State Roundup, October 23, 2018

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POT DISPENSARIES ORDERED TO STOP SELLING SOME PRODUCTS: Regulators charged with overseeing Maryland’s medical cannabis program cannot immediately confirm if patients or their caregivers or doctors have been notified of a two-week old order that stopped the sale of marijuana from one grower. The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission ordered 69 dispensaries around the state to stop selling products containing marijuana grown by Arnold-based ForwardGro. The Oct. 5 order was not made public and not posted on the commission’s website, Bryan Sears is reporting for the Daily Record.

EARLY VOTING GUIDE: Michael Dresser of the Sun offers up a list of helpful information on what you need to know to vote early.

BEIDLE V. GRASSO LIKE CLINTON V. TRUMP? District 32 in Anne Arundel County is home to a Senate race that mimics the dynamic between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the 2016 White House election, writes Meghan Thompson for Maryland Matters. The Democrat, Del. Pamela G. Beidle, is deep-rooted in Anne Arundel politics and has a list of qualifications that dates back to the 1980s, while the Republican, County Councilman John J. Grasso. has less political experience but compensates with strong partisan ideology, controversial statements and attention-grabbing Facebook posts.

HOEBER, THE INTERVIEW: Louis Peck of Bethesda Beat interviews Amie Hoeber, the Republican who is running for the 6th Congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. John Delaney, who is running for president. Among wide-ranging topics Hoeber addresses in this long interview are what she appreciates about President Trump, what she doesn’t like, the Chesapeake Bay cleanup, global warming, state policy, gun control Obamacare and the opioid crisis.

POST BOARD BACKS TRONE: The editorial board of the Washington Post is throwing its backing behind David Trone to replace John Delaney as U.S. representative of the 6th Congressional District, opining that “Trone, a Democrat … has formidable command of an array of issues in a sprawling district that includes a chunk of suburban Montgomery County and stretches to the West Virginia border. Detail-oriented, studious and no-nonsense, he would be an excellent successor to … Delaney.”

REDMER, OLSZEWSKI’s FINAL DEBATE: In their final debate, the candidates for Baltimore County executive differed over affordable housing, pre-kindergarten, and how to treat people who live in the country illegally. Tom Hall of WYPR-FM hosted the debate, and here is the Facebook video. The final forum between Republican Al Redmer and Democrat Johnny Olszewski came two weeks before Election Day.

PITTMAN SEEKS COMPLAINT RECONSIDERATION: Anne Arundel’s Democratic county executive candidate Steuart Pittman is asking the county ethics commission to reconsider its decision to toss out a complaint he filed against Republican incumbent Steve Schuh, Lauren Lumpkin of the Annapolis Capital reports. The Anne Arundel County Ethics Commission dismissed Pittman’s complaint alleging Schuh used taxpayer-funded resources for campaign materials. The commission says Pittman’s campaign violated confidentiality requirements when it spoke to The Capital about the complaint.

PRO-FLOREEN SUPER PAC RAISES $279,500: County Above Party, the super PAC started by Bethesda developer Charles K. Nulsen III to help independent candidate Nancy Floreen in her bid for Montgomery County executive, has raised $279,500 since the beginning of October. The figures are based on the latest report filed Oct. 19 with the Maryland State Board of Elections, Dan Schere reports in Bethesda Beat.

FACT-CHECK ON FLOREEN MAILER: In an opinion piece for Bethesda Beat, Adam Pagnucco fact checks a campaign mailer sent out by Independent Montgomery County executive candidate Nancy Floreen claiming that Democratic rival Marc Elrich has opposed a slew of development projects. Some claims are true, some are half true and some are false, writes Pagnucco.

POST BOARD BACKS FLOREEN: Here’s an endorsement we missed: In late September, the Post editorial board threw its weight behind Nancy Floreen for Montgomery County executive, opining that “Floreen, a veteran Democratic county council member running as an independent, has a lengthy track record showing she can be successful. By contrast, Democratic nominee Marc Elrich, her fellow council member, has an equally lengthy record — and, in many cases, an extreme one — that is disqualifying.”

PART 2: NEW DATA ALTERS BAY GOALS: In Part 2 of the Bay Journal’s series on the health of the Chesapeake Bay, Karl Blankenship writes that with new science, improved information and updated computer modeling in hand, the state-federal Chesapeake Bay Program partnership recently revised its nutrient reduction goals for 2025. States are updating their cleanup plans to address the revised goals, and they are also supposed to engage local officials and organizations, as well as establish more localized planning goals in their plans. The series appears in MarylandReporter.

CIVILITY IS NOT DEAD: In an op-ed for the Sun, Towson University professor Richard Vatz opines that civility — the ability to substantively and respectfully discuss issues with those who see things differently from you — is largely assumed to have disappeared from American society. But, he writes, earlier in October, 124 students and faculty members crammed into his political persuasion class to hear former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger talk about rhetoric and civility.

HO CO MAY REQUIRE EV STATIONS: Howard County is considering a proposal to require new single-family houses and apartments to have infrastructure to support charging stations for electric vehicles, reports Erin Logan for the Howard County Times. “We are concerned about the environment and we think electric vehicles will help,” said Jen Terrasa, a Democratic member of the County Council who introduced a bill to require the necessary wiring and other infrastructure. “We have the capacity or will have to work toward getting the capacity to make the transition away from [gasoline] vehicles.