State Roundup: March sports betting pulls in $4.8M; bill could curb gift card scams; Dunn outraises all in 3rd Congressional race; Trone lead over Alsobrooks widens with Hogan still ahead of both

State Roundup: March sports betting pulls in $4.8M; bill could curb gift card scams; Dunn outraises all in 3rd Congressional race; Trone lead over Alsobrooks widens with Hogan still ahead of both

The March 2024 infusion of $4.8 million was lower than the March 2023 take. Photos by Priscilla Du Preez and Sun Shin on Unsplash. Illustration by Cynthia Prairie.

SPORTS WAGER MARKET GENERATES $4.8M IN MARCH: Maryland’s sports wagering market generated $4,853,985 in contributions to the state from a handle of $536,730,427 during March 2024. The $4.8 million contribution was 8.6% less than the $5.3 million total in March 2023. Mark Smith/The Business Monthly.

BILL COULD HELP PREVENT GIFT CARD SCAMMING: Gift cards are a popular gift for holidays, birthdays and graduations. Scammers love them because they’re money that can be easily moved, often irreversibly, with few protections for consumers. Maryland state Sen. Ben Kramer (D-Montgomery) thinks new packaging requirements might help. He authored a bill that would require secure packaging to conceal the bar code and other information that could be used to activate it. The General Assembly approved the bill and it awaiting Gov. Wes Moore’s signature. Robbie Sequeira/Maryland Matters.

At an interviewer’s request, congressional candidate Harry Dunn shows his ‘Good trouble’ tattoo, a reference to the late Rep. John Lewis who advocate causing ‘good trouble’ in the cause of civil rights. photo by Len Lazarick

HARRY DUNN TOWERS FINANCIALLY IN 3rd CONGRESSIONAL RACE: Harry Dunn is the largest figure in the Democratic race to succeed retiring Rep. John Sarbanes in Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District – not just because of his size — he’s 6-foot-7 — but the size of his fundraising haul. His campaign has raised $3.774 million from 100,000 donors, a remarkable figure for a candidate who had never run for anything but the goal line. It is more than the combined total for all the other 21 candidates in the race. Len Lazarick/

POLL: TRONE LEAD WIDENS OVER ALSOBROOKS; HOGAN STILL WINS: David Trone, a multimillionaire who has spent more than $40 million in Maryland’s U.S. Senate race, has opened a wide gap between himself and Angela Alsobrooks for the Democratic nomination, a new poll has found. But either would lose to Republican Larry Hogan. Jeff Barker/The Baltimore Sun.

SENATE RACE BREAKS FUND-RAISING RECORDS: The 2024 campaign for U.S. Senate in Maryland is breaking all kinds of financial records, according to new campaign finance reports filed on Monday. Josh Kurtz/Maryland Matters.

  • Former Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday reported raising more than $3 million since announcing his U.S. Senate candidacy in February, money he may use to help fund his general election campaign since he doesn’t have a prominent opponent in the May 14 Republican primary. Jeff Barker/The Baltimore Sun.

BLACK LEADERS URGE RENAMING OF KEY BRIDGE, ONE OTHER: Amid the ongoing recovery and rebuilding efforts surrounding the Francis Scott Key Bridge, members of the Caucus of African-American Leaders, a consortium of Black organizations and individuals from around Maryland, called for Gov. Wes Moore and the Maryland General Assembly to rename the Key Bridge and the Sen. Fredrick C. Malkus Jr. Memorial Bridge. Tashi McQueen/The Afro.

DALI HAD ELECTRICAL ISSUES BEFORE LEAVING PORT: The massive container ship that caused the deadly collapse of a Baltimore bridge experienced apparent electrical issues before it left port but set out anyway, someone with knowledge of the situation told the AP on Monday, hours after the FBI said it was investigating whether any laws might have been broken. Eric Tucker, Lea Skene and Sarah Brumfield/The Associated Press.

  • Jennifer Gabris, an NTSB spokeswoman, said that the board’s investigation would continue and that a preliminary report was expected in early May. Katie Mettler, Devlin Barrett, Danny Nguyen and Peter Hermann/The Washington Post.

BODY OF FOURTH KEY BRIDGE VICTIM RECOVERED: The body of a fourth person killed in the Key Bridge collapse was found Sunday, the Key Bridge Response Unified Command said. The salvage team working to remove the bridge from the Patapsco River found a missing construction vehicle before divers found the body inside the vehicle. Dillon Mullan/The Baltimore Sun.

ATTORNEYS FOR KEY VICTIMS TO FIGHT DALI OWNER ON LIABILITY: Attorneys for the families of two Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse victims and a survivor say workers received “no warning” before the container ship Dali struck the bridge. The attorneys are representing families of victim Alejandro Hernandez Fuentes and José Mynor López as well as survivor Julio Adrian Cervantes Suarez. Cassidy Jensen/The Baltimore Sun.

  • Attorneys for the families of two construction workers killed in the collapse and another who survived vowed on Monday to fight a request from the owner and manager of a container ship that hit the span to limit their liability in the disaster. Dylan Segelbaum/The Baltimore Banner.

SCOTT AMENDS CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORT, RETURNS SOME DONATIONS: Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott has amended several of his state campaign finance reports to correct errors regarding five individual contributors and issued refunds to four other donors after The Baltimore Sun reported the campaign accepted donations above the $6,000 maximum limit from nine entities. Emily Opilo/The Baltimore Sun.

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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