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State Roundup, May 24, 2108

Gov. Hogan eliminates E-ZPass fees on new toll customers, expected to save users $46 million; citing education needs, activists campaign against Maryland, D.C. and Virginia tax subsidies to Amazon; state paid out $87 million in pension management fees; Comptroller Franchot switches stance, now wants beer, wine sales in groceries; temp replacement for Baltimore County Exec Kamenetz could be named this morning; Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls sign pledge to shore up Obamacare; GOP 'snooze' ad draws scorn for including late candidate Kamenetz; Rushern Baker media buy proves Montgomery to play large role in governor's race; Montgomery exec candidate Marc Elrich finds himself sparring with 'socialist' label; County exec hopeful Jim Brochin buys big in Baltimore County media blitz; and in Frederick County exec race, Kathy Afzali maintains largest bankroll, but incumbent Jan Gardner has raised more.

Published on 24 May 2018 | 12:42 pm

MoCo exec race: Elrich deals with socialist label in meet-up with Blair

Elrich, along with David Blair, attended a candidate’s forum at the Tastee Diner in downtown Silver Spring Wednesday morning. The questions were pointed, and as each candidate answered, a contrast between two potential leaders in the race emerged.

Published on 24 May 2018 | 2:26 am

State Roundup, May 23, 2018

Democratic gubernatorial candidates blast Board of Elections' fix on primary ballots, ask for new ballots as flaws in system rise to top; Ben Jealous leads pack in fundraising; but Gov. Hogan's coffers now hold the most; state launches Climate Leadership Academy to help local governments, state agencies, nonprofits and the private sector prepare to address the impact of global warming; U.S. Rep. Brown back on Capitol Hill after minor stroke; Baltimore County Council wrestles with replacing late County Exec Kamenetz on temp basis; and Del. Afzali leads in fundraising for Frederick County exec.

Published on 23 May 2018 | 12:26 pm

State Roundup, May 22, 2018

Gubernatorial candidate Ervin considers suit to get name in right place on ballot; first TV debate highlights lack of difference among field, as candidates attack Gov. Hogan; Hogan to report $9 million in hand; Baltimore County Council to hear from public on replacement for Kevin Kamenetz as county executive; Montgomery's public campaign finance system draws attention to where campaign donations comes from; Montgomery council to change tactics as it attempts to aid detained immigrants; and Arundel council erects more barriers to medical marijuana facilities.

Published on 22 May 2018 | 12:27 pm

20 Montgomery candidates approved for public financing system, four hang in balance

Montgomery County candidates and voters are taking more notice of the source of campaign funds in the first election where public financing is an option. Former County Councilmember Phil Andrews, the architect of the public campaign financing program for county council and county executive races, said he believes some voters will favor candidates using the public financing system.

Published on 22 May 2018 | 2:48 am

State Roundup, May 21, 2018

New gubernatorial candidate Valerie Ervin's name to appear on ballot – as Kevin Kamenetz's running mate while state board of elections contends its too late to change; situation exposes serious flaws in system, including forcing candidates to choose running mates so early; HBCU advocates protest Attorney General Brian Frosh's stance on discrimination settlement; Maryland leads nation in prison population decline; owners pretty much doom Pimlico; in Baltimore City, three delegates challenge three senators; and Arundel, Annapolis consider banning plastic foam containers.

Published on 21 May 2018 | 12:18 pm

Ballot afterlife: To support Ervin, vote for Kamenetz

Kevin Kamenetz may have been buried May 11, but he remains very much alive on Democratic primary ballots. The death of the Baltimore County executive as he campaigned for governor exposed problems with Maryland election laws, as well as long-standing constitutional issues with the job of lieutenant governor.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 10:34 pm

State Roundup, May 18, 2018

Valerie Ervin will run; cites national funding base; picks Johnson as running mate; Ervin seen as more progressive that Kamenetz; Ticket could catch lightning; nine Dems to debate; would-be challengers agree – more transit; Jealous won't play it safe; public will get input in Kamenetz replacement; Alsobrooks launches ads; bill defines 'agritourism'

Published on 18 May 2018 | 12:47 pm

St. Mary’s Co. community rallying behind plans for oyster restoration

As in so many other places around the Chesapeake Bay, oysters are now scarce in Breton Bay, a short, relatively wide tributary of the Potomac River that zigzags south like a question mark from Leonardtown in St. Mary's County. But the bivalves may return to this picturesque and comparatively remote estuary if a proposal by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources comes to fruition. State officials have nominated Breton for an ambitious effort to restore its long-dormant oyster reefs.

Published on 18 May 2018 | 11:40 am

State Roundup, May 17, 2018

Baker has a plan to revitalize Baltimore; Sun profiles PG exec.; Valerie Ervin must decide on race today; Pugh owns De Sousa appointment; Baltimore bears the brunt of disfunction; Campos will do time; Super PAC funded campaign turns P.G. exec. race ugly; Post endorses for MoCo council; More Democrats are challenging; BPW  rejects court fee hikes; Leventhal releases Avengers-themed ad.

Published on 17 May 2018 | 12:06 pm

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