Neuman will seek full term as Anne Arundel county executive

Less than five months after she was appointed Anne Arundel County executive, Laura Neuman said Thursday that she wants to keep the job. Neuman, who was appointed by the County Council in February to replace disgraced former County Executive John R. Leopold, confirmed that she will seek election next year to a full four-year term. (Balt. Sun)

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Groups want Howard council to delay comprehensive zoning vote

As the July 25 deadline for a comprehensive zoning bill draws near, some Howard County residents are protesting that neither they nor the County Council have had enough time to evaluate the bill and its amendments. (Patuxent)

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Brown bags Obama adviser

One of the men behind President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign has joined Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s 2014 gubernatorial bid. Jim Messina — a former Takoma Park resident who was Obama’s campaign manager in 2012 — will be a senior adviser to Brown. Messina said he will apply the same focus on technology and social media that helped push Obama to a second victory to the Brown campaign’s grass-roots efforts. (Gazette)

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Baltimore officials pledge 'renewed energy' against crime

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined Baltimore law enforcement leaders Thursday to pledge "renewed energy" in cracking down on crime, highlighting an initiative to boost cooperation between state and federal prosecutors. The move doubles the number of city prosecutors who can try cases in federal court — where penalties are often stiffer for repeat offenders — by bringing on two new state's attorneys to focus their efforts on violent crime in East and West Baltimore. (Balt. Sun)

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Gun-rights group takes Md. handgun-permit fight to Supreme Court 

The Second Amendment Foundation is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a key part of Maryland’s handgun-permit law, which a federal appellate court found constitutional this spring. Requiring applicants for handgun permits to state a “good and substantial reason” to carry the firearm violates their constitutional Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms,” the Bellevue, Wash.-based group stated in its petition to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Daily Record)

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Md. crab bake features early politics

Maryland elections won't take place until next year, but an annual Eastern Shore crab bake known for its political flavor had an unusual amount of campaign activity surrounding it Wednesday. Democratic Del. Heather Mizeur pegged the official announcement of her bid to become the state's first openly gay governor to the day of the 37th annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake. (AP/Capital)

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Dutch: Snowden a 'Traitor'

NSA leaker Edward Snowden claims the spy agency gathers all communications into and out of the U.S. for analysis, despite NSA claims that it only targets foreign traffic. The fugitive systems analyst spoke in video released Monday, filmed by The Guardian in June in Hong Kong before Snowden fled to avoid extradition to the U.S. Meanwhile, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger called him a 'traitor' while being interviewed Monday. (WBAL)

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Commissioners discuss prohibiting drones in Carroll

Concerned that drones could be flying over Carroll County, peering into houses and scoping out citizens, some members of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners are contemplating introducing a resolution expressing their feelings against surveillance from unmanned aerial vehicles. The Board of Commissioners spent 40 minutes Thursday learning about drones and speaking with a representative from the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland about what it could do to discourage drone use in the county. (Carroll Co. Times)

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