Anne Arundel residents raise concerns over Jones' possible return to council

The Rev. John Christophel said it’s crazy to think a politician could return to office after being convicted of a crime. Christophel, pastor of the Brooklyn Park United Church of the Brethren, said the potential reappointment of Daryl Jones to the Anne Arundel County Council sends the wrong message to Jones’ constituents. (Capital)

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Douglas F. Gansler runs for Maryland governor — just not officially

Douglas F. Gansler is running for governor. He has more than $5 million in the bank. He has hired a campaign manager and a team of consultants. The Democrat recently launched a three-month “Building Our Best Maryland” tour to start sharing his policy ideas for the state. When he arrived in Rockville on the first stop, there was even a “tracker” from an opposing campaign there poised to film any missteps. But does he say he is a candidate? No. At least not officially. “Right now I’m preparing to be a candidate for governor,” Gansler explained. (Wash. Post)

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Leopold adjusts to life as outsider, but doesn't dismiss a comeback

He commanded Anne Arundel's billion-dollar budget and was considered a possible candidate for governor. But in recent weeks, former County Executive John R. Leopold sat behind the glass panes of a small office at the Anne Arundel County Food and Resource Bank in Crownsville, answering phones, taking notes and performing other duties to fulfill 400 hours of community service — one of the last requirements of his sentence from a conviction for misconduct in office. With that service complete, Leopold is trying to find a new role in the community he once served, and betrayed. He says he hopes to one day be cleared to run for office again. (Balt. Sun)

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'Wire' creator faults Bernstein for city's crime spike

Former Baltimore Sun crime reporter and creator of "The Wire" David Simon is placing the blame for Baltimore's violence spike on State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein, citing the effects of what Simon says is an unwillingness on the top prosecutor's part to take tough cases. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland's new chief judge lauded as forthright, diplomatic

People who know Mary Ellen Barbera describe her demeanor as forthright, yet diplomatic. Colleagues say she'll use those qualities in a complicated role that requires a sharp legal mind and the political acumen to oversee Maryland's $463 million court system. "She really has real skill at building bridges," said lawyer Timothy F. Maloney, a former Prince George's County delegate. He said those abilities will serve her well in dealing with the General Assembly, Gov. Martin O'Malley and future governors. (Balt. Sun)

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O'Malley names his lobbyist as judge

Among the historic judicial appointments Gov. Martin O'Malley made official Wednesday morning, the governor also named his chief lobbyist to become a Baltimore County District Court judge. In her first year as chief legislative officer, Stacy A. Mayer pushed through perhaps O'Malley's most ambitious legislative agenda this past session, passing new gun laws, repealing the death penalty and raising the tax on gasoline for the first time in two decades. (Balt. Sun) 

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Obama campaign manager to meet Brown campaign

President Barack Obama's campaign manager and former political adviser Jim Messina will meet with Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's supporters on Monday to talk about Maryland's gubernatorial race.  Why?  It's not exactly clear. Brown's campaign said Messina will also make a public announcement about the race, though Brown's campaign manager Justin Schall was mum about about what that announcement could be. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel executive forms transportation committee

County Executive Laura Neuman has formed a committee to study transportation.  The Transportation Commission will be made up of residents who will make recommendations to Neuman and senior advisers regarding county transportation policies and programs. (Capital)

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