Inauguration day in Annapolis: Introducing Mayor Gavin Buckley

From his war room above West Street, Mayor Gavin Buckley talked earlier Monday about whether it’s sunken in — that a guy with a funny accent and a waiter gig could grow up to become mayor of his adopted hometown. Maybe it’s sunk in now. Buckley took the oath to “diligently and faithfully, without partiality or prejudice, execute the office of mayor” on the same street where he started his businesses almost 20 years ago. (Capital)

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Montgomery County must revise current budget due to unexpected revenue shortfall

Montgomery County leaders will have to create a savings plan after revenues failed to meet forecasts, resulting in a budget hole estimated to be nearly $120 million. County Executive Ike Leggett proposed in a memo sent to the County Council Thursday that cuts be made to balance the $5.4 billion budget due to the drop in revenue. He wrote that he has asked executive branch departments to cut 2 percent of their budgets. (Bethesda)

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Congress members' trip to Allegany County postponed

A trip to Allegany County by U.S. Rep. John Delaney and two other members of Congress has been postponed. Delaney, Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.), all members of the New Democrat Coalition, a group which supports an agenda that the organization describes as “moderate” and “pro-growth,” were scheduled to host events in the area Monday and Tuesday. (Times-News)

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Harris optimistic about tax plan

Rep. Andy Harris is optimistic that the Republican tax reform plan will emerge from conference and promptly get voted into law. "I think the differences are pretty slight between the two bills," the Cockeysville Republican told C4 Monday. The nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation is the latest in a series of groups to say the Senate plan won't pay for itself, costing just over $1 trillion over the next decade. (WBAL-radio)

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Hogan to declare ‘Cancer Screen Week’

Gov. Larry Hogan is issuing a proclamation to declare the first week of December as “Cancer Screen Week.” The governor, who is a cancer survivor, says the preventative measures increase the chance of catching cancer early, when they are most likely to be treated successfully. Hogan is joining governors from Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Texas in signing a proclamation. (AP)

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December 4 // Raskin Joins Other Area Democratic Members of Congress in Calling for Conyers To Resign

U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin of Takoma Park Friday joined other Montgomery County area members of Congress in publicly calling for the resignation of Michigan Rep. John Conyers—the House’s senior member who is facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment from women employed by his office. For Raskin, the situation hits home, given his longtime ties to Conyers. As a college student more than three decades ago, Raskin interned for Conyers. Conyers endorsed Raskin in the latter’s victory in a nine-way Democratic primary for the District 8 congressional nomination last year. (Bethesda)

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Two Former Takoma Park Mayors Back Berliner in County Executive Race

When the county executive campaign of County Council member Roger Berliner released a list of endorsements from current and former municipal elected officials this week, it was largely names from in and around Berliner’s District 1 political base. But two names on the list stood out: former Takoma Park Mayors Kathy Porter and Bruce Williams, who are backing North Bethesda resident Berliner over two Takoma Park residents—at-large Council members Marc Elrich and George Leventhal—in the executive race. (Bethesda)

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Gavin Buckley: Unplugging with the mayor-elect

There they were — at another event for adults. At a legislative priorities meeting for the General Assembly, Mayor-elect Gavin Buckley leaned over to Mayor Mike Pantelides. “Mike, do you ever feel like the grownups are going to find out about this?” Whether Buckley feels like a grownup or not, the 54-year-old has built an Annapolis-sized restaurant business, survived cancer, traveled the world, suffered the loss of his twin (and most recently an uncle) and has been through so much more. Monday, he becomes mayor. (Capital)

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