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Thursday, August 5, 2010:

The Agenda

WagnerProbably the most interesting moment today in Maryland politics will take place this afternoon in Annapolis. Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) is holding an event to discuss the "threat to voting rights of military personnel overseas."

A worthy topic perhaps, but that's not the interesting part. That will come after Ehrlich is done, when reporters start asking questions about Sarah Palin's endorsement of Ehrlich's long-shot GOP primary rival, Brian Murphy.

Brian Murphy.jpgWe already got a preview of the Ehrlich spin Wednesday, courtesy of Andy Barth, Ehrlich's press secretary. As we reported in the pages of today's Post:

"Ehrlich press secretary Andy Barth said Ehrlich did not seek Palin's endorsement, calling her decision 'a reaffirmation of Bob Ehrlich's longtime independent streak.'

" 'Governor Palin has made lots of endorsements around the country -- some have worked, some have not,' Barth said in a statement."

As to the latter point, The Post has a nifty Palin endorsement tracker online that is worth checking out.

Another Palin.jpgAs to what this means for Maryland politics, who knows. Murphy is certain to get some more attention, and it's possible that his share of the GOP primary vote will increase as a result. As to how much, the pundits seem to be all over the place.

As to that point, this seems a good moment to note that the window is still open to send your answers my way on Monday's quiz about the next few months in Maryland politics. Thanks to all who have done so already, and if anyone wants to change their answer to No. 2 -- the prediction of Murphy's share of the primary vote -- we'll allow that.

Our favorite response to the quiz thus far came from William Campbell, one of three Republican candidates for comptroller. He responded only to the question asking for the ratio of the age of the Democratic incumbent, Peter Franchot, to the GOP nominee. Truth be told, the question was inspired by the high school student in the race. But here's Campbell's response:

"John, The answer to number 7 is 1:1. Peter Franchot and I are both 63 years old. Regards, Bill Campbell"
-- John Wagner

News You Should Know

Senate backs state-workers jobs bill
"An emergency plan to save the jobs of tens of thousands of public school teachers and other government workers overcame a key Senate hurdle Wednesday, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would summon lawmakers back from their August break to finish work on the measure," writes The Post's Lori Montgomery and Jenna Johnson. "Two Republicans crossed party lines to advance the $26 billion package, handing President Obama a victory in his campaign to bolster the shaky economy. With many governors struggling to close gaping budget deficits, administration officials feared a fresh round of state layoffs or tax increases could knock the nation's wobbly recovery off-course."

City Paper tackles Vaughn's professional football claims
Vaughn bio.jpg"Michael Vaughn is running to keep his seat in the Maryland House of Delegates. The personal bio on Vaughn's official campaign helps explain why he deserves one: Representing the Prince George's County-based 24th District, which includes portions of Landover, he's racked up a slew of community service and political accomplishments, like being named deputy majority whip and co-chairing the Task Force on the Minority Business Enterprise Program," writes Dave McKenna in the Washington City Paper. "There's also a compelling nugget about his athletic background: "Michael Vaughn played professional football for the Dallas Cowboys for 3 years." That's the sort of resume line that can really set a candidate apart, especially in a district that includes FedExField, home of the Washington Redskins. If only it were true."

O'Malley promises more help in fighting auto thefts
Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for o'malley.JPG"Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) pledged Wednesday to double the state's investment in license-plate recognition technology that has been credited with cracking down on car thefts," writes The Post's John Wagner. "Flanked by law-enforcement officials in Greenbelt, O'Malley said the state would spend another $2 million in grant funding on the high-tech system in the coming year. The state started investing in the technology in 2007."


"Mr. Baker may not be perfect, but his stellar record as a lawmaker outweighs doubts about his administrative experience. We believe he has the right vision and priorities for Prince George's, and, just as important, that he will raise the county government's ethical standards."
-- a Washington Post editorial endorsing Rushern Baker as county executive in Prince George's

"The best of the bunch is Angela Alsobrooks, who combines prosecutorial experience, management skill, intellectual agility and deft political instincts. She will need all that to improve a struggling office."
-- a Washington Post editorial endorsing Angela Alsobrooks at state's attorney in Prince George's County


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By John Wagner  |  August 5, 2010; 7:45 AM ET
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So it is "spin" when Bob Ehrlich responds to the Palin announcement, but O'Malley "pledges" or "says" something? Geeze, could you be a little more one-sided in your reporting, John?

And let us all not forget that you reported on the ridiculous assertion that Palin may come to help out Ehrlich just a month ago!
"Ehrlich: No help needed from Palin, other GOP stars." Really? Look, we need reporters, not people converging with O'Malley to plot strategy.

Posted by: h20andoil | August 5, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

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