Gansler, Brown continue to battle

If the race for the Democratic nomination for Maryland governor’s race were a 15-round boxing match, then Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown would have won the first couple of rounds. Brown racked up a series of high-profile endorsements ranging from the state teacher’s union to Gov. Martin O’Malley to Rep. Elijah Cummings and Sen. Ben Cardin. Then on top of that, leading challenger Attorney General Doug Gansler was forced to play defense following a series of potentially damaging incidents, including photos of him at his son’s Senior Week party where underage drinking appeared to be taking place. (WMAR-TV)

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Clagett: Frederick County should examine income tax hike for school, road projects

Maryland Delegate Galen Clagett says Frederick County's leaders should consider raising local income taxes to help pay for school construction and other capital projects. Clagett floated the idea Tuesday afternoon to a work group tasked with discussing county growth planning strategies. The group is looking at how the county should pay for infrastructure expansion to serve the growing population of students, drivers and library patrons. (News-Post)

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Hooe is first Republican to run in District 12

District 12 voters have an abundance of options on the Democratic side for the three open delegate seats. But, until late last month, no one had stepped forward to fill an "R" slot on the ballot. Lansdowne resident Joseph Hooe became the first Republican to file for the District 12 House race on Nov. 20. But Hooe, 45, doesn't intend to make his campaign about partisan politics. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery delegate's bill would add lands to deer hunting

A Montgomery County lawmaker will try again to give archery hunters more room to help cull the county’s growing deer population. Del. Eric Luedtke again has proposed a local bill to shrink the safety zone around Montgomery County buildings from 150 yards to 50 yards for bow hunters. Current state law prohibits shooting any firearm or deadly weapon, like a bow, within 150 yards of an occupied home, church or other building or camp. Around schools, the safety zone is 300 yards. (Gazette)

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Barve says education, jobs continue to be priorities in District 17

Del. Kumar P. Barve is counting on his track record in the state House of Delegates over the past 20-odd years to form the foundation for a successful re-election campaign. “If you looked at my campaign literature from four years ago, it would probably be pretty similar,” said Barve (D-Dist. 17) of Gaithersburg. Barve has been a member of the House of Delegates since 1991 and Democratic majority leader since 2003. He represents District 17, which includes Rockville and Gaithersburg. (Gazette)

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Dec. 3 // New Mayor Sees Annapolis As Potential ‘Athens Of The East’

Minutes after being sworn in as the new mayor of Annapolis on Monday, Mike Pantelides vowed to be a watchdog on city finances, and also to work on issues facing the state capital from crime to a sluggish business climate. He said he'll scrutinize the city budget, work with leaders of other levels of government and focus on expanding and promoting existing businesses in the state capital. With the capital city's historical and cultural significance, Pantelides said Annapolis can become the "Athens of the East" — a line that earned approval from the audience, which included Greece's ambassador to the United States, as well as a representative from Cyprus. (Balt. Sun)

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Rockville's Gilchrist focuses on environmental concerns

Del. James W. Gilchrist says he wants another term in the General Assembly to continue working on environmental concerns. Gilchrist (D-Dist. 17) switched from the Ways and Means Committee to the Environmental Matters Committee last term. “I want to continue the work I’ve been doing as a legislator,” Gilchrist said. “... Specifically, some bills and issues I’ve been working on have to do with the health and sustainability of ... the Chesapeake Bay and the fisheries.” The state delegate said he also wants to continue working on a number of bond bills and legislation dealing with taxes and housing issues. (Gazette)

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Union Will Ask Assembly To Restore Seniority Rights

Maryland's largest state workers union will ask the General Assembly to undo a Court of Appeals ruling that would erode traditional seniority protections for thousands of public employees. The state's highest court held last week that when jobs reopen after layoffs, agencies are not required to offer the positions to previous employees in order of seniority. Instead, the court said, agencies have the option of following seniority rules or recruiting employees. Sue Esty, legislative affairs director for Council 3 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said Monday that the union will seek a legislative remedy to that decision. (Balt. Sun)

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