Four Seasons project spurs ethics questions

Opponents of a giant housing development proposed for Kent Island have opened a new front in their battle to stop the project — questioning the ethics of a county commissioner who supports the proposal. Robert Foley, a 40-year resident of Kent Island, said he filed a complaint Monday with the Queen Anne's County Ethics Commission. It alleges that Steven Arentz, president of the all-Republican Board of County Commissioners, has a conflict of interest that should have prevented him from taking part in the 3-2 vote by which the commissioners approved the developer's request for the wetlands permit needed to proceed. (Balt. Sun)

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Charles Lollar planning bus tour to kick off Maryland gubernatorial bid

Maryland Republican gubernatorial hopeful Charles Lollar plans to formally launch his 2014 campaign as early as September with a statewide bus tour, he said Tuesday. Lollar, a Charles County resident who has been the subject of a draft movement for months, said in an interview that he has no doubt that he will move forward with a full-blown bid for office. (Wash. Post)

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John Delaney to get $69M from CapitalSource sale

Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., stands to gain $68.9 million when the company he founded, CapitalSource Inc., sells to PacWest Bancorp for $2.3 billion. The deal, announced Monday evening, would create one of the largest banks in California, with $15.4 billion in assets and 96 branches. It is expected to close early next year. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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GOP yet to present a Maryland attorney general candidate

No less than four Democrats are readying campaigns to be Maryland’s next attorney general, leaving some political observers with an obvious question: Where’s the Republican party? (Daily Record)

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Aviation officials want quick bids on BWI project 

Maryland Aviation Administration officials will ask the state Board of Public Works on Wednesday to let them award a design and construction contract at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport without following normal competitive bid rules. (Daily Record)

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Labor lawyer Schiffer tells senators she can be impartial on NLRB

An Annapolis lawyer who has long represented unions tried to assure Senate Republicans on Tuesday that she could serve impartially on the federal panel that hears disputes between workers and management. "I understand that this position is different," Nancy Jean Schiffer told the senators at her confirmation hearing. Schiffer and fellow labor attorney Kent Y. Hirozawa are President Barack Obama's latest picks to fill the long-understaffed National Labor Relations Board. (Balt. Sun)

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Mizeur kicks off gubernatorial campaign with events across state

Del. Heather Mizeur kicked off her campaign for governor with a series of events across the state emphasizing the importance of service. The events included a meeting Friday with supporters in Glenarden for which people were asked to bring supplies for a Capitol Heights shelter for women and children, restoring a playground in Silver Spring on Saturday, cleaning up marshlands in Cambridge on Sunday and reading with campers at a summer program in Baltimore on Monday. (Gazette)

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Judge rules gay Ohio couple's Md. marriage should be recognized

When John Arthur and Jim Obergefell chartered a private medical jet to Maryland last month to get married — the only safe means of transport for Arthur, who is terminally ill with Lou Gehrig’s disease — the gay couple fulfilled a last wish and set out to leave a lasting legacy. They returned with their Maryland marriage license to Ohio, which doesn’t recognize same-sex nuptials, and sued. This week U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black sided with Arthur and Obergefell, granting a temporary restraining order against Ohio’s 2004 law banning the recognition of same-sex marriages. (Balt. Sun)

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