Jay Hutchins: Vote Yes on Question H and vote against the corrupting influence of money in elections

The opportunity to build political power in Baltimore is on the ballot this election. The movement toward small donor public financing of elections is not just a way to help candidates without extensive resources raise money, it is also a critical part of the growing effort to limit the tainting influence of big money in local politics. It is necessary to ensure that the government – our government – is representative of the interests of all people, not just those with deep pockets. On Nov. 6, Baltimoreans should vote YES on Question H, which would amend the Baltimore City Charter and begin to weed out corrupting political dollars. (Md. Matters)

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Todd Eberly: Enough with the 2010 obsession

Jealous keeps saying that if 1 million Democrats vote - he wins, because that's what happened in 2010 with O'Malley. There's no reasonable scenario where fewer than 1 million Democrats turnout to vote in MD's gubernatorial election. I don't get the constant references to 2010 & needing 1 million Democrats. There are literally 500,000 more registered voters in 2018. It's about crossover votes! (FreeStater)

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Josh Kurtz: The squeeze on Steny Hoyer

In his 50-year political career, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D) has rarely had to sweat an election. Since entering Congress in 1981, his one tough battle for reelection was in 1994, against Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R). This year, Hoyer may be sweating what happens after Election Day. It’s looking increasingly likely that Democrats are going to win back control of the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Ordinarily, Hoyer might expect to slide back into the House majority leader position, which he held from 2007 to 2011. But with so many Democratic candidates for Congress this year suggesting it’s time for new leadership in the Democratic caucus, Hoyer’s standing is more tenuous than he would like. (Md. Matters)

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Todd Eberly: Familiar patterns seen in Maryland early voting

After 2 days of early voting I estimated that Maryland was on track for 16% turnout. It ended up at 16.72%. Compared to the 8.33% in 2014, that’s a 100% increase in turnout. That's pretty much the same as the increase in 2016 over 2012. Based on past trends, I believe that we’re on track for overall turnout of 52% or 53%. That would be better than the abnormally low turnout level in 2014, but below 2006 and 2010. Some folks have been comparing the increase in total early voters between 2014 and 2018. But such a comparison doesn’t actually measure turnout increases. (FreeStater)

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Anne Arundel voters should reject purchasing rule change on the ballot

Voters will be asked to decide the fate of five ballot questions on Tuesday, three for county charter changes in the law and two for state law proposals. Here are our recommendations. The most complicated proposition on the ballot is Question B. It would allow the County Council to change the threshold for purchasing decisions from $25,000 to $50,000. This would weaken current requirements for seeking public bids on contracts. We oppose this change, but we have to be upfront about this position. Because the change would allow the county to advertise for bids on fewer contracts, this company would earn less advertising revenue. (Capital)

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Seth Howard: Why I’m running for delegate in District 30B

I am grateful to the voters of District 30B for electing me as their state delegate four years ago. Representing you has been the honor of my life. When I ran four years ago, I heard from constituents who were planning to leave Maryland because of the high tax burden and anti-business environment. Many others felt that south county had been forgotten — no more. In these polarized times, it is easy to think of the other party as the enemy. The reality I have found, however, is different. Whether Democrat or Republican, we share many of the same goals: end the opioid epidemic; improve our schools; increase teacher pay; strengthen the economy; protect our environment and keep more money in our constituent’s pockets. (Capital)

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Mark Bailey: Why I'm running for delegate in District 32

As a lifelong Anne Arundel County resident, I am running for state delegate in Maryland’s District 32 because I want to keep Maryland safe. My message of keeping Maryland safe encompasses many goals that I’m committed to working for when I am elected. My mission is to fairly provide all schools with the resources needed to allow students to be successful, to give law enforcement the resources they need to provide fair, honest, and timely service to the public, and to ensure that fire and EMS professionals have the equipment necessary to save lives. (Capital)

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Heather Bagnall: Why I'm running for delegate in District 33

I’m not someone who likes to talk about myself, I prefer to talk about issues. As an arts educator and 40-plus year resident of Anne Arundel County, I am running to change the narrative in the General Assembly. I will change the narrative which says “you are either pro-business or pro-environment” by incentivizing businesses to use environmentally friendly practices and renewable resources, with retraining programs which protect our environment and our workforce. (Capital)

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