City Councilmen call on state to pay for erroneous tax credits

Two Baltimore City Councilmen are formally calling on the state of Maryland to cover the costs of erroneous historic property tax credits that have cut revenue to the city over the past several years. Councilmen Bill Henry, who represents north Baltimore, and James Kraft, who represents southeast Baltimore, plan to introduce a resolution Monday that will call on the state to "find an appropriate mechanism whereby the city of Baltimore can be compensated for lost property tax revenue, so as not to negatively impact blameless homeowners and not unduly burden the city's finances because of flawed calculations used by the state." (Balt. Sun)

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Social Security starts processing retirement claims for same-sex spouses

Social Security says it has begun processing — and paying — some retirement spousal claims for same-sex couples. The agency’s action comes after the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that said the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. The act blocked federal recognition of gay marriages, leading to couples being denied federal benefits. (Balt. Sun)

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Edwards to open district office in Severna Park

U.S. Rep. Donna F. Edwards is opening a district office in Severna Park, fulfilling a campaign promise she made last year. Residents from around the 4th District are invited to attend an open house on Aug. 24 at the office space, meet staff and learn about the various constituent services available. (Capital)

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Maryland senator's proposal for two-year sequester delay gets cool reception

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, wants Congress and the White House to pursue a fiscal deal that would put off the next two years of spending cuts from sequestration, Defense News reported. GOP senators and White House officials have begun talks toward a $1 trillion "grand bargain" fiscal deal. Mikulski wants the two sides to consider what's known on Capitol Hill and among Washington budget analysts as a "mini bargain." (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Mayor speaks to young Dems in Texas

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake jetted to San Antonio, Texas, to deliver a speech to the national convention of the Young Democrats of America, a group closely tied to the Democratic National Committee. Rawlings-Blake denounced the Republican Party for its positions on immigration reform and other issues in what was described as “a great keynote speech” on the YDA’s twitter feed. (Brew)

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O'Malley To Dedicate Renovated MARC Station

Governor Martin O'Malley and U.S. Senator Ben Cardin will cut the ribbon Monday morning, on a newly renovated MARC train station in Halethorpe. (WBAL)

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Democrats put twist on speed dating

Jonathan Kachursky of Frederick had a good reason for showing up to a speed dating forum with Democrat candidates for Frederick alderman. "I have no idea who any of these people are," Kachursky, 19, said Saturday. "I want to meet them, and this is a good situation for that." The awkward moments of a first date were bypassed Saturday during a speed date forum hosted by the Young Democrats of Frederick County. (News-Post)

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Farmers concerned about lack of farm bill, but think something will pass eventually

Farmers across Carroll County are predicting that a federal farm bill will be passed before the expiration of the current agriculture laws Sept. 30, or at least before major changes take effect. But across the nation some have raised alarm bells about the effects of nothing being accomplished by Congress. (Carroll Co. Times)

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