Miller fires back at county GOP for Silver Spring Transit Center claims

In his Aug. 3 message to the Montgomery County Republican Party, Chairman Mark Uncapher linked District 15 Del. Aruna Miller (D) to the problems at the beleaguered Silver Spring Transit Center. When asked about the statement, Miller told The Gazette on Tuesday afternoon that she never had any association with the transit center. The project, she said, has been in the hands of the Department of General Services, not the county’s Department of Transportation. (Gazette)

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29 contend for new seats on appellate bench 

Twenty-nine judges and attorneys are vying for two newly created seats on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. (Daily Record)

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Maryland Senate GOP leadership up for grabs again

Former state Sen. E.J. Pipkin’s resignation has set off two battles of succession. One is over who will represent his Eastern Shore district, and the other is over who will become the Senate’s new minority leader. Pipkin (R-Dist. 36) of Elkton officially ended his 11-year career as a Maryland lawmaker on Monday to pursue a master’s degree in sports management at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Pipkin’s departure opens a void in Senate Republican caucus leadership. (Gazette)

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GOP lawmaker seeks election fraud probe

A Republican lawmaker, supported by the House GOP leadership, is seeking an investigation into a report that an election fraud watchdog group found 173 cases in which people voted in the same election in Maryland and Florida. Del. Kelly Schulz, a Frederick County Republican, wrote to State Board of Elections to request an investigation into the report by the national group True the Vote. (Balt. Sun)

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For Howard politicians, it's fair ground

Like most politicians, Greg Fox has at least two good reasons to go to the Howard County Fair. "First, it's a lot of fun, especially to do with your family," said the Republican County Council member, whose district includes West Friendship, where the fair is held. "Second, there are a lot of constituents out here, so it's a good chance to be out here with our constituents." (Balt. Sun)

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African-American group opposes Kirby candidacy challenges

As some Annapolis residents challenge the candidacy of Ken Kirby, the Caucus of African American Leaders is defending the Ward 6 alderman. Carl O. Snowden, who heads the organization, said the caucus agreed to oppose any efforts to have Kirby’s name removed from the ballot. (Capital)

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Rep. Harris meets with capacity crowd in Bel Air

The town commissioners' meeting room in the Bel Air Town Hall has a capacity of 115, and every bit of available space was taken Tuesday evening as local residents crowded in to hear from U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, a Republican from District 1. Harris, whose district includes the Eastern Shore, as well as large portions of Harford and Cecil counties and smaller portions of Baltimore and Carroll counties, hosted a town hall meeting to hear from constituents. (Balt. Sun)

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Annapolis election board moves up meeting to consider alderman's candidacy

Annapolis’ election supervisors will decide whether to accept the candidacy of Alderman Ken Kirby at a public hearing Friday night. The Board of Supervisors of Elections, a panel of three city residents, approved the certificates for all other candidates at a meeting Wednesday. But the oversight board delayed action on Kirby’s certification because of complaints against the incumbent Ward 6 alderman. (Capital)

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