Anne Arundel police lieutenant running for delegate

An Anne Arundel County police lieutenant is running for the House of Delegates. Lt. Jim Fredericks announced Friday he would run for the District 30B seat being vacated by Del. Bob Costa at the end of this year. The Republican candidate lives in Tracy's Landing and has worked for the Anne Arundel County Police for over 20 years. If elected, Fredericks hopes to have a "common sense" approach to community issues, including reducing taxes, providing better education for students and restoring the Chesapeake Bay. (Capital)

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District 16 welcomes its first official Republican candidate in Bethesda businesswoman

Stop complaining and do something about it. That’s the advice that landed Rose Li in the middle of the District 16 delegate race. It’s the advice Li gives her two children, and it’s the advice a friend passed on to her when the Bethesda business owner found herself frustrated during the government shutdown. And so Li is doing something about it — she is running for office for the first time, as a Republican. (Gazette)

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Jan. 20 // Maryland welcomes wrong people to Medicaid

As many as 383 Medicaid enrollees in Maryland received welcome packets in the mail this month that contained the names and birth dates of strangers, health officials announced Sunday evening. They blamed the mix-up on a “programming error” caused by the chief IT contractor hired to build a health-insurance marketplace for the state. (Wash. Post)

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Mayor's political rise takes her out of state

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's growing role in Democratic politics has given a boost to her national profile — and to her frequent-flyer miles. A leader with the Democratic National Committee and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Rawlings-Blake has visited Panama with Vice President Joe Biden and attended summits in Utah, New York and Louisiana. In all, Rawlings-Blake and her security detail made two dozen out-of-state trips in 2013 — about two a month — for a total of 73 days away. The mayor's supporters applaud her travel, saying she is representing the city well before groups across the country. But some question whether it's possible to govern as effectively from out of town. (Balt. Sun)

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Brown campaign won’t say whether Ulman is raising money during legislative session

A week and a half into Maryland’s legislative session, officials with the campaign of Democratic hopeful Anthony G. Brown won’t say whether his running mate is collecting political donations. Supporters of Brown’s Democratic rival, Douglas F. Gansler, have filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent Howard County Executive Ken Ulman (D) from raising money during the 90-day session. But a judge has yet to schedule a hearing on the matter. (Wash. Post)

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Last hurrah for the 'LLC loophole'

For decades, well-heeled contributors have been able to dodge Maryland's campaign donation limits through a quirk in state law known to reform advocates as the "LLC loophole." The General Assembly passed legislation in 2013 to close the loophole as of the next four-year election cycle, but campaign finance reports filed last week show it is enjoying a last hurrah in the 2014 governor's race. (Balt. Sun)

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Environmentalists want local, not state, government to decide on stormwater fees

Environmentalists are trying to convince Maryland legislative leaders to not change a state mandate on stormwater fees, allowing local governments to take it from here. Sources in the General Assembly say Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-Calvert, is considering introducing legislation that would cap the fees the state’s 10 most populous jurisdictions were required to impose. (Capital)

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Anne Arundel Co. executive race drawing heavy out-of-county donations

The Republican candidates for county executive raised substantial amounts of money outside the county last year, campaign finance reports show. Of the two, Del. Steve Schuh was beating Laura Neuman when it came to raising donor dollars in Anne Arundel County in 2013, the reports show. Schuh, R-Gibson Island, raised roughly $1.50 in the county for every $1 raised outside it, while Neuman raised the biggest part of her individual contributions from outside the county. (Capital)

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