Sept. 24 // Democratic candidates promise union jobs

Three Democratic candidates for governor made their pitches to an influential labor group Monday, each promising to step up efforts to create high-paying union jobs in Maryland. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur of Montgomery County each stressed their records of support for organized labor as they addressed a candidate forum put on by the Maryland-D.C. Building Trades Council at the Turf Valley Resort in Howard County. (Balt. Sun)

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Leopold seeks reversal of conviction, clearance to run for office

Attorneys for former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold are arguing in court documents his convictions on vague charges should be overturned and that the judge had no authority to bar him from running for office. In a brief filed this month with the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, Leopold's attorneys are appealing the sentence handed down by retired Judge Dennis Sweeney, who heard the case in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. (Balt. Sun)

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Brinkley, Getty named GOP leaders in Maryland Senate

Sen. David R. Brinkley of Frederick County and Sen. Joseph M. Getty of Carroll County will lead the Republican caucus in the Maryland Senate as lawmakers move into the fourth and final year of their terms next year, GOP senators said Monday. (Balt. Sun)

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Elrich still plans to introduce minimum wage bill

Montgomery County Councilman Marc Elrich (D-At Large) of Takoma Park said he still plans to introduce a bill that would raise the county’s minumum wage to $12 an hour, although he won’t be doing it Tuesday, as originally planned. Instead, the bill could be introduced as early as next week, Elrich said. (Gazette)

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John Sarbanes adds his name to those backing Brown’s bid for Md. governor

Rep. John P. Sarbanes (D-Md.) on Monday became the latest Democratic officeholder to endorse the 2014 gubernatorial bid of Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), whom he called “a proven and resourceful leader.” The backing of Sarbanes, whose district includes mostly Baltimore-area counties, was announced a day before Brown’s chief rival, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), plans to formally kick off his campaign in Rockville. (Wash. Post)

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Handgun regulations: Shoot first, license later

Those looking to buy a regulated firearm in Maryland after Oct. 1 will be required to shoot one first. Regulations approved Monday will require applicants for a handgun license to shoot one live round first, as part of mandated training. Specifically, the regulations require applicants for a Handgun Qualification License have firearms safety training, “including a practice component in which the applicant safely fires at least one round of live ammunition.” (Gazette)

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Ulman to swap roles with county farmer as part of Farm-City event

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman is scheduled  to trade places with a local farmer Tuesday, Sept. 24 as part of the 10th annual Farm-City Celebration, which began Saturday and runs through Oct. 6. Ulman will go to TLV Tree Farm in Glenelg to help run the farming operation of pork, beef, lamb, chicken, produce, pumpkins and Christmas trees. (Patuxent)

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Prince George’s makes a pitch at Congressional Black Caucus weekend

Prince George’s County, which is trying to position itself as the next big thing in the Washington region, took its road show to the 43rd annual Congressional Black Caucus this past weekend, holding a meet-and-greet reception that drew about 300 guests from around the country. (Wash. Post)

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