Franchot opponent claims ethics violation over comptroller coins

Comptroller Peter Franchot’s little known Republican opponent, Anjali Reed Phukan, said she plans to file an ethics complaint this week against the three-term incumbent for passing out embossed medallions that bear the authority line of his campaign committee. Franchot has been passing out the coins to thousands of people for at least five years, reviving a tradition started by the late Comptroller Louie Goldstein. He served in the office for 39 years until his death 20 years ago this month. (Md. Reporter)

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Recount begins Thursday in Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive separated by 9 votes

A recount will begin Thursday in the Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive, where former Del. Johnny Olszewski Jr. has been declared the winner by just nine votes. State Sen. Jim Brochin, who finished second, submitted a petition Tuesday for a manual recount of the nearly 85,000 ballots cast in the election. His request came just hours after elections officials certified the results, and will push a final resolution of the primary well into next week. “I just want certainty, and I think — one way or another — this is going to give it to us,” Brochin said. (Balt. Sun)

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What they're saying in Maryland about SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump nominated Marylander Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Monday evening. Here’s what some Maryland leaders are saying about the choice. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat, posted a statement to Twitter questioning Kavanaugh’s fairness: “Americans deserve a Supreme Court justice who will stand up for liberty and justice for all — not someone picked from a list compiled by right-wing organizations to do their bidding. Kavanaugh does not meet that basic standard of fairness and impartiality, and I cannot support him.” But Rep. Andy Harris, a Republican, called Kavanaugh “a fine choice” to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, and in a Tweet expressed hope that he would be confirmed by the Senate “without delay.” (Balt. Sun)

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July 10 // Hogan appoints Alice Sophocleus to finish husband's House of Delegates term

Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed Alice Sophocleus, the widow of Ted Sophocleus, a longtime Anne Arundel County delegate who died last month, to serve out the remainder of his term, the governor announced Monday. The Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee nominated her last week to finish her late husband’s term, which ends in November. Hogan’s Monday announcement makes her appointment official. (Balt. Sun)

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Love tops Paul by just nine votes in the Democratic primary for District 16 delegate seat

District 16 delegate candidate Samir Paul on Monday announced he intends to petition for a recount in his narrow primary loss to former ACLU public policy director Sara Love. The unofficial primary results released Sunday night show Love edging Paul out by nine votes in the Democratic contest for the seat now held by Del. Bill Frick (D), who decided to run for county executive instead of pursuing reelection. (Bethesda)

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District 32 candidate considering recount with 73 votes separating winner and loser

Republican candidate Maureen Bryant is considering a recount after provisional and absentee ballot counts put her 73 votes behind Anne Arundel County Councilman John Grasso for the District 32 Senate nomination. Grasso, R-Glen Burnie, was leading Bryant by 71 votes before provisional and absentee ballot counts were finished Friday. The gap between Grasso and Bryant isn’t enough to warrant a free recount. (Capital)

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After a 10-day wait, Washington gets to declare victory in District 43 Senate race

Ten days after the primary election, Del. Mary L. Washington declared victory over incumbent state Sen. Joan Carter Conway, her one-time ticket-mate, in a hard-fought bid to represent Northeast Baltimore's 43rd District in the Maryland Senate. With the counting of Baltimore City's absentee and provisional ballots completed Friday, Washington led Conway by 492 votes, 9,694 (51.3 percent) to 9,202 (48.7 percent) in the June 26 Democratic primary. There is no Republican challenger to face in the Nov. 6 general election. (Md. Matters)

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Brochin camp says request for recount in 9-vote Baltimore County executive's race could come Tuesday

State Sen. Jim Brochin said he’ll file a request for a recount in the Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive — which he lost by just nine votes — as early as Tuesday afternoon. In the morning, the county Board of Elections is scheduled to certify the election results, which have former Del. Johnny Olszewski Jr. as the victor over Brochin, County Councilwoman Vicki Almond and Kevin Marron. The certification opens a three-day window for any of the losing candidates to file a petition for a recount. (Balt. Sun)

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