Frederick County officials still see role in enforcing immigration laws

Even as immigrant advocates applauded a federal court ruling that limits local efforts to target people in the country illegally, some Frederick County officials insisted that they should continue to play a role in deporting them. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling this week revives a lawsuit stemming from the detention and arrest by Frederick County sheriff's deputies of a Salvadoran woman as she sat on a curb eating a sandwich in October 2008. (Balt. Sun)

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Council “humilated” by “arrogant display of corruption,” Stokes says

Carl Stokes came out swinging in the wake of last night’s stormy Harbor Point hearing, saying his fellow committee members and City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young showed “an arrogant display of corruption” in forcing passage of the $107 million TIF financing bill. (Brew)

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In political shuffle, some of Montgomery County’s state seats will change hands

Montgomery County politics resembles a game of musical chairs these days, with elected officials switching seats and newcomers circling around looking for an empty one. The latest twists are two official announcements: Del. Susan C. Lee (D) will seek the District 16 state Senate seat currently held by state Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D), after Frosh announced on July 30 that he is running for state attorney general. (Gazette)

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O’Malley names new information technology head

Gov. Martin O'Malley has named a new secretary of the Maryland Department of Information Technology. The governor announced Thursday that Isabel FitzGerald will lead the department. (AP)

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Music teacher might emerge onto political stage

Jessica Fitzwater says she loves working with students while they're too young to care what people think. Fitzwater, 29, said her experience as a performer — playing the violin in the Frederick Symphony Orchestra and taking the stage with Equinox Dance Company — has made her someone unafraid to take a public stand. Her willingness to step forward could move her from the orchestra hall to Winchester Hall; Fitzwater says she's "strongly considering" running for the District 4 seat on the county council in 2014. (News-Post)

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Rothschild speaks about HUD attempt at 'social engineering'

Carroll County Commissioner Richard Rothschild accused the federal Housing and Urban Development agency of attempting to socially engineer neighborhoods in the midst of a discussion Thursday involving a state housing grant that had nothing to do with HUD. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Harbor Point: Beatty, City Council members react after heated hearing

The passage of Harbor Point’s tax increment financing plan at Wednesday night’s City Council taxation committee included so much behind-the-scenes commentary it was difficult to fit it all into one story. Here’s a collection of some of the quotes and interviews following the hearing, which ended with Committee Chairman Carl Stokes storming out of the meeting and a 3-0 vote to send the bill to the full council without amendments. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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August 8 // Brown to win first labor endorsement in 2014 race for Maryland governor

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) is slated to pick up the first endorsement from a labor union in Maryland’s 2014 gubernatorial race. The Laborers’ International Union of North America Mid-Atlantic Region plans to offer Brown a tour of its Baltimore training center on Thursday and then offer its endorsement. The organization’s members are engaged in building construction, environmental remediation, highway construction and other service work. (Wash. Post)

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