As executive bid fades, Grasso the environmentalist refocuses

The creek was a cesspool. As he rode around Marley Creek on his CraigCat one recent afternoon, John Grasso recalled the state of the filthy, unswimmable water around his home that pushed him to run for county executive in 1986. (Capital)

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Sept. 27 // Gun-rights advocates sue over new law

Gun rights advocates said Thursday that they had filed a federal lawsuit to block Maryland's new gun control laws from going into effect next week, arguing that restrictions on assault weapons and large magazines infringe on their constitutional rights. The gun rights advocates, who include individual citizens, organizations and gun shops, say the Second Amendment and case law make it clear that they are legally allowed to own military-style assault rifles and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. (Balt. Sun)

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Storm-water fee repeal push seen in Annapolis

A leading legislator expects a "very strong push" to repeal Maryland's storm-water fee law when lawmakers return to Annapolis in January, but vows to fight any rollback. Del. Maggie McIntosh, who chairs the House Environmental Matters Committee, told attendees at a "storm-water summit" in Baltimore that she expects another effort to negate the 2012 law requiring the city and Maryland's nine largest counties to raise funds for controlling runoff pollution from their communities. (Balt. Sun)

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Obama tells Prince George's students health care reform 'here to stay'

President Barack Obama used a visit to Maryland on Thursday to push back against congressional Republicans who are working to delay provisions of his health care law set to take effect next week. The president vowed that his signature domestic initiative is "here to stay," despite an effort unfolding on Capitol Hill to cut funding for it. And he told nearly 2,000 students at Prince George's Community College that signing up for coverage would be as easy as shopping for "a TV on Amazon." (Balt. Sun)

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Gubernatorial contest a study in demographics

When choosing among a racially and demographically diverse field of gubernatorial candidates, voters are likely to consider more than just the issues next year, experts say. The state could have its first black governor, its first female governor, or its first openly gay governor. It also could have a heterosexual, white, male or Jewish governor, none of which would be a first. (Gazette)

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Gansler, Mizeur will get to make their case for sought-after AFL-CIO nod in Maryland

The AFL-CIO has reversed course and opened its endorsement process to two candidates for governor of Maryland who appeared ineligible for consideration a week ago. As of last Thursday, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) was the only 2014 Democratic gubernatorial hopeful who met a new criterium for the highly sought-after endorsement: filing to run for office with the State Board of Elections. (Wash. Post)

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Gansler challenges Brown on city arrests issue

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler challenged Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown on Thursday to take a tougher stance in the widening dispute over arrest rates in Baltimore. Gansler, who formally entered the Democratic primary for governor this week, sharply criticized his rival for not staking out a more decisive position in the rift between Gov. Martin O'Malley and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake over whether the city arrests enough people to deter violence. (Balt. Sun)

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District 19 incumbents to campaign together - minus one

Three District 19 state lawmakers — Dels. Bonnie L. Cullison and Benjamin F. Kramer, and Sen. Roger Manno — have confirmed they will campaign as a group for the upcoming election, excluding Del. Sam Arora. Although rumors of a possible Cullison-Kramer-Manno slate emerged early, Manno of Silver Spring wouldn’t confirm any plans at the time. But a photo that recently popped up on Manno’s Facebook page taken for collective campaign materials shows him, Cullison and Kramer, without Arora. All four are Democrats. (Gazette)

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