Doug Duncan shows new shade of green in battle over Ten Mile Creek

Doug Duncan, running for a return to office in the June Democratic primary, was as green as a leprechaun’s coat Wednesday when he announced his solidarity with environmentalists who want to protect northern Montgomery’s Ten Mile Creek watershed from new development. The area, which includes the town of Clarksburg, is the site of a huge land use fight over proposals by two major developers — Pulte and Peterson-- to build new homes and retail. (Wash. Post)

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Duncan won't participate in Takoma Park forum

Douglas M. Duncan (D) will not take part in a forum for the three Democratic county executive candidates scheduled for Friday morning in Takoma Park, citing the organizers’ refusal to open the event to members of the public and media. The event is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. at Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus for members of the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce, and had been billed as a chance to hear members of the chamber’s Government Affairs Committee pose questions to Duncan, County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and Councilman Phil Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg. (Gazette)

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Radio blitz backs storm-water fees

Environmental groups have come out singing with a musical radio ad blitz against efforts in Annapolis to repeal or weaken the 2012 law requiring storm-water fees in Baltimore city and Maryland's largest counties. The Clean Water, Healthy Families coalition, including more than a dozen different green groups and the National Aquarium, began running 60-second radio ads Wednesday defending the fees on four stations in Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington. (Balt. Sun)

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Jan. 22 // Maryland senator’s bid for reelection opposed by both O’Malley and Ehrlich

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. never agreed on much, but the two adversaries have come to the same conclusion about one thing: Someone other than James Brochin should be elected to the state Senate from District 42. (Wash. Post)

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Gansler campaign attacks Brown on contributions from donors with ties to health exchange

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler opened a new line of attack Tuesday against fellow Democrat Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown: campaign contributions from donors with links to the flubbed Maryland health exchange. Gansler's gubernatorial campaign said Tuesday that it had identified more than $33,000 in donations from companies, lobbyists and executives with ties to the exchange in recent campaign finance reports that Brown has filed in the race for governor. (Balt. Sun)

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Rep. Delaney voices frustration over Md. health exchange

Six weeks ago, Rep. John K. Delaney began to push this idea: What if Maryland just abandoned its troubled online health insurance marketplace and used the federal version instead? Or maybe used some combination of the two? “I have asked the state, repeatedly, to provide a basic assessment of the costs and benefits of switching to the federal exchange,” Delaney wrote in the letter, which is posted on his Web site. (Wash. Post)

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Sharfstein: Risks outweigh benefits of exchange switch

The secretary of the state health department responded Tuesday to a Democratic congressman's request for an analysis of the pros and cons of switching to the federal insurance exchange, arguing in a letter that the risk of switching before the current enrollment period ends outweighs the potential benefits. (Balt. Sun) 

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'Draft' billboards aimed at Ben Carson, voters

A group trying to draft Ben Carson to run for president in 2016 has bought seven billboards in the Baltimore region aimed partly at voters but also at the Hopkins neurosurgeon himself. "We wanted Dr. Carson to be able to see the billboards on the way into work," said Vernon Robinson, treasurer of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee. (Balt. Sun)

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