Super PAC plans to spend $1 million to help Jealous in his gubernatorial bid

A political action committee that helped boost Democrat Ben Jealous in the Maryland gubernatorial primary says it plans to spend $1 million to aid Jealous in his uphill battle against Gov. Larry Hogan. Maryland Together We Rise, which is largely financed by unions and wealthy individual donors, is launching its effort Friday with a $175,000 advertisement attacking Hogan’s record on education. The ad, to be run on broadcast and cable stations in the Baltimore market, is one of the first attempts by Jealous’s supporters to counter a multimillion-dollar advertising blitz by Hogan and the Republican Governors Association. (Wash. Post)

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Outside group backing Jealous seeks to link Hogan to Betsy DeVos, Trump in TV ad

An outside group group is trying to come to the rescue of Democrat Ben Jealous' outgunned media campaign with a TV ad linking Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to the policies of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and President Donald Trump. The 30-second commercial from Maryland Together We Rise is part of what the group says will be a $1 million independent campaign in support of Jealous between now and the November election. The Hogan-DeVos spot, which the group says could be the first of several ads, is running on broadcast and cable stations in the Baltimore market. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland House Speaker Mike Busch undergoes heart bypass surgery

House Speaker Mike Busch, one of the three most powerful elected officials in Maryland, underwent heart bypass surgery Wednesday, a spokeswoman for his office said. The Annapolis Democrat is expected to remain hospitalized for approximately one week, Busch’s chief of staff Alexandra Hughes said Thursday. Once he is released he will be expected to remain at home and rest for one to two more weeks. Busch, 71, is in the midst of a re-election campaign in District 30. Hughes said the surgery would not affect Busch’s campaign plans. (Capital)

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Two former Md. governors talked partisan politics. It didn't turn into a fight

Democrats and Republicans seem to disagree on everything these days. It's hard for them to have a discussion about any topic without demonizing each other. So a discussion about politics and the impact on Maryland's business climate between two governors from each party doesn't sound like it would be very productive idea. But that's exactly what happened on Thursday when former governors Parris Glendening, a Democrat, and Robert Ehrlich, a Republican, took their "traveling road show of governors" to the Maryland Chamber of Commerce's annual Business Policy Conference. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Hogan endorsed by 2 local unions

Gov. Larry Hogan is showcasing a pair of endorsements from two local labor unions. Hogan announced the endorsements Thursday from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2563 and 582 in Anne Arundel County. Hogan says he’s honored to get their support. He says he looks forward to working with public employees in a second term. (Daily Record-AP)

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Endorsed by business group, Baltimore County executive candidate Redmer blasts Olszewski on taxes

As he picked up an endorsement from a pro-business group Thursday, Baltimore County executive candidate Al Redmer Jr. blasted his opponent, Johnny Olszewski Jr., for previously voting for tax increases. “I’m a business guy. That’s what I do, that’s how I think,” said Redmer, a Republican, as he accepted an endorsement from Maryland Business for Responsive Government. Redmer holds a lifetime 89 percent rating from the group from his time as a state delegate, while Olszewski, a Democrat, has 37 percent rating from his tenure as a state delegate. (Balt. Sun)

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Hogan campaign trolls Maryland teachers union in dispute over apple logo

Gov. Larry Hogan’s campaign trolled the state’s teachers’ union Wednesday after its representatives warned him that he was violating its trademark logo. For years, candidates supported by the 80,000-member Maryland State Education Association have proudly displayed its red apple logo on their campaign materials to burnish their education bona fides with voters. So, when representatives of the union — which has endorsed Hogan’s opponent, Democrat Ben Jealous — noticed Hogan was using a red apple logo and touting support from teachers in his campaign materials, they objected. (Balt. Sun)

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Jealous: Goucher Poll highlights path to victory

Maryland’s Democratic candidate for governor said Wednesday that a recent poll showing Gov. Larry Hogan with a 22-point lead isn’t all doom and gloom for the challenger. “The Goucher Poll doesn’t change our path to victory — if anything it explains it,” Kevin Harris, senior adviser to the Jealous campaign, said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “It shows that public pollsters, just as they did in 2014 when they had Larry Hogan down by 17 points in October, continue to underestimate voter turnout dynamics." (Daily Record)

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