Ben Carson says Obamacare 'worst thing' in nation 'since slavery'

Apparently quoting Vladimir Lenin to explain the deeper meaning of Obamacare, and stopping just short of calling President Barack Obama a communist, isn't inflammatory enough for Ben Carson in his new role as a paid Fox News contributor. After leveling the Joe-McCarthy-like charges against Obama on Megyn Kelly's show earlier this week, here's Carson raising his game and introducing "slavery" into the already fevered debate over the Affordable Care Act. (Balt. Sun)

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O'Malley discusses work on health care website

Fixing glitches on Maryland’s online marketplace could continue for as long as another month and a half, Gov. Martin O’Malley said, comparing the effort to dealing with a hurricane or a snowstorm. Still, he said improvements are being made every day. Maryland Health Connection, the online portal where people can shop for health plans and enroll in them, also updated the numbers of people who have visited the website and created accounts since it opened on Oct. 1, when it ran into problems almost immediately. (AP)

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Proposal to require some Pr. George’s eateries to display sodium content is on hold

A proposal to require some Prince George’s County restaurants to prominently display sodium content levels on their menus is on hold. Prince George’s Council member Eric Olson (D-College Park) is getting a cool reception for his bill from the restaurant industry and the administration of County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D). His measure would require large chains to add sodium content to menus and menu boards, next to calorie information. (Wash. Post)

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Delegate again seeks resource officers to protect schools

Del. John Cluster is having another go at passing a bill that would place a police officer in every Maryland public school that does not already have one. Cluster (R-Dist. 8) filed a similar bill in the 2013 legislative session that was voted down in the state Ways and Means Committee. The new bill, Cluster said, addresses concerns about costs by using retired police officers rather than regular police officers to serve as school resource officers who would help protect schools from security threats. (Gazette)

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A new generation for Annapolis?

Among the growing pool of Montgomery County candidates seeking a seat in the House of Delegates, a large number are young. More than half of the 25 candidates — not counting incumbents — vying for a House seat in one of Montgomery’s eight legislative districts are in their 20s or early 30s. (Gazette)

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Douglas Gansler to name running mate amid questions over his driving record

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, will announce his running mate Monday as he attempts to move beyond controversies that have plagued his campaign for governor, including allegations that he routinely pressed his security detail to drive unsafely. As Gansler was planning to introduce Prince George's County Del. Jolene Ivey as his choice for lieutenant governor, his campaign was scrambling to put out a political brush fire caused by reports that the attorney general routinely told his state police drivers to speed, run red lights and use lights and sirens on the way to appointments. (Balt. Sun)

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Harris fears 'financial catastrophe' if payments not prioritized in debt-ceiling breach

As some House Republicans minimize the potential impact of the nation reaching its debt limit, The Daily Times asked Rep. Andy Harris, R-1st District, his view on the matter. “I believe if the president failed to prioritize interest and principal payments on sovereign debt in the event that the debt ceiling is not increased would be a financial catastrophe,” the congressman said in a written statement. (Daily Times)

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Voting reform group supports Rockville presidential year elections

A voting advocacy group is recommending that Rockville holds its elections in presidential election years in hopes of getting more people to the polls. FairVote, a Takoma Park-based nonprofit group that advocates for voting system reform, sent a memo to the Rockville council with recommendations about how to increase voter turnout. (Gazette)

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