Sen. Cardin: What is Anne Arundel doing to promote diversity in fire department?

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin has asked Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman about efforts to promote diversity in the county's Fire Department. Cardin, in a letter dated Sept. 9, said his inquiry was in response to a letter sent to him in March by the county chapter of the NAACP that called for a U.S. Justice Department investigation into the hiring, promotion, discipline and retention of minorities in the department. (Capital)

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Sept. 19 // O'Malley, Perry spar over jobs with 2016 in background

After circling each other for days, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Texas Gov. Rick Perry clashed Wednesday in a nationally televised debate that was focused on state economic policy but tied closely to presidential politics. The state leaders — both of whom are feeling out runs for president in 2016 — traded flurries of statistics and jabs as each used the 30-minute appearance on CNN's "Crossfire" to argue his vision for the nation's economy. (Balt. Sun)

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Candidate’s gun control plan even harsher than new law

Ten days away from implementation of Maryland’s more stringent laws on gun purchases, licensing and training, Second Amendment advocates might be wondering if it could possibly get any worse for gun owners. One House of Delegates candidate from Bethesda, Jordan Cooper, issued a proposal Wednesday that lives up to the worst fears of gun owners. But it might have appeal inside the Beltway in the district now represented by Sen. Brian Frosh, floor leader of the new control law. (Md. Reporter)

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Gov. Martin O'Malley names GOP Del. Hershey to Pipkin vacancy

Given a choice between two conservative Republicans to fill a vacancy in the Upper Eastern Shore's state Senate district, Gov. Martin O'Malley chose the less confrontational legislator. O'Malley said Wednesday that he has appointed Del. Stephen S. Hershey Jr. of Queen Anne's County to replace former Sen. E.J. Pipkin, who resigned and moved to Texas. Passed over was Del. Michael D. Smigiel Sr. of Cecil County. (Balt. Sun)

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Former RNC chair Michael Steele will ‘take a pass’ on Maryland governor’s race

Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael S. Steele, who floated the idea this summer of running for governor of Maryland, said Wednesday that he will not enter the 2014 race. “I’m not doing it. I’m going to take a pass on this one,” Steele said in an interview, citing both personal considerations and strategic calculations. (Wash. Post)

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O’Malley invited to N.H. for Democratic dinner, as he weighs 2016 presidential bid

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is booked to deliver the keynote address at the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner in November, an appearance certain to stoke more chatter about his 2016 White House aspirations. (Wash. Post)

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Perry responds to criticism of gun tour

Speaking outside a steakhouse in Bethesda on Wednesday where he met with Maryland business owners, Texas Gov. Rick Perry dismissed criticism of his visit to a gun manufacturer days after a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. (Balt. Sun)

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No back pay for County Councilman Daryl Jones

Anne Arundel County Councilman Daryl Jones won't be receiving any back pay for the time he was absent from the council.  Andrea Fulton, head of personnel for Anne Arundel County, said Jones isn't entitled to back pay because there was no such claim requested when he sued the County Council over his ousting last year. (Capital)

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