Pot To Pay For Pre-K? Legalizing Marijuana Becomes Maryland Campaign Issue

A Maryland lawmaker who is running for governor proposed Tuesday to legalize marijuana in the state to help pay to expand prekindergarten. Del. Heather Mizeur, a Democrat, said legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana in a way similar to how the state regulates alcohol would provide the state with increased revenue and enhance public safety by allowing law enforcement to focus greater attention on more serious crime. She estimated taxing marijuana sales would generate $157.5 million annually for early childhood education. (Capital)

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Northern Montgomery Activist Beth Daly Announces Run For At-Large Council Seat

Beth Daly, an Upcounty activist and director of political ad sales at Telemundo, has announced her candidacy for an at-large seat on the Montgomery County Council in the June 2014 Democratic primary. Daly, 51, said Wednesday that a major reason she entered the race is county government’s inability to keep pace with growth — a problem evidenced most dramatically by school overcrowding and road congestion. (Wash. Post)

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Nov. 20 // Vice President Biden says Baltimore's port needs new CSX facility

After touring the expansion of the Panama Canal, Vice President Joe Biden and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Tuesday they plan to increase their advocacy for a proposed CSX transfer station in Baltimore.  "You had [Panama] President [Ricardo] Martinelli saying, 'Look, any port on the East Coast that doesn’t dredge to 50-feet deep, and does not expand the size of their dock and intermodel connections, they're going to lose out," Biden said in a telephone interview from Panama with The Baltimore Sun. "Baltimore is more ready than others," Biden said, citing the port's already-deep dredging. "Baltimore is ahead of the game. You've got the cranes. You've got the widened docks. The last piece to put in place is the intermodal facility." (Balt. Sun)

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Rival campaigns criticize Brown on Md. health exchange

Two rival campaigns for governor took aim Tuesday at Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown over his role in the glitch-riddled launch of Maryland's health insurance exchange, contending that he mismanaged implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Fellow Democrat Douglas F. Gansler's campaign contends that Brown — who took a leading role in setting up the state-operated market for buying health insurance — "dropped the ball" in the effort to get the exchange up and running Oct. 1. (Balt. Sun)

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The Decision: Prince George's casino winner will be selected Dec. 20

We’ve been saying for some time that Maryland hoped to select a Prince George’s County casino winner before the end of year. Now we have a date: Dec. 20. The Video Lottery Facility Location Commission has set three upcoming meeting dates that will culminate with the much-anticipated decision. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Prince George’s County Council puts off vote on minimum wage bill

Prince George’s County law­makers on Tuesday deferred a vote on a bill that would raise the minimum wage to at least $11.50 an hour by 2016. While there appeared to be widespread support on the County Council for the bill, members said they wanted to wait to see whether a similar measure passes this month in Montgomery County. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) has said he is concerned that raising the minimum wage would put the county, which has struggled to attract retailers, at a competitive disadvantage. (Wash. Post)

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Cheryl Kagan announces bid for Maryland Senate seat representing Montgomery County

Cheryl Kagan, a former state delegate from Montgomery County, announced Tuesday that she plans to seek the Maryland Senate seat held by Sen. Jennie Forehand, one of the longest-serving members of the legislature. Forehand, meanwhile, has remained coy about whether she plans to seek reelection next year. “We need an effective advocate who will work tirelessly to protect our values,” Kagan said in a statement Tuesday. “In the Senate, I will speak up for our interests and for improving the quality of life in Rockville, Gaithersburg and all of Montgomery County.” (Wash. Post)

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Duncan: Agency leading transit center project ‘broken;’ Leggett says he is ‘responsible’

If Doug Duncan regains the Montgomery County Executive’s office in 2014, General Services Director David Dise would be well-advised to polish his résumé and line up references. Duncan (D) didn’t mention Dise by name during his appearance before Democratic activists at the Paladar Latin Kitchen off Rockville Pike, but his meaning was clear: Someone in county government needed to answer for the troubled Silver Spring Transit Center project. (Wash. Post)

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