest court, opponents of a proposed casino at Arundel Mills Mall are already preparing to take the fight to the voting booth, Erin Cox reports for the Annapolis Capital. And a developer misses deadlines, causing delays for the city slots plans, reports Jayne Miller for WBAL-TV.

JUVIE PROBE: Julie Bykowicz writes in the Sun that House minority leader Del. Anthony O’Donnell is demanding answers about the death of a teacher at a state juvie center in PG County, saying it is inexcusable that no charges have been filed – even though a 13-year-old suspect has been identified.

FLUSH TAX HIKE? Raising the annual $30 per household “flush tax” to $54 is one of the options being considered to make up for a $660 million shortfall in the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund, reports Len Lazarick for

KNOTTS OUT: PG County Councilman Tony Knotts, a Democrat, has dropped out of this fall’s county executive race because he says he will not win, reports Daniel Valentine for the Gazette.

TWO OUT: David Hill reports for the Gazette that both GOP candidates in the District 22 House of Delegates race in PG County have dropped out, each citing non-political responsibilities for their withdrawal.

NEW ROLLE ROLE: Scott Rolle, a Frederick County lawyer running for House of Delegates, is quitting the campaign for a part on the new History Channel series, Meg Tully reports for the Frederick News-Post.

FREDERICK HOUSE: The News-Post profiles Paul Gilligan, a Democrat running for House of Delegates from District 3B and Dino Flores, a former prosecutor who is seeking the GOP nomination for state delegate from District 4A.

CAMPAIGN SIGN: Editors at the News-Post find a campaign sign in Frederick County so simple it’s ingenious.

CARROLL BALLOT: Adam Bednar reports for the Carroll County Times that county Dems have fielded three more candidates to fill out the ballot in races for House of Delegates and County Board of Commissioners.

AA COUNCIL RACE: The Capital reports that Perry Ealim, a GOP candidate for Anne Arundel County Council who was jailed last week on an outstanding warrant, has apparently withdrawn from the race.

DEVELOPMENT BOARD: Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen has named four to his new economic development board, reports Joshua Stewart in the Capital.

NEW PAC: The newly formed Baltimore County Community PAC has invited all Baltimore County executive and council candidates to a picnic July 25, writes Patvan den Beemt in the North County News.

COMFORT MOVE: Language introduced by U.S. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger to require the Navy to conduct a cost-benefit analysis before moving the hospital ship U.S.N.S. Comfort out of Baltimore advances, Matthew Brown blogs for the Sun. Many want the Comfort to stay. See the video report by Melinda Roeder of WBFF-TV. And the Sun’s editorial board asks that while everyone is working together to save the Comfort, what is the cost of doing so?

SHUTDOWN: Amid many plans to cut spending in Montgomery County, now the planning agency will shut down for a week, saving an estimated $500,000, reports Miranda Spivak for the Post.

LIVING WAGE: The Baltimore City Council is slated to hear testimony on a proposal to require large retailers in the city to pay employees a “living wage” — currently, $10.59, per hour, writes Julie Scharper for the Sun. The proposal is getting dire warnings from the business community, writes Nicholas Sohr of the Daily Record.

WICO STATE ATTY: The Wicomico County state’s attorney race finally has a GOP candidate, with the late filing by Matthew Maciarello, who will run against Dem incumbent Davis Ruark , Greg Latshaw reports for the Salisbury Daily Times.

PG STATE ATTY: PG County Council Chair Tom Dernoga kicks off his bid for the county state’s attorney, writes Gwen Glenn of the Howard County Times.

KAMENETZ ENDORSED: The Northwest-Catonsville Democratic Club, headed by Del. Emmett Burns, has endorsed Kevin Kamenetz for Baltimore County exec, blogs Mary Gail Hare in the Sun.

RIEMER ENDORSED: Dels. Hixson and Feldman endorse Hans Riemer for Montgomery County Council, writes Adam Pagnucco of Maryland Politics Watch.

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