Rawlings-Blake hires new communications director with DNC ties

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has tapped connections at the Democratic National Committee to hire a new communications and policy director. Kevin Harris, 29, of Alexandria, Va., will begin work in Baltimore on Sept. 3. He currently works as communications director for U.S. Rep. Karen Bass of California. (Balt. Sun)

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Dwyer pleads guilty to drunken boating in 2012 crash

Del. Don H. Dwyer Jr. again pleaded guilty Tuesday to operating a boat while drunk during a crash last year that left seven people injured, including himself. Dwyer, a Pasadena Republican, entered the plea in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court three months after he admitted to the same charge in county District Court. He decided to appeal to the higher court after a judge sentenced him to 30 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and a year of supervised probation. (Balt. Sun)

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Gov. Martin O'Malley only the latest to skirt donor limits

In setting up his campaign accounts for a potential presidential run, Gov. Martin O'Malley is following a long path of politicians from both parties who have managed to raise buckets of cash without having to adhere to federal contribution limits. O'Malley, who has said he is considering a run for the Democratic nomination in 2016, filed reports with the Federal Election Commission and the Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday showing he had raised nearly $500,000 in the first six months of the year. (Balt. Sun)

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Aberdeen mayor backs raises for elected officials but demurs on how much

Aberdeen Mayor Mike Bennett told the city's salary task force he thinks future elected officials do need a raise and he trusts task force members to come up with the appropriate amount. (Aegis)

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Montgomery GOP falls short in linking Del. Miller to transit center debacle

Many names figure prominently in the $120 million Silver Spring Transit Center fiasco: Parsons-Brinckerhoff, Foulger-Pratt, Robert B. Balter Co., Montgomery County’s Department of General Services, Metro. But a new and surprising name surfaced last week, uncovered by the Montgomery County Republican Party: Del. Aruna Miller (D-Montgomery). (Wash. Post)

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Departures mean shakeup on Senate Finance Committee

Come Sept. 1, Montgomery County will lose its only representative on the state Senate Finance Committee, but the delegation’s leader is hopeful the county will not lose the seat. Responsible for debating issues of health care, transportation and economic development, Finance Committee discussions are of great import to Montgomery County, lobbyist Melanie Wenger said. (Gazette)

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August 15 // Brown says Gansler should apologize to voters

A day after his campaign called for an apology, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said Wednesday that perhaps his gubernatorial opponent Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler owes one to the voters instead. Gansler's secretly recorded comments about race touched off a conflict between the two Democrats, who are vying for the nomination to succeed term-limited Gov. Martin O'Malley in 2014. (Balt. Sun)

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Liberal governor candidate lobbied feds while a Maryland legislator

The great progressive hope in Maryland's governor race has spent six years as a paid lobbyist for health care companies while simultaneously serving in Maryland's House of Delegates. Heather Mizeur will tell you she worked on Capitol Hill as a staffer for Sen. John Kerry, served on the Takoma Park City Council and currently represents Silver Spring in the lower chamber of Maryland's legislature. (Examiner)

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