Councilmember Watson expected to announce county executive run

It’s almost official: District 1 County Councilmember Courtney Watson, a Democrat, has set the date that political observers expect will be her campaign announcement for a county executive run. (Balt. Sun)

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Del. Hershey asks commissioners to support Senate bid using official stationery, apparent ethics violation

Del. Steve Hershey has lobbied county commissioners in Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, and Cecil for letters of support to the governor in his bid to fill the seat vacated by Sen. E.J. Pipkin in District 36. But he has done so using his official legislative letterhead — prohibited under ethics rules established by the legislature. (Md Reporter)

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Part of Garrett wind bill said to be invalid

A portion of Senate Bill 370, which deals with setback requirements for wind turbines, was deemed unconstitutional by Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler because it would have given adjacent neighbors zoning authority. (Times-News)

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Will Dynamic Lollar Overshadow Craig and George?

Businessman and Tea Party favorite Charles Lollar has officially launched his bid for the Maryland Republican gubernatorial nomination. Lollar launched his campaign in St. Mary's County Maryland - the county is home to Maryland's first capital and, to the delight of state Republicans, is one of the fastest growing counties in the state and has been growing ever more Republican in recent years. (Wash. Post)

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Defense attorney announces state's attorney candidacy

Defense attorney Russell A. Neverdon Sr. announced his candidacy for Baltimore state's attorney Wednesday, promising as the city's top prosecutor to renew efforts to lock up violent criminals. Kicking off his challenge to incumbent Gregg L. Bernstein, Neverdon said he would balance his crime-fighting efforts by improving treatment options for drug addicts and the mentally ill. (Balt. Sun)

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Martin O'Malley has questions on Syria

Gov. Martin O'Malley on Wednesday questioned U.S. military intervention in Syria, saying that although he has closely followed the discussion in Washington this week, it is still unclear to him exactly what the strike would accomplish.  (Balt. Sun)

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Travel by city's water chief questioned

The head of Baltimore's water system spent 35 days attending conferences in the past year, many of them out of state, records show. The travel has raised concerns among some city officials, who say Water and Wastewater chief Rudy Chow is needed here to focus on issues of crumbling infrastructure and erroneous bills. (Balt. Sun)

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Where I Stand: Ward 2 candidate Tim Mennuti

The writer is a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the Ward One Annapolis contest Sept. 17. The Capital is asking each candidate in contested primary races to write a piece for the Opinion page. (Capital)

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