Montgomery County executive candidates differ on development during debate

The candidates running to be the next Montgomery County executive all expressed optimism for the county’s future, albeit through different economic development strategies, during a Wednesday debate hosted by Bethesda Beat and the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce. Independent candidate Nancy Floreen said she was pleased about the pace of construction projects happening in downtown Bethesda, including the future station for the light-rail Purple Line. (Bethesda)

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Chamber grills candidates for Md. General Assembly

Maryland General Assembly candidates took turns facing questions from the Washington County Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday during its series of candidate forums in advance of next month's general election. Five incumbents and four challengers discussed topics ranging from business regulation to diversity to transportation and combating opioid addiction. (Herald-Mail)

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Hogan to lead bridge-naming tribute for senator he snubbed at funding announcement

When Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) traveled to Newburg in November 2016 to announce that the state would fund the construction of a new Harry W. Nice Bridge connecting southern Charles County to the Northern Neck of Virginia, state Sen. Thomas M. "Mac" Middleton (D), who represents the district, was cordially disinvited. On Saturday, less than two years after the snub, the old Potomac River crossing will be rechristened the Harry W. Nice/Thomas "Mac" Middleton Bridge – and Hogan himself, according to an invitation obtained late Wednesday by Maryland Matters, will lead the ceremony. (Md. Matters)

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October 17 // Trone Pumps Another $4.5 Million in Personal Funds into His Congressional Bid, Latest Filings Show

The national record for self-funding of a congressional campaign, set two years ago by Potomac businessman David Trone, appears to have been broken by — yes, David Trone. Campaign finance disclosure reports filed late Monday with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) show that Trone—during the three-month period from July 1 through Sept. 30—pumped $4.5 million in personal assets into his bid for the open 6th District congressional seat. This included a $1.5 million direct contribution to the campaign and $3 million in the form of a loan. (Bethesda)

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Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous releases plans to address gender wage gap, ethics reform

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous this week released two plans aimed at addressing the gender wage gap in Maryland and tightening ethics regulations. In South Baltimore on Tuesday morning, Jealous pledged to hire new Maryland government inspectors to investigate wage discrimination at businesses in the state. Jealous, who has pledged that a majority of his cabinet members will be women, said the inspectors would request pay information from companies and conduct reviews to prevent systemic pay discrimination. (Balt. Sun)

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Fight Trump or Baltimore's violence? Question is at heart of Maryland attorney general's race

Running for attorney general four years ago, veteran Democrat Brian Frosh didn’t envision the job he ended up doing. He pictured a partnership with a Democrat in the governor’s mansion and never imagined the rise of Donald Trump to the White House. “I didn’t think I was going to have stop the president of the United States from taking health insurance away from Marylanders,” Frosh said. “I didn't think the president would be spewing hate and sowing fear, threatening the civil rights of anybody whose skin is not white and whose native tongue is not English.” (Balt. Sun)

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Cardin has large fundraising lead in Maryland’s U.S. Senate race

Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) brought in significantly more money than his main challengers in recent months, raising $441,566 from July through the end of September, campaign finance records show. Republican Tony Campbell raised $118,339, and Neal Simon, a Potomac businessman who is running as an independent, raised $173,225. Cardin, a two-term senator who has represented Maryland in Congress for more than 30 years, held a nearly 40-point lead in a Goucher College poll released last month and a 28-point lead in a poll released last week by Gonzales Research & Media Services. Cardin’s campaign had $1,623,043 cash on hand, compared with $69,863 for Campbell and $105,403 for Simon. (Wash. Post)

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In Md. Senate district with tightest race in 2014, another close contest

Internal polling suggests that the tightest Maryland Senate district in 2014 is likely to be tight again. This time around the race to represent District 3 is fueled by a blue wave battling popular Republican Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s coattails in Frederick County, which is growing increasingly purple. Republicans are hoping businessman Craig Giangrande, a first-time candidate, can capitalize on “Young fatigue” and a healthy fundraising account to win the seat and help shift the Maryland Senate from a veto-overriding Democratic supermajority. (WTOP)

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