Md. delegates weigh matching funds for candidates on a county-by-county basis

Legislation to allow taxpayer-funded campaign financing for state legislative candidates has come before the Maryland General Assembly for over a decade, though no bill has ever made it beyond the senate floor. Now a proposal that would pivot away from a statewide policy in favor of a county-by-county option is garnering favor among delegates eager to expand the public financing of elections at all levels of state government. Such a localized approach could face legal and political roadblocks, and a specific bill has yet to be drafted. (Wash. Post)

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Annapolis mayoral candidates hit Pantelides on social media policy

Mayoral candidate John Astle released a statement Tuesday condemning Mayor Mike Pantelides' policy of prohibiting city employees posting about national issues on social media accounts. The Democratic state senator called the mayor's policy "taking his support for (President) Donald Trump too far." "The mayor's use of email to communicate his personal thoughts to his department heads, rather than discussing the issue face to face, is indicative of the poor relationships he continues to foster due to his own lack of leadership experience," Astle said in a statement. "I congratulate (Annapolis Police) Chief (Scott) Baker for standing up to Trump's ridiculous and dangerous comments, especially when the mayor wouldn't." (Capital)

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August 8 // Former Planning Board member Meredith Wellington files to run for District 1 County Council seat

Meredith Wellington announced Monday she will pursue the Bethesda-based District 1 County Council seat—becoming the fourth candidate vying for the position held by Roger Berliner, who is term-limited and running for county executive. Wellington, a Chevy Chase resident, is a former Planning Board member who served on the land use and zoning body from 1999 to 2007. (Bethesda)

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Trone plans fundraising effort focused on small-dollar contributions

Congressional candidate David Trone—who famously spent $13 million of his own money on an unsuccessful bid for Congress last year—said Sunday afternoon he doesn’t plan to do that again on his new campaign for the 6th District seat. Instead, the multi-millionaire businessman, who co-owns the national alcohol retailer Total Wine & More, said his campaign will accept contributions from individuals. (Bethesda)

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Baltimore County Council tables vote on Towson Royal Farms Monday

The Baltimore County Council kept alive a developer’s plan to transform an old county fire station in Towson into a new development on Monday, by tabling a measure that likely would have killed it. Towson-based Caves Valley Partners has a contract to buy the 5.8-acre property from the county for $8.3 million and has proposed building a Royal Farms gas station and retail center. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery minimum wage impact report under scrutiny

Taxpayers are paying for a lengthy study that concluded a proposed $15 minimum wage in Montgomery County would lead to fewer jobs, but which businesses participated in the study isn’t being made public. “We don’t have a list of businesses surveyed,” said County Executive Ike Leggett spokesman Patrick Lacefield. “The businesses were assured anonymity in order to ensure we got accurate and honest information from them.” (Md. Reporter)

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James 'Bo' McAllister files for clerk of the court in Wicomico

James “Bo” McAllister, an assistant state’s attorney in Wicomico County and James M. Bennett High School graduate, has filed to run for Clerk of the Circuit Court in next year’s election. He is the first to file for the seat, but likely won’t be the last. At least two other county residents have indicated that they, too, are interested in the running for the job that will be vacated when Mark S. Bowen retires after the November 2018 election. (Daily Times)

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August 7 // April McClain Delaney, John Delaney’s Wife: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

John Delaney is the first Democrat to announce a presidential bid in 2020. His wife, April McClain Delaney, has been his biggest supporter since they met in law school. (SML News)

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