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Senator Jim Brochin spends five or six evenings a week knocking on doors and making his pitch. Here’s how it went recently on a front porch in the Cub Hill neighborhood of Carney:

 

“Fiscally, I’m pretty conservative,” Brochin said. “Voted against all the major tax increases. Didn’t support drivers licenses for illegals, didn’t support in state tuition for illegals. But on environment, open space and public education, I’m pretty progressive”

 

The Democratic incumbent is knocking only on the doors of Republicans and independents.

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  Before President Barack Obama joined Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown on stage at a get out the vote rally in Prince George’s County Sunday, Dr. Grainger Browning of Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Fort Washington offered a prayer. Browning thanked God for Obama  and he pointed to the historic nature of Brown’s campaign: If elected, Brown would become not just Maryland’s first black governor, but only the third black governor ever elected in the US.

A can of Natty Boh taken by James Cridland via flickr

After a scathing state audit in 2013, the Baltimore City's liquor board has new leadership and has made decisions to kill some "zombie licenses." But as Fern Shen of the Baltimore Brew tells WYPR's Fraser Smith, the jury is still out on whether community groups will get what they want out of the new board.

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Maryland Democrats trained some of their biggest guns, from U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards to House Speaker Michael Busch to two Annapolis Aldermen, on one Republican County Council candidate Tuesday.

They staged a news conference at the State House to urge the residents of Anne Arundel’s District 5 to vote against Michael Anthony Peroutka.

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With approval ratings near record lows, President Barack Obama has not been invited to campaign for many Democrats facing tight races around the country. But he got an enthusiastic welcome Sunday from thousands of people packed into a high school gym in Upper Marlboro. The president was there to give a high-powered push to Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in his bid for the governor’s mansion.

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Although Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan has tried to avoid a debate on social issues, Democratic nominee Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has been hammering him on gun control this week. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler talk about what, if anything, the controversy reveals.

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Maryland’s gubernatorial race has been notably negative this year, and when Republican Larry Hogan and Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown met for a second debate Monday, the gloves were off and both Hogan and Brown were swinging.

The two attacked each other’s plans, their credibility, and their records.

Hogan blamed Brown for the state’s lackluster economic performance, saying Maryland’s, “economy’s a mess and everyone seems to know it except you.”

Brown criticized Hogan’s plan to cut taxes by reducing spending, “Larry, your numbers don’t add up,” Brown said. “You’re first and only specific plan you laid out on the campaign and the numbers don’t add up.”

The two contenders faced tough questions from moderators but tried to turn weaknesses into strengths. When Brown was asked about his role as head of Maryland’s healthcare exchange, which included an expensive website that failed on day one, he emphasized enrollment that happened despite the IT troubles and elided questions about the $40 million to $50 million price tag to replace the balky website.

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Democrat George Johnson, who is making a second run for Anne Arundel County Executive, and his Republican opponent, Delegate Steve Schuh, have something in common. They’ve made friends on both sides of the aisle during their years in public life.

But they have sharp differences when it comes to running Anne Arundel.

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Ask Zoe Johnson, of the state Department of Natural Resources what climate change means for Maryland, and she gives you a list.

 

“Wildfire and drought, you know impact on invasive species, pests, and insects, changes in precipitation patterns, extreme snowfall events,” says Johnson, who is DNR’s program manager for climate change policy.

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Pocketbook issues dominated Tuesday’s gubernatorial debate, the first time the Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Republican Larry Hogan shared a stage in this contentious race for the governor’s mansion. The two laid out very different assessments of Maryland’s economy over the hour-long debate, and criticized each other’s plans.

In Anthony Brown’s Maryland, the state has weathered a terrible recession while preserving strategic investments. There’s room for improvement, sure, but the fundamentals are strong.

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