August 2 // Maryland’s Heather Mizeur wants to be first openly gay candidate elected governor in U.S.

A year and a half from now, Heather R. Mizeur will either be the first female governor of Maryland and the first openly gay candidate elected governor in the nation. Or she’ll be growing organic herbs on the Eastern Shore. Or working on a novel. Or maybe both. (Wash. Post)

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Delaney pledges to use personal funds on campaign to boost Md. minimum wage

Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), the newest member of Maryland’s congressional delegation, announced Monday that he would draw upon personal funds to launch a campaign to raise the state’s minimum wage in next year’s legislative session. (Wash. Post)

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Council gives preliminary OK to Harbor Point financing

After weeks of protests, the Baltimore City Council granted preliminary approval Monday evening to more than $100 million in public financing for the upscale Harbor Point development. In an 11-3 vote, the council authorized bonds to pay for the project's infrastructure and for nearby parks. "To me, the long-term return on investment outweighs any shortcomings early on," Councilman Robert W. Curran, a supporter of the plan, said after the meeting. "The bottom line is: It puts cranes in the sky. It creates jobs." (Balt. Sun)

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Guns released to buyers with criminal histories

Maryland gun dealers released more than two dozen firearms to people barred from owning guns because of their criminal records — a consequence of the state's inability to keep up with background checks, officials said Thursday. The state police expect more guns to get into the wrong hands if dealers refuse to wait for what has become a nearly 100-day delay in completing the checks, which are intended to be done before individuals buy handguns and assault rifles. Under state law, dealers can release the guns after waiting seven days. (Balt. Sun)

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Task force calls for Arundel police to disband executive protection unit

The Anne Arundel County Police Department should disband the executive protection unit that became entangled in the scandal that landed former County Executive John R. Leopold in jail, a task force recommended Monday. The county should create a unit with special officers who would report to the county executive, separate from the county force, the panel said. (Balt. Sun)

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Schuh, Simonaire renew push to overturn Anne Arundel stormwater fees

A Republican candidate for county executive said Thursday he's working with another state lawmaker to exempt Anne Arundel County from the state stormwater fee mandate that will fund Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts. Del. Steve Schuh and state Sen. Bryan Simonaire, who both represent the Pasadena area, released a statement saying they've drafted a bill that would remove the county from a list of 10 Maryland jurisdictions included in a state funding requirement for stormwater remediation. They plan to file the bill for consideration in the next General Assembly session, which begins in January. (Capital)

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Rural coalition touts achievement, looks to expand

The 10-county partnership founded with the help of Commissioners President Blaine Young and partially funded by Frederick County boasted a 44 percent success rate in its recent state lobbying efforts. The first report for the Maryland Rural Counties Coalition also shows it has spent $27,500 on lobbyists and $8,578.69 hosting events for state lawmakers since the group was founded in December 2011. Group leaders are visiting each member county to present the report, which showcases the coalition's accomplishments and sets goals. (News-Post)

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Maryland Republicans criticize Obama's vacation choice

The chairman of the Maryland Republican Party wants to know why Camp David isn’t good enough for President Barack Obama. Diana Waterman released a statement criticizing Obama’s upcoming vacation to Martha’s Vineyard. “Mr. President: What’s wrong with Camp David? Frederick County is a beautiful and cost effective place to vacation. There are plenty of activities on site and it is owned, operated and secured by the federal government,” Waterman said. (Capital)

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