Business community rallies behind Glass

Montgomery County’s business community appears to be making a late push for candidate Evan Glass in the District 5 County Council race.

Tuesday’s Democratic primary contest for the eastern Montgomery seat is viewed by many as a two-way race between Glass and Del. Tom Hucker (Montgomery).

Board of Education member Christopher S. Barclay (Silver Spring), who began the campaign with strong support from the powerful teachers union and top elected Democrats, was hurt by the disclosure of unauthorized use of his board-issued credit card. Two other candidates, Terrill North and Jeffrey Thames, have raised little money.

Hucker, a two-term state legislator and founder of Progressive Maryland, enjoys heavy support from organized labor and a commanding cash-on-hand advantage, according to the latest contribution reports.

But Glass is drawing a late surge of interest from businesses trying to head off a Hucker victory. Since mid-May, Glass has received about $22,000 from real-estate, land-development and construction groups.

— Bill Turque

GOP hopeful defends Redskins trademark

Republican gubernatorial front-runner Larry Hogan said Wednesday that it was an affront to free speech for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel the Washington Redskins’ trademark registration.

The case was filed on behalf of five Native Americans. In announcing the decision, the Trademark Office said the team name was “disparaging to Native Americans.”

“Whether you’re a fan of the Redskins, the Ravens or, God forbid, the Cowboys, today’s unprecedented action . . . should offend anyone concerned about constitutional limits on government power and free speech,” Hogan said in a statement issued by his campaign. “This matter should be decided by the Redskins and their fans.”

— John Wagner

Candidate charged with theft in Texas

Prosecutors in Texas are seeking to extradite a Baltimore candidate for state Senate on a felony theft charge.

Will J. Hanna, 43, who is challenging Sen. Lisa A. Gladden in the Democratic primary for the 41st District, is accused of stealing a car six years ago in Guadalupe County, Tex.

Hanna also is accused of writing $19,000 in bad checks in neighboring Bexar County, prosecutors there said. Those are misdemeanor charges.

Hanna, from northwest Baltimore, denies any wrongdoing. He says he knew nothing of bad checks when he left Texas, and he blames people associated with a business he ran there.

— Baltimore Sun