Schuh and Pittman clash in contentious debate for Anne Arundel County Executive

County executive candidates Steuart Pittman and incumbent Steve Schuh squared off Thursday in a contentious debate covering public safety, education and development. Schuh, a Republican, and Pittman, a Democrat, shook hands at the beginning but began trading barbs shortly after their opening remarks in the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. The county executive spoke first, touting his record on economic growth and his tax and fee cuts, resulting in $160 million in savings for residents over four years, he said. (Capital)

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Marc Elrich, Democratic nominee for Montgomery executive, endorsed by real estate group

The Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors has endorsed Marc Elrich for Montgomery County executive, adding a business group to the wide array of unions and progressive and environmental organizations backing the Democratic nominee. GCAAR, which represents real estate professionals, shifted its support to Elrich on Wednesday after endorsing one of his Democratic primary opponents, state Del. C. William Frick (D-Montgomery), earlier this year. (Wash. Post)

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Hogan campaign set to unleash powerful final TV ad push

The Hogan campaign is about to unleash a million-dollar-plus final TV push that is as powerful, focused and skillfully crafted a political ad campaign as I have ever seen anywhere at the state level. Consisting of two new ads focusing on African-American residents in Baltimore, one ad revisiting Hogan’s battle with cancer and another pair featuring Democrats in Montgomery County and on the Eastern Shore saying why they feel comfortable voting for Hogan, the package amounts to a closing argument for re-election in the final weeks of the campaign. (Balt. Sun)

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Frosh, Wolf get personal in highly-charged law school debate

Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) and his Republican challenger, Craig Wolf, clashed over crime, the opioid epidemic, Maryland’s lawsuits against the Trump administration and a host of other issues during a wide-ranging and occasionally personal debate at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law Wednesday night. Wolf, a former prosecutor who until recently led a wine and liquor wholesalers trade association in Washington, D.C., used the occasion to launch a series of attacks on Frosh, whom he accused of neglecting violent street crime in Baltimore City, engaging in a “back-room” deal to weaken the state’s bail laws and focusing too much time on lawsuits against President Trump. (WTOP)

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Democrats take a swipe at GOP candidate's flier mentioning years-old opposition to a mosque in rural Howard

The mailer was meant to highlight the accomplishments of David Yungmann, a Republican vying to represent the largely rural District 5 on the County Council. It noted his “unsurpassed financial and budgeting skills” and opposition to a “huge school/mosque” seeking property in Cooksville. A private Muslim school in 2014 wanted to acquire a vacant Catholic school and 66 acres so it could build three, seven-story buildings, an underground parking garage and a mosque large enough to accommodate its 800 families. The group’s eventual pullout resulted in a victory for Yungmann, a member of “Residents for the Responsible Development of Woodmont,” which feared the influx of people would bring traffic congestion in the rural area. (Ho. Co. Times)

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October 18 // Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett endorses fellow Democrat Ben Jealous for Maryland governor

After hesitating for months, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett has endorsed Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ben Jealous. But Leggett, also a Democrat, says he will not campaign “against” Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, whom he counts as a personal friend and as a supporter of Maryland’s most populous jurisdiction. Leggett, a former state Democratic Party chair, said in an interview that he announced that he was supporting the entire Democratic ticket at a fundraiser in Kensington hosted Saturday by Democratic county council candidate Gabe Albornoz. (Balt. Sun)

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Jealous releases ethics plan pledging not to meet with felon lobbyists, calls his own contact an 'error'

Democratic candidate for governor Ben Jealous released a plan Wednesday for ethics reform in state government in which he pledged to refuse all meetings with lobbyists convicted of fraud or corruption crimes. Jealous named powerful lobbyists Bruce Bereano and Gerard Evans, who were convicted of fraud but have since returned to multi-million-dollar lobbying gigs in the state capital. But Jealous didn’t mention that he had contacted Evans for support of his campaign, according to a voicemail message the lobbyist circulated Wednesday to reporters. (Balt. Sun)

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Franchot TV ad paints dystopian view of Annapolis

As if there was any mystery about Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot's (D) intentions for the next four years, his first TV ad of the election cycle, which began airing Wednesday morning in the Baltimore market, will erase any last doubt. The 30-second spot, titled "The Machine," is unlike anything else airing on Maryland airwaves. It opens with a dystopian-looking Maryland State House, complete with disturbing looking tubes protruding from the building. A screen with the image of veteran state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) sits near the State House dome. (Md. Matters)

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