Hogan surfs a blue wave to victory while buddies wipe out

An exuberant, exultant, emotional Gov. Larry Hogan, with bear hugs for everyone in sight, effused one of the stellar quotes of the campaign in a 5-minute victory speech Tuesday night.  “Tonight in this deep blue state, in this blue year, with a blue wave, it turns out I can surf and we had a purple surfboard.”

Senator questions security breach at courthouse by Howard County Register of Wills

State Sen. Gail Bates is asking for answers about a breach of security at Howard County  Courthouse involving Register of Wills Byron Macfarlane at the end of September. Howard County Sheriff’s Office deputies found a group of 15 to 20 in the courthouse with an access pass from Macfarlane, said Major Donald Knott, chief deputy. At the time the courthouse was closed and Macfarlane was not present.

2018 election guides help voters make choices

Here are a variety of guides for voters to choose their candidates. Registration is over Tuesday, Oct. 16, but voters can also register and vote during early voting, which begins Thursday, Oct. 25. If readers find other useful guides for this year’s election, please forward the URL hyperlink to Len@MarylandReporter.com.

Comparing polls number from 2014, Jealous worse off than Hogan was

At a brief press conference Friday, a reporter asked Democratic nominee for governor Ben Jealous about polls showing him far behind Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in the race for governor. Jealous shrugged it off, saying he was about in the same position as Hogan was four years ago before his upset victory. That’s not what a comparison of poll results from the two elections shows.

Hogan overwhelms Jealous in new polls by Gonzales and Post

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan overwhelms Democratic challenger Ben Jealous by wide double digit margins in two new independent polls released Tuesday by Gonzales Research and Media Services and by the Washington Post-University of Maryland. Gonzales has Hogan winning 54% to 36%; the Post has the governor ahead 58% to 38%. Both polls found few voters undecided four weeks out from Election Day, 8% undecided in Gonzales, 5% by the Post.

Lonesome Libertarian, Hogan and other candidates crowd a Howard County weekend

There were barely two dozen people in the 120 seats at the candidates forum by the African American Coalition of Howard County when the Libertarian candidate for governor briefly laid out his platform of lower taxes and school choice. There were almost more candidates than average citizens at the forum, including the candidates for attorney general and four members of the congressional delegation. But the biggest crowd came out for Gov. Larry Hogan at Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman’s annual picnic.

Kittleman, Ball come out swinging in combative debate

To the sound of shouts, loud applause and a few boos, the candidates for Howard County executive came out swinging at a debate Wednesday night sponsored by the YMCA and the NAACP, much as they had in a quieter but equally combative debate for the League of Women Voters last week.