State Roundup, August 23, 2010

O’MALLEY AT MACo: Nich Sohr of the Daily Record gives a run down of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s speech at the Maryland Association of Counties conference in Ocean City. The AP’s Brian Witte leads with O’Malley’s promise to restore local highway user revenues when the funds are available. Meanwhile, O’Malley warned county leaders against candidates who “tell people we can eat cake and lose weight,” a jab directed at Ehrlich‘s campaign promises that include restoring those highway user revenues if elected, John Wagner of the Post reports. Brian Shane of the Salisbury Daily Times gives his take on the O’Malley speech.

JOB GROWTH: Maryland gained 500 jobs last month, Jamie Smith Hopkins reports in the Sun. But GOPers are drawing a bead on the fact that a state report on federal unemployment numbers that ran counter to O’Malley’s positive job-growth assessment was pulled from a Maryland state Web site after five hours, Aaron Davis of the Post reports. Jon Sham of the Daily Record reports on the jobs numbers.

PALIN NO HELP: Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Brian Murphy may have boosted the Republican gubernatorial long-shot’s efforts at attracting attention from the media, but it appears to do more harm than good among likely GOP primary voters, according to a new Center Maryland/OpinionWorks poll.

ANGELOS FOR O’MALLEY:  Orioles owner Peter Angelos will go to bat for O’Malley next month when he holds a fundraiser before an Orioles-Boston Red Sox game at Camden Yards, Julie Bykowicz blogs for the Sun.

SLOTS: The Capital’s Liam Farrell began a three-day series on slots in Anne Arundel County with an examination of how slots were first abolished there in the 1960s and how they are trying to make a return. A Capital editorial tries to explain the debate on the slots vote, and counter misinformation.

MIKULSKI CHALLENGE: U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski has raised more than $3 million for her re-election campaign — against 22 challengers — Holly Nunn of the Capital News Service writes in

1ST DISTRICT: PACS target the 1st Congressional District, Alexandra Wilding for Capital News Services writes in

DUTCH FUNDS: It’s tough to raise money for an upstart congressional campaign and particularly tough to do so in a down economy, say some of the nine challengers of U.S. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, of the 2nd District. CNS’s Kerry Davis reports in

SARBANES FOES: 3rd District opponents to incumbent U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes hope that it’s the message, and not the money, that wins the race. You can read CNS’s Maite Fernandez’s article in

4TH DISTRICT: Laura Lee of Capital News Service writes that in the 4th District, U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards raises money handily in what she sees as flawed system. Read the article in

POST ENDORSES: The Washington Post made its endorsements in Montgomery County legislative races, with some surprises.

JESSAMY-BERNSTEIN: The Sun’s Peter Hermann takes an indepth view at how race is a major factor in how the Jessamy-Bernstein race for city state’s attorney is playing out.

FARM FORUM: Ike Wilson of the Frederick News Post reports on a forum of local farmers who spoke about the problems they face and admonished candidates for county commissioner to take the $127 million agriculture industry seriously, if elected.

LOWER SHORE: The District 38 Senate seat is up for grabs with the retirement of Sen. Lowell Stoltzfus, and Greg Latshaw of the Salisbury Daily Times gives a lengthy report on the leading candidates.

ALLEGANY POLICE: Commissioner candidates in Allegany County believe the sheriff and the police need to be under one agency, Kevin Spradlin reports in the Cumberland Times.

HOCO INCUMBENT FUNDS: Incumbent officials might be in trouble with voters this year, but, writes the Sun’s Larry Carson, people who give money to Howard County candidates don’t seem to have absorbed that message, judging by campaign finance reports.

YOUNG PROPOSES: Frederick County Commissioner Blaine Young is using his first year to propose dramatic changes to state law, Meg Tully reports for the Frederick News-Post.

BADGE BUZZ: Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson has sent a cease-and-desist letter to County Council candidate Buzz Beeler of Dundalk over the retired officer’s use of a police badge in campaign literature, Raven Hill of the Sun reports.

BARTENFELDER ENDORSED: The Sun’s Andy Rosen blogs that Baltimore County exec candidate Joe Bartenfelder picked up some support in his chief opponent’s backyard with the endorsement of fellow County Councilman Ken Oliver, of the west side.

OYSTER HATCHERY: Oyster hatcheries will be key to the revival of the shellfish in the Chesapeake, Brian Hooks writes for Capital News Service in the Capital.

JOURNALISM LAYOFFS: University of Maryland College of Journalism students continue to protest the ouster of four administrators, including assistant dean Steve Crane, who oversaw the Capital News Service — the state and federal government reports used by many Maryland media outlets. Sohayl Vafai reports in the Diamondback.

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