As Maryland minimum wage hike gains support, hurdles remain

Many Democrats have come out for hiking the state’s $7.25 per hour minimum wage, but any bill introduced to do so in the next General Assembly session must overcome staunch opposition from an unconvinced committee and the small-business community. (Capital)

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Craig event to highlight 'rain tax' impact

Harford County Executive David R. Craig, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor in 2014, will use an auto dealership as a backdrop Tuesday for an attack on the storm water management fee that opponents have dubbed the "rain tax." (Balt. Sun)

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Neuman playing catch-up in Anne Arundel County 

When Laura A. Neuman was appointed Anne Arundel County executive in February, the former entrepreneur and economic development official saw it as an opportunity to help her home county. What the 48-year-old did not immediately see were some of the deep flaws in the local government. (Daily Record)

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Busch, Rawlings-Blake to back new gun law advertisements

Radio advertisements praising Maryland's new gun law will begin airing in the Baltimore area this week, advocates said, and two prominent area Democrats will lend their voices to supporting the campaign. House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake are scheduled to be at an event Tuesday unveiling the ads, which promote a new handgun licensing law that takes effect Oct. 1. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel County attorney: Jones shouldn't get council seat back

Former County Councilman Daryl Jones should have told voters in 2010 that he was under investigation for tax violations, County Attorney David Plymyer wrote in a memorandum filed Wednesday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. And because he didn’t, the Severn Democrat should not get back his council seat, which would result in Councilman Pete Smith losing his, Plymyer wrote. (Capital)

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Delegate: Gun rules too restrictive 

Gun-rights advocates will return to Annapolis on Sept. 23 to challenge proposed Maryland State Police regulations that would require would-be handgun purchasers to fire the weapons on a test range in order to get a license. The state police are “overly interpreting the legislation to be as restrictive as possible,” said Del. Michael D. Smigiel Sr., a gun-rights supporter who voted against the law and opposes the proposed regulation. (Daily Record)

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Harbor Point's city-issued bonds set for final approval Monday

Amid continued protests, the Baltimore City Council is set to give final approval Monday to more than $100 million in taxpayer assistance for the massive Harbor Point development that the mayor calls a "once-in-a-generation opportunity." Council members say they expect the $107 million in tax-increment-financing bonds for the waterfront project to pass easily. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll Commissioner Frazier fighting to rehire former assistant

Carroll County Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier is continuing her crusade to get her former assistant Frances Lynn “Lyn” Mallick back on the job after she was fired by three out of the five commissioners. Frazier directed county staff to issue a press release Wednesday that made the case that Mallick should be reinstated as her assistant researcher for the board. The commissioners received legal advice on the July 18 decision by Commissioners Doug Howard, Haven Shoemaker and Dave Roush to fire Mallick. (Carroll Co. Times)

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