McDermott announces plan to run for Senate

After being drawn into the same district as another Republican delegate, Mike McDermott has decided to run for the Maryland Senate. The Worcester County Republican registered with the Board of Elections on Monday and could challenge State Sen. Jim Mathias during the general election for District 38, if both succeed in the primary election. (Daily Times)

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Ready or not, it's primary election day in Frederick

Frederick election planners said last week they had a “long laundry list” of things to do before the city's primary election. Ready or not, today is the day. The city's six polling places will be open for 13 hours today, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., for the city's 27,485 registered Democratic or Republican voters. (News-Post)

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Busch, other Maryland leaders to promote new gun law that takes effect next month

House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) and other supporters of Maryland’s sweeping new gun-control law plan to appear in Baltimore on Tuesday to promote the strict licensing requirements and other provisions that take effect next month. (Wash. Post)

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Martin O'Malley, Joaquin Castro to headline Democratic gala

Gov. Martin O'Malley and Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Texas congressman seen as a rising star in Democratic circles, will share a stage Thursday night at an annual fundraiser for Maryland's party faithful. O'Malley, term-limited and weighing a 2016 bid for president, will be the keynote speaker at the Maryland Democratic Party's fundraising gala in Prince George's County, the organization announced Monday. (Balt. Sun)

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College Park council could see 40 percent pay increase

Some College Park residents are upset about a proposed 40 percent raise for the City Council, but the resolution’s sponsor said a pay raise might encourage more people to run for office. The resolution, which would take effect after the Nov. 5 city election, would increase the mayor’s salary from $7,500 to $10,500 and council members’ salary from $5,000 to $7,000. (Gazette)

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Blaine Young claims death threats, files for court order

Frederick County Commissioners President Blaine Young has secured a temporary peace order against a man he claims called him 12 times in a row and made death threats. Young claims that in an Aug. 31 phone conversation, David Salomon talked about beating him up and several times said, "You're dead." In addition, Salomon also labeled Young a "Nazi" and a "brown shirt," a term used for a Nazi storm trooper, Young said. Young said Salomon has also called his home phone number. (News-Post)

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Sign-waving politician's citation dismissed in Anne Arundel

An Anne Arundel County judge on Tuesday dismissed a ticket for sign waving that was issued to County Councilman John Grasso in May. In a District Court hearing in Annapolis that lasted perhaps one minute, Judge Jonas D. Legum dismissed the charge after a county police officer declined to offer any evidence to support the ticket. (Balt. Sun)

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Governor candidates help dedicate improved Aberdeen Proving Ground interchange

Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Republican Harford County Executive David Craig could be slugging it out for the state's highest office a year from now, but they were all smiles and handshakes Monday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of upgrades to the Route 715/Route 40 interchange near Aberdeen Proving Ground's main gate. (Aegis)

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