Light turnout greets primary election day in Arundel

Monica Bias of Severna Park called the primary voter turnout at the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Company "pathetic" when she voted just before 7 p.m. on Tuesday. A 58-year-old state employee, Bias never missed a chance to vote. "I always vote. I never miss it. You can't make a difference if you don't vote," she said. One advantage of light turnout was that Bias was able to cast her ballot quickly. "I've been here when the line went out the door and wrapped around and around," she said. Earleigh Heights had 254 voters at 6 p.m. — 140 Republicans and 114 Democrats — and chief judge Lynn Biancavilla was rooting for turnout to hit 275 by the end of the night. (Balt. Sun)

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June 24 // City Council approvals tax breaks to spur Baltimore development

Developers are set to receive tax credits designed to spur the construction of new apartments and homes in Baltimore under legislation the City Council approved Monday. The tax credits, which received no opposition from the council, are part of a plan by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to keep families in Baltimore and attract new residents to the city. (Balt. Sun)

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Officials, party leaders fear voters are busy vacationing

One of the chief enemies of robust voter turnout today could be what local Republican Lonnie Ropp terms “vacation brain syndrome.” This year’s election is historic, coming as Frederick County gets ready for sweeping changes in its governmental structure. But despite the significance of today’s voting, the state’s decision to move the primary date from September to June could jeopardize a strong showing at the polls. This time of year, people seem more focused on beaches than ballots, said Ropp, chairman of the Frederick County Republican Central Committee. (News-Post)

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Frederick County commissioners prepare to consider $525M budget plan

Local leaders today are expected to adopt a Frederick County operating budget that gives raises to government employees, includes a slight property tax rate cut and grows by about $9.4 million over the prior year. If it is adopted, the $525.7 million plan for fiscal 2015 will be the county's largest-ever budget and one that taps into reserve funds to break even. However, Commissioners President Blaine Young said he sees the proposed budget as fiscally conservative. (News-Post)

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OC drownings on guarded beaches spotlight dangers

In the wake of two riptide-related drownings within a two-week period, is the Ocean City Beach Patrol doing anything differently? Ocean City Beach Patrol Capt. Melbourne "Butch" Arbin says no. "It's what we would do tomorrow, it's what we would have done 10 years ago," Arbin said in an interview. (Daily Times)

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Baltimore City's cable-access relaunches with HGTV-style fare, increased budget

On Wednesday, Baltimore will relaunch its publicly owned TV station, shifting its focus from broadcasts of government meetings to CharmTV, a showcase for city restaurants, businesses and neighborhoods. City leaders see an opportunity to counteract negative perceptions of Baltimore, but with the change come questions about significantly increased spending on an untested business model — without benefit of data to show how many people watch the station. (Balt. Sun)

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Bowie voters want candidates to focus on crime, education and traffic

Redistricting has changed the shape of legislative districts covering the Bowie area, but that hasn’t changed some of the issues residents say are important — crime, education and traffic. Tuesday's primary election will pit seven Democratic candidates competing for three Maryland Senate seats and 26 Democratic candidates vying for nine House of Delegate seats in districts 23, 24 and 25. (Capital)

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Md. Senators Focus On Wait Times At Baltimore’s VA Medical Center

At Baltimore’s VA Medical Center, it’s a standard complaint. “Long waits. Long waits in the emergency room. Long waits for clinics. Long waits for specialty clinics,” said VA patient Brian Oliver. In a tour of the hospital, Maryland Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin acknowledged it’s worse for first-time patients. (WJZ-TV)

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