August 7 // Senator Amplifies Her Voice to Referee Fiscal Showdown

Seven months into Senator Barbara A. Mikulski’s new assignment as chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, there is already a saying among members: “We loved Byrd, we respected Inouye, we fear Barbara.” Ms. Mikulski, who legislates with two parts accommodation and one part coercion, now finds herself at the center of a spending brawl on Capitol Hill. At 77, she is the longest serving woman in Congress, the first female leader of its most august committee and the fulcrum in a fiscal fight that will dominate Washington this fall. (NY Times)

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Susan Lee to seek Brian Frosh’s Senate seat in District 16

Del. Susan C. Lee (D-Montgomery) announced Tuesday that she would seek the state Senate seat being vacated next year by Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Montgomery) as he runs for attorney general.( Wash. Post)

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O’Malley headed to New Jersey to campaign for Cory Booker

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) plans to head to New Jersey on Thursday to campaign for Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D), the favorite in the Garden State’s U.S. Senate race, O’Malley aides confirmed Tuesday. O’Malley endorsed Booker in June, praising him for having embraced CitiStat, a program that O’Malley pioneered while mayor of Baltimore. (Wash. Post)

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Rawlings-Blake hires new communications director with DNC ties

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has tapped connections at the Democratic National Committee to hire a new communications and policy director. Kevin Harris, 29, of Alexandria, Va., will begin work in Baltimore on Sept. 3. He currently works as communications director for U.S. Rep. Karen Bass of California. (Balt. Sun)

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Dwyer pleads guilty to drunken boating in 2012 crash

Del. Don H. Dwyer Jr. again pleaded guilty Tuesday to operating a boat while drunk during a crash last year that left seven people injured, including himself. Dwyer, a Pasadena Republican, entered the plea in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court three months after he admitted to the same charge in county District Court. He decided to appeal to the higher court after a judge sentenced him to 30 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and a year of supervised probation. (Balt. Sun)

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Gov. Martin O'Malley only the latest to skirt donor limits

In setting up his campaign accounts for a potential presidential run, Gov. Martin O'Malley is following a long path of politicians from both parties who have managed to raise buckets of cash without having to adhere to federal contribution limits. O'Malley, who has said he is considering a run for the Democratic nomination in 2016, filed reports with the Federal Election Commission and the Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday showing he had raised nearly $500,000 in the first six months of the year. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery GOP falls short in linking Del. Miller to transit center debacle

Many names figure prominently in the $120 million Silver Spring Transit Center fiasco: Parsons-Brinckerhoff, Foulger-Pratt, Robert B. Balter Co., Montgomery County’s Department of General Services, Metro. But a new and surprising name surfaced last week, uncovered by the Montgomery County Republican Party: Del. Aruna Miller (D-Montgomery). (Wash. Post)

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Liberal governor candidate lobbied feds while a Maryland legislator

The great progressive hope in Maryland's governor race has spent six years as a paid lobbyist for health care companies while simultaneously serving in Maryland's House of Delegates. Heather Mizeur will tell you she worked on Capitol Hill as a staffer for Sen. John Kerry, served on the Takoma Park City Council and currently represents Silver Spring in the lower chamber of Maryland's legislature. (Examiner)

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