Win, lose or draw: Debate commentary by Lazarick, Vatz, Eberly, Raettig, Griffith

Here are comments on Monday’s debate from a variety of sources, including MarylandReporter.com’s editor Len Lazarick, rhetoric professor Rick Vatz, political science professor Todd Eberly, Karla Raettig of Maryland League of Conservation Voters, Johnny Miller of Lothian, Brian Griffiths of Red Maryland and Gail Weiss of Bethesda. We published every comment that arrived by 10:30 p.m. and more will be added as they come in.

Kittleman has wide lead in Howard County exec race, independent poll finds

Republican Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman holds a wide lead over his Democratic challenger, County Councilmember Calvin Ball, 53% to 37%, according to an independent media poll taken earlier this weeks by Mason-Dixon Polling and Strategy. The poll by Mason-Dixon Polling and Strategy, found the incumbent has “overwhelming support” among Republicans (90%-6%), a wide lead among independents (55%-29%), and “strong crossover appeal” among Democrats, picking up a third of likely Democratic voters.

Hogan dominates Jealous 54% to 32% in Goucher poll

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan maintains a commanding 22 point lead — 54% to 32% — over Democratic challenger Ben Jealous in a statewide Goucher College poll taken last week. The sample size was small — only 472 likely voters — but it shows extraordinary dominance by Hogan in one of the most Democratic states in the union, with only 9% of voters undecided in the race. The poll’s margin of error is 4.5%.

Commentary: Jealous attacks MarylandReporter.com as ‘right-wing blog’

In a public radio interview Tuesday, Ben Jealous, the Democratic nominee for governor, attacked MarylandReporter.com as “a right-wing blog that’s funded by right-wing donors that like to scare people.” Jealous’ claim came toward the end of a rambling response to a question from WYPR’s Tom Hall on his “Midday” program that referred to a MarylandReporter.com story shooting holes in his plan to save $660 million from the prison budget Jealous got his facts wrong about the story, about the prison savings, and about the funding for MarylandReporter.com.

Marylanders like some of Jealous’ stands, but they like Hogan too

According to a new statewide Goucher College poll, Marylanders like the positions the Democrats nominee for governor, Ben Jealous, has taken on several issues. They support a $15 an hour minimum wage, they back Medicare for All health insurance, and they favor legalization of marijuana.  Yet, majorities agree with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan that Maryland taxes are too high, two-thirds think Hogan has done a good job, and is a moderate who has distanced himself from President Trump. And a majority, 54%, think the state is headed in the right direction.

Kittleman, Ball debate in Turf Valley

Howard County Executive incumbent Allan Kittleman highlighted a growing business climate at a debate, while his opponent Calvin Ball questioned how the county’s economy is doing compared other counties in the state.

Official estimates don’t back up Jealous figures on prison savings

Reducing mass incarceration and the number of inmates in Maryland prisons has been a key element of Ben Jealous’s Democratic campaign for governor from the start. By reducing the prison population by 30% over 10 years, he says “we can save $660 million a year” and use that money for education and other programs.
On the campaign trail, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has been pushing back, calling the Jealous proposal “insane.” He told a crowd at a Dundalk headquarters opening Saturday that Jealous wants to “cut the public safety budget in half,” “release thousands of violent criminals” and “fire thousands of public safety officers.”

In GOP targeted race, Sen. Young joins demonstration at challenger’s fundraiser with Hogan

“Tacky” was how Republican elected officials referred to Democratic Sen. Ron Young’s role in a demonstration Monday outside a noontime fundraiser for his Republican opponent, Craig Giangrande featuring Gov. Larry Hogan as the main attraction. Hogan made light of Young’s demonstration when he spoke to the well-heeled crowd of over 100 inside Brewer’s Alley on Market Street in Frederick, saying he thought the senator was “this homeless guy” with handmade signs.