Schuh wants tax break to counteract Arundel's stormwater fee

Del. Steve Schuh, a candidate for Anne Arundel County executive, is calling for the county to roll back its property tax to offset the new stormwater fees. Schuh, a Gibson Island Republican, launched a petition effort on Friday to lobby the County Council and County Executive Laura Neuman to make the change for next year. Schuh said the stormwater fee -- which he calls the "rain tax" -- violates Anne Arundel's property tax that limits how much property taxes can increase each year. (Balt. Sun)

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Judiciary forms task force on bail hearings

The Maryland judiciary has formed a special task force to examine the implications of a Court of Appeals ruling that people charged with crimes should have access to public defenders at all bail hearings. The panel will be led by Baltimore District Judge John R. Hargrove, Jr., the judiciary said Friday. (Balt. Sun)

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Top aide to Arundel's Neuman departs

Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman's chief of staff is gone after six months on the job. David Cordle, who had sought the executive's job but lost to Neuman, is no longer one of her top aides. The terms of his parting were not clear. (Balt. Sun)

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Mayoral candidates square off for first time since Annapolis primary

The Annapolis mayoral candidates took different approaches — one with specifics, one with fewer — in their first public meeting since the primary election. Mayor and Democratic candidate Josh Cohen and Republican challenger Mike Pantelides appeared at a candidate forum sponsored by the city’s Human Relations Commission. Cohen defeated Democrat Bevin A. Buchheister in the Sept. 17 primary, while Pantelides toppled Republican candidates Bob O’Shea and Frank Bradley. (Capital)

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Elliot files for District 5 House seat

Incumbent Donald Elliot has filed to run for a seat in the 5th District of the Maryland House of Delegates for the upcoming 2014 election, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections. Elliot, a Republican from New Windsor, has served Carroll County as a delegate in District 4B since 1987. Elliot filed to run for a seat in District 5 Sept. 23, according to the elections website. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Three-term Worcester commissioner Boggs to step down in 2015

Three-term Worcester County Commissioner Judy Boggs has announced her retirement from public office, effective early 2015, citing a desire to “refocus” her life. Boggs made her decision public Saturday at one of her regular town hall meetings at the Ocean Pines Library. (Daily Times)

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As executive bid fades, Grasso the environmentalist refocuses

The creek was a cesspool. As he rode around Marley Creek on his CraigCat one recent afternoon, John Grasso recalled the state of the filthy, unswimmable water around his home that pushed him to run for county executive in 1986. (Capital)

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Sept. 27 // Gun-rights advocates sue over new law

Gun rights advocates said Thursday that they had filed a federal lawsuit to block Maryland's new gun control laws from going into effect next week, arguing that restrictions on assault weapons and large magazines infringe on their constitutional rights. The gun rights advocates, who include individual citizens, organizations and gun shops, say the Second Amendment and case law make it clear that they are legally allowed to own military-style assault rifles and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. (Balt. Sun)

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