Unopposed, Gaithersburg's mayor, two council members plan minimal campaigns

Even though they’re running unopposed in the city’s November elections, Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz and City Councilmen Henry Marraffa and Mike Sesma have said they will continue to campaign, but on a smaller scale. On the way to his fifth mayoral term, Katz, 63, said he will prepare for Election Day by updating his campaign website, sidneykatz.com, within the next week and handing out printed material to voters at the polls. (Gazette)

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Obama to visit Rockville, Md. business Thursday

President Obama plans to visit a Maryland construction company to talk about the government shutdown's effect on business. Obama press secretary Jay Carney said that Obama will visit M. Luis Construction in Rockville on Thursday to talk about the need for Congress to break its budget stalemate. Carney said M. Luis is an example of a company that has grown in recent years because interest rates have been low and businesses are therefore able to borrow cheaply. (WTOP)

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Howard County budget chief, Chamber of Commerce member weigh impact of government shutdown

With a federal shutdown in effect after Congress failed to reach a spending-bill compromise by midnight on Oct. 1, local officials and business leaders are trying to determine what the impact of a potential federal shutdown will be for Howard County. The Republican-controlled House and Democrat-controlled Senate have been at odds over the future of the Affordable Care Act. Leading up to the impasse Monday night, both chambers lobbed bills back and forth – some proposing to defund or delay the law, and others funding it in full. The shutdown is the first in 17 years. (Balt. Sun)

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Blanchard, Mellor take Emmitsburg commissioner seats

One former commissioner and one newcomer took the two open seats in Tuesday's town election. Glenn Blanchard had to resign his seat on the five-member board in February because of health issues. He earned 124 votes in Tuesday's election, the most of any of the four candidates. Blanchard said he has gained control of his health this year through diet and exercise, and is grateful to return to the board. (News-Post)

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Oct. 1 // State argues gun law should take effect as scheduled

The Maryland Attorney General's Office argued the state's sweeping new gun law should take effect Tuesday as planned, telling a federal court Monday that the gun rights advocates seeking to halt it should have objected months ago. Instead, gun dealers reaped profit from a months-long gun-buying frenzy and then challenged the law just days before it took effect, assistant attorneys general wrote in a motion filed Monday. (Balt. Sun)

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Gansler proposes preschool to close achievement gap

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler proposed the state pay for all-day preschool for low-income students to close the achievement gap between poor and wealthy students, a disparity the gubernatorial candidate calls “our biggest moral stain.” Gansler, a two-term Democrat running for governor, suggested using money from the state's lucrative casinos to pay for it, according to his prepared speech delivered at Salisbury University. (Balt. Sun)

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Brown says he'll back minimum wage bill

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown told union members Monday that he will back legislation to increase Maryland's minimum wage in the 2014 General Assembly session whether Gov. Martin O'Malley is on board or not. Brown, who was in Baltimore to accept the endorsement of the Service Employees International Union for governor, said that if the O'Malley administration does not include such a bill in its legislative package, he will support such a measure on his own. (Balt. Sun)

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Md-DC Council of Service Employees International Union backs Brown-Ulman ticket

Service laborers are supporting Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown in the race to be Maryland’s next governor. The Maryland-DC State Council of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Monday endorsed Brown (D) and his running mate, Howard County Executive Kenneth S. Ulman (D). SEIU backed Brown for his work on health care reform, worker training and increasing the state’s minimum wage, Jaime Contreras, president of the Maryland-DC council, said. (Gazette)

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