State Roundup, August 10, 2010

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EHRLICH BUCKS: Former Gov. Bob Ehrlich is all but certain to have significantly less cash on hand than Gov. Martin O’Malley heading into the final months of the election, writes John Wagner of the Washington Post.

O’MALLEY BLASTED: Editorial writers at the Washington Times blast O’Malley’s spending of $2 million in federal funds for roadside and mobile cameras. And the Washington Post runs a commentary by Ehrlich, who says the state is in an economic and business deterioration thanks to the current governor’s policies.

STATE SURPLUS: Unions want state workers, who were forced to take furlough days and salary reductions, to get a cut of the expected $300 million state surplus, but Comptroller Franchot and O’Malley urge caution. Alan Brody reports for the Gazette.

PALIN’S PICK: Tom Schaller comments for the Baltimore Sun that former VP candidate Sarah Palin’s endorsement of GOP gov candidate Brian Murphy will benefit his rival, Bob Ehrlich.

DISTRICT 1B: The District 1B House of Delegates race features different personalities and approaches to governing, writes the Cumberland Times-News’ Kevin Spradlin.

TUITION BOON: Determining how many of the 148,000 students at Maryland’s public universities can be counted as non-residents is worth over $100 million to the University System of Maryland, where non-residents pay two to three times as much as residents in tuition, reports Megan Poinski for

HoCo REFERENDUM: A GOP-sponsored petition drive intended to require a super-majority of Howard County Council votes to increase taxes has failed to collect enough signatures to place the issue on the November ballot, reports Larry Carson of the Sun.

LANGUAGE BILL: Earl Kelly of the Annapolis Capital writes that a bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski passed the Senate and is heading to the House. Named for an Edgewater girl, it would abolish the term “mentally retarded” in federal education, health and labor laws.

MoCo TERM LIMITS: GOP activist and Montgomery County Council candidate Robin Ficker, who surprised Montgomery’s political establishment with a successful referendum making property taxes harder to increase, has revived another idea he hopes will shake up local politicians: term limits. Michael Laris reports for the Post.

BERNSTEIN SIGNS: The Sun editorial board writes that Baltimore’s police commissioner Fred Bealefeld will have to walk a fine line between his private views and public duties if he wants to play a role in next month’s primary election. Another high profile Baltimorean also has put up a Gregg Bernstein campaign sign, reports Investigative Voice. But film director John Waters won’t have to walk a fine line.

SIGN COMPLAINTS: Editorial writers for the Cumberland Times-News say that the season for complaints about campaign signs is upon us, but whether one is offended by a campaign sign often depends upon whether one is offended by the person whose candidacy it advocates.

SPENDING REFERENDUM: Baltimore city voters will decide in November whether to allow city officials to make more purchases without a public announcement, Julie Scharper reports for the Baltimore Sun.

CITY COUNCIL BLOG: Longtime Baltimore City Councilman Jack Young promised to tone down his trademark fiery temper when he became council president in February. But he had to work extra hard because of teasing from his fellows. And Young also signed a petition asking the council to reconsider the recently killed living wage bill introduced by Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, Julie Scharper blogs for the Sun.

MoCo POLITICS: Check out Maryland Politics Watch‘s latest on Montgomery County political happenings.

FREDERICK Q&A: Candidates in Frederick County got the opportunity to hear from county agencies and ask questions that will help them shape their campaigns, Meg Tully reports for the  Frederick News-Post. And, Tully reports, the candidates will have the opportunity to hear about trash and recycling
issues at another forum.

GUN RIGHTS: Stephanie Mlot of the News-Post reports that an eight-year GOP event supporting the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution went off with a bang in Thurmont.

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