State Roundup July 28, 2010

EHRLICH CROWS: Former gov and gov hopeful Bob Ehrlich started the race in April saying he wasn’t going to discuss polls. That vow didn’t keep his campaign from crowing about a new Gonzales survey showing a tight rematch against Gov. Martin O’Malley and using it to raise bucks, says John Wagner of the Washington Post.

ECONOMY FIRST: The Gonzales poll on the governor’s race also finds that the No. 1 issue of the respondents is the economy, and the poll suggests that isn’t good for incumbents, Dave Collins reports for WBAL-TV. And Adam May takes a closer look at that poll in this WJZ-TV report.

POLL ANALYSIS: Tom Schaller opines in the Sun that this race for the governor’s mansion is shaping up to be a real nail biter. Nick Sohr writes for The Daily Record that this recent poll, conducted by humans, supports the findings of the previous two robo polls.

JESSAMY CHALLENGE: Challenger Gregg Bernstein says that the murder of a JHU researcher might not have happened if Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia Jessamy had done her job, reports Christian Schaffer for WMAR-TV. Here’s Robert Lang’s interview with Bernstein for WBAL-Radio.

GOOD SPORTS: Washington County candidates mingled with 450 members of the Potomac Fish & Game Club as it hosted a “Candidates Night Out.” Dave McMillion reports on the event for the Hagerstown Herald-Mail.

ECONOMIC RECOVERY: Maryland’s revenues for FY 2010 outpaced projections, a study by the National Conference of State Legislatures showed, but the state still has substantial financial challenges to work through in upcoming years, reports’s Megan Poinski.

MEDICAID FRAUD: Sun editorial writers say that the recently enacted Maryland law aimed at reducing Medicaid fraud provides a sizeable payoff for taxpayers.

FAKE HEALTH COVERAGE: Barry Simms of WBAL-TV reports that more than 700 Marylanders have fallen victim to what government officials have called a scam involving fake health plans sold to people across the country.

ANGLE DISAPPROVED OF: A spokesman for Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said the headline and angle of Tuesday’s story “misrepresented” Brown’s comments about health care reform in Maryland.

STATE CENTER: Gov. O’Malley heralded progress in the mammoth State Center project, saying construction crews will break ground at the long delayed office complex by the fall. Matthew Brown blogs about the project for the Sun. The project also heads to the Board of Public Works, writes Anna Isaacs for The Daily Record.

KAMENETZ ENDORSED: Bryan Sears blogs for Patuxent Publishing that the Southwestern Democratic Club endorsed Kevin Kamenetz for Baltimore County exec.

BARS OPEN: The state capital is buzzing with the news: Tthe Annapolis council repealed the 2 a.m. bar ban, meaning that more downtown bars can stay open past midnight, writes Josh Stewart for the Capital.

MOCO COMP TIME: Michael Laris of the Post writes that several Montgomery County Council members are unhappy with agreements that will give county employees extra time off, but they declined to take action to challenge the arrangements.

RACE FOR FUNDS: State Schools Super Nancy Grasmick “can barely contain” herself after Maryland was named one of 19 finalists in a competition for federal education funding that prompted leaders to revamp the state’s school agenda in hopes of getting as much as $250 million in the next year, writes Liz Bowie of the Sun.

COURT APPOINTMENTS: Bryan Sears of Patuxent writes that three attorneys, two of whom are prosecutors with the Baltmore County State’s Attorney’s Office have been appointed to fill vacancies in the District Court.

BEREANO TESTIFIES: Bruce Bereano returns to Towson to testify against a bill that would ban lobbyists and contractors with felony criminal convictions from doing business, writes Patuxent’s Bryan Sears.

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