Maryland legislators join call for answers on prison stabbing

Legislators who help shape criminal justice policy in the state have joined union officials in demanding answers in the stabbing of a Western Maryland corrections officer, after it was revealed prison officials knew of a threat against the officer but didn't warn him. (Balt. Sun)

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Campaign laws give legislators cause to rethink jobs 

Heather R. Mizeur and Ronald A. George are making a living on Maryland highways these days, burning through gallons of gas, handling phone calls in the car and getting rest where they can during the early months of their separate campaigns for governor. State campaign finance law prohibits statewide elected officials — the governor, lieutenant governor, comptroller and attorney general — plus state legislators from soliciting or accepting campaign contributions when the legislature is in session, a well-meaning statute with potentially debilitating consequences for some campaigns, especially with the 2014 primary moving to June from September. (Daily Record)

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Kirby certified as candidate for Annapolis Ward 6

Alderman Ken Kirby, the subject of numerous pre-election challenges to remove his name from the ballot, will be the Democratic candidate for city council in Annapolis’ Ward 6. Kirby was certified by the Annapolis Board of Supervisors of Elections on Friday evening by a 3-0 vote. The current Ward 6 alderman will run unopposed in the city’s primary elections on Sept. 17. (Capital)

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Duncan to work for Lerners as he campaigns to return as Montgomery County executive

Former Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan said that he will continue to work as a consultant to the Lerner family, one of the Washington region’s largest real estate developers, while he campaigns to reclaim his former office next year. (Wash. Post)

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Davitt seeks witness immunity powers

The Maryland legislature could help efforts to fight public corruption by passing a measure to allow the Office of the State Prosecutor to grant immunity to witnesses so their testimony could not be used against them, State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt wrote in a report released Wednesday. (AP)

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Ulman announces Howard County program to commercialize inventions

If RoboSally, a bomb-defusing robot with humanlike hands, is any indication, the future may be coming a little faster to Howard County. County Executive Ken Ulman announced Thursday a new partnership between the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and the Howard County Economic Development Authority designed to accelerate the commercialization of new technology developed by the county's scientists. (Patuxent)

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Mayor's robocall awakes some city residents before 6 a.m.

Several thousand city residents got an early wake-up call Friday from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake when a robocall for a back-to-school rally went out by mistake before 6 a.m. "Just awoken by my own voice," Rawlings-Blake tweeted at 5:57 a.m. Friday. "Robocall for my back to school rally. VERY SORRY in advance to anyone this glitch has inconvenienced/ worried." (Balt. Sun)

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Bongino vows to serve no more than three terms in House

Congressional candidate Dan Bongino has promised that if elected in the 6th District, he will donate half his official salary to charity. In a news release issued Thursday, Bongino also vowed to serve no more than six years in the U.S. House of Representatives if elected and oppose any bill that contains exemptions for the “political class.” He also promised not to go on foreign junkets unless there was a “documented, legitimate purpose.” (News-Post)

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