10 Md. agencies join foes of Charles County comp plan

Ten state agency secretaries added their names to the list opposed to the Charles County draft comprehensive plan update in a letter to the county commissioners, citing “serious concerns” with the draft plan “contrary to longstanding sound planning.” Signed by the Maryland Smart Growth Subcabinet, the letter is the latest and most detailed in a series of rebukes to come from state department heads, who have said the draft plan shifts county land use policy away from land preservation toward sprawl development. (Independent)

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Three St. Mary's commissioners may not return

As many as three of the St. Mary’s County commissioners might not be aiming to return to their offices after the 2014 election, they indicated Tuesday as they talked of their political plans at a State of the County luncheon hosted by the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce. (Enterprise)

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Marvin L. "Doc" Cheatham to run for city delegate seat

Longtime Baltimore civil rights leader Marvin L. "Doc" Cheatham is running for the House of Delegates from a Baltimore district represented by three incumbent Democrats. Cheatham, former president of the Baltimore chapters of the NAACP and Southern Christian Leadership Conference, will file as a Democrat in the 40th District in West and Northwest Baltimore. (Balt. Sun)

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Friendship Heights crowd agrees with Floreen: 'no' on bus rapid transit plan

Montgomery County’s proposed bus rapid transit plan had no defenders at an informational meeting Councilwoman Nancy M. Floreen held at the Friendship Heights Village Center Monday night. That included Floreen herself. “I’m not an advocate of this. I’m with you,” Floreen (D-At large) of Garrett Park told a critic of the plan in the audience. (Gazette)

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Study suggests long commutes may be driving away passion for politics

The gridlock and dysfunction inside the Beltway may be directly related to the gridlock and dysfunction on the Beltway. Research by a trio of political scientists suggests that growing political apathy and a lack of civic engagement among many Americans could be a function of the amount of time they spend commuting. (Wash. Times)

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Montgomery council members urge more work on pedestrian safety

The numbers of Montgomery County pedestrians involved in and killed in traffic crashes are down, but several members of the County Council think the county still needs to be more pedestrian-friendly. (Gazette)

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Maryland turns down $200K grant repayment from Frederick County

The state has declined to accept the $200,000 grant repayment offered by Frederick County commissioners as part of their efforts to sell a public nursing home and assisted living center. Commissioners President Blaine Young said he learned that the state had returned the check sent by the county earlier this month. (News-Post)

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Nine Greenbelt candidates vie for seven at-large council seats

Nine candidates are vying for the seven at-large Greenbelt district council seats in the upcoming election, including a homeless man who also ran in 2011. In addition to the seven incumbents, who are all running for re-election, two challengers have also filed to run in the Nov. 5 municipal election. (Gazette)

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