Political Notes: Booker Stumps for Jealous, Hogan Communications Chief Moves to Campaign

By Josh Kurtz New Jersey Sen. Cory A. Booker (D), who has already endorsed former NAACP president Benjamin T. Jealous in the Maryland gubernatorial election, will be joining Jealous Wednesday evening for a rally on criminal justice issues at 7 p.m. at Busboys & Poets in Hyattsville. The rally comes as Jealous has released a multi-point plan to reform the

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Activists Seek to Remove Oaks’ Name From Democratic Primary Ballot

By William F. Zorzi Three registered voters from West Baltimore’s 41st District have filed a lawsuit in Anne Arundel Circuit Court to require the state elections administrator to strike the name of former legislator Nathaniel T. Oaks from the June 26 Democratic primary ballot. As it stands now, Oaks’ name will appear twice on the 41st District ballot – as

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Winners and Losers of the 2018 General Assembly Session

By Josh Kurtz  So here we are, with the final legislative session of the four-year term now in the books. Historically, election-year sessions aren’t particularly busy, but 2018’s was surprisingly productive. Democrats were eager to press their agenda, and Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) was eager to appear centrist and preach bipartisanship. Nothing was as harmonious as it seemed,

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Franchot Vows to Campaign Against Miller, Busch in Primary

By Bruce DePuyt Maryland Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) upstaged a union rally organized to protest the state Senate’s longtime president Monday, declaring that he will work actively in the upcoming campaign to unseat both Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) and House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel). “We have a desire to get out into the primaries

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Hogan Pledges to Reverse Assembly Action on School Construction Funding

By Bruce DePuyt Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) said Monday the bill stripping the Board of Public Works of its role in school construction funding is the “biggest disappointment” of the just-concluded 2018 session, and he vowed to “repeal” the legislature’s action in a second term. Talking to reporters outside Government House hours before the General Assembly adjourned for

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What’s in a Name? ‘Weinstein Rest Area’ Warnings Fall on Deaf Ears

By Bruce DePuyt Weary travelers in need of a bathroom break and some coffee may one day find themselves pulling into the “Esskay Franks Rest Area” along Interstate 95. Despite the warnings of a legislator who warned of potential “embarrassment,” both chambers have approved a measure allowing the state to sell “naming rights” to rest areas and welcome centers. The bill —

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Not Quite Gone and Far From Forgotten, Oaks Hovers Over Races to Replace Him

By William F. Zorzi Onetime legislator Nathaniel T. Oaks, who quit the Maryland Senate nearly two weeks ago, hours before pleading guilty to two felonies in federal court, did not put in an appearance at the forum Sunday for candidates looking to fill his seat come January, but he certainly was there in spirit. To begin with, just inside the

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Teacher Hits Jill Carter for Attendance Record in 41st District Debate

By William F. Zorzi As Mr. Dooley first told us nearly 125 years ago, “Politics ain’t beanbag.” So, any civic-minded soul who ventured out Sunday afternoon in the hopes of easing gently into a political season opener by weighing a polite exchange of ideas between candidates vying for the open 41st District Maryland Senate seat must have been sorely disappointed.

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Wide-Ranging Bill Probing Baltimore Police Gains 11th-Hour Momentum Without Much Scrutiny

By William F. Zorzi A new state commission to investigate the Baltimore City Police Department’s disgraced Gun Trace Task Force would have extraordinarily broad powers, including the explicit right to close its meetings, compel sworn testimony and issue subpoenas, under a bill about to be given final approval by the Maryland legislature. The bill, which flew out of the Senate

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