Team 32 lawmakers files for re-election in Anne Arundel without Love

Democratic incumbent lawmakers in District 32 filed for re-election as Team 32 on Tuesday, with one conspicuous absence. State Sen. Ed DeGrange of Glen Burnie, Del. Pam Beidle and Del. Ted Sophocleus, both from Linthicum, announced their re-election bid in a joint statement. (Capital)

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Councilmember Watson expected to announce county executive run

It’s almost official: District 1 County Councilmember Courtney Watson, a Democrat, has set the date that political observers expect will be her campaign announcement for a county executive run. (Balt. Sun)

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The not-quite-Free State: Maryland dragged its feet on emancipation during Civil War

Maryland calls itself the Free State, but it was in no hurry to give up slavery during the Civil War. Elsewhere in the country, antislavery measures progressed rapidly. Congress freed the slaves in the District in 1862, compensating their owners. The Emancipation Proclamation, which freed the slaves in the states that had seceded, went into effect on Jan. 1, 1863. But Maryland didn’t act until 1864, when it held a referendum — and even then, the outcome wasn’t at all certain. (Wash. Post)

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Will Dynamic Lollar Overshadow Craig and George?

Businessman and Tea Party favorite Charles Lollar has officially launched his bid for the Maryland Republican gubernatorial nomination. Lollar launched his campaign in St. Mary's County Maryland - the county is home to Maryland's first capital and, to the delight of state Republicans, is one of the fastest growing counties in the state and has been growing ever more Republican in recent years. (Wash. Post)

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Sept. 14 // Gov. O’Malley appoints commission to oversee Maryland’s medical marijuana program

Maryland moved a step closer to dispensing medical marijuana on Thursday with the appointment of a commission by Gov. Martin O’Malley to oversee the program. O’Malley (D) appointed 11 members to the Medical Marijuana Commission, as called for by legislation approved during this year’s session of the General Assembly. (Balt. Sun)

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Del. Hershey asks commissioners to support Senate bid using official stationery, apparent ethics violation

Del. Steve Hershey has lobbied county commissioners in Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, and Cecil for letters of support to the governor in his bid to fill the seat vacated by Sen. E.J. Pipkin in District 36. But he has done so using his official legislative letterhead — prohibited under ethics rules established by the legislature. (Md Reporter)

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O’Malley appoints Brian Feldman to vacant Montgomery County Senate seat

Gov. Martin O’Malley appointed Del. Brian J. Feldman on Thursday to fill a Montgomery County Senate seat vacated by Robert J. Garagiola. Feldman was the unanimous choice of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee for the District 15 Senate seat at a meeting on Tuesday night. (Wash. Post)

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Part of Garrett wind bill said to be invalid

A portion of Senate Bill 370, which deals with setback requirements for wind turbines, was deemed unconstitutional by Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler because it would have given adjacent neighbors zoning authority. (Times-News)

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