Feb. 19 // Brown has 2-to-1 lead over Gansler in race for Md. Democratic gubernatorial nomination

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown holds a 2-to-1 lead over his closest rival in Maryland’s bitter Democratic gubernatorial primary race, according to a new Washington Post poll, though most voters say they could change their minds before the June contest. Statewide, 34 percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning independent voters support Brown in the primary, while 15 percent back Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and 8 percent support Del. Heather R. Mizeur. Gansler and Mizeur reside in Montgomery County. (Wash. Post)

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GOP's Craig would slash income tax rates

Republican David R. Craig said Tuesday that he would push to cut the state income tax rate for Maryland's wealthiest residents by more than 20 percent during his first year as governor. Craig, one of four GOP candidates running in June's primary, said his plan would put Maryland on a course to eliminate its income tax entirely during his second term while cutting spending by 3 percent a year. He said such a move would stimulate economic growth and halt a loss of population to states with lower taxes. (Balt. Sun)

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Delaney, after looking at Md. governor’s field, files to run for second term in Congress

Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) filed for reelection Tuesday, a move likely to end speculation that he could run for governor. There had been chatter for more than a month about the first-term congressman from Montgomery County making a late entry into the Democratic field, fueled in part by a telephone poll that included Delaney’s name as an option for governor. Delaney declined to say at the time whether it was his poll. In a statement late last month, he did not categorically rule out the possibility of seeking the governor’s office. (Wash. Post)

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In new Web ad, Brown questions Gansler’s priorities on pre-K, corporate tax cuts

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown went on the attack Tuesday with a new Web ad suggesting that Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, a rival Democrat for governor, is more interested in cutting corporate taxes than expanding pre-kindergarten education. From that point, a chorus of what the Brown campaign says are real people weigh in. Among their comments about Gansler: “He’s favoring corporations more than the children of his state,” and “I would think he’s a Republican.” (Wash. Post)

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Rivals question Brown’s ability to deliver Purple Line if elected governor of Maryland

Two of Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown’s rivals in Maryland’s Democratic primary for governor questioned his ability Tuesday to deliver the planned Purple Line light-rail project in the Washington suburbs given the difficulties that have occurred on Brown’s watch with the state’s online health insurance exchange. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) also sharply questioned Brown’s leadership abilities during the forum, which was sponsored by a Purple Line advocacy group. (Wash. Post)

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George wants state to change fundamentally

Father. Grandfather. Actor. Jeweler. Businessman. Volunteer. Lawmaker. Maryland Del. Ronald A. George has had many titles. But before he retires, George, 60, wants to add one more to his list: governor. “My love for the state, it runs deep,” he said. Although George is running for governor in the Republican primary in June, he said his campaign is not about his ego. In fact, he wants nothing more than to look toward his retirement. But he said he cannot turn his back on problems when he sees a solution. (Md. Ind. News)

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Lawmakers consider speed camera reforms

Maryland speed camera programs came under intense scrutiny Tuesday in Annapolis and Baltimore, with the General Assembly considering reforms ranging from a ban of the so-called "bounty system" to levying heavy fines against operators that issue erroneous tickets. Meanwhile, a city councilman leading an investigation into a secret audit of the city's speed camera system said Baltimore's top lawyer has agreed to turn over hundreds of pages of documents to the committee conducting the probe. (Balt. Sun)

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With filing deadline a week away, some offices don't have enough candidates for primary election

With the deadline to file to be on the ballot in the June primary election a week from Tuesday, some offices by Monday had not drawn enough candidates to hold a primary election. As of Monday, Stan Stouffer and Mindy Marsden were the only two candidates who had filed for the three Washington County Board of Education seats up for grabs in 2014, according to county Elections Director Kaye Robucci. (Herald-Mail)

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