Commissioners, candidates clash over filling county administration position

The current Carroll County Board of Commissioners wants to hire a new county administrator as soon as possible, but candidates from both parties running for seats on the board think the hiring decision should be delayed until after the November election and the seating of a new board. The board has been without a county administrator, formerly called a chief of staff, since Steve Powell left the post in June to take a job with Carroll Lutheran Village. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Salisbury plans for Cohen’s replacement

To win a seat on the Salisbury City Council, candidates usually have to gather hundreds of votes. The next council member will only need three. Maybe four. It will be up to the four remaining council members to select someone to fill the vacancy left by last week’s sudden departure of Terry Cohen to attend to family matters. A simple majority, or three votes, is all the new representative will need. The fallout from Cohen’s resignation coalesced into a plan Monday. Council President Jake Day announced a schedule for receiving applications and conducting appointment hearings. (Daily Times)

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Cole's record on development draws praise and concern

In two terms on the Baltimore City Council, William H. Cole IV has earned a reputation as an enthusiastic champion of downtown development. That history — and his close ties to the business community — make him a great choice to jump-start the Baltimore Development Corp., his many supporters say. "He understands the balance that's needed between business interests and community interests," says Aris Melissaratos, interim dean of the business school at Stevenson University. He called Cole's appointment "a master stroke." (Balt. Sun)

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Ocean Pines to host meeting for Republican hopefuls

A group of Republicans set to run in the 2014 general election for seats in the state House of Delegates will visit Ocean Pines to talk to residents next week. District 38C candidate Mary Beth Carozza will be joined by current District 38A Delegate Charles Otto and District 38B hopeful and current Delmar mayor Carl Anderton Jr at the monthly "Speaker Series" at the Ocean Pines Community Center on Aug. 21. (Daily Times)

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August 11 // Md. comptroller to collect signatures in bid to push back school starting date

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, who has earned a reputation as an agitator during his time in office, plans to launch a petition drive to persuade lawmakers to embrace a pet cause of his: delaying the opening of public schools until after Labor Day. Franchot (D) is planning an event Thursday on the boardwalk of Ocean City, one of the state’s top tourism destinations, to kick off a “Let Summer Be Summer” campaign. His aim: collecting 10,000 signatures from Maryland citizens before the General Assembly reconvenes in January. (Wash. Post)

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O'Malley proposes $5k grants for flood victims

Residents inundated by June floods in Western Maryland can apply for $5,000 in state cash, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Friday. The program will give grants to help cover medical, housing, and food expenses caused by June 12 flash floods that officials said destroyed about 200 homes in Allegany and Washington counties. (Balt. Sun)

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Official notes progress in health exchange revamp

Maryland has successfully completed 17 of 21 milestones to revamp the state's troubled health care marketplace with technology from Connecticut, according to a letter written to Gov. Martin O'Malley. Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, wrote in the letter this week that Maryland plans to complete the last several milestones to make the transition in the coming weeks. The state is working to make the new state-based health exchange marketplace ready for the 2015 open enrollment period, and Tavenner wrote that CMS has reviewed the cost and feasibility analyses conducted by Maryland. (AP)

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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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