September 12 // Democratic Councilman Weinstein endorses Kittleman re-election bid

Howard County Councilman Jon Weinstein said Tuesday he will not mount a write-in campaign to retain the seat he lost in the primary election by just six votes. Also, the Democrat told C4, he is endorsing Republican County Executive Allan Kittleman for re-election. It wasn't about sour gapes, he said, rather about the issues and what was best for Weinstein's district, which includes Ellicott City. (WBAL-radio)

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Gov. Larry Hogan campaign launches Jeopardy-style website mocking Ben Jealous' plans for Maryland

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s re-election campaign this week launched a website featuring a Jeopardy-style game show that mocks Democratic challenger Ben Jealous as embracing reckless tax-and-spend policies. The site, MDCantAffordJealous.com, purports to tally the costs of Jealous’ policy proposals — including plans to expand health care, provide free college tuition and revive the Red Line light rail in Baltimore — and pins the total at more than $35 billion annually. The state’s operating budget is about $44 billion. (Balt. Sun)

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Business group makes endorsements in key state Senate races

The National Federation of Independent Business announced this week that its Maryland political action committee has added 16 candidates to its list of legislative endorsements. The announcement comes on top of the 40-plus endorsements the business group offered legislative candidates shortly before the June primaries. "These candidates know what it takes to create jobs, and they understand the challenges that small-business owners face in Maryland," said Tim Goodrich, executive director of NFIB's state government relations, in a statement. (Md. Matters)

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Baltimore County executive candidates Olszewski, Redmer tout education, leadership in first one-on-one debate

The two men vying to become the next Baltimore County executive faced off Tuesday in their first general election debate, each touting himself as the best choice to improve an education system that has seen recent disputes over aging facilities and spending priorities. Democrat Johnny Olszewski Jr., a former state delegate who taught in the county school system, has emphasized plans for universal preschool and expanding access to tuition-free community college. (Balt. Sun)

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In Baltimore County, Olszewski gets support from former rival Almond

Baltimore County executive candidate Johnny Olszewski Jr. is getting some help from a former rival: County Councilwoman Vicki Almond. Almond and her fellow Democratic members of the council and Democratic council candidates plan to endorse Olszewski during an event in Reisterstown on Wednesday morning. Almond finished third in the closely contested Democratic primary for county executive that Olszewski won by a mere 17 votes after a recount. (Balt. Sun)

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Retirees sue state to stop switch of prescription drug coverage to Medicare

A group of four Maryland government retirees sued the state and Gov. Larry Hogan on behalf of fellow retirees seeking to stop Maryland from moving them from a state prescription drug plan to a much more expensive federal plan. The four retirees asked Baltimore City Circuit Court to issue a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the state forcing them to enroll in the federal Medicare Part D plan when open enrollment starts Oct. 15. (Balt. Sun)

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Former GOP state's attorney candidate tapped for Anne Arundel County police liaison position

A former deputy state’s attorney who was fired by the county’s top prosecutor and then tried to unseat him has been hired as a legal liaison to county police, the department that most directly works with her former boss. Kathy Rogers, who was fired by incumbent Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams during his first day in office in 2015, was hired by the county attorney only a few months after she lost her GOP primary bid in June to unseat Adams. She said she started Aug. 28. (Capital)

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Pollster, Jealous trade barbs over gubernatorial race surveys

A well-known Maryland pollster and the Democratic gubernatorial nominee are trading barbs over recent voter surveys of the governor’s race. Patrick Gonzales, director of Annapolis-based Gonzales Research and Media Services, expressed surprise over recent comments made by Ben Jealous, the Democratic nominee for governor, regarding a nearly one-month-old poll. “What surprises me is that he is still talking about it,” Gonzales said. “I would think he should start talking about things that voters care about.” (Daily Record)

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