Baltimore County executive candidate Redmer misses significant time at state insurance commission during campaign

Baltimore County executive candidate Al Redmer Jr. has taken significant time off from his day job as the state’s insurance commissioner during the campaign, according to documents. The Maryland Insurance Administration released hundreds of pages of Redmer’s schedules, time cards and time-off balances to The Baltimore Sun in response to a request under the Maryland Public Information Act. (Balt. Sun)

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Frederick County executive candidates discuss higher education, rural growth

The three candidates for county executive all spoke to the importance of good education opportunities and said that growth needs to be managed in rural parts of the county. Jan Gardner (D), Kathy Afzali (R) and Earl Robbins (unaffiliated), however, all described different aspects of the importance of higher education, along with different ways to manage rural growth. (News-Post)

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District 3 candidates look to increase council's cooperation, effectiveness

 

Both candidates for the Frederick County Council’s District 3 feel that the council can function and collaborate better than it has for the past four years. Councilwoman M.C. Keegan-Ayer, a Democrat, said the friction between various members of the council has been the biggest frustration of her term. “The council has not been able to jell as a coordinated unit,” Keegan-Ayer said. (News-Post)

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October 19 // Anne Arundel Community College survey: Pittman closes gap, is just five points behind Schuh

Democratic challenger Steuart Pittman has gained 10 points on County Executive Steve Schuh despite residents approving of the job Schuh is doing, according to an Anne Arundel Community College survey. The Republican Schuh has 38 percent support from more likely voters compared to 33 percent support for Pittman, a Davidsonville resident. Pittman’s support increased 10 points from the Center for the Study of Local Issues survey in April. Voters had the same support for Schuh then at 38 percent, but Pittman had 23 percent. (Capital)

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Jealous campaign expects Democrats to make up 57 percent of Maryland voters this year. That's more like a blue ripple than a wave

For months, Democrat Ben Jealous’ campaign for governor has publicly predicted a “blue wave” of turnout from progressive voters that will sweep Republican Gov. Larry Hogan out of office. But on a recent media call with reporters, the campaign said its own models indicate that registered Democrats will make up just 57 percent of voters by Election Day. That would be a slight bump from the last gubernatorial election four years ago but hardly a dramatic “wave.” (Balt. Sun)

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Md. Democratic challenger goes after Andy Harris in first televised debate

Democratic congressional candidate Jesse Colvin attacked Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) over opioids, veterans and the environment during a debate that aired Thursday on cable television in rural Cecil County. But the political newcomer’s inexperience made for several awkward back-and-forth exchanges between the candidates. For his opening salvo, Colvin turned to the camera, stared intently and spoke directly to voters: “When was the last time you saw Dr. Harris? Did he look he excited to be there with you?” (Wash. Post)

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Ben Jealous' campaign story about a company that decided against Maryland appears to be true

At virtually every campaign stop, Maryland’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Ben Jealous, tells a story about the one that got away. The tale comes from the former NAACP president’s years as a venture capitalist, and it involves a Canadian businessman who was looking to open a manufacturing plant in the United States. According to Jealous, he was trying to sell the company owner on a location in Baltimore. Jealous says the owner was intrigued by the idea of bringing his operation — and 300 jobs — to the city. But the deal fell apart because of Maryland’s soaring health care costs, he says. (Balt. Sun)

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Independent U.S. Senate candidate Neal Simon endorses Hogan for governor

U.S. Senate candidate Neal Simon, who is running as an independent, endorsed Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) for reelection Thursday, citing the popular governor’s record of cutting taxes and fees and of protecting the Chesapeake Bay. Simon is challenging Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, a Democrat who has represented Maryland in Congress for more than 30 years. In a statement, Simon said Hogan has worked “across the aisle to find common ground” and “stayed true to his promise to govern from the center.” (Wash. Post)

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