Leopold attorney argues former county exec should be allowed to run for office

Former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold should be allowed to run for public office while on probation, an attorney for Leopold wrote in a brief filed in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. “The court lacked the authority to ban Leopold from running for public office,” lawyer Bruce Marcus wrote in the brief, in which he asked for a hearing on this and other matters. “This condition of Leopold’s sentence must be stricken.” (Capital)

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Rawlings-Blake says city won't return to days of 'mass arrests' under O'Malley

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake released a statement Friday afternoon saying her police department would not return to the days of "mass arrests" under Gov. Martin O'Malley's tenure as mayor. "Returning to the days of mass arrests for any and every minor offense might be a good talking point but it has been proven to be a far less effective strategy for actually reducing crime," Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. (Balt. Sun)

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Bethesda Republican Meyer Marks out of governor's race

The gubernatorial race has shrunk by one candidate since Meyer Marks, of Bethesda, announced Friday that he was no longer in the running. That leaves Harford County Executive David Craig, Anne Arundel Del. Ronald George (Dist. 30) of Annapolis and Waldorf businessman Charles Lollar seeking the Republican nomination. (Gazette)

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Annapolis City Council to search for common ground on City Dock

Come Monday, the City Council will consider changes to master plans for redeveloping Annapolis’ downtown waterfront. But don’t expect a vote. (Capital)

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Howard council member Sigaty to run for third term

District 4 County Council member Mary Kay Sigaty announced that she will seek a third term on the council. Sigaty, who had been rumored to be considering a run for a delegate seat in wide-open District 12, said she came to her decision after much reflection during a vacation in Maine. (Patuxent)

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Sept. 23 // Fiscal study of cities praises Baltimore's 'resiliency'

A George Mason University study of six cities in "fiscal distress" has concluded that Baltimore is demonstrating "resiliency" and is on "reasonably solid financial footing." The report, which comes after Detroit's municipal bankruptcy, analyzed the finances of the Motor City and five others: Baltimore, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Providence, R.I., and San Bernardino, Calif. The academics looked at measures such as bond ratings, debt levels and cash flow, determining that Baltimore — which has embarked on a 10-year financial overhaul — was in the best fiscal condition of the cities studied. (Balt. Sun)

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Afzali bears arms

Delegate Kathy Afzali says she's been shopping for a hobby lately, and she may have found one: guns. Afzali joined local NRA master training counselor Ben Kelkye on Monday for what she termed a "gun run" to Emmitsburg. A photo from the trip shows her posing with the new purchases, a handgun in her right hand and a rifle in her left. The shotgun she'd bought also figured in the photograph, sent to The Frederick News-Post late Monday night. (News-Post)

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Brown’s rivals in Md. governor’s race question one-candidate rule on AFL-CIO endorsement

As things stand now, Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) should have a big advantage as he seeks the endorsement of the AFL-CIO, one of the most sought-after backers in the 2014 governor’s race for Democrats. That’s because Brown is the only candidate to have qualified for consideration by the Maryland chapter of the labor organization. Under new rules adopted this year, the AFL-CIO has said it will only consider endorsing statewide candidates that filed with the Board of Elections by the close of business on Thursday. (Wash. Post)

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