Fact-checking some claims made on the campaign trail in Baltimore County

During the campaign for Baltimore County executive, candidates Al Redmer Jr. and Johnny Olszewski Jr. both have repeated several assertions about how the county government operates. According to county government data and other sources, it appears that not all of them are entirely true. Here is a look at some of the key claims made by Redmer, a Republican, and Olszewski, a Democrat. (Balt. Sun)

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GOP Firm Raided by FBI Produces Late Mail Hit on Jealous — and Prominent Lobbyist Funds It

The front page of a mailer circulating in Prince George's County that says Democrat Benjamin T. Jealous' health care proposal could threaten construction of a new county hospital. A political action committee with ties to a Republican consulting firm whose Annapolis offices were raided by the FBI last year is circulating a late political hit on Democratic gubernatorial nominee Benjamin T. Jealous in Prince George’s County – and the mailer was partially paid for by a prominent State House lobbyist. (Md. Matters)

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Six Big Decisions the Governor Will Make in the Next Four Years

Voters will decide Tuesday on whether to re-elect Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) or bring change in the form of former NAACP president Benjamin T. Jealous (D). The candidates have delivered their stump speeches throughout the state and made an array of promises, but much of the work Maryland’s governor will face in the next four years amounts to confronting ongoing, unresolved issues. Every year there are fights over state spending. Every year policymakers are debating education, health care, transportation, criminal justice, and tax policy. But additionally, there are issues that are especially timely, or unique or vexing, that the governor will have to confront in fairly short order. (Md. Matters)

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District one race for Congress

Watch any amount of local television and you've seen the ad; Democrat and veteran Jesse Colvin at a gun range with his Republican wife. He is running on a platform for middle-class tax cuts, affordable health care and protecting the Chesapeake Bay. The former Army Ranger says Washington is broken and it needs change, a message he says is resonating. "There is an unbelievable amount of energy of enthusiasm in the community we built, and it goes from the far left to the center to the right,” Colvin said as he early voted in Perry Hall on Thursday. (WMAR)

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In Baltimore County executive race, Redmer criticizes Olszewski for attending school event

On the final full day of campaigning before the general election, Baltimore County executive candidate Johnny Olszewski Jr.'s stops included a ribbon-cutting at a public school that drew criticism from his opponent. Olszewski, the Democratic nominee, was a guest at Padonia International Elementary School in Cockeysville, where school and county officials celebrated a renovation and addition on Monday morning. Olszewski, a former state delegate, was not seated with dignitaries during the ceremony, but was invited onstage to cut a ceremonial ribbon with officials and students. (Balt. Sun)

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November 5 // Hogan, Jealous make push for votes during Maryland gubernatorial campaign's final weekend

Gov. Larry Hogan rallied with hundreds of voters in the Eastern Shore town of Grasonville Saturday, asking the crowd to make him just the second Republican to be re-elected governor in Maryland history. Meanwhile, Democratic challenger Ben Jealous hit campaign events in multiple counties at a breakneck pace — aided by the star power of actress Rosario Dawson and comedian Dave Chappelle — in his quest to become Maryland’s first black governor. (Balt. Sun)

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Jealous: Hogan could have, should have acted faster on regents

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous accused Gov. Larry Hogan of cronyism and lying to voters in failing to fire University System of Maryland Board of Regents Chairman James T. Brady, who resigned Thursday. "The governor of Maryland has the power to remove any appointee, even those confirmed by the Senate, for cause, and it was clear from the beginning there was cause," Jealous told C4 on Friday. (WBAL-radio)

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Early-voting numbers reach record highs, doubling in Md. and Va.

Just about twice as many people voted early in Maryland and Virginia this election season as four years ago, with turnout eclipsing the entire 2014 vote total in some jurisdictions. The regional data follow a nationwide trend of surging voter participation compared with four years ago, when Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate and many Democrats stayed home for the midterm elections. (Wash. Post)

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