Harris fears 'financial catastrophe' if payments not prioritized in debt-ceiling breach

As some House Republicans minimize the potential impact of the nation reaching its debt limit, The Daily Times asked Rep. Andy Harris, R-1st District, his view on the matter. “I believe if the president failed to prioritize interest and principal payments on sovereign debt in the event that the debt ceiling is not increased would be a financial catastrophe,” the congressman said in a written statement. (Daily Times)

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Voting reform group supports Rockville presidential year elections

A voting advocacy group is recommending that Rockville holds its elections in presidential election years in hopes of getting more people to the polls. FairVote, a Takoma Park-based nonprofit group that advocates for voting system reform, sent a memo to the Rockville council with recommendations about how to increase voter turnout. (Gazette)

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Frederick County data: Total employee earnings rose 4 percent in fiscal 2013

While the pool of earners in Frederick County government shrank in fiscal 2013, their total earnings went up. County employees took home almost $118.6 million during the year, a 4 percent increase from the year before, according to a database of payroll information. The number of people who pocketed payments from the county dropped by 60 over the same period, including seasonal or temporary workers. (News-Post)

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Judge Cathy Reese files for Orphans Court

Incumbent Cathy Reese filed for Judges of the Orphans Court for the upcoming 2014 election, according to the Carroll County Board of Elections website.  Reese, a Republican, has been on the Orphans Court since 2010. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Former Manchester mayor and county commissioner dies at 93

Elmer C. Lippy, the former mayor of Manchester and a former county commissioner, died Sunday at age 93 due to compilations with dementia. Lippy, a Democrat, served as mayor of Manchester from 1985 to 1987, then as mayor from 1987 to 1990. He served as a county commissioner from 1990 to 1994 and was elected again as mayor of Manchester in 1995, serving until 1999. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Democratic primary ahead as Corkran enters District 9B race

Rich Corkran entered his first political race "kind of on a whim." In 2006, the Ellicott City Democrat decided to run against incumbent Republican state Sen. Allan Kittleman in District 9 when no one else stepped forward "because I felt people needed another choice," he said. In 2014, Corkran will be running for a different seat as a candidate for the House of Delegates in District 9B, but his message is the same. (Patuxent)

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Oct. 11 // Gansler proposes re-directing gambling funds for horse racing to pre-K education

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) on Thursday proposed shifting a portion of the state’s gambling proceeds from the horse-racing industry to early childhood education. The 2014 gubernatorial hopeful said the money would be used to help fund his plan to provide full-day pre-kindergarten for disadvantaged children, an initiative he previewed in a speech last month at Salisbury University. (Wash. Post)

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Teachers to hear from only 4 of 6 gubernatorial candidates

When the Maryland State Education Association holds its annual gathering in Ocean City next week and considers who to endorse for governor, it will hear from only four of the six announced major candidates. Two of them failed to turn in their homework, the teachers union said. Democrats Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Montgomery County Del. Heather R. Mizeur, as well as Republican Harford County Executive David R. Craig, are scheduled to speak to the influential group next Friday morning. (Balt. Sun)

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