Rawlings-Blake calls for federal infrastructure spending

President Barack Obama met with 250 of the nation's mayor's on Thursday -- including Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake -- to discuss the economy, manufacturing and federal investment in infrastructure. City officials are in Washington for the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Rawlings-Blake is the second vice president of the bipartisan group. (Balt. Sun)

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Howard teachers' union endorses Watson, Ebersole

The Howard County Education Association on Thursday threw its support behind two candidates running to represent Howard County in 2014. Howard's largest teachers' union endorsed County Council member Courtney Watson for county executive and educator Eric Ebersole for a state delegate seat in District 12. (Balt. Sun)

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Brinkley learns of poll comparing him with Hough

Sen. David Brinkley says he has gotten wind of some recent polling activity among his constituents that compares him with Delegate Michael Hough. One of the people who contacted him about the surveying was Michael Hillman, a north county resident and editor of the Emmitsburg News-Journal. After getting off the phone with the pollster on Jan. 15, Hillman shot Brinkley an email, letting him know the survey cast the senator “as a tax and spend liberal RINO (Republican In Name Only).” (News-Post)

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Senate delegation, Carroll commissioners discuss statewide bills

Changing or completely stopping the implementation of the Common Core education standards has become a priority for many legislators in the Maryland General Assembly this year, according to Carroll County Sen. Joseph Getty. Getty, R-District 5, met with the Carroll County Board of Commissioners on Thursday to discuss local and statewide bills that have been requested by county officials and organizations to be introduced during this year’s 90-day legislative session. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Harford legislators introduce bill to allow 'at-will' termination for liquor board staff

The Harford County delegation is working on bills to amend the employment policies of the Harford County Liquor Board following a lawsuit filed by the former board administrator to block potential personal action against her. (Balt. Sun)

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Duncan to boycott closed-door candidates forum; his opponents decline to join him

Montgomery county executive hopeful Doug Duncan says he has withdrawn from a Friday morning candidates forum sponsored by the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce because it is closed to the public and the press. Chamber President Jane Redicker said that the chamber’s candidates events have always been members-only and that the gathering at Montgomery College’s Takoma Park campus is no different. (Wash. Post)

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Collins has early advantage in campaign fundraising

Charles County commisioners’ Vice President Reuben B. Collins II has thus far amassed the greatest war chest of the any of the dozen candidates vying for commissioner seats in 2014. In his bid for board president, Collins (D) reported raising $26,333 in the past year, according to annual campaign finance reports covering the period between Jan. 10, 2013, and Jan. 8, 2014. The reports were due to the Maryland State Board of Elections by Jan. 15. (Md. Ind. News)

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Jan. 23 // In final State of the State speech, O’Malley to reflect on tenure, pitch minimum-wage hike

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) will use his final State of the State address to reflect upon progress made over the past seven years and to make the case for his top remaining legislative priority, an increase in the minimum wage, a senior aide said. O’Malley is scheduled to address a joint session of the Maryland General Assembly at noon on Thursday in Annapolis. (Wash. Post)

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