Gansler unveils more than 40 endorsements from his home jurisdiction of Montgomery

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) rolled out his first formal endorsements of the governor’s race Tuesday: 41 current and former elected officials and party leaders from his home jurisdiction of Montgomery County. A list issued by Gansler’s campaign includes former U.S. Rep. Michael D. Barnes, 16 current state legislators, 10 former state legislators, two former mayors of Rockville, two board of education members and three former Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee members. (Wash. Post)

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Gansler campaign calls for Brown to release e-mails

The campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Douglas Gansler on Monday called on rival Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown to make public e-mails associated with the creation of the website where consumers can buy health insurance under health reform. Brown's offices cited executive privilege for not releasing e-mails sought in a public information request by The Baltimore Sun. (Balt. Sun)

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Annapolis' former mayor Cohen takes job with state

Josh Cohen, who lost a tight race for re-election as Annapolis mayor, has a new job. He said this week he'll start Wednesday as the chief administrative officer for Maryland's Department of General Services, reporting to Secretary Alvin C. Collins. "After the election, I updated my resume and sent it out," said Cohen, who lost to Republican Mike Pantelides by 59 votes out of about 8,000 cast Nov. 5. "Independent of that, Secretary Collins reached out to me. We have known each other and worked together in different capacities." (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery Council President Craig Rice pays more than $1,000 in overdue D.C. tickets

Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice said he paid more than $1,000 in delinquent D.C. tickets Monday — for illegal parking, speeding and expired tags — after a television reporter confronted him with the records. Rice (D-Upcounty), elected president by his council colleagues last week, said he wasn’t aware of the four unpaid tickets, first reported Monday by WJLA-TV, because they were sent to the Acura dealership from which he leased his car. (Wash. Post)

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Health exchange officials face deadline for repairs

Even as state officials are racing to meet a self-imposed deadline to fix major glitches with the state's online insurance marketplace, some consumers continued to have problems buying health coverage through the exchange. Gov. Martin O'Malley pledged to correct the problems by mid-December, and two new state officials have been tapped to lead the exchange after weeks of technical problems and the resignation of its executive director. (Balt. Sun)

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Local residents share issues they want legislators to tackle in next session

Education, taxes and spending, and redistricting are issues area residents say they would like the Maryland General Assembly to tackle when the next session begins on Jan. 8. Members of the local delegation to the state legislature held meetings with elected officials and others last week at Hagerstown Community College, then ended the day with a public forum attended by about 40 people. (Herald-Mail)

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No-copy policy requires judge’s discretion

The state’s highest court has questioned a longstanding policy of the Baltimore City Circuit Court in custody cases, which bars attorneys and self-represented litigants from taking a custody investigator’s report out of the Family Division Clerk’s Office or even making photocopies of it. The Court of Appeals stopped short of finding the policy unconstitutional, but said the trial judge in this case erred in “blindly” adhering to the letter of the administrative policy when he should have exercised his discretion to consider the circumstances at hand. (Daily Record)

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Annapolis council approves committee assignments along racial lines

Mayor Mike Pantelides’ first meeting as head of the Annapolis City Council was short, stilted and divided among racial lines during the evening’s key vote. The City Council approved standing committees for the year in a 6-3 vote in its first meeting since the Nov. 5 election. Pantelides was sworn into office on Dec. 2 after defeating former Mayor Josh Cohen in the general election. (Capital)

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