COX, MOORE & MORE POLS SWAMP TAWES CRAB FEAST: Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wes Moore and his opponent, Republican Dan Cox, shook hands and spoke with visitors from across the state Wednesday in between “all-you-can-eat” crabs, watermelon and corn at the J. Millard Tawes Crab & Clam Bake. Shannon Clark and Abby Zimmardi of CNS/MarylandReporter.co.
- The two men met briefly as Moore walked by Cox. “Where were you at Morgan State last night?” Cox asked, referencing a candidate forum that he attended solo Tuesday night after Moore declined. One of Moore’s aides interrupted, saying the candidate had to keep moving. Moore repeated it was good to see Cox and moved on. Pamela Wood/The Baltimore Banner.
- Outgoing Gov. Larry Hogan and the major party candidates vying to succeed him converged at the crab feast. Cox and Moore ate and mingled with supporters and political allies while Hogan said he was enjoying his last trip as governor to the annual pilgrimage for elected officials, candidates, lobbyists and the public. Sam Janesch/The Baltimore Sun.
- “Our tourism and waterman and farming industries are crucial to our economy,” said Cox. “If we could turn loose our tourism, our waterman industry and our farming industry, we will have an amazing growth in economic activity.” Said Moore: “When we say we have a leave no one behind agenda, it means making sure we’re hitting every part of the state, spending time with people and not just hearing about the concerns and the hopes but also making sure we’re acting on it.” Bryan Sears/The Daily Record.
- The major party candidates for attorney general, Rep. Anthony Brown (D) and Michael Peroutka (R), skipped Tawes this year, but Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, the Republican nominee for comptroller spent hours there, as did Brooke Lierman, his rival. Bruce DePuyt/Maryland Matters.
COX FILES FOR EMERGENCY STAY ON EARLY BALLOT COUNT: As expected, Dan Cox, the Republican nominee for governor, filed Tuesday for an emergency stay of ballot counting across the state, arguing Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge James Bonifant’s order allowing early counting violates Maryland law. Emily Opilo/The Baltimore Sun.
COX FACES TOUGH QUESTIONS AT MORGAN FORUM: GOP gubernatorial candidate Dan Cox, attended his solo appearance before a small audience at Morgan State University on Tuesday, was asked about a dozen questions on abortion access, election integrity, critical race theory and gender identity, the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and on funding for HBCUs. Cox, who has described the 2020 presidential election as “stolen,” would not commit to accepting the results of his own contest in November. Ovetta Wiggins/The Washington Post.
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 MarylandReporter.com, MarylandMatters.org, Maryland Nonprofits, Maryland Latinos Unidos and the University of Baltimore’s Schaefer Center for Public Policy, the online host.
DEM LAWMAKERS TO SEEK TO PROTECT ABORTION PROVIDERS: Maryland Democratic lawmakers say they are planning on taking up shield laws in the next legislative session to protect abortion providers as more people come from out of state to get reproductive care. Scott Maucione/WYPR-FM.
PURPLE LINE ANALYSIS: PROTECT AFFORDABLE HOUSING, SMALL BIZ: Government officials and community groups should protect affordable housing and small businesses to prevent gentrification around Purple Line stations under construction in Maryland, according to a two-year analysis released Wednesday. Katherine Shaver/The Washington Post.
- Transit-oriented development and multimodal accessibility are important aspects of the report, said Gerrit Knaap, co-chair of the Purple Line Corridor Coalition. Economic development is also important, but market conditions will likely take care of much of that as the line is built — and emphasis should be focused on ensuring there is a capable workforce to fill future industries and jobs along the Purple Line, he said. Steve Bohnel/Bethesda Beat.
HOUGH, FITZWATER OUTLINE VISIONS IN FREDERICK COUNTY EXEC FORUM: County Councilwoman Jessica Fitzwater and state Sen. Michael Hough outlined their visions for Frederick County growth during a county executive candidate forum on Wednesday. Fitzwater and Hough were granted two minutes to respond to questions on topics that included their first 100 days in office, housing, and property and recordation taxes. Jack Hogan/The Frederick News Post.
PROSECUTORS IN McGRATH CASE HOPE TO DODGE SPOUSAL PRIVILEGE: Prosecutors are seeking to introduce potentially damaging text messages into evidence ahead of the trial for Roy McGrath, a former top aide to Gov. Larry Hogan who is facing federal wire fraud and theft charges. The text messages are particularly important because McGrath has married the woman who sent them since being indicted, opening up the possibility that she will claim spousal privilege to avoid testifying against her now-husband. Madeleine O’Neill/The Daily Record.
FIVE TAPPED FOR CARROLL POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY BOARD: The Carroll Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday announced the five members of the county’s first police accountability board created, following a mandate from the state, to receive complaints of police misconduct, review police disciplinary trends and work with local law enforcement to improve policing. Sherry Greenfield/The Carroll County Times.
ANGELOS LAW FIRM ACCOUNTS COULD BE FROZEN: Bankers are considering freezing the accounts of the law firm of Peter Angelos, which would jeopardize the famous Baltimore firm’s ability to pay settlements, its employees, and even carry on with business, attorneys told a Baltimore County judge Wednesday. Tim Prudente/The Baltimore Banner.
- In a sealed new court filing, Georgia Angelos sought to take emergency control of her husband’s law firm and claimed through her lawyers that the firm is at risk of losing control of its bank accounts, including the IOLTA trust accounts. Madeleine O’Neill/The Daily Record.