Brookeville’s Karen Montgomery Digs In For Second Senate Term

State Sen. Karen S. Montgomery is seeking another term, hoping to continue her work on the environment, education and transportation issues in Montgomery County. “We need to protect what we’ve got,” Montgomery said of the environment. “We are fortunate in Montgomery County to have farmers and the farm reserve. Now they grow mostly corn and soybeans, but perhaps in time they can shift to serve the farmers markets that are held all over the county.” (Gazette)

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Gansler Proposes Ban On Outside Spending

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler asked his Democratic rivals Tuesday to keep third-party spending out of the race for governor, pointing to other states where such agreements are said to have cut down on negative attack ads. Gansler's call for a "clean" primary campaign would exclude advertisements paid for by political action committees, unions and special interests — a call so broad that it would exclude several of the powerful groups that have endorsed his competitors. (Balt. Sun)

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Greenbelt City Council Elects First Black Mayor

Four years ago, Emmett V. Jordan made history by being elected the first black Greenbelt City Councilman. Monday, he continued his historic tenure in Greenbelt as he was named the city’s first black mayor. He said his goals were to focus on community and economic development, as well as streamlining government operations and incorporating more community involvement. (Gazette)

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O’Malley Appoints Arentz To House Of Delegates

Gov. Martin O'Malley has appointed the Queen Anne's County Commission president to fill a vacancy in the House of Delegates. The governor announced Tuesday that Steven Arentz will fill the seat opened by the appointment of Stephen Hershey to the state Senate. Arentz, a Republican, will represent District 36, which includes parts of Caroline, Cecil, Kent and Queen Anne's counties. (WBAL-TV)

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Del. Jon Cardin To Introduce Bill Aimed At Reducing Sexual Assaults On College Campuses

Del. Jon S. Cardin said he will introduce legislation requiring Maryland colleges and universities to publicly report all incidences of sexual assault on their campuses and to provide services for individuals harmed by these assaults. Under the bill, confidential sexual assault surveys designed by the Maryland Higher Education Commission will be distributed to students to accurately capture the number and nature of sexual assaults on campuses. Cardin said the legislation would also require each school to have a victim advocate on campus to objectively and confidentially aid individuals caught up in the trauma of sexual assault. (WMAR-TV)

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Anne Arundel Del. Dwyer Spends First Weekend In Jail

Del. Don Dwyer made it through his first weekend in jail for drunken driving, heading to the Ordnance Road Correctional Center one day after his lawyer filed a request to have his sentenced reduced. The Pasadena Republican was sentenced to serve 60 days in jail for operating his boat while under the influence in an August 2012 accident, and driving his car under the influence near his home a year later. (Capital)

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Nov. 13 // Mizeur Selects Delman Coates As Her Running Mate

Del. Heather R. Mizeur has chosen the Rev. Delman Coates — the charismatic pastor of a large church in Prince George's County — as her running mate in the 2014 race for the Democratic nomination for governor, according to a source familiar with the campaign's plans. Coates, who has led the 8,000-member Mount Ennon since 2004, became a statewide figure last year when he broke with more conservative clergy members and appeared in television ads in favor of a ballot question approving same-sex marriage in Maryland. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery Delegate Will Seek District 17 Senate Seat

After serving four terms in the House of Delegates, Rockville Democrat Luiz R.S. Simmons plans to seek the District 17 Senate seat now held by Sen. Jennie M. Forehand. Simmons, 64, said he was going to run for the Senate four years ago, but backed off after Forehand said she wanted to run for one more term. (Gazette)

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