Conti applauds Anne Arundel move to cut fire dispatch times

A Democratic candidate for Anne Arundel county executive has commending the county Fire Department for recent changes to cut dispatch times, noting that she had recommended similar moves two years ago. (Capital)

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Anne Arundel council bans outbursts at public meetings

Leave your balloons at home if you plan to attend an Anne Arundel County Council meeting. Ditto any banners and signs. And please refrain from cussing at your elected officials. The County Council passed a resolution 5-2 cracking down on outbursts at public meetings. The new rules prohibit “visual demonstrations” including waving of placards, signs, balloons or banners inside council chambers in The Arundel Center. (Capital)

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Mayor, two council seats contested in College Park elections

The College Park mayor and two council members are facing challengers in the Nov. 5 city elections, which will also usher in two new leaders as a two incumbents leave office. (Gazette)

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Harford's Craig calls APG area's biggest polluter, challenges feds on rain tax

Harford County Executive David Craig fiercely defended his opposition to the state's stormwater remediation fee, pointing out that government property would be exempt from what has become known as the rain tax. The rain tax, which Craig said last week he will work to repeal at both county and state levels, was just one of several controversial topics discussed at an Abingdon Community Council meeting that nearly filled the Abingdon Library's main meeting room. (Aegis)

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AG candidates seek labor support

Overshadowed by the increasingly active campaign for governor, the four Democrats running to succeed Douglas F. Gansler at attorney general got their moment of attention Monday as they appeared before construction union members to seek labor support. The Maryland-D.C. Building Trades Council hosted a forum for the candidates as they gathered at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City. Support of the building trades would be an important step toward gaining the endorsement of the state AFL-CIO, an important advantage in a Democratic primary. (Balt. Sun)

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Cardin names Kimberly Kratovil as Shore liaison

Sen. Ben Cardin has named Kimberly Kratovil as his Eastern Shore representative. She will replace Lee Whaley, who spent seven years with Cardin and 15 years with former senator Paul Sarbanes, working with constituents throughout the Eastern Shore. (Daily Times)

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Incumbent delegates, senator file for re-election

The number of local incumbents filing for re-election in 2014 continues to grow, with Delegates Wendell Beitzel and Kevin Kelly hoping to retain their posts. Kelly, a conservative Democrat, represents District 1B, and Beitzel, a Republican, District 1A in the General Assembly. Kelly’s district includes much of the city of Cumberland and Rocky Gap, while Beitzel’s includes all of Garrett County and part of western Allegany County. Kelly filed on Sept. 3, Beitzel on Aug. 27. Incumbent Republican state Sen. George Edwards filed Sept. 12. (Times-News)

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New hopeful throws hat in Democratic primary race

A second candidate has filed in the 1st Congressional District’s Democratic primary. Retired lawyer and Yale graduate Bill Tilghman filed with the state Board of Elections, joining Chestertown, Md., physician Dr. John LaFerla. (Daily Times)

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