In Arundel executive race, Schuh showing most cash on hand

In the race for Anne Arundel County executive, Republican Del. Steve Schuh has more than three times as much money in the bank as either of his political rivals. In the latest campaign finance reports that were due Wednesday, Schuh reported having nearly $865,000 cash on hand. (Balt. Sun)

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Gubernatorial candidates jostle for 'most progressive' title at forum

At a candidate forum in what has become one of Maryland's bluest regions, three of the candidates hoping to lead the state next year strove to show off their progressive credentials. Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, Del. Jolene Ivey and Del. Heather Mizeur all turned out for the event, hosted Jan. 8 by the Columbia Democratic Club at Ridgely's Run Community Center in Jessup. (Balt. Sun)

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Bernstein has more than $340K in Baltimore State's Attorney race

Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein has more than $340,000 cash on hand in his bid for a second term, while one of his challengers said she has raised more than $100,000 in six months. The early six-figure totals came in a race that has not seen significant fundraising from candidates in previous years. Bernstein's campaign committee had a prior balance of $149,300, and he raised $250,400 in the past year, records show. After expenditures, he has $342,000 on hand. (Balt. Sun)

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Craig offers retirement deal to trim Harford workforce

Harford County Executive David Craig said Wednesday he will offer a retirement incentive to cut the county government's workforce and save money. Craig said in a statement he will submit legislation to the Harford County Council seeking its approval for funding a one-time retirement incentive program for county employees. Some employees, such as sheriff's deputies, won't be eligible. (Bat. Sun)

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Budget includes $140 million to protect 149 federally-contracted air-traffic control towers

A federal appropriations bill announced Tuesday includes $140 million to ensure all 149 federally-contracted air-traffic control towers threatened by last year’s sequester budget cuts will remain open, including the tower at Hagerstown Regional Airport. “It’s great news,” Hagerstown Airport Director Phil Ridenour said Wednesday. “It means that all five (contract) towers in the state of Maryland will stay open as long as this bill passes through and gets signed by the president.” (Herald-Mail)

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Under proposed budget, Washington County would get about $1.98 million in disparity money

Washington County will get about $1.98 million in disparity grant money for fiscal 2015, under a proposed budget unveiled Wednesday by Gov. Martin O’Malley at the State House. The wealth-based grant is calculated according to a formula in which counties with per-capita income-tax revenues of less than 75 percent of the state average are eligible for the funding. (Herald-Mail-AP)

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Maryland Senate committee to again question state official about health exchange problems

The chairman of the Maryland Senate Finance Committee, after expressing frustration with not being informed of brewing problems with the state’s health exchange, has asked state officials to now provide updates on the status of the exchange every two weeks. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland GOP hopeful Craig reports modest bank balance; George, Lollar have much less

Harford County Executive David R. Craig, who has been touted as a leading Republican candidate for governor, has less than $183,000 available for his campaign after a year in which he and his running mate spent more than they raised. Meanwhile, two other Republican hopefuls, Del. Ronald A. George and Charles County businessman Charles Lollar, finished the year with little money, according to reports filed Wednesday. (Wash. Post)

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