Cardin visits WSSC water plant

On the heels of emergency water restrictions imposed in Prince George’s County this July because of a failing water main, U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin met Tuesday with the bi-county Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission to talk options for fixing the aging infrastructure. (Gazette)

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Apartment tenant joins Cheverly council to speak up for renters

Fed up with management at the her apartment building on Landover Road, tenant Sandra Rodgers said she wanted to take matters into her own hands — so she joined the Cheverly Town Council. Rodgers, 47, is filling a three-year council vacancy representing Ward 5, a district in the northeast portion of Cheverly whose constituents are all residents of Cheverly Station Apartments. (Gazette)

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August 13 // Gansler said rival Brown relying on race in Maryland governor’s contest

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler told a group of campaign volunteers last month that Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, his chief Democratic rival for governor, has a thin record of accomplishment and is trying to rely on his race to get elected next year. “I mean, right now his campaign slogan is, ‘Vote for me, I want to be the first African American governor of Maryland,’ ” Gansler (D) told the group. “That’s a laudable goal, but you need a second sentence: ‘Because here’s what I’ve done, and here’s why I’ve done it.’ ” (Wash. Post)

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Delaney pledges to use personal funds on campaign to boost Md. minimum wage

Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), the newest member of Maryland’s congressional delegation, announced Monday that he would draw upon personal funds to launch a campaign to raise the state’s minimum wage in next year’s legislative session. (Wash. Post)

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Council gives preliminary OK to Harbor Point financing

After weeks of protests, the Baltimore City Council granted preliminary approval Monday evening to more than $100 million in public financing for the upscale Harbor Point development. In an 11-3 vote, the council authorized bonds to pay for the project's infrastructure and for nearby parks. "To me, the long-term return on investment outweighs any shortcomings early on," Councilman Robert W. Curran, a supporter of the plan, said after the meeting. "The bottom line is: It puts cranes in the sky. It creates jobs." (Balt. Sun)

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Task force calls for Arundel police to disband executive protection unit

The Anne Arundel County Police Department should disband the executive protection unit that became entangled in the scandal that landed former County Executive John R. Leopold in jail, a task force recommended Monday. The county should create a unit with special officers who would report to the county executive, separate from the county force, the panel said. (Balt. Sun)

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Rural coalition touts achievement, looks to expand

The 10-county partnership founded with the help of Commissioners President Blaine Young and partially funded by Frederick County boasted a 44 percent success rate in its recent state lobbying efforts. The first report for the Maryland Rural Counties Coalition also shows it has spent $27,500 on lobbyists and $8,578.69 hosting events for state lawmakers since the group was founded in December 2011. Group leaders are visiting each member county to present the report, which showcases the coalition's accomplishments and sets goals. (News-Post)

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Democratic candidates for Frederick mayor lead fundraising race

The well-known Democrats in Frederick’s race for mayor have raised and spent far more than the Republicans, with the primary election less than a month away. State Delegate Galen Clagett and city Alderwoman Karen Young each brought in more than $50,000, according to the first round of campaign finance reports, which were due at noon Monday. (News-Post)

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