Todd Eberly: Familiar patterns seen in Maryland early voting

After 2 days of early voting I estimated that Maryland was on track for 16% turnout. It ended up at 16.72%. Compared to the 8.33% in 2014, that’s a 100% increase in turnout. That's pretty much the same as the increase in 2016 over 2012. Based on past trends, I believe that we’re on track for overall turnout of 52% or 53%. That would be better than the abnormally low turnout level in 2014, but below 2006 and 2010. Some folks have been comparing the increase in total early voters between 2014 and 2018. But such a comparison doesn’t actually measure turnout increases. (FreeStater)

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Anne Arundel voters should reject purchasing rule change on the ballot

Voters will be asked to decide the fate of five ballot questions on Tuesday, three for county charter changes in the law and two for state law proposals. Here are our recommendations. The most complicated proposition on the ballot is Question B. It would allow the County Council to change the threshold for purchasing decisions from $25,000 to $50,000. This would weaken current requirements for seeking public bids on contracts. We oppose this change, but we have to be upfront about this position. Because the change would allow the county to advertise for bids on fewer contracts, this company would earn less advertising revenue. (Capital)

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Seth Howard: Why I’m running for delegate in District 30B

I am grateful to the voters of District 30B for electing me as their state delegate four years ago. Representing you has been the honor of my life. When I ran four years ago, I heard from constituents who were planning to leave Maryland because of the high tax burden and anti-business environment. Many others felt that south county had been forgotten — no more. In these polarized times, it is easy to think of the other party as the enemy. The reality I have found, however, is different. Whether Democrat or Republican, we share many of the same goals: end the opioid epidemic; improve our schools; increase teacher pay; strengthen the economy; protect our environment and keep more money in our constituent’s pockets. (Capital)

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Mark Bailey: Why I'm running for delegate in District 32

As a lifelong Anne Arundel County resident, I am running for state delegate in Maryland’s District 32 because I want to keep Maryland safe. My message of keeping Maryland safe encompasses many goals that I’m committed to working for when I am elected. My mission is to fairly provide all schools with the resources needed to allow students to be successful, to give law enforcement the resources they need to provide fair, honest, and timely service to the public, and to ensure that fire and EMS professionals have the equipment necessary to save lives. (Capital)

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Heather Bagnall: Why I'm running for delegate in District 33

I’m not someone who likes to talk about myself, I prefer to talk about issues. As an arts educator and 40-plus year resident of Anne Arundel County, I am running to change the narrative in the General Assembly. I will change the narrative which says “you are either pro-business or pro-environment” by incentivizing businesses to use environmentally friendly practices and renewable resources, with retraining programs which protect our environment and our workforce. (Capital)

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Jimmy DeButts: Sports wagering fiasco exemplifies Maryland leadership failings

Orlando Cottman shakes his head. Betting slips line the high-top table. The Fruitland resident reviews NBA and NHL schedules. He traveled about an hour to Harrington, Delaware, on Friday to place bets. He could be at Ocean Downs Casino in half the time. But he couldn’t wager on sports there. That’s because Maryland Marylanded. Instead of recognizing the winds of change, Maryland leaders predictably fumbled away a golden opportunity. (Capital)

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Ditanya Rosebud: Marylanders need a raise – but our representatives have failed us

Workers in Maryland need a raise. I am a lifelong Baltimore resident and in my 44 years I have never seen working people struggle as much as they do now. I see seniors working because they can’t afford their prescription medication or their rent. I watch too many people working and still needing help. It’s crazy that you can work so hard and still need help. We need a higher minimum wage so that we can stay in our homes, raise our children, and retire with dignity. (Md. Matters)

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David A. Plymyer: Police overtime spending violates Baltimore’s charter

At its next meeting on November 19, the City Council will take a final vote on whether to approve a “supplementary appropriation” of $21 million to the Baltimore Police Department. Monday's preliminary vote in favor of the appropriation was a disappointing exercise by a Council that had once showed promise as a reform-minded body. The supplementary appropriation in question covers the costs of police overtime during FY (fiscal year) 2018 that were in excess of the costs for police overtime appropriated in the city’s budget for FY18, which ended on June 30. (Brew)

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