Nancy Floreen says she’ll rejoin the Democrats — right after the election

Montgomery County executive candidate Nancy Floreen says she will return to the Democratic fold after the Nov. 6 election — regardless of whether her independent bid for the liberal county’s top post is successful. Floreen, a 16-year county council member and two-time delegate to the Democratic National Convention, left the party in July to make a surprise run for county executive, gathering enough petition signatures to appear on the November ballot. (Wash. Post)

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Elrich spends $75,000 on first set of cable TV ads

With just three weeks until the Nov. 6 general election, Democratic Montgomery County executive candidate Marc Elrich has begun running his first set of cable TV campaign ads. According to the Federal Communications Commission's public inspection file database, an invoice dated Oct. 11 shows that Elrich spent $75,917 on a set of 540 ads that began running Oct. 12 and will continue through Oct. 22. The ads are all 30 seconds long and are appearing on nine channels that are available in the greater Washington, D.C., market on Comcast. (Md. Matters)

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Jealous will spend weekend before Maryland early voting begins in California; Hogan will campaign in state

The weekend before early voting begins, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and his Democratic challenger Ben Jealous are embarking on much different campaign strategies. Hogan’s campaign says the governor is doing a sweep of the Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland that includes a “meet and greet” in Sharptown; a “get out the vote” rally in Wicomico; and events in Cambridge and St. Mary’s County. He will then attend a tailgate at the Ravens game in Baltimore. Jealous’ campaign says the Democrat will be flying to San Francisco for a fundraiser to sustain his campaign through its final stretch. (Balt. Sun)

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With help from Democratic insiders and a few Republicans, Colvin hauls in cash

Democrat Jesse Colvin has gotten a big financial boost in his effort to oust Republican incumbent Rep. Andrew P. Harris in Maryland’s 1st District — pulling in more than $883,000 in the third quarter of the year, with help from Washington, D.C., and Maryland Democratic insiders as well as a few Republican friends. The latest campaign finance disclosure reports, filed late Monday at the Federal Election Commission (FEC), showed Colvin outraising Harris by more than 3-1 — as the incumbent reported taking in just $254,000 for the period from July 1 to Sept. 30. (WTOP)

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Rep. Andy Harris accused of ethical violation for failing to disclose wife’s income

The Maryland Democratic Party filed an ethics complaint Wednesday against U.S. Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), accusing him of failing to report his wife’s consulting income on his financial disclosure forms. Harris’s campaign and several GOP political committees paid Nicole Beus Harris more than $26,000 in 2017 for work she did through her firm, Indy’s Services, federal campaign finance records show. Harris stopped paying Indy’s Services before he and Beus Harris married that July. He did not list her firm’s income on his 2017 financial report. (Wash. Post)

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Jesse Colvin, the Democrat challenging Rep. Andy Harris in Md., accused of failing to claim rental property

A Maryland Republican leader has filed an ethics complaint against Democratic congressional candidate Jesse Colvin, accusing the political newcomer of wrongfully claiming a tax deduction on a D.C. rental property his wife owns and failing to report income from it. Baltimore County GOP Chairman Alfred Mendelsohn submitted the complaint last weekto the Office of Congressional Ethics, alleging potential violations in Colvin’s public disclosure forms, which are required for candidates for federal office. (Wash. Post)

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6th Congressional District candidates discuss gun control, redistricting

With Democrat John Delaney stepping down from Maryland’s 6th Congressional District to run for president in 2020, four candidates are vying for his open seat in next month’s election. David Trone (D), Amie Hoeber (R), Libertarian Kevin Caldwell and Green Party hopeful George Gluck are the candidates. They all agree the state needs stricter gun laws and new congressional districts drawn, but some differ on how to achieve those goals. (News-Post)

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8th Congressional District, Frederick County executive candidates talk north county issues

For the second time this month, the Thurmont Lions Club hosted a forum at Thurmont Middle School for candidates running for local offices. One face involved remained the same: George Bolling, a Thurmont Lions Club member and moderator of the forum. First, U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8th) answered questions, along with challengers John Walsh (R) and Jasen Wunder (Libertarian). Then, County Executive Jan Gardner (D) fielded questions alongside opponents Kathy Afzali (R) and Earl Robbins (unaffiliated). (News-Post)

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