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MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup April 27, 2010

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NORTHROP GRUMMAN Maryland’s gubernatorial candidates Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Gov. Robert Ehrlich are at odds over Northrop Grumman’s decision to build their headquarters in Virginia instead of Maryland, writes John Wagner for the Washington Post’s Maryland Politics blog.

The O’Malley camp says despite Northrop’s move, it’s still a win for the mid-Atlantic region because it could possibly bring jobs to the area, according to the Associated Press. AP writers Bob Lewis and Brian Witte wrote that the defense contractor is moving to Virginia so they can be closer to their key customers in the U.S. government.

Here’s Dana Hedgpeth and Rosalind Helderman’s take on the story for the Post. Baltimore Sun staffers put together this story on the relocation.

Business leaders say the state administration and economic development officials need to "redouble their efforts" to become more business friendly, after losing Northrop to Virginia, write Kevin James Shay and Steve Monroe for The Gazette of Politics and Business.

Here’s Washington Business Journal staff writer Sarah Krouse’s take on the story.

The company is expected to make their final decision Tuesday, writes Nick Sohr for The Daily Record.

Maryland Politics Watch blogger Adam Pagnucco posted Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett’s opinion on the relocation.

O’MALLEY CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF Tuesday marks the official start of the "Moving Maryland Forward Tour," as new polling data shows the race is tightening, reports Robert Lang for WBAL Radio. The 11-stop tour will begin in Fells Point, according to the Associated Press.

Here’s Baltimore Business Journal staff writer Scott Dance’s take on the story.

MIKULSKI CHALLENGER Blaine Taylor is reminding voters that were will be a Democratic primary as he takes on incumbent Sen. Barbara Mikulski. Taylor was "miffed" that certain media outlets have seemingly overlooked this fact.

EHRLICH Aside from a few gray hairs, not much else has changed about ex-Gov. Robert Ehrlich, writes Post staff writer John Wagner.

HAINES Sen. Larry Haines, R-Baltimore-Carroll counties, has decided to not run for re-election after 20 years in office, writes Bryan Sears for the Patuxent Publishing Company. Carroll County Times staff writer Adam Bednar put together a biographical sketch of Haines’s career.

HECHT Del. Sue Hecht is another lawmaker who has announced she's not returning. Erich Wagner of MarylandReporter.com talked to her as part of our ongoing series on legislators not seeking re-election.

WINE LEGISLATION (Annapolis) Capital staff writer Liam Farrell writes about the ups and downs Maryland wineries faced during the 2010 General Assembly.

PSC AUDIT The state Public Service Commission did not review consumer billings as required for nearly half of Maryland's 19 utilities companies, according to a state audit released Monday. Erich Wagner writes in MarylandReporter.com.

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