State Roundup July 29, 2010

ENVIRO BRAWL: Maryland’s two leading candidates for governor — incumbent Martin O’Malley and former gov Bob Ehrlich — slammed one another over their environmental records and diverting funds from two programs, Julie Bykowicz reports for the Baltimore Sun. Adam May reports on the story for WJZ-TV. The brawl began, blogs John Wagner of the Washington Post, with Ehrlich’s visit to a riverside bar in eastern Baltimore County. And here’s Bykowicz’s blog on the issue.

EHRLICH SURGERY: Ehrlich has returned to the campaign trail after minor back and neck surgery Friday to address a problem dating to his college football days, reports John Wagner for the Post. Julie Bykowicz reports this story for the Sun.

POLITICAL CLIMATE: Meg Tully of the Frederick News Post reports on Ehrlich’s address to a local Rotary Club about the national political climate.

PG DEM HEAD RESIGNS: The chairman of the Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee has resigned at the height of campaign season, which political observers say could have a major impact on Gov. Martin O’Malley’s bid for a second term, Daniel Valentine reports for the Gazette.

MIKULSKI SEAT: Every election, U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski faces a number of bright-eyed competitors who have the optimism of a Sunday preacher, says editorial writers for the Annapolis Capital.

POLS ON MURDER: O’Malley and state Comptroller Peter Franchot weigh in on the Charles Village murder of Stephen Pitcairn, blogs Annie Linskey of the Sun. Pitcairn’s murder continues to draw attention to Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia Jessamy, now being blasted for a video shot just hours before Pitcairn’s death. The story by Dan Taylor and video by Linda So of WMAR-TV can be found here.

HISPANIC JUDGES: Maryland’s fast-growing Hispanic population is about to have its first male rep in judicial robes with O’Malley’s pick of lawyer Ricardo Zwaig for the Howard County District Court, writes Larry Carson of the Sun. He joins Audrey Creighton, named to a Montgomery County judgeship. She will become the third female Hispanic judge.

IMMIGRATION BILL: State Del. Pat McDonough is pitching an Arizona-like immigration bill to close the border of what he calls one of the biggest sanctuary states in the country. Read Joce Sterman’s piece for WMAR-TV.

STATE CENTER: Megan Poinski of reports that the state Board of Public Works unanimously green-lighted work to begin on the $215 million first phase of the massive public-private partnership designed to revitalize central Baltimore, improve government office space and create jobs. Annie Linskey of the Sun says the project is part of a $1.3 billion project. The Public Works meeting was broadcast live. So how did it go? Len Lazarick of reports.

MOONEY SLAMMED: Democrat candidate Ronald Young slams incumbent GOP state Sen. Alex Mooney, saying, “He just votes no on everything,” reports Andrew Schotz of the Herald-Mail.

PG SEAT SWITCH: Joshua Garner reports for the Gazette that after planning his campaign for PG County Council for nearly a year, Sidney Gibson quietly exited the race and filed for the House of Delegates seat in District 26. That seat is held by Kris Valderamma, who is running for re-election.

NEW DELEGATE: Scherod Barnes has been sworn in to replace Del. Ann Marie Doory, WBAL-Radio and the AP report.

GOP FORUM: Dave McMillion writes for the Hagerstown Herald-Mail that candidates filled the American Legion post for the Washington County Republican Club forum.

MOCO COUNCIL: Montgomery County Council President Nancy Floreen is touting her fiscal prowess as she seeks a third term, Erin Cunningham reports for the Gazette.

HOCO COUNCIL: The Sigaty-Klein contest takes the spotlight in the Howard County Council primary, reports Sarah Breitenbach of the Columbia Flier.

VINDIVICH PROFILE: Heather Keels of the Herald-Mail profiles Washington County commissioner candidate Nick Vindivich Jr., who says he wants to use his business experience to help create and maintain jobs.

GOP ENDORSES: For the first time in its history, the Patapsco Valley Republican Club has voted on endorsements for primary election candidates. The Arbutus Times reports who was endorsed.

YOUTH CHARGED: A Laurel teen has been charged with murder in the death of a teacher at the Cheltenham Youth Facility, reports Andrea Siegel of the Sun. Derek Valcourt reports the arrest story for WJZ-TV.

PUBLIC HOUSING: Politicians tend to celebrate public housing, but do little to make it better for their poorer constituents, writes Paul Foer for the Capital.

BOND SALE: Maryland sold $485 million in bonds on Wednesday to pay for the construction of capital projects, like schools and prisons, across the state, reports Nick Sohr for the Daily Record.

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