Spotted at Brown fundraiser, Ruppersberger still mulling endorsement for Md. governor

Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), who spent months publicly mulling a run for Maryland governor, was spotted Tuesday night at a fundraiser for gubernatorial hopeful Anthony G. Brown that featured former president Bill Clinton. So does that mean that Ruppersberger is siding with Brown, the state’s lieutenant governor, in the June 24 Democratic primary? No. At least, not yet. In January, when Ruppersberger announced he would seek reelection to the House rather than run for governor, he left open the possibility of making an endorsement in the governor’s race. (Wash. Post)

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District 13 Senate candidate says he'll prioritize education, lower taxes

As an auditor, Jody Venkatesan says he would love to take a look at Maryland's healthcare website, which made headlines last fall after being plagued by technical problems from the moment it launched. But while Maryland Republicans have seized on the site's woes as an example of what they consider Democratic ineptitude, Venkatesan says that as a politician, he would focus on shared values rather than differences. (Balt. Sun)

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Lorshbaugh drops out of Washington County commissioners race

Larry Lorshbaugh has withdrawn his bid for a seat on the Washington County Board of Commissioners due to health reasons, he wrote in an email Wednesday. Lorshbaugh, a 56-year-old Democrat and Hagerstown resident, was making his first run for public office. He has said he would be a representative of the “everyday middle-class” citizen in the county, wanting to bring more jobs to the area for hard-working people looking for new opportunities. (Herald-Mail)

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Md. gubernatorial hopeful Mizeur wants to reduce electricity outages, keep rates low

Maryland gubernatorial hopeful Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery) is tired of seeing electric bills continue to grow while customers endure outages that are often the result of investor-owned utility companies not having made enough infrastructure investments. Mizeur’s campaign released a plan on Tuesday to increase oversight of utility companies, up state standards and incentivize competition. (Wash. Post)

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May 14 // Bill Clinton backs Anthony Brown at Potomac fundraiser: ‘I know what is in his heart’

Former president Bill Clinton touted Maryland gubernatorial hopeful Anthony G. Brown as the candidate best positioned to build on the state’s successes at a fundraiser Tuesday night in Potomac that organizers said pulled in more than $1 million for Brown’s campaign. (Wash. Post)

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O’Malley, Cardin set to endorse Ike Leggett for third term as Montgomery County executive

With six weeks until Primary Day and a month before the start of early voting, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is rolling out the A-list endorsements. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D) will formally declare their support for his reelection at a Potomac fundraiser Wednesday evening hosted by IT entrepreneur Frank Islam. “Ike’s vision, forward-thinking and leadership have brought to Montgomery County core values…for all residents and a better future for our children,” O’Malley said in a statement released by the Leggett campaign Tuesday afternoon. (Wash. Post)

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Lollar wants to boost Md. businesses

Charles Lollar, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor, says he wants to audit the state's tax laws and force state agency heads to "justify every penny they intend to spend." The Charles County businessman told about a dozen attendees at a Baltimore Sun Newsmaker Forum on Tuesday evening that he would phase out Maryland's income tax over five years to make the state friendlier to taxpayers and businesses. Lollar, who is from Washington state, said he got interested in Maryland politics when he was working as a senior executive for a Prince George's County business and realized a competitor in Richmond, Va., was turning higher profits. (Balt. Sun)

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Pr. George’s politicians are aiming to repeal term limits on November ballot. Again.

The Prince George’s County Council is weighing whether to ask voters to change a law limiting elected officials to two consecutive terms in office, a restriction that is unique in the Washington metro area and reflects an anti-incumbent sentiment that county officials believe has started to wane. Opponents of term limits say that they deny voters the opportunity to reelect politicians they like; create an experience void in county government by pushing out knowledgeable lawmakers; and disrupt the legislative process. (Wash. Post)

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