Secession Group To Hold First Town Hall Meeting

A town hall style meeting to discuss a proposal that the five westernmost counties in Maryland exit the state is planned for Friday evening at Allegany College of Maryland.  The meeting is sponsored by the Western Maryland: A New State Initiative, which advocates secession. “The goal is to form a new state comprised of Maryland’s five western counties,” according to the organization’s website. (Times-News)

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Evan Glass Is First Entrant In District 5 Montgomery County Council Race

Evan Glass’s “listening tour” has officially morphed into a campaign for the 5th District Montgomery County Council seat currently held by Valerie Ervin (D-Silver Spring). In an e-mail Monday morning to supporters, Glass became the first, and so far only, announced candidate for the seat, which represents Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Burtonsville, White Oak and Colesville. Glass said his agenda includes a more robust transportation infrastructure and efforts to narrow the achievement gap in county schools. (Wash. Post)

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Yolanda L. Curtin Sworn In As First Hispanic Judge On Harford Circuit Court

Key players from Harford County and the Maryland legal world gathered at the Harford County Circuit Courthouse late Friday afternoon to celebrate the investiture of Yolanda L. Curtin. A native of Cuba, Curtin became the first Latino judge to sit on the Harford County Circuit Court. Her investiture also tipped the scale in favor of women for the first time in the county's circuit court's history, making the bench a 3-2 female majority. (Balt. Sun)

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Nov. 18 // O’Malley Recounts Leadership Of Baltimore In Speech To New Hampshire Democrats

In a speech to New Hampshire Democrats on Saturday, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) compared the distressed mind-set of Baltimore when he took over as mayor in 1999 to that of the nation today. O’Malley, who is weighing a 2016 presidential run, told a crowd of close to 1,000 party activists here that the city he sought to lead had succumbed to a “culture of failure,” with open-air drug markets, a soaring murder count and citizens “wallowing in a sense that nothing would work.” (Wash. Post)

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Douglas Gansler Tries To Regain Footing In Maryland Gubernatorial Primary

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler arrived at last week’s gathering of the Central Baltimore County Democratic Club ready to talk about educational disparities, tax policy, renewable energy and other issues key to his campaign for governor. But the first question he got was on another topic altogether: his response to a teenage beach-house party he dropped by where there was underage drinking. (Wash. Post)

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Cardin Expected To Endorse Brown For Governor

U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin is expected to join the parade of Maryland Democratic elected officials who are backing Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown for governor on Monday. The state's junior senator will reportedly join Brown and running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman at a news conference in Southeast Baltimore. (Balt. Sun)

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Ulman Plans To Raise Money While Brown Is Sidelined During Legislative Session, Aides Say

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman (D), the gubernatorial running mate of Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), plans to continue raising money during Maryland’s upcoming legislative session, aides confirmed Friday. Under Maryland law, Brown will be barred from soliciting or accepting contributions during the 90-day session, which starts Jan. 8. The ban applies to statewide officials — the governor, lieutenant governor, comptroller and attorney general — as well as members of the legislature. County executives are not covered by the law, however. (Wash. Post)

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AFSCME Council Endorses Frosh

Maryland's largest state employees' union is throwing its support behind Sen. Brian E. Frosh in his campaign for the Democratic nomination for attorney general. (Balt. Sun)

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