Development Interests Drop Funds Into Annapolis Election

In the Annapolis mayor’s race, each candidate has accused the other of being cozy with developers. But because city’s campaign finance laws don’t require donors to disclose such affiliations, finding out how much support either man receives from developers and their allies is difficult. In an election cycle that has turned development — at City Dock and Crystal Spring — into a dominant issue, some residents have been concerned about donors with real or perceived links to proposed projects. (Capital)

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Annapolis Campaign Dispute Spurs Defamation Lawsuit

A candidate for the Annapolis City Council has sued his opponent, his opponent's campaign organization and one of his opponents' supporters, claiming an e-mail and a campaign flier were defamatory. In the lawsuit, Steve Conn, an independent candidate for the Ward 6 seat on the City Council, accuses Democratic Alderman Kirby and local political activist Charles Weikel of portraying Conn as having a criminal record, when he has only traffic tickets and a charge of an open container in Baltimore that was dropped. (Balt. Sun)

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Whistle Blower At Disabilities Agency Fired By O’Malley-Brown Administration, She Alleges

At the time advocates were lobbying for an alcohol tax increase to raise revenue for the disabled, the Developmental Disabilities Administration knew about and covered up $38 million in unspent state and federal funds from fiscal year 2010, according to court documents filed by a whistleblower. Carrie Phillip, former Chief Financial Officer of the much-beleaguered agency tasked with administering services to Maryland’s disabled community, filed a complaint in Baltimore City Circuit Court, alleging she discovered and notified top agency officials about the unspent funds, top officials in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene ordered her to hide the surplus funds in 2011, and that she was subsequently terminated for blowing the whistle. (Md. Reporter)

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Bowell Seeks Second Term To Continue Working On Town Projects

Mike Bowell is seeking a second term as Queenstown town commissioner because he wants to continue to be a part of the work he says has been accomplished in recent years. “It’s all been the board as whole, really,” he said, reflecting on the work of the past several years. “I tried to contribute what I could but it was an effort by a lot of people.” (Star-Democrat)

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In The Wake Of Prison Scandal, Legislators Discuss Reforms — Body Scanners, Wiretaps, Polygraphs

Body scanners and phone wiretaps throughout Maryland’s prison system are the latest in a series of legislative proposals being considered by lawmakers trying to eliminate corruption in the state’s correctional facilities. In a work session Wednesday, the General Assembly’s commission on prison safety discussed new security measures to respond to the federal indictments of 13 correctional officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center who were accused of being active gang members and bringing dangerous contraband into prisons. (Md. Reporter)

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$50 Billion In Unfunded State And Local Retirement Benefits, Study Says

The money Maryland’s state and local governments have failed to set aside to fulfill pension promises made to teachers and employees has ballooned to more than $22.5 billion over the past five years, a new report has found. The most under-funded retirement benefits continue to be health insurance for these retirees, which amount to $28 billion for state and local governments. (Md. Reporter)

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Mayor Says Speed Cameras Still Not Ready To Issue Tickets

Six months after Baltimore pulled its speed and red light cameras offline because of mistakes, officials say the city's vendor still isn't ready to begin issuing tickets — and no one can say when the program will resume. The city counts on the cameras both to enforce safe-driving laws and to generate millions of dollars in revenue. The continued delay and uncertainty are causing some to question whether Baltimore's new vendor, Brekford Corp. of Anne Arundel County, is up to the task. (Balt. Sun)

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7th County Official Enters Guilty Plea For Aiding BGF Prison Gang In Smuggling Scandal

Another corrections officer enters a guilty plea Wednesday for her involvement in the sophisticated contraband smuggling operation at the Baltimore City Detention Center that drew national attention to Maryland. A correctional officer admitted smuggling tobacco, marijuana and pills into the Baltimore City Detention Center on behalf of the violent and powerful Black Guerilla Family gang. Kimberly Dennis is now the seventh of 13 correctional officers charged in this bombshell case to enter a guilty plea since the U.S. Attorney announced indictments earlier this year. (WJZ-TV)

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