Friction Between New Annapolis Mayor And Council Alderman Resolved

What looked like a feud between the new mayor of Annapolis and a longtime council alderman has been resolved. A three day long nail-biter. An absentee ballot count tipped the scales to make Mike Pantelides the first Republican mayor of Annapolis in 16 years. Democrat Alderman Ross Arnett immediately floated the idea of changing the charter to weaken the mayor’s powers, and people cried political. (WJZ-CBS)

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Anderton to run for Conway's seat

Delmar Mayor Carl Anderton plans to challenge Delegate and Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Norm Conway in the upcoming election. Anderton, who also serves as president for the Maryland Municipal League, filed with the Board of Elections this week to seek the House of Delegates seat for Dist. 38B, which covers sections of Delmar, Fruitland and Salisbury. (Daily Times)

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Cardin's bill would end 'gay conversion'

Del. Jon S. Cardin announced his intention to introduce a bill during the 2014 General Assembly session prohibiting licensed mental health professionals from practicing “gay conversion” on children. Cardin said such therapies on children are designed to change their sexual orientation; a practice he stresses does harm to the child. (WMAR-TV)

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Longtime Maryland lobbyist fined $10,000 for lead paint violations

High-profile Maryland lobbyist Bruce Bereano was fined $10,000 in October for a lead paint violation in two Annapolis rowhouses he owns, the state Department of the Environment announced Thursday. Bereano, who has lobbied state lawmakers for special-interest groups over the past three decades, negotiated an initial $20,000 penalty down to $10,000 in a settlement. (Balt. Sun)

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Gansler campaign accuses Brown of ducking responsibility for Md.’s health-exchange flaws

After spending the early months of his campaign on the defensive, Maryland gubernatorial candidate Douglas F. Gansler has pounced on an issue on which he believes his leading rival is vulnerable: the botched rollout of the state’s online health-insurance exchange. “The people of Maryland, and all of us who supported the Affordable Care Act, deserve a full accounting,” Gansler’s running mate, Del. Jolene Ivey (D-Prince George’s), said in a news release that included links to a television news report critical of Brown’s role and a Washington Post editorial that called Maryland’s online exchange “an embarrassment.” (Wash. Post)

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Frederick city fills $2.3M gap in fund balance

Frederick's elected officials filled a $2.3 million gap in the city's fund balance Thursday, which had occurred due to an accounting error. The city ended the fiscal year June 30 $2.3 million short of what it was supposed to have in its fund balance, or Rainy Day Fund. Staff found the gap when conducting its end-of-year budget review. The gap occurred because staff used the wrong number as the estimated unassigned fund balance, said Gerry Kolbfleisch, the city's finance director. (News-Post)

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Jenkins wins Republican popularity contest

When a recent survey polled county Republicans about their favorite local politician, two names in particular led the pack. Commissioners President Blaine Young, who paid for the survey, said he was one of the two most popular politicians, but he finished second to one other Frederick County figure: Sheriff Chuck Jenkins. (News-Post)

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McClement, Dacey spent the most in final days of Frederick election campaign

Frederick Mayor Randy McClement spent the most of any candidate leading up to and immediately after this year's city election. McClement, who was re-elected Nov. 5, spent $16,414 from Oct. 26 to Dec. 1. Other mayoral and aldermanic candidates spent between $271.13 and $12,184, according to final campaign finance reports filed Thursday at City Hall. (News-Post)

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