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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Like the Gazette, Post endorses the status quo; rejects change in Annapolis

Endorsements: In the Democratic primaries for the Maryland General Assembly from Prince George's County.
Post, 28 Aug 2010 (Editorial)
PRINCE GEORGE'S County's all-Democratic delegation in the state legislature includes some talented freshmen; journeymen of varying quality; and a few old lions, some of whom haven't quite realized that the 21st century dawned a decade ago. The contested Democratic primaries on Sept. 14 -- there are no contested Republican primaries in Prince George's -- include some promising first-time candidates who could help determine how much clout the county wields in Annapolis at a time of dwindling state funds for public schools and social services....
{Full text of the endorsements]
In an endorsement editorial with conclusions very similar to the Gazette's, the Post editorial endorsed 24 General Assembly candidates, 17 of them incumbents of the office sought.  In one case the Post endorsed an incumbent delegate seeking to unseat an incumbent senator.  In three cases the Post endorsed newcomers seeking to unseat current delegates.

The Post praised some accomplishments of most incumbent, but, unlike the Gazette, did mention the failures of a few: two because of ethics problems; two labeled as "have been less than stellar lawmakers;" and one because of the specifics of his record.  The Post did not mention the recent flap about the faux football carrer of one incumbent it endorsed.  The Post did not mention how the incumbents have contributed to the state's financial problems despite raising taxes, nor did the Post even discuss the problems related to Prince George's Hospital that remain unresolved despite many years of promises and posturing by the incumbent elected officials endorsed by the Post.  The only mention of the hospital was part of the Post's attack on incumbent Senator Exum.

See: Gazette endorses the status quo; rejects change in Annapolis, 26 Aug 2010

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