Obama campaign manager to meet Brown campaign

President Barack Obama's campaign manager and former political adviser Jim Messina will meet with Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's supporters on Monday to talk about Maryland's gubernatorial race.  Why?  It's not exactly clear. Brown's campaign said Messina will also make a public announcement about the race, though Brown's campaign manager Justin Schall was mum about about what that announcement could be. (Balt. Sun)

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Olszewski seeks seat as Stone announces retirement

Marking a generational shift in Baltimore County politics, Del. John A. Olszewski Jr. is scheduled to announce Tuesday that he's running for the Dundalk-area Maryland Senate seat held by Sen. Norman R. Stone Jr. for almost 50 years. Stone, like Olszewski a Democrat, confirmed Monday that he intends to retire when his current term — his 12th in the Senate — ends after next year. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel executive forms transportation committee

County Executive Laura Neuman has formed a committee to study transportation.  The Transportation Commission will be made up of residents who will make recommendations to Neuman and senior advisers regarding county transportation policies and programs. (Capital)

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Maryland Assembly's green grades slip

Legislators in Annapolis were less reliably green this year, as many saw their scores slip in the annual report card issued Monday by the Maryland League of Conservation Voters. While lawmakers earned praise for approving bills promoting offshore wind and boosting transportation revenues, the league noted that "several of our priorities were weakened, rolled back, or killed." (Balt. Sun)

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Franchot dubious about long-promised Bethesda Metro South Entrance

A visibly skeptical and hesitant Comptroller Peter Franchot ultimately sided with the governor and treasurer on the Board of Public Works and approved $2.3 million of funding that went to the “fabled long-awaited” South Entrance to the Bethesda Metro station, as he put it. The entrance would connect the end of the proposed Purple Line to the Red Line. (Md. Reporter)

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Lt. Gov. Brown recognized by NAACP for work on repealing Maryland’s death penalty

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), who is seeking to become Maryland’s first black governor, was recognized Monday by the national NAACP for his work this year in repealing the state’s death penalty, a priority for the organization. (Wash. Post)

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Annapolis mayor, coalition say meeting was ‘productive,’ quiet on details

Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen said he had a “productive” meeting with leaders of the Coalition to Save Annapolis, a grass-roots organization of nearly 20 groups and individuals who oppose rezoning part of City Dock. Cohen and Planning and Zoning Director Jon Arason met with a few coalition representatives to discuss the mayor’s rezoning legislation and proposed City Dock master plans. Cohen hopes to find a way for owners of 110 Compromise St., known as the old Fawcett Boat Supplies property, to revive a deal to redevelop the site. (Capital)

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Montgomery Council in ‘smackdown’ over tax credit for low-income families

A proposal by a Montgomery County Council member to modestly increase support for the working poor has triggered charges of hypocrisy, headline grabbing and petty rivalry over who on the council “owns” the issue of poverty. (Wash. Post)

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