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Q&A with John Olszewski Jr., a Dundalk-raised progressive vying for Baltimore County executive

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Photo via John Olszewski Jr.’s campaign

“Faith, family and friends”—that’s where John Olszewski Jr. says he leaned for calm this past summer, as state elections officials re-tallied the votes from the Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive. He’d finished in a dead heat with state Sen. Jim Brochin (D-42nd District) on June 26. It took nearly three weeks before elections officials affirmed “Johnny O” had eked out a victory by 16 votes.

Brochin calls for recount in narrow Baltimore County executive Democratic primary

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Images via Twitter/John Olszewski Jr. campaign website

Sorry, Baltimore County Dems, but it could be at least another week before you know your official candidate for this fall’s county executive general election.

Will Maryland Bend the Rules for Fantasy Sports?

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If you are active in fantasy sports in Maryland, and you’re sick of not being able to receive cash prizes, what can you do? Well, if you also happen to be a state delegate, you can introduce legislation.

A few years ago, Del. John Olszewski Jr. was putting together a fantasy football league — in which participants pick real players to be on their fake teams and gain points based on those players’ performance in real games — when he discovered Maryland’s de facto rule against cash payouts. (Maryland has no law specifically regarding fantasy sports, but the state’s other gambling laws make the situation clear.)

Frustrated, Olszewski introduced a bill in Annapolis to allow cash payouts for fantasy sports leagues. It failed, but he’s trying again, optimistic about his chances this time around.

More than thirty other states currently allow cash payouts for fantasy sports participants. Olszewski’s bill would, in his words, put Maryland “on the same playing field.”

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