O’Malley headed to New Jersey to campaign for Cory Booker

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) plans to head to New Jersey on Thursday to campaign for Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D), the favorite in the Garden State’s U.S. Senate race, O’Malley aides confirmed Tuesday. O’Malley endorsed Booker in June, praising him for having embraced CitiStat, a program that O’Malley pioneered while mayor of Baltimore. (Wash. Post)

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Legislative black caucus calls for Crownsville public hearing

 

The head of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland says the group will hold a public hearing on the former Crownsville State Hospital on Sept. 18. The delegation of state legislators will hear testimony on the history of the former African American asylum, said Del. Aisha N. Braveboy, D-Prince George’s. (Capital)

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Martin files for re-election as Calvert state’s attorney

Calvert County State’s Attorney Laura Martin (R) filed to run for re-election in 2014. “I want to continue to serve the people of Calvert County,” Martin said. “I enjoy working with the law enforcement community, and I see it as a partnership between my office and law enforcement in keeping Calvert a safe place to live, work and raise our children.” (Recorder)

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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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