State Roundup, September 14, 2010

D.C. SUBURBS TURNOUT: Election officials in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties and D.C. are warning that because a large number of voters are expected to cast absentee and provisional ballots, close races might not be determined for days, Mike DeBonis, Miranda Spivack and Michael Laris report for the Washington Post. Prince George’s officials are gearing up for a large turnout, writes Spivack.

VOTE: Annapolis Capital opinion makers urge residents to get out and vote in today’s primary.

PAGNUCCO ENDORSES: Adam Pagnucco of Maryland Politics Watch makes stunning endorsement.

DELMARVA VOTED EARLY: Brian Shane of the Salisbury Daily Times reports that more residents cast early voting ballots on Delmarva than anywhere else in Maryland — 3 percent of eligible voters as opposed to 1.3 percent elsewhere in the state.

PALIN ON THE LINE: If you’re a Republican, you may be getting a call from Sarah Palin today. She recorded a campaign robocall for longshot GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Murphy, reports the Washington Post. Annie Linskey blogs the story in the Sun.

MCCAIN FOR EHRLICH: Murphy’s got Palin, but former Gov. Bob Ehrlich picked up the endorsement of John McCain, Palin’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election, writes John Wagner of the Post. Julie Bykowicz picks up the story for her Sun blog. The Washington Times’ Joseph Weber reports that the endorsement puts McCain and Palin at odds. The Herald-Mail ran the AP story.

CONGRESS: Ben Pershing of the Post writes that Maryland plays host to a full but mostly quiet slate of congressional primaries today, as the state’s lawmakers appear likely to escape the anti-incumbent fervor that has claimed casualties in primaries elsewhere.

MISSTATEMENTS IN MOCO: Montgomery County Council candidate Ilaya Hopkins has sent a last-minute mailing that includes one misleading and one false statement about her opponent, Democratic incumbent Roger Berliner, Michael Laris blogs for the Washington Post.

MISSTATEMENTS IN BALT CO: A Baltimore County delegate has filed a complaint with the state Board of Elections over a flier claiming he’s partnering with a new Senate candidate and delegate hopeful rather than fellow incumbents, Julie Bykowicz writes for the Sun.

PG EXEC RACE: The race for Prince George’s County Executive — likely to be decided in today’s primary — turned ugly on Monday with mudslinging fliers and accusations, reports The Examiner’s Hayley Peterson.

BUSINESS PICKS: The Baltimore Business Journal’s Scott Dance talks to several businessmen about the primaries they will be watching today and why.

SPEED CAMERAS: District 16 House of Delegates candidate Craig Herskowitz is campaiging on a simple platform: getting rid of speed cameras, reports The Examiner’s Hayley Peterson.

WASHINGTON COUNTY: Washington County voters will go to the polls to choose which Republican — incumbent state Sen. Donald Munson or challenger Christopher Shank — will be the next District 2 senator, writes the Herald-Mail’s Heather Keels.

SALISBURY AREA: The Salisbury Daily Times’ Calum McKinney compiles a FAQ for voters might need to know about today’s primaries.

CARROLL VOTING: The Carroll County Times is running a polling place and election guide.

FREDERICK CO: Meg Tully of the Frederick News Post offers a roundup of campaigns there. And here’s a list of primary day office closings.

HOT RACES: Here’s Annie Linskey’s primary preview for the Sun, which touches on a number of hot races in Baltimore city and county. Steve Fermier of WBAL Radio offers a quick take on the races. The Salisbury Daily Times runs down the state’s top Republican primaries in an AP story.

BALTIMORE COUNTY: The opening of the polls this morning in Baltimore County signals the start of one of the biggest overhauls in recent memory for the offices of county executive and the County Council. Bryan Sears of Patuxent Publishing offers the rundown. Former state Sen. Paula Hollinger is supporting Baltimore County Council candidate Sherrie Becker, and that support has paid dividends to a business owned by Hollinger’s husband, reports Sears. You can join PPC’s Bryan Sears for a live political chat beginning at 3 p.m. today by clicking here. Patuxent Publishing columnist Pat ven den Beemt says she’s excited about voting, calling herself a “patriotic nerd.”

BALT CO EXEC: John Rydell of WBFF-TV reports about the last minute push in the Democrat Primary race for county executive between Councilmen Joe Bartenfelder and Kevin Kamenetz. Here’s Pat Warren’s report on this expensive and contentious race for WJZ-TV.

JESSAMY-BERNSTEIN: Baltimore’s more than 200 Baptist ministers endorsed incumbent State’s Attorney Pat Jessamy for the city’s top prosecutor position over challenger Gregg Bernstein, Tricia Bishop blogs in the Sun. High profile attorney Billy Murphy endorses Bernstein, WBFF-TV’s Michael Buczyner reports.

ETHICS COMPLAINT: A Montgomery County businessman has filed an ethics complaint against a County Council member, claiming he acted against the county’s best interests by assisting a D.C. business owner’s attempt to halt the construction of a music venue, Erin Cunningham reports for the Gazette.

CURRIE PROSECUTION: A federal judge approved an agreement that calls for a grocery chain to pay a $2.5 million penalty and cooperate in the prosecution of longtime state Sen. Ulysses Currie of Prince George’s, reports John Wagner in the Post. Julie Bykowicz of the Sun reports that Currie is seeking to use public defenders and the judge hopes to set a June 2011 court date for Currie.

HARRIS MURDER: The Sun’s Nick Madigan was in the courtroom covering the trial of those accused of murdering former city Councilman Ken Harris. He sent several reports during the day, which you’ll find beginning at this link. Barry Simms of WBAL-TV reports on the woman who was in the car with Harris when he was shot. Jeff Hager reports on the trial for WMAR-TV. Joy Lepola of WBFF-TV also reports on the trial. Investigative Voice’s Stephen Janis and Alan Forman were there, too.

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