Judge: 5,000 inmates in state prisons don’t belong there

Some 5,000 inmates in Maryland’s prisons don’t belong there, said Anne Arundel County Associate Circuit Court Judge Philip T. Caroom. These inmates are, in effect, attending “crime school” and are more likely to commit crimes again when released, Caroom said during a meeting of the Greater Annapolis Interfaith Network last week at St. John Neumann Church in Annapolis. (Capital)

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Critics say Doug Duncan’s support for Purple Line has changed in key ways over the years

While answering questions from Democratic activists at a Rockville restaurant Monday night, Doug Duncan — the former Montgomery County executive who is running to regain that office — said he’d “always” been a steadfast supporter of the Purple Line. What Duncan (D) didn’t say Monday is that the Purple Line he wanted is quite different from the one now on the books: the 16-mile light rail line inside the Capital Beltway linking Bethesda, Silver Spring and New Carrollton. State officials are seeking private investors for the project, once known as the “Inner Purple Line,” and awaiting completion of a federal environmental review. (Wash. Post)

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More than 200 apply for Pantelides transition team

More than 200 people have applied to serve on Annapolis Mayor-elect Mike Pantelides’ transition team. Pantelides said he received applications from Democrats and Republicans living inside and outside the city. “It’s encouraging to see this many people,” he said. Pantelides, a Republican, defeated incumbent Democratic Mayor Josh Cohen in the Nov. 5 general election by 59 votes. Along with eight aldermen on the City Council, Pantelides will be sworn in to office on Dec. 2. (Capital)

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Pot To Pay For Pre-K? Legalizing Marijuana Becomes Maryland Campaign Issue

A Maryland lawmaker who is running for governor proposed Tuesday to legalize marijuana in the state to help pay to expand prekindergarten. Del. Heather Mizeur, a Democrat, said legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana in a way similar to how the state regulates alcohol would provide the state with increased revenue and enhance public safety by allowing law enforcement to focus greater attention on more serious crime. She estimated taxing marijuana sales would generate $157.5 million annually for early childhood education. (Capital)

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Nov. 21 // CareFirst, Kaiser Will OK Renewals

At least two of the health insurance companies that planned to discontinue certain policies sold in Maryland say they will now allow those policies to be renewed for one more year, in light of changes to state and federal regulations. Both CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and Kaiser Permanente will allow policyholders who were notified that their plans were being terminated to keep those plans in 2014, according to spokespersons for the companies. (Daily Record)

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Montgomery County Judge Tells State To Rewrite County’s Stormwater Runoff Regulations

A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge has sent the county’s stormwater runoff regulations back to the Maryland Department of the Environment for a rewrite. Judge Ronald B. Rubin ruled from the bench Wednesday afternoon that the permit issued by MDE needs to spell out clear benchmarks, guidelines and standards, rather than ordering the county to follow “best management practices.” (Daily Record)

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Northern Montgomery Activist Beth Daly Announces Run For At-Large Council Seat

Beth Daly, an Upcounty activist and director of political ad sales at Telemundo, has announced her candidacy for an at-large seat on the Montgomery County Council in the June 2014 Democratic primary. Daly, 51, said Wednesday that a major reason she entered the race is county government’s inability to keep pace with growth — a problem evidenced most dramatically by school overcrowding and road congestion. (Wash. Post)

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Catherine Motz, A Deputy Chief Of Staff To O’Malley, Departing For Baltimore Foundation

Catherine Motz, a deputy chief of staff to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), on Wednesday was named the new executive director of the CollegeBound Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to increase the number of students in Baltimore going to college. Her departure at the end of the year will be the latest by a senior staff member as the end of O’Malley’s tenure in Annapolis nears. (Wash. Post)

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