State Roundup, November 4, 2010

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O’MALLEY LOOKS AHEAD: Gov. Martin O’Malley will begin to chart a course for his second term today, when he meets with his Cabinet for the first time since this week’s decisive election victory, Julie Bykowicz reports for the Baltimore Sun.

In his first news conference since his re-election, O’Malley called for budget cuts, not tax hikes. The Associated Press wrote the story that appears in the Carroll County Times.

POOR SHOWING: Bryan Sears of and Bill Vanko of WBAL-Radio discuss Bob Ehrlich’s sad showing in Baltimore County and the Baltimore County elections. Click here for to listen to analysis from Dan Rodricks, Barry Rascovar and Bryan Sears on WYPR.

GOP ERA OVER IN MD: Annie Linskey of the Sun writes that Tuesday election wasn’t just an end to Ehrlich’s political career, as he says, it could also signal the end of an era for the Maryland GOP.

GOP SURGE NOT GOOD FOR STATE: Maryland benefited far more than most states from the surge of federal stimulus spending since early 2009, but now, with the Republican surge, Paul West of the Sun asks, could Maryland suffer?

MARKET DRIFT: The Daily Record runs an Associated Press article in which corporate big shots predict the future of the markets and nation following the GOP win.

ROBOCALL WHOSE TRICK? The last time Election Day shenanigans played out in Maryland, Laura Vozzella of the Baltimore Sun writes, homeless Philadelphians got a day trip to Maryland, a welcome from then-first lady Kendel Ehrlich, $100, a couple of meals and a T-shirt. Tuesday, they got last minute robocalls telling them O’Malley had already won, so they didn’t need to vote. But whose dirty trick was it exactly?

PG HELPS HOYER: Republican Charles Lollar won the majority of Southern Maryland votes in Tuesday’s midterm election, but a Democratic landslide in Prince George’s County cost him the race against U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, writes Jeff Newman of the Gazette.

MOONEY WON’T CONCEDE: Democrat Ron Young has a more than 600-vote lead over incumbent Sen. Alex Mooney in the District 3 Senate race. But Mooney, who is seeking his fourth term, isn’t ready to concede. Meg Tully reports for the Frederick News Post that he’s waiting for the absentee and provisional ballots to be counted. Andrew Schotz of the Hagerstown Herald Mail also writes about that close race.

MUNSON’S NAME: The board of elections saw many variations in the name of write-in candidate and state Sen. Donald Munson, writes Andrew Schotz of the Hagerstown Herald Mail.

N. BALT INCUMBENTS WIN: Larry Perl of the Baltimore Messenger writes that the incumbent state senators and delegates who represent north Baltimore, all of whom are Democrats, ran unopposed in the general election, except in District 41. There, delegates Jill Carter, Nathaniel Oaks and Sandy Rosenberg were re-elected handily, and Republican Mark Ehrlichmann, an ordained minister who was born deaf, garnered only 6.2 percent of the vote.

DISTRICT 3A: Del. Galen Clagett is one of only two Democrats elected to represent Frederick County in Annapolis, the Gazette reports.

DISTRICT 16: After a convincing sweep of their Republican opponents, members of Maryland’s District 16 slate say they aim to stay close to home on the issues, reports Alex Ruoff of the Gazette.

ABSENTEE VOTES MATTER: A total of 4,618 absentee ballots issued in Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties could determine the outcome of several very close races including that for Maryland’s District 38 Senate seat. The race between Michael James and Del. Jim Mathias is separated by 222 votes, writes Brian Shane of the Salisbury Daily Times.

ASTI’S FLIER: Alison Asti says her Election Day endorsement of Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Laura Kiessling was meant to support Kiessling, not suggest that the two were running together on a slate, reports Danielle Ulman of the Daily Record.

WIN, LOSE, THEN SUE: Ramona Moore Baker tasted the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat on Tuesday. The interior designer won a seat on Baltimore’s Orphans’ Court in the same election in which state voters approved a measure that only permits Maryland attorneys to sit on that bench, Steve Lash reports for the Daily Record.

KAMENETZ TRANSITION: Pledging a seamless segue, Baltimore County Executive-elect Kevin Kamenetz will discuss the election results and plans for the transition to his administration in a news conference today, the Sun’s Arthur Hirsch and Raven Hill report.

HISPANIC STRENGTH: The Washington area’s 700,000 Hispanics have a median household income of nearly $61,000 – the highest in the country among Latinos. One in four Hispanic adults here has at least a four-year college degree, almost double the national rate for Latinos, reports Carol Morello and Dan Keating for the Post.

SLOTS TENT WELCOMED: Maryland’s slots regulators said they would welcome a proposal for a temporary gambling facility at the Arundel Mills mall now that developers have won approval this week to build a billion-dollar slots and entertainment complex there, Nicole Fuller of the Sun reports.

TRACKS TO SLASH RACES: The Maryland Jockey Club will slash racing operations at both of its thoroughbred tracks next year after failing to derail development of a casino next to the Arundel Mills shopping mall, the club announced yesterday, Nick Sohr of the Daily Record reports.

NO TO CON-CON: Steve Lash of the Daily Record writes that Maryland will not engage in a full-scale review of the state’s constitution any time soon, even though 55 percent of those voting on it supported the call for a constitutional convention. That’s because not enough people voted on the issue.


BLUE MARYLAND: Opinionators at the Sun say that Maryland’s Democratic victory was a happy blip on a night filled with GOP successes.

SECOND OPINION: Andy Green of the Sun offers the once and future Gov. O’Malley a to-do list on everything from jobs to education.

COOPERATE: The GOP’s win wasn’t a voter lovefest for that party, writes the Sun editorial board. It should be viewed as anger and both parties should make note.

RED FREDERICK: The political wheel turned to the right all around the nation Tuesday. Frederick County was no exception, especially when it came to the Board of County Commissioners, writes the editorial board for the Frederick News Post.

GOP IN ARUNDEL: The Annapolis Capital’s editorial board writes that the GOP now controls the Arundel County delegation to the House of Delegates in District 30.

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