Acrimony in District 6 Race Escalates in Closing Days, Following Late Attack Ad From Trone

While it has never been far from the surface in recent months, the acrimonious side of the contest for the open District 6 congressional seat has erupted as Election Day approaches—with Democrat David Trone of Potomac running a 30-second spot in the Washington TV broadcast market slamming his Republican opponent on multiple fronts. “Meet Amie Hoeber, the self-proclaimed mother of the chemical weapons corps—where she referred to nerve gas as just insecticides developed for people,” the Trone ad opens by saying. (Bethesda)

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Dundalk gets attention from Olszewski, Redmer on final day of Baltimore County executive campaign

Early Monday morning, volunteers planted Republican campaign signs in the grass around the Boulevard Diner, a popular restaurant along Merritt Boulevard in Dundalk. Black signs for Gov. Larry Hogan alternated with bright yellow signs for Baltimore County executive candidate Al Redmer Jr. As the rain poured down, state Sen. Johnny Ray Salling led a small and soggy crew that waved signs at passing commuters, encouraging them to vote for the Republican candidates. Nine hours later, it was Democrats who took over the intersection, with county executive candidate Johnny Olszewski Jr. wrapping up the final day of campaigning before Tuesday’s general election with his own sign-waving entourage during the evening rush hour.  (Balt. Sun)

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Bette Midler wants you to vote in Maryland governor's race ... for Alec Ross

There’s still at least one person who thinks Alec Ross has a chance to beat Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in Tuesday’s election. That person is Bette Midler. With one day left before election day, Midler, the actor and singer beloved by millennials for her role in “Hocus Pocus,” posted a tweetstorm urging her more than 1 million followers to vote Democrat in various races for congress and for governor. Midler’s list of candidates included Gavin Newsom for California, Andrew Gillum for Florida and Alec Ross for Maryland — despite the fact that Ben Jealous, not Ross, is the Democratic candidate for governor here. (Balt. Sun)

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Fact-checking some claims made on the campaign trail in Baltimore County

During the campaign for Baltimore County executive, candidates Al Redmer Jr. and Johnny Olszewski Jr. both have repeated several assertions about how the county government operates. According to county government data and other sources, it appears that not all of them are entirely true. Here is a look at some of the key claims made by Redmer, a Republican, and Olszewski, a Democrat. (Balt. Sun)

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GOP Firm Raided by FBI Produces Late Mail Hit on Jealous — and Prominent Lobbyist Funds It

The front page of a mailer circulating in Prince George's County that says Democrat Benjamin T. Jealous' health care proposal could threaten construction of a new county hospital. A political action committee with ties to a Republican consulting firm whose Annapolis offices were raided by the FBI last year is circulating a late political hit on Democratic gubernatorial nominee Benjamin T. Jealous in Prince George’s County – and the mailer was partially paid for by a prominent State House lobbyist. (Md. Matters)

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Six Big Decisions the Governor Will Make in the Next Four Years

Voters will decide Tuesday on whether to re-elect Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) or bring change in the form of former NAACP president Benjamin T. Jealous (D). The candidates have delivered their stump speeches throughout the state and made an array of promises, but much of the work Maryland’s governor will face in the next four years amounts to confronting ongoing, unresolved issues. Every year there are fights over state spending. Every year policymakers are debating education, health care, transportation, criminal justice, and tax policy. But additionally, there are issues that are especially timely, or unique or vexing, that the governor will have to confront in fairly short order. (Md. Matters)

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District one race for Congress

Watch any amount of local television and you've seen the ad; Democrat and veteran Jesse Colvin at a gun range with his Republican wife. He is running on a platform for middle-class tax cuts, affordable health care and protecting the Chesapeake Bay. The former Army Ranger says Washington is broken and it needs change, a message he says is resonating. "There is an unbelievable amount of energy of enthusiasm in the community we built, and it goes from the far left to the center to the right,” Colvin said as he early voted in Perry Hall on Thursday. (WMAR)

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In Baltimore County executive race, Redmer criticizes Olszewski for attending school event

On the final full day of campaigning before the general election, Baltimore County executive candidate Johnny Olszewski Jr.'s stops included a ribbon-cutting at a public school that drew criticism from his opponent. Olszewski, the Democratic nominee, was a guest at Padonia International Elementary School in Cockeysville, where school and county officials celebrated a renovation and addition on Monday morning. Olszewski, a former state delegate, was not seated with dignitaries during the ceremony, but was invited onstage to cut a ceremonial ribbon with officials and students. (Balt. Sun)

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