State Roundup, August 30, 2010

TAX RETURNS: Both Ehrlich and O’Malley released their tax forms. The Post’s John Wagner and Aaron Davis compared the candidates and their families’ earnings. Ehrlich’s return showed that he and his wife made almost $2.5 million after he left office, writes the Sun’s Annie Linskey. She blogs here about the forms.  Wagner blogs that Ehrlich made a campaign promise early on on to release the tax forms. Getting elected governor would represent an 80 percent pay cut for Ehrlich, writes Hayley Peterson of The Examiner. O’Malley and his wife combined made about $300,000 each year since 2007, reports the Sun’s Annie Linskey. She blogs here that there were no surprises in the documents. The Post’s Aaron Davis blogs that the O’Malleys will have been paid about $1.2 million from taxpayers at the end of this term. WBAL also covered the story. Cheryl Conner reports about the disclosures, complete with video, for WMAR-TV. WJZ-TV also ran Associated Press articles about Ehrlich and O’Malley.

MORE THAN MOST: Now that we know that the two main candidates for governor make more than 98% of Maryland households, we can get on with the business of what they will do for the rest of us, writes Len Lazarick in an analysis for

SCHOOL FUNDS: The Baltimore Sun’s Liz Bowie reports where $400 million of new federal money coming to the state’s public schools over the next several years will go.

GOV RACE: Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Gov. Bob Ehrlich are digging for supporters in the Baltimore suburbs and Montgomery County, reports the Sun’s Julie Bykowicz.

TRANSPORTATION QUESTIONS: Michael Dresser of the Sun asks O’Malley and Ehrlich to respond to questions on transportation issues that voters deserve answers to.

MCEA BACKS EHRLICH: Ehrlich is poised to get his first labor endorsement: the Maryland Classified Employees Association, writes the Sun’s Annie Linskey.

FORGOTTEN FURLOUGH?: Del. Saqib Ali, hoping to unseat Sen. Nancy King, said in his campaign literature that he was taking a voluntary furlough, but, writes the Sun’s Annie Linskey, Ali had not signed up for one.

COUNTER-BECK RALLY: Maryland civil rights leaders who disagreed with TV personality Glenn Beck’s weekend “Restoring Honor” rally in Washington, D.C., organized their own rally at Anne Arundel Community College to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.‘s “I Have A Dream” speech and the civil rights struggle, reports Nicole Fuller of the Sun. The Capital’s Earl Kelly covered the rally.

EARLY VOTING: Maryland is late to institute early voting, and what the state is rolling out this year has many flaws, opines the Sun’s editorial staff.

RESIDENCY PROOF: Candidates are often accused of living outside the districts they are running in, but residency challenges are hard to prove, writes Raven Hill in the Sun.

LIERMAN AT 23: District 16 Democratic House of Delegates candidate Kyle Lierman is just 23 and has an impressive list of campaign donors, writes the Post’s Miranda Spivack. Here’s the list.

DISTRICT 33: The Capital’s Liam Farrell runs down candidates for the Republican-dominated district — which includes just one Democrat among the 11 General Assembly candidates.

DISTRICT 21: Challengers hope to dissolve the district’s team of incumbents in the General Assembly, writes the Capital’s Liam Farrell.

NO MURPHY-PALIN EVENTS: Republican gubernatorial hopeful Brian Murphy, endorsed by Sarah Palin, says there are no events planned in Maryland featuring the former GOP vice presidential candidate yet. The AP story appears in the Capital.

HARRIS MURDER TRIAL: Linda So of WMAR reports that the three people accused of murdering former City Councilman Ken Harris are set to go on trial beginning today. Here’s Ben Nuckols report for the AP.

SLOTS: The Capital’s editorial staff charges representatives from the Annapolis area with letting down their constituents on the slots issue — leading to November’s referendum on slots at Arundel Mills. And David Jones, chair of No Slots at the Mall, writes in the Sun that slots at the mall would ruin a family-friendly destination when Anne Arundel has a better location.

CARROLL COMMISSIONERS: The Carroll County Times’ Adam Bednar reports on campaign finance disclosures from county commissioner hopefuls.

HAGERSTOWN AREA: House of Delegates candidates in contested primaries respond to questions posed by The Herald-Mail in two installments.

ENDORSEMENTS, ETC.: Andrew Schotz of The Herald-Mail lists several new endorsements — as well as the Hagerstown-Washington Chamber of Commerce’s lack thereof — and other items in “On the Campaign Trail.”

SHE-CRABS: Despite the successful revival of the crab industry, let’s still keep the she-crabs protected, Karen Hosler writes in a commentary for

HARFORD GOP DECIDES: The race for Harford County government’s top position is expected to be decided in the next three weeks by the county’s Republican voters, reports L’Oreal Thompson of the Aegis.

BERNSTEIN-JESSAMY: Sean Malone of Center Maryland writes that there is finally a choice in the race for Baltimore City’s state attorney.

HUGHES BACKS QUINN: Former Gov. Harry Hughes, in the Salisbury Daily Times, endorses Tim Quinn to be the next District 37 state senator.

MONEY, IDEAS TALK: Editorial writers for the Frederick News-Post say that while campaign donations give a good idea of support, campaigns should still be about ideas.

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