Craig goes to Arizona to court GOP governors

Gubernatorial candidate David R. Craig was off to Arizona Thursday to meet with Republican governors in an effort to win their backing for his effort to win back deep blue Maryland for the GOP in 2014. (Balt. Sun)

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Gansler schedules blur official, political lines

When Democratic gubernatorial candidate Douglas F. Gansler's campaign sent out a notice of an event on Thursday, something looked wrong: The anti-bullying forum was scheduled at a Prince George's County public school during class hours -- something that normally isn't allowed for a political function. But there it was in Wednesday's news release. (Balt. Sun)

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Brown counters Gansler’s proposed campaign pledge, suggesting positive ads

More than a week after Maryland gubernatorial hopeful Douglas F. Gansler asked his Democratic rivals to join him in a pledge to curb outside spending on the race, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown has put forward a counter offer. Under Brown’s proposal, the candidates would instead pledge to run positive campaigns and not name one another in negative or misleading ads. (Wash. Post)

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Larry Hogan to discuss plans for 2014

Maryland Republican Larry Hogan is scheduled to announce whether he'll be running for governor. Hogan, who served in former Gov. Robert Ehrlich's administration, has scheduled an event Friday evening in Annapolis. He is set to talk about his plans at the fall harvest party for Change Maryland, a grassroots organization he heads. Hogan says about 1,000 people are scheduled to attend. He says the group has grown to about 65,000 members across the state. Hogan was the secretary of appointments in the Ehrlich administration. (WTOP-AP)

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Groups back challenge to piggyback-tax ruling 

Saying localities need the money, a Bethesda-based municipal lawyers’ group is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to save a law that bars Maryland residents from deducting, from city or county taxes, the tax they pay to other states when they earn money there. The International Municipal Lawyers Association has filed a brief supporting Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler’s request that the justices overturn a January decision by the state’s top court, which held that the tax law violates the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause by discouraging Marylanders from earning money outside the state. (Daily Record)

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Bohanan proposes dominant business role in tri-county council

Del. John Bohanan has proposed a dramatic overhaul of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland that would shift control to the business community with an eye toward partially privatizing the council. Bohanan (D-St. Mary’s), who chairs the House of Delegates subcommittee that oversees the council’s funding, has drafted legislation that would reduce the council’s membership from 39 to 15 members, nine of whom would come from the private sector. (Enterprise)

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Cardin wants tighter gun law 

Prospective gun owners might have to wait longer to take possession of their handguns under a bill proposed by Del. Jon Cardin. Cardin, D-Baltimore County, proposed Thursday to close what he said was “a gaping gun control loophole” in recently changed state gun law that allows purchasers to take possession of their handgun if the Maryland State Police fail to complete a background check within the required seven-day period. (Daily Record)

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Nov. 22 // Gansler goes after Brown on health-care leadership in new negative Web ad in Md.

The Maryland gubernatorial campaign of Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler released a Web ad on Thursday knocking Gansler’s chief Democratic rival, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, for the state’s rocky rollout of the President Obama’s new health-care law. The ad is styled to look like a number of Bing searches are being conducted online, each asking a question about Brown, such as “How did Brown do implementing the Affordable Care Act in Maryland?” (Wash. Post)

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