State Roundup: Local government ‘brain drain’ possible with Moore administration; Elrich positioned to win Montgomery exec race; gun advocates challenge assault weapons ban

State Roundup: Local government ‘brain drain’ possible with Moore administration; Elrich positioned to win Montgomery exec race; gun advocates challenge assault weapons ban

The Democratic administration of Wes Moore could mean that local governments lose talent to the state. Here, he speaks on Saturday, July 23, after his main opponents conceded that he won the Democratic nomination for governor. photo by Len Lazarick

MOORE ADMINISTRATION COULD SPUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT BRAIN DRAIN: With Democrat Wes Moore favored to win the November election to replace Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, many Democratic political and policy wonks are contemplating life in high-level jobs with the Moore administration. And that could have a profound impact on what county governments look like. Josh Kurtz/Maryland Matters.

ELRICH POSITIONED TO WIN MO CO EXEC RACE: More than a month after primary Election Day, the results of the Democratic race for county executive are expected to be finalized tomorrow, with incumbent Marc Elrich positioned to win if the current tally of a recount remains unchanged. Elrich, of Takoma Park, currently leads challenger David Blair of Potomac by 32 votes according to the preliminary results of the recount. Steve Bohnel/Bethesda Beat.

GUN ADVOCATES CHALLENGE MD ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN: Maryland’s ban on semiautomatic assault-style weapons must be struck down as unconstitutional because it is not in keeping with the Second Amendment’s text, history and tradition of firearms regulations as delineated by the U.S. Supreme Court this summer, gun rights advocates told a federal appeals court Monday. Steve Lash/The Daily Record.

ATTY GEN: BA CO’s PROPOSED EXEMPTION WOULD VIOLATE STATE LAW: The Maryland attorney general’s office says it “seems clear” a Baltimore County councilwoman’s proposal to exempt waterfront business owners from some environmental protection requirements would violate state law, but that the final decision would be up to a state commission. Taylor DeVille/The Baltimore Banner.

DRAFTKINGS EXPECTED TO GET SPORTS BETTING LICENSE: State gaming regulators are recommending that a popular online gaming company be given preliminary approval for a sports wagering operator license. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission is expected to qualify Crown Maryland Gaming LLC for a license.  The company is operated by Boston-based DraftKings Inc. The license would be used to operate a sports wagering facility at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Bryan Sears/The Daily Record.

ECKARDT, RIDEOUT HEAD TO MAYORAL RUNOFF: State Sen. Adelaide Eckardt (R) will live to fight another day on the Eastern Shore. Five weeks after being ousted from the General Assembly in the Republican primary, Eckardt forced a runoff in the special mayoral election Tuesday in her hometown of Cambridge. Eckardt and Steve Rideout, a former city councilmember and retired juvenile court judge in Virginia, head to the runoff on Sept. 20. Josh Kurtz/Maryland Matters.

NEW STATE HOUSE REPS FOR CARROLL: Carroll County will soon have several new representatives in the Maryland House of Delegates for Districts 5 and 42C. Since no Democrats ran in the July primary, the Republicans are the presumptive winners in the November general election. Republican April Rose, 54, was the sole incumbent who ran to retain her seat. Voters elected Republicans Eric Bouchat and Chris Tomlinson to the other two seats in District 5. In District 42C, Joshua J. Stonko won the Republican primary with 3,612 (68.42%) of the votes. Sherry Greenfield/The Carroll County Times.

WITH END OF ROE, HOYER ADDRESSES 20th WOMEN’S EQUALITY LUNCHEON: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer hosted his 20th annual Women’s Equality Day Luncheon on Tuesday in College Park, Maryland, to celebrate accomplishments women have and continue to make in the community. However, the longtime congressman told the 300 friendly faces at The Hotel at the University of Maryland that women have fewer rights than when he hosted his first luncheon in 2002. William Ford/The Washington Informer.

HARFORD SCHOOL BOARD REVISES PUBLIC COMMENT POLCY: In a contentious meeting Monday night that lasted nearly five hours, the Board of Education of Harford County discussed revisions to its public comment and public hearing policy. Tony Roberts/The Aegis.

CECIL TAX CREDIT FOR SWORN OFFICERS MIRED BY CONFUSION: The property tax credit for sworn officers covered in Cecil County Bill No. 2022-11 ran into problems during Tuesday night’s Cecil County Council work session after the bill language spurred confusion among legislators and attendees. Matt Hubbard/The Cecil Whig.

SUGARLOAF BOARD BUCKS AT FREDERICK COUNCIL PLAN: Board members from the nonprofit owner of Sugarloaf Mountain said Tuesday that they’ll consider closing the mountain to the public if the Frederick County Council approves a plan to preserve and rezone it. Jack Hogan/The Frederick News Post.

DEPUTY CITY MAYOR SUSPENDED FOLLOWING COMPLAINTS: Baltimore City Deputy Mayor Ted Carter has been temporarily suspended from his job following an internal HR investigation. Email correspondence, confirmed by sources, discloses that Carter was suspended from his $210,000 position for 10 days, starting last Wednesday. The action was taken following an investigation by the Department of Human Resources into staff complaints about his “management style” and allegedly “inappropriate behavior around women,” according to a source with knowledge of the matter. Mark Reutter/The Baltimore Brew.

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Cynthia Prairie

Contributing Editor Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor since 1979, when she began working at The Raleigh Times. Since then, she has worked for The Baltimore News American, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Prince George’s Journal and Baltimore County newspapers in the Patuxent Publishing chain, including overseeing The Jeffersonian when it was a two-day a week business publication. Cynthia has won numerous state awards, including the Maryland State Bar Association’s Gavel Award. Besides compiling and editing the daily State Roundup, she runs her own online newspaper, The Chester Telegraph. If you have additional questions or comments contact Cynthia at:

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