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's Senate

on Tuesday afternoon, which everyone knew was coming, was quickly overshadowed by the unexpected

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, revealed in Thursday morning's

Washington Post

, that another Democratic candidate for Senate,

, favored women he was close to with raises and promotions during his former job as president of the

. The allegations, which Mfume denies, are detailed in a confidential NAACP report obtained by the

Post

. Also, some at the NAACP are saying that Mfume was fired from the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, despite

that the split was amicable.

Re: Mfume:

The Sun

's follow-up to the

Post

's scoop can be read

. This, of course, will effect Mfume's standing in race to replace retiring

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. How so? Not yet known, but Mfume has come out swinging, and says he's still in the race. Read about it in the

and

.

The Baltimore daily's state political editor, David Nitkin,

the initial fallout: Basically, it's damaging, but too early to tell how much so, and it certainly helps

's chances if he decides to run. The

Gazette

papers' Thomas Dennison

, but his analysis is much more critical, pretty much calling the not "well-organized"

dead.

Re: Cardin: His story's much more boring, so just some coverage of his announcement from the

and

, much more in-depth coverage from the

' James D. Besser, and a look at who could win his seat from

's Andrew A. Green.

In other Senate race news, the

Wash Times

may be ignoring the Mfume/NAACP allegations story for now, but it published today a

, by S.A. Miller, about Republican

"struggle" to decide whether to run again for his current seat or for Senate.

Finally, next year we get to pick a Democratic candidate for governor, too, but the only news there in the past few days, via the

Post

, is that

has

Louisiana Democratic strategist

to run his gubernatorial campaign.

Oh, and that Steele's potential successor on the Ehrlich ticket,

, got a building in Annapolis

. And that Gov. Bob got his property tax cut

by the state Board of Public Works, on which his ally

sits. Hmmm. (

Wash Times

coverage

.)

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