NAACP begins search to replace Jealous

The resignation of NAACP President Benjamin Jealous left the nation's most influential advocacy group for equality in search of a new leader at a particularly sensitive time in U.S. race relations, setting off a debate Monday about his potential successor. Jealous announced over the weekend that he will step down in December, sparking a flurry of analysis about his legacy and who could sustain his efforts to expand the group's reach, social media savvy and financial growth. (Balt. Sun)

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GOP's Craig calls for environmental rollback

Harford County Executive David R. Craig, a leading Republican candidate for governor, called Tuesday for a sweeping rollback of Maryland's environmental laws, saying measures passed by the state's leaders have failed to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. "They say they're aggressive in cleaning it, but they're saying they haven't cleaned it up. So are they being disingenuous about that? Did it actually work? Did it?" he said. "If it did, then why are they saying it's still getting polluted?" (Balt. Sun)

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City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke endorses Heather Mizeur for governor

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur picked up her first endorsement from a Baltimore elected official Monday as veteran City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke gave her blessing to the Montgomery County delegate's insurgent campaign. (Balt. Sun)

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Annapolis mayoral race to feature Cohen vs. Pantelides

An incumbent and a political neophyte will face off in the Annapolis Nov. 5 general election. Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen won the Democratic primary against challenger Bevin Buchheister, taking 57 percent of the votes. Michael J. Pantelides won the city’s Republican mayoral primary election, defeating fellow candidates Bob O’Shea and Frank Bradley. (Capital)

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Six months in, Anne Arundel County executive finds her political footing

It’s been a whirlwind six months for County Executive Laura Neuman. A political unknown when appointed to the seat in February, the Annapolis Republican wasted no time sweeping the county government clean of her predecessor’s appointees, vetoing a controversial stormwater bill and introducing a 2014 budget that boosted spending by $88 million than the previous year’s. (Capital)

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Brown plans to announce Mikulski’s endorsement at campaign event Sunday

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown’s gubernatorial campaign plans to unveil Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski as its latest supporter at an event Sunday, according to several people familiar with the planned endorsement. (Wash. Post)

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Judge hears plea to reinstate Arundel councilman ousted after tax charges

The attorney for ousted Anne Arundel County Councilman Daryl D. Jones said Monday her client made a mistake in failing to file tax returns for several years, but she said that after serving his time, Jones is "fit to be a lawyer and he is fit to be a member of the County Council." Attorney Linda Schuett made the case for Jones in Annapolis before retired Circuit Judge Arthur Ahalt, who will determine whether Jones will get his seat on the council back. (Balt. Sun)

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Pay raise recommended for Montgomery Councy Council

A citizens panel has recommended a 17 percent pay raise for members of the next Montgomery County Council, raising the annual salary to $125,000 for members taking office after the 2014 elections. The proposal comes from a citizens panel appointed by the council to study compensation for elected officials. The seven-member committee (six Democrats and one Republican) favors raising council salaries from the $106,394 members will make by year’s end, when a previously approved 2.2 percent cost-of-living adjustment kicks in. (Wash. Post)

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