Marc Elrich: Candidate wants developers to pay more, would preserve social safety net

Marc Elrich is tired of being called a socialist. At a debate, the Montgomery County executive candidate tried to shut down rumors about a Che Guevara poster on his office wall, saying there is no depiction of the Cuban Revolution leader there — nor one of Lenin, he added for good measure. “I expect developers to pay for infrastructure,” Elrich (D), a self-described longtime member of the Metro DC chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, said in an interview last month. In a wry voice, he added: “That apparently is called socialism.” (Wash. Post)

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Ivan Bates' 'undefeated' claim of prosecuting murders in Baltimore not a clear cut case

Ivan Bates has anchored his bid to be the city’s top prosecutor on one simple, striking claim. “Ivan never lost a murder case,” says one of his TV ads. “Undefeated,” tout his mailers. But explaining Bates’ simple boast requires a complex accounting of cases that are nearly two decades old. A Baltimore Sun analysis of 13 cases that Bates prosecuted or helped to prosecute show his record is not nearly as simple as it appears. (Balt. Sun)

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Ben Jealous, Democratic candidate for governor, kicks off early voting in Annapolis

Voters across Anne Arundel County headed to the polls Thursday morning to vote for their party candidates in races from the courthouse, to the Arundel Center and the State House as early voting began. At the Pip Moyer Recreation Center in Annapolis, a number of candidates in statewide and county elections were busy speaking with voters and handing out flyers arguing why they head to the general election in November. Early voting continues through June 21. Former NAACP head Ben Jealous, a Democratic gubernatorial hopeful and Pasadena resident, voted at the center around 10 a.m. while touting the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County’s endorsement of his campaign. (Capital)

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June 14 // 2018 endorsements: Candidates for U.S. Congress and Maryland General Assembly

Montgomery County’s 24-person House of Delegates contingent is spread over eight legislative districts. In 2018, there are contested Democratic primaries for the three available Democratic delegate nominations in each of those districts—and no shortage of efforts by labor, business and issue advocacy groups to sway voters in advance of the June 26 primary. What follows is a compilation, on a district-by-district basis, of Democratic primary endorsements for the county’s seats in the Maryland General Assembly as well as the U.S. Congress. (Bethesda)

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Candidate forum underscores District 20 reputation as Montgomery County’s most liberal bastion

District 20—containing Takoma Park as well as downtown Silver Spring and adjacent residential neighborhoods—has long been regarded as the most liberal jurisdiction in the state’s most liberal county. That reputation was underscored Tuesday night, as seven Democratic contenders for the district’s three seats in the Maryland House of Delegates met in a forum less than two days prior to the start of early voting in the June 26 primary. (Bethesda)

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As Md. gubernatorial race tightens, Jealous getting $1 million boost from outside groups

Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous is getting a large infusion of cash from outside groups just as early voting begins in the June 26 Democratic primary, including hundreds of thousands of dollars from donors connected to a social advocacy group that helped Stacey Abrams win the Democratic nomination in Georgia. The spending by the Maryland Together We Rise PAC and a second coalition of progressive groups will total about $1 million over the next two weeks — considerably more than either Jealous or his top rival, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, had in the bank as of the most recent reporting deadline. Early voting begins Thursday. (Wash. Post)

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Democratic candidate for governor Ben Jealous releases plan for Maryland economy

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous unveiled proposals Wednesday that he said would boost the state’s economy and expand job opportunities for Marylanders. He proposed prohibiting companies from asking about applicants’ criminal histories and increasing the minimum wage. He also proposed improving public transit to shorten workers’ commutes, expanding high-speed internet and offering government jobs to people who can’t find private employment. (Balt. Sun)

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Madaleno proposes $5 billion for school construction from lottery revenue

State Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. on Tuesday unveiled a proposal to provide Maryland’s largest school districts with as much as $5 billion in construction funding, becoming the first gubernatorial candidate to address that issue in such detail. The plan would use revenue from the state lottery to supplement money already earmarked for school renovation and construction. (Balt. Sun)

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