Ann Bristow: Md. moving in the wrong direction on energy

Maryland is at a significant choice point looking toward our energy future: Aggressively build clean renewable electricity generation or lock electricity generation into 30 and more years of fossil fuel-fed utilities — notably the dirty fuel with the clean-sounding name, natural gas. The first offers public health benefits, reduction of greenhouse gasses and thousands of sustainable jobs, and the second offers air pollution, public health and safety risks, and fewer and less healthy employment opportunities. (Balt. Sun)

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June 14 // John Olszewski for county executive

It’s impossible to approach the Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive without thinking about the last Democrat to win that job, the late Kevin Kamenetz. It’s not that we believe voters should consider which of the three major Democratic candidates in the race he would have supported — we have no idea who that would have been — but rather that they should focus on the evolution of Baltimore County that he, through his own evolving career, represented. (Balt. Sun)

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Redmer for county executive

Maryland voters face a lot of tough choices in this month’s elections. The Republican primary for Baltimore County executive is not one of them. Al Redmer is by far the best choice. Mr. Redmer is well prepared for the role of leading the region’s largest local government. He has substantial experience in both the public and private sectors. (Balt. Sun)

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Casting a symbolic vote not the best way to honor Sophocleus

Del. Ted Sophocleus, a fixture in the county legislative delegation for two decades and in county politics for longer than that, richly deserves all the tributes that have been coming in since his death on Friday. But, at the risk of being thought presumptuous or hard-hearted, we’ll say that there’s one tribute that may well be paid to him on June 26 that we don’t think he would have wanted. Sophocleus' passing — like that of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kevin Kamenetz, on May 10 — came too late for his name to be taken off the ballot. (Capital)

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Michael Malone: I have been active in community service, GOP politics and the fight against gerrymandering

Before I talk policy, let me tell you a little about myself. I grew up in Anne Arundel County and graduated from Arundel High School in 1985. I then earned a bachelor’s in accounting, a master’s in industrial and labor relations, and a law degree. My wife and I have four wonderful children aged 10 to 23, with all the proud memories of soccer, graduations, Scouts and school concerts to match. We attend Trinity United Methodist Church. Service for me is not just about government and politics, so over the years I have worked with and volunteered for numerous civic organizations. (Capital)

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Times endorsements for Carroll County commissioners

No matter who comes out of the primary elections for Carroll County commissioner, the next board will have a new look. Two of the five sitting commissioners will not be returning because of term limit requirements, while one commissioner seeking re-election does not have a primary or general election opponent. For county commissioner in District 1, the Carroll County Times endorses Steve Wantz for re-election. Wantz is a great example of what you want in a county leader. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Maybe so

Some might have scoffed at the idea of the Allegany County commissioners granting an easement to protect the status of the Ten Commandments monument on the courthouse lawn. Edward Taylor Jr. asked them to deed a few feet of the land for that purpose. He is president of the nonprofit Cumberland Historic Cemetery Organization, the only organization so far to publicly say the monument should stay where it is. A historic easement is a legal agreement — a deed — that assures the property owner its historic character will be preserved. We have taken no position on the matter, but have found that Taylor makes a valid point. (Times-News)

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June 13 // Ben Jealous for governor

Maryland voters deserve a real choice in November’s election for governor, and we believe Democrat Ben Jealous provides the clearest alternative to Gov. Larry Hogan. It’s not just that the former NAACP president and CEO has the stature or political skills to run a competitive campaign against the popular and extremely well funded Republican incumbent (though he does), it’s that he presents the strongest contrast to the governor in his vision for the state. We give him our endorsement in the Democratic primary. (Balt. Sun)

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