Bartkovich won't seek re-election

After 12 years attending and sometimes leading Wicomico County Council meetings, Gail Bartkovich has decided to not seek re-election. The Republican who represents the county’s 3rd District said she wants to spend more time with her grandchildren and that the new shape of her district could give new candidates a fresh start. (Daily Times)

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August 19 // Brown, Gansler take different tacks early on

While the two leading Democrats are similar in many ways — both are progressive, Ivy-League-educated lawyers who have spent the bulk of their careers in public service — they have taken widely divergent paths in the early stages of the 2014 race to succeed Gov. Martin O’Malley (D). (Wash. Post)

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O’Malley names members of task force on regional transportation project funding

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) on Saturday named his former chief of staff, Matthew D. Gallagher, as chairman of a new task force that will examine the possibility of creating regional authorities to finance transportation projects. (Wash. Post)

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O'Malley revels in rare bipartisan Shore moment

Gov. Martin O'Malley enjoyed a rare occasion of bipartisan goodwill Friday as he ventured to the Eastern Shore to announce almost $160 million in long-awaited transportation projects to a region that has not given him much love in his statewide campaigns. (Balt. Sun)

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GOP’s Hogan says ‘grown-up’ is needed for next Maryland governor

Larry Hogan, a Cabinet secretary under former Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), said Friday night that he is looking closely at launching a 2014 gubernatorial bid and will share his decision in the fall. (Wash. Post)

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Ruppersberger continues to eye Maryland governor’s race, he says

U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) said Friday that he is still considering running for governor of Maryland and decried the “negativity” that has emerged between the two leading candidates. (Wash. Post)

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Brown adds endorsements

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown picked up the support of 23 county elected officials from around Maryland Friday, adding to the summertime parade of endorsements of his candidacy for governor next year. With the announcement at the Maryland Association of Counties summer convention in Ocean City, the Brown campaign now boasts the backing of more than half the Democratic county executives, county commissioners, county council members and Baltimore City Council members in the state. (Balt. Sun)

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Gansler sees Maryland's future in Purple Line

Attorney General Doug Gansler, who plans to run for Governor in 2014, tells WTOP his vision for the future of Maryland transportation includes a shift away from road projects and toward an emphasis on mass transit. "The first thing we have to look at on our existing highways is infrastructure - making sure it's not crumbling, the bridges are staying up. In terms of new roads, new highways or adding lanes, other than small projects, I don't think there is huge appetite right now for ICC-like projects," he says. (WTOP)

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