Libertarian candidate tackles long-shot bid one voter at a time

When you're a Libertarian candidate in Maryland, garnering more than 1 percent of the vote on Election Day counts as a win. But for Shawn Quinn, candidate for governor, nothing short of toppling both the major-party candidates will feel like victory. "People think I'm nuts," Quinn said last week. "But I want to be the next governor of Maryland." (Balt. Sun)

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Recent bike-related deaths renew safety debate

After a rash of high-profile bicycle accidents, Maryland's General Assembly might consider strengthening laws that allow judges to punish careless drivers. Last month saw the sentencing of a Calvert County driver who hit and killed bicyclist Patricia Cunningham, of Annapolis, while she was riding on Riva Road last year. Cunningham was an assistant track and cross-country coach at Annapolis High School. (Capital)

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Jockeying begins for Cole's City Council seat

With City Councilman William H. Cole IV leaving to run Baltimore's economic development corporation, candidates began lining up Friday to take over his seat representing the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill and Bolton Hill. Bill Romani, president of the nonprofit One House at a Time, and Betty Bland-Thomas, former president of the Sharp-Leadenhall Planning Committee, said they planned to apply for the job. Two other potential candidates — state Del. Keiffer Mitchell and Locust Point community leader Greg Sileo — were undecided. (Balt. Sun)

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Prosecutors drop driving under influence case against acting Annapolis city attorney

Prosecutors have dropped an attempting to drive under the influence of alcohol case against Annapolis' acting city attorney Gary Elson. Elson received four citations in April for a traffic incident. He pleaded guilty to negligent driving and paid a $140 fine on June 16, according to online court records. The charges came after an Anne Arundel County police officer pulled Elson over in Millersville shortly after midnight April 24, according to a police report. (Capital)

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Pretrial reform considered in Maryland

A commission that includes state Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, is working to generate ideas on pretrial reform in the state. The commission was appointed by Gov. Martin O'Malley at the end of May, after two bills that aimed to reform the pretrial system in response to a court ruling failed to pass. (Herald-Mail)

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August 8 // O'Malley joins U.S. labor secretary to call for higher wages

Gov. Martin O'Malley joined U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez at a popular burrito restaurant in this Washington suburb Thursday to praise its higher-than-minimum wages and to call for a pay raise for other American workers. The event at Boloco gave O'Malley an opportunity to lend public support to a top priority of President Obama at a time when the governor has been at odds with the administration over how to shelter immigrant children from Central America. (Balt. Sun)

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Michael Steele says he’s thinking about another run for office in Maryland

Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael S. Steele said Thursday that he is considering another run for office in Maryland in coming years. Steele, a former Maryland lieutenant governor, was asked during an appearance on News Channel 8 about his interest in running again. (Wash. Post)

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Ocean Pines Board election replaces 2 incumbents

Ocean Pines residents supported the change a pair of candidates called for by electing the duo of Pat Renaud and Dave Stevens to serve on the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors. Renaud and Stevens, who campaigned together on a platform of change, were the two highest vote-getters in the annual board election. Renaud garnered 1,767 votes, while Stevens received 1,738. (Daily Times)

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