Debate continues over raising minimum wage in Maryland

Those trying to raise the state’s minimum wage will have an ally in U.S. Rep. John Delaney when the Maryland General Assembly convenes in January. Delaney, a Democrat who represents the 6th Congressional District that includes Washington County, is promising a campaign using his personal funds to make the argument for a higher minimum wage in the state. (Herald-Mail)

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Glenarden owes IRS nearly $100K in penalties

Dennis Smith walked into his office on his second day as Glenarden mayor and found a voicemail waiting for him. It was a message from the Internal Revenue Service, calling to inform the city it owed about $150,000 in fines, Smith said. (Gazette)

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Candidates out pounding the pavement in Annapolis

When it comes to campaigning, Mike Pantelides knocks on doors with a golf ball. Tom McCarthy locates voters with a map, and Bob O’Shea uses a smaller belt — he’s lost 20 pounds after knocking on so many homes. As per pre-election ritual, candidates were out knocking on doors and passing out literature days before Tuesday’s Annapolis primary election. (Capital)

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Marijuana decriminalization bill heads back to Maryland legislature

A bill making possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil rather than criminal offense will be introduced in the coming state legislative session, after failing to advance this year. Sen. Robert A. Zirkin (D-Dist. 11) of Owings Mills said he will “absolutely” introduce a decriminalization bill in the 2014 General Assembly session. (Gazette)

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Following a bomb scare, Anthony Brown files papers to run for governor of Maryland

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) made his 2014 gubernatorial bid official Friday by filing the necessary paperwork at the Maryland State Board of Elections — but not until a nearby bomb scare delayed him for more than an hour. (Wash. Post)

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Kullen announces run for state delegate seat representing Calvert County

A familiar face to Southern Maryland has been knocking on doors for three weeks now, campaigning to reclaim a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates. Sue Kullen (D) of Port Republic announced she is running for the Maryland House of Delegates, representing Calvert County in District 27C. (Gazette)

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Coalition calls for fracking ban, halt to state rule making

A coalition of conservation and political groups have teamed up to stop natural gas fracking in Maryland. In a press conference in Baltimore, Marylanders Against Fracking called on Gov. Martin O’Malley to stop drafting regulations for the practice before state studies of the issue are complete. (Capital)

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Carroll congressmen discuss possible US action in Syria

With both Democrats and Republicans in Washington hesitant to support a military strike on Syria for allegedly using chemical warfare, Carroll’s congressmen have a mixed approach on a future strike. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-District 8, said he believed the draft resolution requested by President Barack Obama was “too broad and loosely written.” (Carr. Co. Times)

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