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State Roundup, July 20, 2018

Maryland lawmakers introduce U.S. House bills to bar foreign ownership of federal election vendors; for a second year, House votes to restrict EPA from penalizing states that miss pollution-reduction goals including cleanup of Chesapeake Bay; despite objections from Comptroller Franchot over noise, state approves $60 million BWI expansion, renovation; Gov. Hogan says he would support toughening laws holding parents responsible for children who gain access to their guns and would reject NRA endorsement; Howard County Exec Kittleman blasts gubernatorial hopeful Ben Jealous over fundraising email mentioning Ellicott City flooding; and Montgomery exec hopeful David Blair asks for limited recount of Democratic primary ballots.

Published on 20 July 2018 | 12:50 pm

State Roundup, July 19, 2018

Post-primary and pre-general election, House Speaker Busch announces initial moves to fill vacant leadership posts in the House of Delegates including Kathleen Dumais as majority leader and Luke Clippinger as head of Judiciary; Gov. Hogan, Ben Jealous campaign at Tawes Crab and Clam Bake but don't run into each other; dates unclear for gubernatorial debates; Jealous says he wants to revive plans for Baltimore City's Red Line; Maryland joins three other states in suit against cap on the federal tax deduction for state and local taxes; state releases construction alternatives in widening Capital Beltway and I-270; and U.S. Rep. Harris joins congressional delegation in call for Wendi Winters to receive Medal of Freedom.

Published on 19 July 2018 | 12:16 pm

Speaker Busch makes major leadership changes, presuming his own re-election

House of Delegates Speaker Michael Busch announced major changes in the House leadership Tuesday that presumes he and many of his Democratic appointees will be re-elected against Republican opponents and he himself will be re-elected speaker to an unprecedented fifth term. The most dramatic change is the generational shift in the House Judiciary Committee where Del. Luke Clippinger, 45, of Baltimore City becomes chairman and Del. Vanessa Atterbeary of Howard County, 43, becomes vice-chair, the only first-term legislator to hold such a key role in a major standing committee.

Published on 19 July 2018 | 11:54 am

Photo Gallery: Politicos work the Tawes crab feast

The crowds seemed a little thinner this year around the corporate tents of the 42nd annual Tawes crab feast in Crisfield, although they did bunch up around Gov. Larry Hogan as he worked the event for three hours, posing with all comers. The day was cooler than usual, in the mid-80s with lower humidity and nice breeze from the northwest.

Published on 19 July 2018 | 11:52 am

State Roundup, July 18, 2018

Sen. Oaks gets 42 months in jail, joining a line of Maryland politicians convicted of corruption; Maryland Cannabis Commission reinstates company after finding “no reasonable likelihood” it participated in smuggling; Gov. Hogan blasts President Trump over comments; U.S. Rep. Harris praises Trump on summit; Montgomery County Exec Leggett says he'll back Marc Elrich to replace him; scuzzy State House to get laser cleaning; Washington County Commissioners vote 3-2 to release redacted reports stemming from sex harassment suit; and Harford Board of Education to fix procedural problems in Open Meetings compliance.

Published on 18 July 2018 | 12:36 pm

State Roundup, July 17, 2018

Maryland will step in to help state retirees pay prescription meds for a year; Gov. Hogan wants to expand tuition-free college program to four-year universities; state report says health plan promoted by Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ben Jealous coud cost $24 billion; with progressive Jealous running, Governing mag moves state from leaning to likely Republican in governor's race; Marc Elrich certified winner in Democratic Montgomery County exec primary; vendor says Russian investor has no access to state voter data; FCC chairman says Sinclair purchase of Tribune Media violates federal law; and Maryland congressional delegation ask President Trump to give slain journalist Wendi Winters Medal of Freedom for rushing shooter.

Published on 17 July 2018 | 12:39 pm

State Roundup, July 16, 2018

Maryland officials investigate Russian investor's ties to software vendor that maintains portion of state's voter registration system, say that there is no indication of election interference; thousands of voters may have opted out after MVA registration glitch forces provisional ballot use; after recount, Johnny Olszewski again declared winner in Democratic primary for Baltimore County exec; now he faces Republican Al Redmer; mostly older, white Democrats line up behind Republican Gov. Larry Hogan; foes find Facebook post from third-party Montgomery exec hopeful Nancy Floreen decrying third-party voters in 2016 presidential election; and MGM National Harbor expansion adds more gambling venues.

Published on 16 July 2018 | 12:38 pm

State Roundup, July 13, 2018

State lawmakers grill MVA, Board of Elections over glitch that impacted 72,000 people attempting to register to vote; retired state workers rally over pending elimination of prescription drug coverage; Gov. Hogan's real estate business, in a trust, continues to thrive; Republican Governors Association launches negative ad campaign against Hogan's Democratic rival for governor Ben Jealous; as recount begins in Baltimore County executive race, in Montgomery County, David Blair considers asking for one as well; prosecutors ask judge to sentence former Sen. Oaks to five years; U.S. Senate passes resolution honoring Capital Gazette murder victims; Howard County Exec Kittleman gets police union backing that eluded him four years ago; and Muslim group accepts Hagerstown mayor's apology, while encouraging him to meet with members.

Published on 13 July 2018 | 12:19 pm

State Roundup, July 12, 2018

Gov. Hogan backs former foe Ron George for state Senate as Republicans “Drive for Five” to get critical 19 votes in Senate to block veto overrides; Nancy Floreen jumps into Montgomery County exec race as independent to offer alternative to “flawed extremes;” Comptroller Franchot says sports betting issue should wait till new session starts instead of allowing “lame duck” lawmakers to handle it; U.S. Congress pauses to honor slain Capital Gazette employees as plans get under way for memorial, press freedom festival; with Liz Walsh winning by a whisper, Howard County Council to have all new members; and Hagerstown mayor rethinks labeling London mayor a “terrorist,” apologizes.

Published on 12 July 2018 | 12:15 pm

District 30 Senate contest presents sharp contrasts in GOP’s ‘Drive for Five’

In the Republican “Drive for Five,” GOP leaders know that Legislative District 30, covering the Annapolis area and south, will be a key to getting more senators in the State House.

Published on 11 July 2018 | 5:08 pm

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