Josh Kurtz: Mizeur Makes It Official

As she treks with the rest of the Maryland political community to the Tawes crab feast in Crisfield today, state Del. Heather Mizeur (D) will be doing so as an officially announced candidate for governor. Not that there was much doubt about her intentions – and she isn’t making a big public speech just yet. But Mizeur today is unveiling a new Mizeur for governor website and sending an email to supporters informing them that the exploratory phase of her campaign is over. “I want Maryland to live up to her full potential rather than settling for good enough,” Mizeur said in an interview yesterday.

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Josh Kurtz: Quick Hits

You could almost hear the gasps in Maryland political circles Friday when U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that she was resigning. What if President Obama chooses Gov. Martin O’Malley to replace her? people inevitably thought. That could screw up two statewide races in 2014 and any number of down-ballot contests. Under the O’Malley-to-DHS scenario, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown would move up to be governor, making it harder for Democrats to run against him -- if they run against him at all. That could mean Attorney General Doug Gansler stays put, affecting any number of candidates farther down the ballot -- making what was shaping up to be the most wide-open state election in a generation a status quo election in a distressing heartbeat. But hey, ambitious Maryland pols -- there’s probably no reason to panic.

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Josh Kurtz: Two Smart Moves

Much has been made over the announcement this week that Jim Messina, the campaign manager for President Obama’s re-election, is going to become a strategist for Anthony Brown’s campaign for governor. Messina is an enormously talented and tough operative, and any degree of assistance he can offer Brown will be a tremendous asset to the lieutenant governor’s campaign. Another smart – and unreported – move that Brown made recently was his decision to travel to the National Education Association convention in Atlanta last week to host a reception for the 300-strong Maryland delegation.  Because this was a campaign appearance, he flew down on a commercial flight, with no security detail in tow.

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Laslo Boyd: Matt Gallagher’s New Job

If you recognize Matt Gallagher’s name, it’s because for the past 13 years he has worked closely with Mayor and then Governor Martin O’Malley. Actually, if you’re reading this column and follow government and politics in Maryland, there’s absolutely no doubt that you know who Matt Gallagher is. The innovation in government decision-making most associated with O’Malley’s years as an elected official is CitiStat, later rechristened StateStat. O’Malley has received a lot of favorable national attention for his use of data in the public sector. Gallagher is the person who oversaw the operation, first in City Hall and then in the State House. Now, as O’Malley enters this last stage of his final term as governor and contemplates a campaign for the presidency, Gallagher has seized what he sees as a very special opportunity to “try to improve Baltimore.” Gallagher has left his position as O’Malley’s Chief of Staff to become the President and CEO of the Goldseker Foundation.

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Ravens Stories and Insights with Nestor Aparicio - Part 2 - VIDEO

WNST's Nestor Aparicio highlights more from his book, "Purple Reign 2 - Family, Faith and Football." Nestor shares behind-the-scenes stories and insights from the Ravens leadership and their philosophy in building a team of champions.

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Josh Kurtz: Shock and Tawes

Time flies when you’re having fun -- and when you’re having an early primary. Can you believe that the last July 4 before the 2014 Maryland primary has come and gone already? And that the parades from one end of the state to the other last week were our last opportunity to witness the gubernatorial primary candidates making their Independence Day rounds? By the time the Fourth of July rolls around next year, we’ll have Democratic and Republican nominees for governor. They'll make strategic appearances at those parades, of course. But it doesn’t feel right somehow -- further evidence that the early primary has screwed up the political process in myriad ways. Next up on the stations of the cross for Maryland pols with statewide ambitions is the J. Millard Tawes clam bake and crab feast in Crisfield.

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The Retiring Kind

So here we go again. Let’s take a look at Maryland state senators and members of the House of Delegates who belong on a retirement watch list ahead of the 2014 elections. These are people who, given their fundraising pace, or changes to their district lines, or tepid levels of political activity, suggest that they’re not coming back -- regardless of what they may say publicly.

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The Supreme Court Takes A Huge Step Backwards

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