Governor candidates help dedicate improved Aberdeen Proving Ground interchange

Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Republican Harford County Executive David Craig could be slugging it out for the state's highest office a year from now, but they were all smiles and handshakes Monday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of upgrades to the Route 715/Route 40 interchange near Aberdeen Proving Ground's main gate. (Aegis)

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Incumbents-only race so far for Gaithersburg council and mayor

Gaithersburg’s mayor and councilmembers appear to be running unopposed in the days leading up to the city’s Sept. 20 candidate filing deadline. (Gazette)

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Sept. 9 // Md. delegation mainly 'undecided' on Syria

A majority of Maryland’s members of the House of Representatives is undecided on whether the U.S. should intervene in Syria in response to that government’s use of chemical weapons against rebel forces in a civil war, a survey by The Daily Times for USA TODAY has found. (Daily Times)

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Baker aide Kerry Watson to lobby in Annapolis for Alexander & Cleaver

Kerry Watson, a former Prince George’s police officer who has worked as a top adviser to Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) has left Upper Marlboro to join Alexander & Cleaver, a law firm that does extensive lobbying in Annapolis. (Wash. Post)

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Thomas Perez digs in at Labor Department

Six weeks after taking over the U.S. Department of Labor, Marylander Thomas E. Perez is receiving praise from unions, concern from business leaders and hope from others that he will expand the agency's mission. Perez, a former Maryland labor secretary, has stepped into the Cabinet post as the agency considers new regulations that could affect pay and working conditions for millions of Americans. And labor analysts say the 51-year-old Takoma Park man may also be more able than past secretaries to move the agency beyond its traditional role as an enforcer of labor laws, giving it more influence over economic policy and the nation's stubbornly high unemployment. (Balt. Sun)

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Sept. 17 // Gansler eyes several officeholders from Baltimore, Prince George’s as running mate

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Douglas F. Gansler has narrowed his search for a running mate to a handful of names and is likely to announce his pick next month, his advisers said Monday. Several African American officials from Baltimore and Prince George’s County are apparently in the mix. Baltimore Comptroller Joan M. Pratt (D) confirmed in an interview that she recently talked to Gansler about the lieutenant governor position. (Wash. Post)

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O'Malley cool to corporate tax cut, supports higher minimum wage

Gov. Martin O'Malley told a group of more than 100 state business leaders Friday that he was disinclined to cut the corporate income tax rate, but he wanted raise the state's minimum wage. "It is a fact that wages have been declining in our country for the first time since the second World War. There is a growing gulf between our middle class and between the wealthy in our country," O'Malley said during a summit organized by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. The governor added: ""I think that we should raise the minimum wage. I'd like to see us do that." (Balt. Sun)

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Arundel councilman resigns to make way for Jones' return

Anne Arundel County Councilman Peter Smith resigned Monday night, allowing his ousted predecessor, Daryl Jones, to return to office after a court ruling determined his removal had been improper. "I do this for the sake of the institution and my whole-hearted belief in the judicial system. The legal system has spoken," said Smith, a Severn Democrat. (Balt. Sun)

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