Neuman names controller, public works director

Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman has named two more department leaders for county government. Chris Phipps will be director of the Department of Public Works, while Julie Mussog will take over as controller. (Balt. Sun)

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Annapolis’ Santa Claus to run for mayor

The man most people in Annapolis know as Santa Claus will run for mayor, only using his legal name. Frank Bradley, a frequent gadfly at City Council meetings, showed up with about two hours to spare before the deadline for all city election candidates to file. He is known for dressing up as Santa Claus for many area holiday events. (Capital)

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August 5 // Martin O’Malley outlines 2016 candidacy

Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley spoke more candidly than ever Saturday about the likelihood he will run for president in 2016 as he lamented “a crisis of confidence” facing the country. “By the end of this year, we’re on course to have a body of work that lays the framework of the candidacy for 2016,” he told a handful of reporters at his final National Governors Association meeting. (Politico)

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Gansler hires new campaign manager for 2014 bid for governor

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), who is gearing up to announce his 2014 bid for governor next month, has hired a new campaign manager. Matthew “Mudcat” Arnold recently took over for Carrie Glenn, who has left the campaign for health-related reasons, Gansler aides said Friday. (Wash. Post)

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The power of poultry

So how can Delmarva poultry, the PAC and farmers sway votes to convince those who represent places like Baltimore, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County to vote in their favor? The answer is murky, but likely lies in the organization’s economic impact, not its political influence. (Daily Times)

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Ethics complaint questions Vallario’s dual roles as legislator and lawyer

After her daughter died, prosecutors told Kenniss Henry that they would try to build a criminal case against the driver, but because of Maryland’s lax vehicular manslaughter laws, the charges would probably not be severe. That’s why Henry told her story to Del. Joseph F. Vallario Jr., the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Vallario (D-Prince George’s), who is also a criminal defense attorney, had for years stood in the way of bills aimed at making it easier for prosecutors to get jail time for negligent drivers, arguing they criminalized what were often accidents. Weeks later, Henry almost fainted, she said, when prosecutors told her who was representing the driver who killed her daughter: Vallario’s son, who operates out of his father’s law office in Suitland. The episode is now the subject of an ethics complaint. (Wash. Post)

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Anne Arundel executive seeks priority needs, spending balance

Is County Executive Laura Neuman ready to break out the taxpayer checkbook? Two months after her first budget as Anne Arundel executive was passed, the Annapolis Republican has some big-ticket items in mind. Her spending plan was about $89 million more than that for fiscal 2013. It included a property tax increase, which drew criticism from one of her opponents in next year’s Republican primary. (Capital)

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Md. Democrats running for governor hit campaign trail Monday

Democrats campaigning to be Maryland’s next governor are visiting areas their opponents have claimed as support centers in multiple events scheduled on Monday. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown is scheduled to appear with Gov. Martin O’Malley at 12:30 p.m. in Bethesda to talk about transportation projects in Montgomery County. Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is slated to continue his series of policy talks at 10 a.m. in Baltimore. Also in Baltimore, Del. Heather R. Mizeur will join with other volunteers to paint classrooms and hallways at Waverly Elementary School at 10:15 a.m. (Daily Record)

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