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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
As expensive ads in favor of Republican incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan went out on Maryland television channels this week, his Democratic challenger, former NAACP President Ben Jealous, has yet to respond with his own TV spots.
Liz Matory is running for Congress after going from a liberal Democrat to a conservative Republican, a change she made after knocking on doors as a field organizer.
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.”
“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.