'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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O'Malley reappoints Anne Arundel school board members

Gov. Martin O'Malley announced that he has reappointed two members of the Anne Arundel County Board of Education and appointed a third. Current board members Andrew Pruski of Gambrills and Teresa Milio Birge of Odenton were reappointed to five-year terms. The governor also appointed new student member Else Drooff of Arnold, who will serve a one-year term. (Capital)

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Annapolis mayor, coalition say meeting was ‘productive,’ quiet on details

Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen said he had a “productive” meeting with leaders of the Coalition to Save Annapolis, a grass-roots organization of nearly 20 groups and individuals who oppose rezoning part of City Dock. Cohen and Planning and Zoning Director Jon Arason met with a few coalition representatives to discuss the mayor’s rezoning legislation and proposed City Dock master plans. Cohen hopes to find a way for owners of 110 Compromise St., known as the old Fawcett Boat Supplies property, to revive a deal to redevelop the site. (Capital)

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Cooper running for state delegate to help represent his generation

A 28-year-old North Bethesda man who said his generation is underrepresented in government is running for the Maryland House of Delegates in Montgomery County’s District 16, in part, to change that. Former Maryland General Assembly staffer Jordan P. Cooper, a Democrat, said the millennial generation — those born between the mid-1980s and the early 2000s — was one of the hardest hit in the recent recession. (Gazette)

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