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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Thursday Details

The Post reports that five more applicants have joined the pool of applicants to Chair the Montgomery County Planning Board. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/31/AR2006053102137.html

Persistent rumors that Board of Education member Valerie Ervin would enter the 5th District County Council race appear to be finally coming true as current Council candidate and Takoma Park City Councilmember Joy Austin-Lane acknowledged this morning in an email to supporters. As we watch several great people maneuver for position in the relatively large 5th, I’ve got to wonder how anyone can stand out in a field of 10-20 in the at-large race for Council seats. Seriously, unless you have some base of support from being a municipal officeholder (and there are so few of them) or leader of a local interest or civic group, or unless you’ve got big money to spend on direct mail, how can anyone pick you out of a crowd in a county of almost a million residents?

Yesterday’s Political Junkie has a piece about the late Sen. Lloyd Bentsen that includes a photo of him and MoCo Dem activist Beth Siniawsky from 30 years ago. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5442220

And ChesapeakeBlue today points out that Governor Ehrlich is claiming credit for an air pollution law that he opposed. http://freestatepolitics.blogspot.com/2006/05/steele-disses-his-president-ehrlich-is.html

As the primary race gets heated, this afternoon MoCo Executive Duncan is having an event about gambling – apparently he’s going to challenge his opponents to something. That should help take attention away from other matters his campaign would rather not have us talking about.

And finally, in yesterday’s Baltimore Examiner Peter Franchot goes hard after Comptroller William Donald Schaeffer and even sends a few shots over the bow at Janet Owens. Strong language all around.