NAACP selects female as leader

As its youngest president and CEO prepares to end his reign, the NAACP has named former House of Representatives clerk Lorraine Miller as interim president and CEO of the 104-year-old civil rights organization. Miller, an NAACP board member, steps in to preliminarily replace Benjamin Todd Jealous, who announced in September that he would step down effective the end of the year to spend more time with his wife and two children. She steps into the role Nov. 1. (USA Today/Daily Times)

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Washington County Commissioners OK Policy Mandating Reporting Procedures For Volunteer Fire And Rescue Companies

The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved an update of the county’s fiscal policy that mandates reporting procedures for volunteer fire and rescue companies. The change makes the finance office the direct recipient of all yearly financial reports from the companies rather than the Division of Emergency Services. It also removes an outdated county form, and makes electronic filing of financial statements and Internal Revenue Service documents an option for companies, enabling a potential cost savings, officials said. (Herald-Mail)

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Super Bowl Champ Baltimore Ravens Getting Paid $130,000 To Promote Obamacare

Despite a decision by the NFL to ignore the administration's pleas to promote Obamacare, the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens have decided to go all in -- in exchange for a $130,000 contract, according to documents unearthed by a public watchdog group. Judicial Watch told Secrets that the team was recruited by Maryland state officials to help it sell Obamacare, the new health care insurance program that has run into mammoth computer and bureaucratic troubles in its first three weeks. (Examiner)

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Oct. 22 // Brown, Gansler seek support from Prince George’s Democrats at fundraising breakfast

Maryland gubernatorial hopeful Anthony G. Brown on Monday urged hundreds of Prince George’s County Democrats to send one of their own to Annapolis next year while his chief rival, Douglas F. Gansler, pledged to tackle long-standing issues affecting the jurisdiction. “This is our house. Let’s protect it,” Brown, a former Prince George’s delegate, told the crowd gathered at Camelot by Martin’s. (Wash. Post)

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Frederick Dentist New President-Elect Of State Association

Dr. Richard Rogers, whose office is on Old Farm Drive, will serve a three-year term, from president-elect to president, then immediate past president, all with distinct duties within the state association. Rogers will focus on legislative issues, including emergency room diversion, a fight to provide free medication for needy patients and third-party inspections for dental equipment that uses radiation. (News-Post)

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Kittleman Proposes Repeal Of Stormwater Fee

State senator and Republican candidate for county executive Allan Kittleman has prefiled legislation to repeal Maryland's Watershed Protection and Restoration Program, he announced Monday. "While the goals of the Watershed Protection and Restoration Program are certainly laudable, the method for paying for the plans to attain those goals is, I believe, discriminatory, counter-productive, and unfairly taxes the business community for something that should be the responsibility of the entire community," Kittleman said in a statement announcing the bill. (Balt. Sun)

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Young returns thousands in campaign donations

Frederick County Commissioners President Blaine Young has returned several thousand dollars in campaign contributions since announcing he will not compete to become Maryland’s governor. Young said he repaid between $3,000 and $5,000 because he didn’t want to “bait and switch” his supporters by turning his attention to a local race or deciding not to run at all. From May 2012 through Jan. 9, Young gathered almost $447,000, and he continued to build his gubernatorial war chest in the months that followed. So far, about $500,000 in contributions have flowed into Young’s campaign coffers, he said. (News-Post)

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Howard citizens' group obtains first half of signatures to bring referendum

A group of Howard County citizens who are attempting to bring a referendum of some parts of the county’s recently passed comprehensive zoning bill to the ballot in November 2014 have obtained enough signatures to move forward with their effort, according to county Board of Elections Director Guy Mickley. (Patuxent)

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