Todd Eberly: 57% isn't enough for Jealous to win

In a recent call with reporters, the Ben Jealous campaign said that they expect Democrats to make up 57% of voters in the gubernatorial election. That would be noticeably better than 2014 when Democrats accounted for only 54.5% of voters. The last time Democrats made up 57% of the electorate was in 2006 when Martin O'Malley defeated Republican incumbent Bob Ehrlich. So would 57% be enough for Jealous to defeat Hogan? Probably not. (FreeStater)

 

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Hogan deserves another four years as Maryland's governor

Republican Larry Hogan has done what he told voters he would do four years ago on the day he was sworn in as governor of Maryland: govern from the middle. He has accomplished this even as his national party is drawn down a well of outrage widening under Washington in the era of President Donald Trump. By comparison, Hogan in Annapolis continues to impress us with a reasonable tone and realistic approach to governing. It is for this reason and others we are endorsing Hogan for governor again this year. (Capital)

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Daily Times Editorial Board endorses Larry Hogan for Maryland governor

Maryland voters can choose between two well-qualified candidates for governor. Both are knowledgeable, attuned to business as well as government issues, and both are pleasant in demeanor, approachable and thoughtful individuals. Republican Larry Hogan is the incumbent and is finishing his first term in office. He hit the ground running the day he was inaugurated by putting the brakes on an unpopular phosphorus management bill passed during the Martin O'Malley administration until he could gather stakeholders around the negotiating table to work out a compromise. Hogan's most notable trait is his desire to seek consensus or compromise, to bring all parties to the table to work toward a resolution that works for everyone. (Daily Times)

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Laurie-Anne Sayles: A Gaithersburg City Council member answers her mayor’s endorsement of Gov. Hogan

As a member of the Gaithersburg City Council, I am supporting Ben Jealous for governor. Ben Jealous offers a vision for Maryland in which our teachers are valued and our public schools are fully funded. Ben Jealous offers a plan to unleash our state’s untapped entrepreneurial energy and grow our small businesses, and his Medicare-for-all plan will ensure that affordable health care becomes a reality for all Marylanders. (Md. Matters)

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Bill Duck: Ben Jealous is the education governor Maryland needs

In less than a month, we will have a chance to go to the polls and vote for the person who will lead our state as governor. As a teacher and proud Marylander, I will be voting for Ben Jealous, and I hope you will join me.   I think about my students and the opportunities they’ll have in the next decade to find good-paying careers in a changing economy. I want to know that our state’s chief executive has a plan for our schools that embraces the future and invests in our students’ potential. (Daily Times)

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Baltimore deserves transparency about its police leader; this is what happens when we don't get it

The confusion Friday after the mayor of Ft. Worth told a reporter that her police chief, Joel Fitzgerald, would be Mayor Catherine Pugh’s pick for Baltimore’s next top cop, and then Mayor Pugh said she still hadn’t made up her mind, is emblematic of what happens when a process this important is conducted without anything remotely resembling the level of transparency that Baltimore needs and its people deserve. (Balt. Sun)

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Richard J. Douglas: Frosh’s pursuit of President Trump is unconstitutional

An Oct. 17 article in the Maryland Reporter on Attorney General Brian Frosh asks: AG Frosh’s broad legal power: Partisanship or ‘long overdue’? The correct option, though unstated, is: “unconstitutional.” On June 12, 2017, exceeding his authority under the Maryland Constitution, Mr. Frosh filed a federal suit for relief he must have known to be unconstitutional: an injunction against the President under the U.S. Constitution’s Emoluments Clause. The Frosh suit will be dismissed. Its legacy, however, will be the loss to Maryland of the FBI Headquarters project and hundreds of jobs. (Md. Reporter)

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For Question 1, the casino lockbox amendment (sort of)

The 2017 Amy Poehler/Will Ferrell movie “The House” pretty well encapsulates what happened with Maryland casino money and education funding. The actors play Kate and Scott Johansen, whose daughter Alex has her heart set on going to the same college they did, Bucknell. They can’t afford it, and various reasonable efforts to find the money (scholarships, finding Kate a job, asking Scott’s boss for a raise) don’t pan out. So, instead, they wind up opening an underground casino in a friend’s house to make money for the tuition. Absent a few zany plot twists involving a severed finger and an accidental house fire, that’s pretty much what happened here. (Balt. Sun)

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