Jan. 8 // In ‘open letter,’ Gansler asks Democratic rivals to forgo fundraising during legislative session

On the eve of Maryland’s legislative session, gubernatorial hopeful Douglas F. Gansler took the unusual step Tuesday of asking the running mate of his chief Democratic rival, Anthony G. Brown, to refrain from raising money in the coming 90 days. Maryland election law explicitly prohibits legislators and statewide officials — including Gansler and Brown — from raising money during the annual legislative session. The State Board of Elections recently ruled that the ban does not apply to Ulman, but Gansler has argued the board misinterpreted the law. (Wash. Post)

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Brown picks up additional labor support in bid for Maryland governor

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) on Tuesday announced endorsements of his gubernatorial bid by three local affiliates of the United Food and Commercial Workers union that collectively claim several thousand members in the state. Leaders of Landover-based Local 400, Baltimore-based Local 27 and Gaithersburg-based Local 1994 cited Brown’s advocacy on the issue as a factor in their endorsements. (Wash. Post)

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Glendening predicts lame session prior to 2014 elections

The start of the Maryland General Assembly’s legislative session brings a host of current and former politicos to Annapolis. A County Executive might cut in front of you at Starbucks or a legislative aide could take the seat next to you at O’Brien’s. Or, if you’re sitting on a bench inside City Hall, you might run into a former governor. (Capital)

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Craig and Haddaway-Riccio formally join Maryland’s competitive GOP race for governor

Harford County Executive David R. Craig became the first top-tier Republican to file the required paperwork to run for Maryland governor during a swing by the State Board of Elections in Annapolis on Tuesday. The GOP primary, which has been largely overshadowed by a bitter contest for the Democratic nomination, is about to get more competitive. (Wash. Post)

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10 things to watch in the 2014 Maryland General Assembly session

The 2014 session of the Maryland General Assembly is set to convene at noon on Wednesday. Though the agenda is not as packed with hot-button issues as in recent years, expect plenty of political posturing in this election-year session — and no shortage of drama over a handful of several high-profile bills. Here, in no particular order, are 10 things to watch as the session unfolds over the next 90 days. (Wash. Post)

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GOP leaders call for tax cuts, repeal of stormwater fee

Maryland Republican legislative leaders vowed Tuesday to make tax reduction, including repeal of the so-called "rain tax," their top priority for the 90-day General Assembly session that begins Wednesday. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. lawmakers conduct fundraising frenzy on eve of legislative session

When the 2014 General Assembly session begins at noon Wednesday, so too will a ban on collecting campaign donations for legislators and officials elected statewide. The intent of the prohibition is to prevent politicians from being unduly swayed while debating and deciding the laws of the land. Although each January is marked by a last-minute cash grab, this year is different: All statewide seats and all 188 seats in the General Assembly will be on the ballot in November, and the primary election has been moved up to June from September, shortening the fundraising window and intensifying the pleas. (Wash. Post)

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Wood won't seek re-election to legislature

John F. Wood Jr. (D), who has represented northern St. Mary’s County in Maryland’s House of Delegates for nearly three decades, announced that he will not seek re-election this year. “I just think it’s time,” he said Monday after releasing a statement saying that the legislative session starting today, Jan. 8, in Annapolis would be his last. (Enterprise)

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