State Roundup: Cox appeals to stop early vote count of mail-in ballots; Legislative Black Caucus to get new leadership; Carroll County ‘desperate’ for elections judges

State Roundup: Cox appeals to stop early vote count of mail-in ballots; Legislative Black Caucus to get new leadership; Carroll County ‘desperate’ for elections judges

Claiming it is unconstitutional, Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Cox hopes to stop the early counting of mail-in votes. Photo by Joshua Hoehne for unsplash

COX APPEALS TO BLOCK EARLY VOTE COUNT: Republican gubernatorial nominee Dan Cox has filed a notice of appeal and is seeking an emergency order to block the early counting of Maryland’s mail-in ballots, set to begin Saturday under an order issued last week by a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge. Emily Opilo/The Baltimore Sun.

  • Attorneys for Cox filed a notice in Montgomery County Circuit Court on Tuesday appealing the ruling, sought by the State Board of Elections after a chaotic primary season marked by delayed results. Karina Elwood/The Washington Post.
  • The appeal will “ensure the law is followed and to uphold the constitutional process in our election law and integrity,” Cox wrote in a Facebook post. “Mail-in ballots are rife with chain-of-custody concerns and counting them as they come in violates the law and constitution.” Pamela Wood/The Baltimore Banner.
  • Nikki Charlson, deputy administrator for the state elections board, said Tuesday the board does not comment on pending litigation, but it is unlikely canvassing would actually begin Oct. 1 because ballots are being mailed out Thursday and are highly unlikely to be returned by that date. Ginny Bixby/Bethesda Beat.

COX GRILLED AT SOLO MORGAN APPEARANCE: Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Cox was grilled Tuesday evening on his stances regarding medical freedom, election integrity and critical race and gender theory at a forum hosted at Morgan State University, one of Baltimore’s historically Black colleges. Hannah Gaskill/The Baltimore Sun.

STATEWIDE CANDIDATE FORUMS: Please join us for online virtual forums for the candidates for comptroller (Oct. 6), attorney general (posted later) and governor (Oct. 13) Here’s the flyer. Register there to see the comptroller and governor forums live.  All the candidates on the ballot except Democrat Wes Moore chose to participate. The League of Women Voters is the lead sponsor along with,, Maryland Nonprofits, Maryland Latinos Unidos and the University of Baltimore’s Schaefer Center for Public Policy, the online host.

COMMENTARY: ARUNDEL, FREDERICK EXEC RACES WILL TELL US MUCH: If you want to know what the political future is going to look like in Maryland over the next several years, you might want to pay close attention to the races for county executive in Frederick and Anne Arundel. If Republicans Michael Hough and Jessica Haire win their respective elections in those counties, the GOP will have a plausible, even formidable, bench for possible statewide or congressional races in the future; if they lose, the Maryland Republican Party will likely be down in the dumps for a while. Josh Kurtz/Maryland Matters.

LEGISLATIVE BLACK CAUCUS TO GET NEW LEADERSHIP: The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland will have new leadership when the 2023 General Assembly session begins in January. Two of its longstanding leaders — Del. Darryl Barnes (D-Prince George’s), the chair, and Del. Benjamin Brooks (D-Baltimore County), the treasurer — submitted letters to their caucus colleagues Monday saying they will resign their leadership posts in December. Both have served in the House of Delegates since 2015. William Ford and Josh Kurtz/Maryland Matters.

HEALTH DEPT EXPANDS MONKEYPOX VAXX ELIGIBILITY: The Maryland Department of Health has expanded eligibility for the monkeypox vaccine as part of a statewide initiative to broaden access to the drug. In addition to those who had been exposed to the disease, eligibility now includes those who have had multiple or unfamiliar sexual partners in the past two weeks and those who are aware of a sexual partner diagnosed with monkeypox in the past two weeks. Dana Munro/The Capital Gazette.

CARROLL DESPERATE FOR ELECTION JUDGES: With the Nov. 8 gubernatorial general election less than two months away, Carroll County’s election director said this week that the county is in “desperate need” of election judges. Katherine Berry said the county needs 128 more judges to reach its 477 election judge goal. Sherry Greenfield/The Carroll County Times.

CHARGES, COUNTER CHARGES AT LGBTQ ADVOCACY GROUP: The former director of FreeState Justice, a Baltimore-based legal advocacy organization that seeks to improve the lives of low-income LGBTQ Marylanders, claims to have resigned in protest because members of the board of directors engaged in transphobic and white supremacist behavior. John-John Williams VI/The Baltimore Banner.

  • In a U.S. District Court filing, FreeState Justice claimed that Jeremy LaMaster launched a “coordinated attack” on the non-profit’s email and electronic files shortly after being removed from his post. The organization sought a temporary restraining order to force him to relinquish control over its computers. The order was granted, though FreeState’s operations remain hobbled, according to its new executive director, Phillip Westry. Bruce DePuyt/Maryland Matters.

COMMENTARY: CORRECTING INJUSTICES ON SICKLE CELL DISEASE: According to CDC projections, sickle cell disease affects about 100,000 Americans, including 3,000 Marylanders. In truth, we don’t know exactly how many people live with the disease or how many more may be carriers. Some people even believe inaccurately that we’ve long cured sickle cell disease given its low profile in our public health landscape. But we have an opportunity to correct these injustices. Earlier this year, the Maryland General Assembly unanimously passed bipartisan legislation to better inform the public, combat ignorance and misunderstanding of sickle cell disease, and assist patients. Del. Heather Bagnall/MarylandReporter.

TARGET AT STATE POLICE RANGE PROBED: The Maryland State Police are investigating the use of a shooting target possibly depicting a man of color on a Western Maryland range after an anonymous complaint earlier this month, officials said. Some see a Black man, others see a Middle Eastern man and still others see specifically Muammar Gaddafi, the late Libyan dictator. The target raising concerns among some Black troopers and advocacy groups, is in color, unlike targets that feature black or white silhouettes of people. Darcy Costello/The Baltimore Sun.

B’MORE TERM LIMIT ADVOCATES SEEK SUPPORT: A coalition of Baltimore leaders backing a ballot question that would establish term limits for the city’s mayor, comptroller and City Council began a campaign Tuesday to promote the idea to voters ahead of the Nov. 8 election. Emily Opilo/The Baltimore Sun.

PG POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY BOARD CANDIDATES TOUT ATTRIBUTES: Seventeen candidates who applied for a position on the Prince George’s County police accountability board offered similar attributes Tuesday, which they say are needed for service: integrity, experience and love for community. Candidates range from community leaders, a retired sociology faculty member from the University of Maryland in College Park, and a paralegal. William Ford/Maryland Matters.

TRANSGENDER TEACHER, PG SCHOOL DISTRICT SETTLE SUIT: A transgender teacher who said she was harassed by students, parents and colleagues has settled a lawsuit with the Prince George’s County school district with an agreement that includes policy changes and training. Staff/The Associated Press.

‘2nd GENTLEMAN’ EMHOFF, SURGEON GENERAL TO TOUT NUTRITION IN B’MORE: Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, will visit Baltimore with the U.S. surgeon general this week as part of a White House push to promote nutrition and access to recreational spaces, particularly in urban areas. Jeff Barker/The Baltimore Sun.

ANGELOS BROTHERS HEAD TO COURT: The legal fight between the sons of ailing Orioles owner Peter Angelos is to spill into the courtroom for the first time with a hearing Wednesday in Towson. Brothers John and Louis Angelos are battling over the family stake in the baseball team, their father’s famous law firm and his multi-million-dollar office buildings. Tim Prudente/The Baltimore Banner.

FORMER HAVRE DE GRACE MAYOR WAYNE DOUGHERTY DIES: Former Havre de Grace Mayor Wayne Dougherty died at his home Wednesday. He was 74. Dougherty served as the city’s mayor from 2007 to 2015. Prior to that, he served on the City Council from 1998 to 1999, 2002 to 2003, and 2005 to 2006. In 2003, he was the council president. Jason Fontelieu/The Aegis.

About The Author

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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