Two-thirds undecided in attorney general's race

Two-thirds of Maryland Democrats are undecided in a wide-open race to succeed Douglas F. Gansler as state attorney general, a new poll for The Baltimore Sun shows. Among Democrats who expressed a preference, Del. Jon Cardin of Baltimore County was ahead with 18 percent support. The other three candidates — state Sen. Brian E. Frosh and Del. C. William Frick, both of Montgomery County, and Del. Aisha Braveboy of Prince George's County — polled in single digits. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Democrats don't pick O'Malley for White House

Gov. Martin O'Malley may have his eye on running for the White House, but a new Baltimore Sun poll suggests he could have a tough time winning the Democratic primary election in his own state. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outpolled O'Malley by nearly 10 to 1 among likely Maryland Democratic voters asked to name their top choice among four possible candidates to be the party's standard-bearer in the 2016 presidential election. (Balt. Sun)

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Brown campaign will not use campaign finance loophole

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Anthony G. Brown said Saturday that his campaign would forgo the use of a loophole that might have allowed his running mate to raise money during the General Assembly session — portraying the decision as a matter of principle. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. political races become crowded stage for one-upmanship as rivals vie for spotlight

Politicians jockeying for attention are hardly unusual at the Maryland General Assembly. But in this busy election year the one-upmanship has turned the legislative session into a campaign battleground, with candidates making many of the same pitches in hearing rooms that they do out on the trail. (Wash. Post)

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Dems in governor's race see opportunity in undecided voters

Democrats vying to be governor found reasons for optimism Sunday after a Baltimore Sun poll showed that 40 percent of primary voters had not settled on a candidate. With four months until the June 24 primary election, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown celebrated that he was the early front-runner. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler declared the race "wide open," and Del. Heather R. Mizeur pointed to her campaign's progress since the fall. Each candidate vowed to deploy volunteers to court those undecided primary voters, which outnumber the supporters for any candidate. Both Brown and Gansler opened new campaign offices in their home county on Sunday. (Balt. Sun)

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'America deserves a raise,' Obama tells Democrats in Cambridge

President Barack Obama told House Democratic lawmakers assembled Friday on Maryland's Eastern Shore that Congress must focus on increasing the federal minimum wage and changing immigration laws ahead of a midterm election that he acknowledged could be difficult for his party. In a 20-minute pep talk that echoed themes he sounded during his recent State of the Union address, Obama told lawmakers in Cambridge attending an annual retreat that he needs their help on those twin goals, despite his recent emphasis on working around Capitol Hill on other issues. (Balt. Sun)

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Democrats running for governor in Md. report progress in coming up with debate schedule

There is no debate schedule just yet in Maryland’s Democratic primary for governor, but the three major candidates on Friday jointly announced a commitment to come up with one by March 1. “All three campaigns agree that Maryland Democrats deserve to hear the candidates’ views on the issues, and we are committed to working in a cooperative manner to come up with a series of debates to meet that goal,” said a statement issued by the campaigns of Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery). (Wash. Post)

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Candidates for governor woo Baltimore voters

Baltimore has no favorite son or daughter in this year's gubernatorial race, so the Democratic contenders — all Washington-area residents — are stepping up their efforts to persuade city voters to adopt them. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler have opened campaign offices in Baltimore and have launched phone bank operations. Del. Heather R. Mizeur's lower-budget campaign is doing the same work out of private homes. All are regular visitors to the city. (Balt. Sun)

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