Right-leaning Western Marylanders move to secede from state

A group of right-leaning Maryland residents who feel underrepresented in the Statehouse have banded together to push for a succession. Activist Scott Strzelczyk started a Facebook page titled the Western Maryland Initiative that is made up of residents in the area — Carroll, Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties — who wish to secede from the state. (Wash. Times)

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In Republican race for governor, Lollar shows fire, and Craig needs some spark

The two faces of the Maryland Republican Party appeared just a few miles and a few hours apart in Ellicott City last week. On Wednesday afternoon, Charles Lollar was dishing out his energetic, nonpartisan outreach to several dozen enthusiastic supporters in pink and blue “Achieve the Dream” T-shirts as part of his four-day statewide mini-bus tour launching his run for governor. Three hours later, a group of mostly older establishment Republicans gathered to hear Bob Flanagan announce a run for delegate, the post he held for 20 years before Gov. Bob Ehrlich tapped him to be transportation secretary 10 years ago. Barely noticed in the small crowd was Harford County Executive David Craig, the GOP candidate for candidate for governor with the most solid experience and the least pizzazz. (Md. Reporter)

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Court order bars contact between Young, Frederick man

Frederick County Commissioners President Blaine Young and a Frederick man say they hope the back-and-forth between them is at an end thanks to a peace order and a mutual agreement not to talk. Young obtained a six-month peace order on Monday barring David Salomon from calling him or coming to his home. As part of the court order, Young consented to not contact Salomon. (News-Post)

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Anne Arundel Councilmen seek to lower stormwater fees to $1 for nonprofits

The $929 stormwater bill Maryland Therapeutic Riding received in July represents nearly four horseback riding lessons for people with disabilities. It costs the Crownsville nonprofit about $250 to give the hour-long lessons, Executive Director Ken McCreedy said. If the annual stormwater fee is lowered to $1 for nonprofits like his, “that would be fantastic.” (Capital)

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Johnson Appearing In Radio Ads Promoting New Gun Control Law

Just two weeks before Maryland's new gun control law takes effect, Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson appears in a radio commercial that will begin airing Tuesday promoting the fingerprinting requirement in the new law. (WBAL)

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Annapolis mayor walks the plank into Spa Creek

Josh Cohen didn’t take any medical precautions before plunging into downtown’s Ego Alley. A full suit, a baseball hat stuffed inside his jacket and a clean shave were protection enough. (Capital)

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A courtesy code for City Council?

A week after the finale to a series of bruising public debates over a $1 billion waterfront development among the City Council and the public, a resolution that seeks a new era of civility at City Hall has been drawn up for the council’s consideration. (Daily Record)

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Has Mayor Josh Cohen kept his promises?

Josh Cohen’s platforms and campaign promises in 2009 covered a wide range of areas. The Capital has sampled a few pledges to review his accomplishments and setbacks over the term. The issues were pulled from The Capital’s archives and information posted on his 2009 candidate website. (Capital)

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