Mizeur Brings Gubernatorial Campaign To Baltimore Church

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Heather R. Mizeur brought her insurgent candidacy to Baltimore's east side Sunday, visiting an African-American church led by a close friend of her newly named running mate. Mizeur's message was similar to one she delivered in Silver Spring last week — calling for tax cuts for most Marylanders, a new approach to crime and a shift away from an emphasis on testing in the educational system. But she brought it with a messianic fervor that seemed to resonate with church members. "We were born to make manifest the glory of God that's inside of us," she said. (Balt. Sun)

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Pantelides Prepares To Become Annapolis Mayor

Pantelides, a Republican, squeaked out a 59-vote victory over incumbent Democratic Mayor Josh Cohen in this year's election, a contest that went all the way down to absentee and provisional ballots. Though Pantelides won't be sworn in until Dec. 2, he's already beginning the transition from a young, relatively unknown software salesman to chief executive of Maryland's capital city. (Balt. Sun)

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For Daryl Jones, A Long Road Back To Arundel County Council

Two years ago, the fate of Anne Arundel County Councilman Daryl Jones was in the hands of a federal judge. The Severn Democrat had pleaded guilty to not filing tax returns, the result of a years-long investigation into his law practice and tavern. Soon, he began a five-month prison sentence, had his law license suspended and was stripped of his seat on the council — with one colleague publicly calling him a liar. Today, Jones has regained his council seat and is aiming to revive a political career that once lay in shambles. (Balt. Sun)

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Alderwoman-Elect Responds To Robocall In A Video

Alderwoman-elect Donna Kuzemchak sees Frederick as a place of honor. The robocall sent to voters the night before the election regarding her taxes disregarded honor, responsibility and the truth, she said in a YouTube video response released this week. The robocall, sponsored by the Maryland Republican Party and sent to 10,000 voters the night before the Nov. 5 election, mentioned how Kuzemchak failed to pay her taxes on time this year. It stated she still had unpaid taxes, which is not true. Kuzemchak called it a shameful act — an example of why people turn away from the political process. (News-Post)

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State Analysts: Debt Service Makes Lowering Taxes Tougher Task For Maryland

The state legislature’s fiscal staff last week told lawmakers that mounting debt must be weighed before they consider cutting taxes or increasing spending during the 2014 General Assembly session. At the briefing, analysts told the legislature’s spending affordability committee that debt service payments are estimated to grow from $233 million in fiscal 2015 to $557 million in fiscal 2019. The state’s property tax is dedicated to paying off that debt. (Capital)

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Nov. 15 // State Considers Allowing Cut Health Plans To Continue Another Year After Obama Gives OK

A letter thousands of Marylanders received notifying them that their health plans have been canceled may now be reversed if Maryland lets companies offer such plans for an additional year. The state hasn’t yet decided, as President Barack Obama just gave states this option as an effort to help win back the public’s trust and as a response to those frustrated with the federal health-care overhaul’s rollout. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Afzali Turns Down Alternate Seat On Growth Task Force

Maryland Delegate Kathy Afzali on Friday rejected an invitation to serve as an alternate member on the county task force discussing local growth issues. She had previously volunteered to join the work group, but Sen. David Brinkley asked Delegate Galen Clagett to take a seat on the panel instead. Brinkley questioned Afzali's impartiality on the issue of creating a transfer tax, an idea she has said she opposes. (News-Post)

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Delaney: Health Care Rollout A 'Terrible Failure So Far'

U.S. Rep. John Delaney says the federal health care rollout has been “a terrible failure so far,” but he sees progress in the president’s proposal to prevent insurance plan cancellations. The administrative changes presented Thursday by President Barack Obama would give insurance providers a year to continue offering plans that don’t meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act. (News-Post)

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