Review board to look at Calvert County officials’ salaries

The Calvert County Compensation Review Board, which convenes every four years, held its initial meeting to discuss the board’s duties, elect the board chairman, discuss future meetings and set a deadline for presenting findings and recommendations to the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners to be included in the county’s 2014 legislative package. (Gazette)

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July 31 // Montgomery Executive Leggett to appeal Pepco rate increase, surcharge

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said Tuesday he would appeal a decision by the Maryland Public Service Commission to grant Pepco a $27.9 million rate increase and a new surcharge to bolster the electric grid, calling the proposed hikes “premature and unwise.” (Wash. Post)

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O’Malley tries to drum up Brown/Ulman donations

Gov. Martin O’Malley threw his political weight behind behind his lieutenant, Anthony G. Brown, months ago. On Monday, in an email to supporters of Brown and his running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, O’Malley used that weight to ask for money for the young campaign. (Daily Record)

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Who are Harbor Point's behind-the-scenes players?

By now, you probably know the names of the politicians involved on both sides of the Harbor Point debate — the ongoing argument over $107 million in public financing for the $1.8 billion waterfront project. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, among other local politicians, has been a vocal supporter of the plan, which she says will bring Baltimore badly needed jobs and eventually swell the city’s tax rolls. Councilman Carl Stokes, chairman of the taxation committee, has been a staunch opponent, arguing that the developer shouldn’t benefit from public money that would be better used on essential city services. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore violated Open Meetings Act on Harbor Point deal

The city's Board of Finance violated transparency laws by meeting behind closed doors to approve more than $100 million in public financing for the massive Harbor Point development southeast of the Inner Harbor, a state panel ruled. (Balt. Sun)

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Henson Loses Appeal In Robocall Suit

A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a $1 million civil verdict against a political consultant responsible for illegal automated telephone calls in the 2010 Maryland governor's race. A three-judge panel of the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected Julius Henson's bid to overturn last year's decision by U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake. (WBAL-TV)

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Audit Criticizes Judiciary Over Computers

An audit is criticizing the way the Maryland Judiciary keeps track of its computers and rare artifacts. The Office of Legislative Audits doesn't claim that any computers in the state's court system are missing, or that they have been tampered. (WBAL-TV)

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Congress targets LEED green building standards for federal agencies

When the modernization and renovation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Parklawn building in Rockville is complete, the massive complex is designed to win platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. But the $270 million makeover might be one of the last federal building projects cited for its green design under bills moving in the Senate and House. (Gazette)

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