Judge denies candidate's petition to challenge Cardin again after primary loss

A federal judge has likely put an end to a Maryland man’s plan to run against U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin as a candidate with a new state socialist political party. Jerome Segal’s request for a preliminary injunction in his case against the State Board of Elections was denied Tuesday. Segal, who lost the Democratic primary in June, had asked the court to compel the board to reconsider his petition for candidacy representing the newly founded Bread and Roses Party. With less than two months until the general election, the decision probably marked the end of his bid to appear on the 2018 ballot, Segal said. (News-Post)

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Jealous campaign rescinds veto of Herald-Mail Media reporter from debate

The campaign of Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous on Tuesday night reversed course, rescinding a veto that prevented a Herald-Mail Media reporter from participating in Monday's debate between Jealous and Gov. Larry Hogan. The statement came a day after Jealous' campaign excluded State House reporter Tamela Baker from being part of a panel of news organizations that will ask questions in the debate. The campaign blamed "the entire debate panel selection process" for the temporary ban and said Baker was welcome to participate. The campaign of Hogan, a Republican, responded with a statement accusing the Jealous campaign of trying to "dodge accountability." (Herald-Mail)

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Montgomery resident alleges Floreen violated campaign finance law

A Gaithersburg resident has filed a complaint with the state elections board, alleging a candidate for Montgomery County executive violated campaign finance laws when her campaign committee accepted multiple corporate donations from entities sharing the same addresses. In the complaint, Kenneth Myers alleged Nancy Floreen, who is making an independent bid for the county’s top office, “has accepted multiple contributions from entities that are likely affiliated as a matter of law, greatly exceeding the permissible contribution limits.” The complaint was filed with Jared DeMarinis, the state board’s director of candidacy and campaign finance. DeMarinis confirmed receiving the complaint and said his agency will review it. (Wash. Post)

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Council member Obie Patterson improperly promoted Ben Jealous event, Prince George’s GOP alleges

The Prince George’s County Republican Central Committee filed a complaint Monday against Council member Obie Patterson, alleging that a staffer for the Democratic lawmaker used county resources to invite people to a reception for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ben Jealous. Shirley Anglin, who works as a citizen-services specialist in Patterson’s office, sent the invitation last week from her county government email address. “Team Patterson 26th District & Democratic Central Committee District 26 cordially invites you to a reception for Democratic candidate Ben Jealous,” the email says. “He’s the right choice that will work for all Marylanders.” (Wash. Post)

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September 18 // Ben Jealous releases plan aimed at curbing prescription drug costs

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous on Monday released a plan aimed at curbing prescription drug costs in Maryland. Called a “New Rx For Maryland,” Jealous’ plan proposes creating a prescription drug affordability board to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for rising costs and “ensure Marylanders are not subject to sharp increases.” (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland is taking the EPA to court over air pollution coming from upwind states

Maryland plans to take the Trump administration to federal appeals court now that the Environmental Protection Agency has rejected the state's demands that it do more to limit coal power plant emissions in upwind states. The EPA on Friday finalized a decision it had proposed in May denying a Maryland petition under a section of the federal Clean Air Act known as the “good neighbor” provision. (Balt. Sun)

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Goucher poll: Marylanders give high marks to Hogan but back some key Jealous plans

Marylanders continue to give Republican Gov. Larry Hogan high marks for his management of the state, but they also support several key initiatives of his Democratic challenger Ben Jealous, according to a new Goucher College poll. In a survey the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center conducted Tuesday to Sunday, more Marylanders than not say they think the state is headed in the right direction and they’re doing better financially than in the past. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland's U.S. senators call sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh 'very serious' and 'credible'

Maryland’s U.S. senators on Monday called the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh “credible” and “very serious” and said the Senate must take the time to allow them to be aired before voting. “They need to be fully vetted,” Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin said in an interview. “It means the hearing schedule — which was unrealistic from the beginning — needs to be postponed.” (Balt. Sun)

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