Neuman appoints new lobbyist

Barbara J. Wilkins was appointed as the government relations officer by Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman. (Capital)

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Md. bonds rated AAA by Fitch Ratings 

Fitch Ratings, one of the three major bond-rating services in the U.S., has assigned an AAA rating — the highest available — to two sets of bonds that the state will sell via competitive sale on July 24. To be sold are $435 million in tax-exempt bonds and $40 million in taxable bonds. (Daily Record)

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Mount Airy native announces campaign for delegate

Wendi Peters intends to run for delegate in District 4. Peters, who served as a Mount Airy councilwoman from 2004 to 2012, announced her campaign Thursday night at the VFW hall on South Main Street. The hall was filled with a crowd of supporters, including Republican Dan Bongino, who introduced Peters. (News-Post)

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No winner in sequestration, employees say

The impact of furloughs on Fort Detrick’s 1,350 Army civilian employees reaches beyond their wallets. Workers such as Matthew Diggs face a forced day off without pay each week through the end of summer because of sequestration. Diggs, of New Market, works for the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency in medical logistics. His first furlough day is scheduled for Friday. Diggs called the furlough “a raw deal” brought on by lawmakers who will not feel the deep cuts caused by what he called Congress’ “nondecision.” With less money coming in over the summer, Diggs said he, his wife and two stepchildren will likely forgo a summer vacation and possibly put off some home repairs. (News-Post)

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Wicomico politicians take the lead in Md.

The small town too large for one state is about to walk toward the center of Maryland’s political stage. For the next year, Delmar Mayor Carl Anderton Jr. will serve as president of the Maryland Municipal League, representing a constituency much larger than the town’s 3,000 residents.The title means the Lower Shore born-and-raised politician will play a significant role in the state’s premier association for Maryland cities and towns. His appointment also means more clout for the region during the next six months, as Anderton begins his yearlong term at the Municipal League and Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt continues his presidency of the Maryland Association of Counties. (Daily Times)

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Spike in Md. heroin deaths prompts series of meetings, including one with O’Malley

In response to a spike in deaths from heroin overdoses last year in Maryland, Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration said Wednesday that it will hold a series of meetings with local health and law enforcement officials as part of an effort to reverse the trend. (Wash. Post)

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Prince George’s court official charged with assaulting boss in courthouse

An altercation between two longtime co-workers at the Prince George’s County Circuit Court on Wednesday ended with the chief clerk being treated by paramedics and her deputy clerk being escorted across town to the jail. Chief Clerk Marilynn M. Bland, a former County Council member, was treated for an injury to her wrist, according to two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation. (Wash. Post)

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Dr. Ben Carson launches weekly Washington Times column, attacks 'PC police'

Neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson has joined The Washington Times as a weekly opinion columnist, about a week after retiring from his post at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In his first column, published Wednesday, Carson outlined much of the viewpoint that gained him attention in the political realm after speeches earlier this year — criticizing political correctness and defending his position against same-sex marriage. (Balt. Sun)

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