State Roundup, October 6, 2010

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O’MALLEY AHEAD: A just-released Rasmussen Reports poll shows Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley with an eight-point advantage over Republican former Gov. Bob Ehrlich, a lead that comes after months of polls by the firm that had the race in a dead heat, Julie Bykowicz blogs for the Sun.

BLACK VOTE: Julie Bykowicz of the Sun reports on attempts by the campaigns of O’Malley and Ehrlich to woo black voters.

‘COVERUP’ FACT-CHECK: Dave Collins of WBAL-TV fact-checks Ehrlich’s new ad charging O’Malley with covering up the economic slump report, an ad Collins finds wanting.

CLINTON IN MD: Aaron Davis blogs for the Post that former President Bill Clinton is expected to headline private fundraisers for U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the state’s Democratic Party and Gov. Martin O’Malley this month. The O’Malley fundraiser will be held Oct. 21 at the Museum of Industry, a waterfront location frequently used for such purposes, writes Annie Linskey for the Sun.

GOV ENDORSES EX GOV: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose election last year helped inspire Ehrlich to run again, plans to endorse Ehrlich this weekend, John Wagner blogs for the Post. Hayley Peterson of the Washington Examiner reports that Ehrlich hopes Christie’s visit will be a major boost to his campaign.

JABS ON SLOTS: Baltimore developer David Cordish criticized O’Malley for his support of a voter referendum that could strip him of his right to build a slots parlor at Arundel Mills, Daniel Sernovitz reports for the Baltimore Business Journal. Cordish added that his remarks could be seen as endorsing Ehrlich’s position. John Wagner of the Post blogs that O’Malley responded by saying that Ehrlich and Cordish appear interested in “trying to scare people into approving slots at the mall.” Here’s a fuller story on what Wagner on Ehrlich, O’Malley and Cordish trading barbs over the facility envisioned at Arundel Mills mall.

GANSLER JABS CORDISH: Nicole Fuller of the Sun reports that Attorney General Doug Gansler says in an opinion that the company that runs the state’s only slot machine casino is free to support a campaign against construction of a similar parlor in Anne Arundel County, which Cordish’s company is hoping to run.

TONES DIFFER: With four weeks before the election, O’Malley is painting himself as the everyman “fighting for working families” that are having to make tough decisions around the kitchen table, while Ehrlich is trying to pitch himself as a friend to business, Aaron Davis blogs for the Post. Here is Jeff Abell’s report for WBFF-TV report on how the candidates hope to paint each other with new attack ads.

POSE A QUESTION: Click here to go directly to a WJZ-TV form that allows you pose questions that may be asked the gubernatorial candidates during the Monday, Oct. 11th debate.

KANE STUMPS: Maryland GOP lieutenant governor candidate Mary Kane dropped in at several small businesses during a campaign swing through Washington County, Don Aines reports for the Hagerstown Herald Mail.

THE OTHER EHRLICH: Joseph Weber of the Washington Times profiles Kendel Ehrlich, likely her husband Bob’s closest political advisor.

VOTE MONITORS: Deborah Gates of the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the ACLU will be monitoring elections in one Somerset County town.

FREDERICK DEBATES: District 3 state Senate candidates Ron Young and Alex Mooney and District 4 state Senate candidates Sara Lou Trescott and David Brinkley debated the issues in back to back events, reports Blair Ames of the Frederick News Post.

REMATCH: State Sen. Ed Kasemeyer, a member of the Senate since 1995, is seeking re-election to represent District 12. His GOP challenger is Rick Martel, who ran against him in 2006, Lauren Fulbright reports about the repeat race for the Catonsville Times.

PAULSHOCK BACKS KAMENETZ: Defeated Baltimore County Council candidate Bill Paulshock, who ran on Joe Bartenfelder’s ticket in the primary, plans to back Kevin Kamenetz in the general election, Raven Hill reports for the Sun.

HALT FORECLOSURES: Opinionators at the Sun say there’s no reason to think that faulty paperwork in thousands of foreclosure cases in other states isn’t also present in Maryland.

FUNERAL PROTESTS: Marta Mossburg writes in the Frederick News Post that as long as those repugnant funeral protesters stay off private property and obey state and local laws, they have the right to speak under the U.S. Constitution. Christian Schaffer of WMAR-TV reports on today’s Supreme Court hearing on the funeral protests.

POULTRY INDUSTRY: University of Maryland Eastern Shore officials are crowing about a recent experiment that drastically reduced the ammonia level in chicken houses. But the $1.7 million experiment is about more than reducing the stench of toxic fumes. It’s about saving the Delmarva poultry industry, reports Barbara Pash for

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