President Obama nominates 2 to federal court in Md. 

President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated two attorneys to U.S. District Court judgeships in Maryland. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Theodore David Chuang and George Jarrod Hazel would succeed retiring federal judges Alexander Williams Jr. and Roger W. Titus., who serve on the bench in Greenbelt. (Daily Record)

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Evan Glass launches ‘listening tour’ for possible Montgomery run

With County Executive Isiah Leggett firmly in the race for a third term, the big shoe yet to drop in Montgomery politics belongs to council member Valerie Ervin (D-Silver Spring), who has yet to say whether she’ll run again in 2014. The uncertainty has effectively frozen potential contenders. But this week, Silver Spring activist Evan Glass stepped up and launched a “listening tour” to explore a possible candidacy for her District 5 seat. (Wash. Post)

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O'Malley hails Maryland's ranking as No. 1 for women

Maryland received a new No. 1 title for Gov. Martin O'Malley to crow about Wednesday as the Center for American Progress ranked its the best of the 50 states for women. And crow the governor did, releasing a statement saying he and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown were "thrilled" by the distinction. “Working together, we have made great strides in making Maryland a great place for women to live, lead, and learn," O'Malley said. (Balt. Sun)

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Court restores right to public defenders at bail hearings

Maryland's highest court ruled Wednesday that poor suspects should have access to counsel at all bail hearings, overturning the General Assembly's attempt to spare already-stretched public defenders from attending hundreds of thousands of proceedings each year. (Balt. Sun)

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Thurmont election to include young and senior candidates

The Thurmont  town election will include the 24-year-old son of a sitting town commissioner and a 75-year-old who garnered 250 votes in the last mayoral election. John Kinnaird, 59, who is serving his first term as a town commissioner, and Rosie Bentz, 75, who ran for mayor four years ago, will vie for mayor of the town known as the Gateway to the Mountains. (News-Post)

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Study suggests long commutes may be driving away passion for politics

The gridlock and dysfunction inside the Beltway may be directly related to the gridlock and dysfunction on the Beltway. Research by a trio of political scientists suggests that growing political apathy and a lack of civic engagement among many Americans could be a function of the amount of time they spend commuting. (Wash. Times)

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Gansler promises jobs, diversity if elected governor

More jobs, higher wages and student achievement topped Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler’s priorities as he hit the campaign trail Tuesday to be Maryland’s next governor. Addressing a crowd holding red “Gansler Democrat for Governor” signs in one hand and Good Humor ice cream bars in the other — while trying not to sink in the oddly sopping wet grass — Gansler, 50, promised to not accept things the way they are and detailed his vision to make Maryland proud. (Gazette)

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10 Md. agencies join foes of Charles County comp plan

Ten state agency secretaries added their names to the list opposed to the Charles County draft comprehensive plan update in a letter to the county commissioners, citing “serious concerns” with the draft plan “contrary to longstanding sound planning.” Signed by the Maryland Smart Growth Subcabinet, the letter is the latest and most detailed in a series of rebukes to come from state department heads, who have said the draft plan shifts county land use policy away from land preservation toward sprawl development. (Independent)

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