Political world -- minus one -- heads to Ocean City

Thousands of state and local officials, lobbyists, policymakers, political operatives, vendors and other assorted movers and shakers are descending on Ocean City Wednesday for the annual Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) annual summer conference. From the meat locker chill of the Roland E. Powell Convention Center to the hormone-infused waterfront bars of Maryland's No. 1 tourist destination to the sweaty pavement of the convention center parking lot, where the popular Friday night crab feast takes place, it's a four-day bacchanalia of policy talk, fundraising and political schmooze. (Md. Matters)

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Jealous questions veracity of Gonzales poll as he accepts Anthony Brown endorsement

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Benjamin T. Jealous sought Tuesday to discredit a recent poll that showed him trailing Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) by a wide margin, telling reporters that the firm that conducted the survey failed to predict his larger-than-expected win in the primary. "Two weeks before the primary, the Gonzales poll came out and they were wrong on my support by 17 points, and they had me losing when I won overwhelmingly," Jealous said. (Md. Matters)

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Zirkin assails Jealous for likening Court of Appeals to Supreme Court

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous drew fire from a leading state senator of his own party Tuesday with his call for Marylanders to vote for him, lest the state’s top court be dominated by Republican appointees, like the U.S. Supreme Court. “It is a blatant attempt to nationalize the judicial appointments issue,” said Sen. Robert A. “Bobby” Zirkin, D-Baltimore County and chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. “I think it’s an irresponsible thing to do.” (Daily Record)

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Ethics legislation raises constitutionality questions for council Democrats

A bill aimed at ensuring impartiality among quasi-judicial commission members at the county level raised questions Tuesday about its constitutionality. Frederick County Councilman Tony Chmelik (R) introduced a bill that would restrict political statements that members of the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals can make in an effort to make sure they remain neutral in their positions. (News-Post)

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County Democrats receive higher scores than counterparts for public interest voting

Frederick County Democrats in Annapolis received substantially higher ratings in public interest votes than their Republican counterparts during this past legislative session, according to a legislative scorecard from a public interest research group. The Maryland Public Interest Research Group, a nonpartisan group that monitors the voting records of Maryland’s state legislators, released its legislative scorecard for the 2018 legislative session, tracking votes from each state representative on seven issues deemed key to the public interest. (News-Post)

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2016 Green Party Mayoral candidate dies at 39

On Monday, Emanuel McCray, the 2016 Green Party Mayoral candidate died after a long fight with cancer.  McCray was only 39-years-old and was an active labor organizer in the area. He ran for mayor on a platform of fair development, with 5 core issues: quality jobs, permanently affordable housing, dependable public services, quality public schools, and community control of the police (WMAR-TV)

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August 14 // Gonzales poll: Hogan leads Jealous by 16 points in Maryland governor's race

With less than three months until the general election in November, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has a sizable lead over Democratic challenger Ben Jealous, according to a new poll. A survey conducted by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies from Aug. 1 through Aug. 8 showed Hogan leading Jealous by 16 percentage points, with 52 percent of respondents saying they would vote for the incumbent governor if the Nov. 6 election were held today. About 36 percent of respondents said they would vote for Jealous, while 11 percent were undecided. About 1 percent said they would vote for Libertarian candidate Shawn Quinn or Green Party candidate Ian Schlakman. (Balt. Sun)

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Jealous, Kaine among 4 Democrats endorsed by new group of black business leaders

A new political group focused on boosting the economic fortunes of black Americans announced itself on Monday by endorsing four Democrats in closely watched races, including Maryland gubernatorial nominee Ben Jealous. The Black Economic Alliance, which was formed by African American business leaders, promised to invest what was necessary to help Jealous, a former NAACP president, beat popular Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. (Wash. Post)

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