Sign-waving politician's citation dismissed in Anne Arundel

An Anne Arundel County judge on Tuesday dismissed a ticket for sign waving that was issued to County Councilman John Grasso in May. In a District Court hearing in Annapolis that lasted perhaps one minute, Judge Jonas D. Legum dismissed the charge after a county police officer declined to offer any evidence to support the ticket. (Balt. Sun)

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Incumbents-only race so far for Gaithersburg council and mayor

Gaithersburg’s mayor and councilmembers appear to be running unopposed in the days leading up to the city’s Sept. 20 candidate filing deadline. (Gazette)

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Baker aide Kerry Watson to lobby in Annapolis for Alexander & Cleaver

Kerry Watson, a former Prince George’s police officer who has worked as a top adviser to Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) has left Upper Marlboro to join Alexander & Cleaver, a law firm that does extensive lobbying in Annapolis. (Wash. Post)

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Sept. 17 // Gansler eyes several officeholders from Baltimore, Prince George’s as running mate

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Douglas F. Gansler has narrowed his search for a running mate to a handful of names and is likely to announce his pick next month, his advisers said Monday. Several African American officials from Baltimore and Prince George’s County are apparently in the mix. Baltimore Comptroller Joan M. Pratt (D) confirmed in an interview that she recently talked to Gansler about the lieutenant governor position. (Wash. Post)

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Arundel councilman resigns to make way for Jones' return

Anne Arundel County Councilman Peter Smith resigned Monday night, allowing his ousted predecessor, Daryl Jones, to return to office after a court ruling determined his removal had been improper. "I do this for the sake of the institution and my whole-hearted belief in the judicial system. The legal system has spoken," said Smith, a Severn Democrat. (Balt. Sun)

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Craig event to highlight 'rain tax' impact

Harford County Executive David R. Craig, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor in 2014, will use an auto dealership as a backdrop Tuesday for an attack on the storm water management fee that opponents have dubbed the "rain tax." (Balt. Sun)

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Busch, Rawlings-Blake to back new gun law advertisements

Radio advertisements praising Maryland's new gun law will begin airing in the Baltimore area this week, advocates said, and two prominent area Democrats will lend their voices to supporting the campaign. House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake are scheduled to be at an event Tuesday unveiling the ads, which promote a new handgun licensing law that takes effect Oct. 1. (Balt. Sun)

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Delegate: Gun rules too restrictive 

Gun-rights advocates will return to Annapolis on Sept. 23 to challenge proposed Maryland State Police regulations that would require would-be handgun purchasers to fire the weapons on a test range in order to get a license. The state police are “overly interpreting the legislation to be as restrictive as possible,” said Del. Michael D. Smigiel Sr., a gun-rights supporter who voted against the law and opposes the proposed regulation. (Daily Record)

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