Franchot revives Goldstein coin tradition

For many years, Marylanders who ran in to Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein on the campaign trail were likely to come away with a souvenir of the encounter -- a gold-colored coin with the inscription "God Bless Y'all Real Good." The coins and the phrase were the political trademarks of the late Goldstein, who served as the state's top tax collector for almost 40 years until his death in 1998. Now the current occupant of that office, Peter Franchot, is seeking to capture some of the Goldstein magic by distributing his own version of comptroller coins. (Balt. Sun)

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Negotiators for city, firefighters reach deal

After months of intense, closed-door bargaining, negotiators for the Rawlings-Blake administration and Baltimore's fire unions have reached an agreement that would give firefighters a 16.5 percent pay raise in exchange for working more hours, according to documents reviewed by The Baltimore Sun. (Balt. Sun)

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14 Republican vie for Pipkin’s seat

Fourteen Eastern Shore Republicans have applied to fill the District 36 Senate seat of Senate Minority Leader E.J. Pipkin, who resigned as of August 12 and is moving to Texas. (Md. Reporter)

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Montgomery preparing for Affordable Care Act enrollment

With less than two months until enrollment opens under sweeping federal health insurance changes, Montgomery County is preparing its education, outreach, eligibility and enrollment services for nearly 222,000 uninsured residents of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. (Gazette)

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Senate prez calls Kittleman seat ‘winnable’ for Democrat

Senate President Mike Miller traveled over an hour to Ellicott City from his Chesapeake Beach home for breakfast Monday to introduce a Democratic candidate for Senate in District 9, Dan Medinger. “Didn’t you draw this to be a Republican district?” asked MarylandReporter.com afterward. With a straight face, Miller said, “We don’t draw districts for Democrats or Republicans.” (Md. Reporter)

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Maryland task force to consider regional transportation funding

A new Maryland task force will study ways to raise more transportation money on a regional level, and one state lawmaker wants to consider a broader metropolitan region among the possible solutions. Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. said he hopes the task force will explore options that include more than just Maryland. (Gazette)

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Ellicott City businessman announces District 9 state Senate run

Daniel Medinger isn't used to being the center of attention. The former journalist made a career for decades as an observer and purveyor of the news. But Monday morning, he stepped into the spotlight with an announcement that he will run for state Senate in District 9, which includes the western county, parts of Ellicott City and southern Carroll County. Long-time District 9A delegate Gail Bates, a Republican, announced her candidacy for the District 9 Senate seat in July. (Balt. Sun)

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Bartkovich won't seek re-election

After 12 years attending and sometimes leading Wicomico County Council meetings, Gail Bartkovich has decided to not seek re-election. The Republican who represents the county’s 3rd District said she wants to spend more time with her grandchildren and that the new shape of her district could give new candidates a fresh start. (Daily Times)

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