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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O'Malley reappoints Anne Arundel school board members

Gov. Martin O'Malley announced that he has reappointed two members of the Anne Arundel County Board of Education and appointed a third. Current board members Andrew Pruski of Gambrills and Teresa Milio Birge of Odenton were reappointed to five-year terms. The governor also appointed new student member Else Drooff of Arnold, who will serve a one-year term. (Capital)

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Group didn’t report 2010 contribution to Baker campaign

A committee that helped finance Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker’s 2010 bid for office did not report a $206,000 contribution to his campaign, according to state election records. The records show that the committee, known as County 1, also failed to identify the source of the money, which it donated to Baker’s campaign on Jan. 13, 2010. County 1 did not report any income until Jan. 22, 2010 — $3,000 from a union political action committee — according to the records. (Wash. Post)

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