Hogan becomes first Maryland Republican to advertise candidacy for governor on television

Larry Hogan on Thursday became the first Republican candidate for Maryland governor to debut a television ad. In a 30-second spot airing in the Baltimore market, Hogan, who runs a real-estate company in Anne Arundel County, touts his leadership of Change Maryland, a group that he founded in 2011 to monitor Maryland government. (Wash. Post)

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In latest TV ad, Gansler showcases support for raising Maryland’s minimum wage

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Douglas F. Gansler is highlighting his support for raising the minimum wage in a new television advertisement as legislation nears passage in the General Assembly. In his third TV ad of the campaign, Gansler, the state’s attorney general, also touts his support for closing a loophole that allows corporations doing business in Maryland to avoid paying taxes by attributing income to out-of-state operations. (Wash. Post)

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Md. legislature sends bill to O’Malley that targets domestic violence in front of a child

The Maryland House of Delegates sent a bill to the governor Thursday that would allow judges to impose harsher sentences on abusers who commit acts of domestic violence in the presence of a child. The measure, which passed 136 to 1, is part of a package of bills targeting domestic violence that Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) sponsored this year. The legislation has also been a leading priority for two Democratic rivals trying to succeed him: Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler. (Wash. Post)

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Del. Hattie Harrison’s grandson pleads guilty to theft from her campaign fund

A grandson of the late Del. Hattie N. Harrison, D-Baltimore City, pleaded guilty Thursday to felony theft of $17,628 from his grandmother’s campaign fund during and after his stint as her treasurer. Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Hackner sentenced Philip Harrison II, 35, to five years in prison, with all but 15 days suspended, and three years’ supervised probation. Hackner also ordered Harrison to pay $17,628 in restitution. (Daily Record)

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Howard Council candidate says he's 'not your average Republican'

If David Blake Melton had a tag line, he says it would be "not your average Republican." "Fair and balanced – that's me," added Melton, a Fort Meade defense contractor who lives in Ellicott City. Melton is running for the County Council's first district, a race already packed on the Democratic side with four candidates. As a Republican, Melton will face just one opponent in the primary June 24: fellow Ellicott City resident Kevin Schmidt. But in moderate District 1 – which current Democratic Council member Courtney Watson won by a 52-47 margin in the past two elections – Melton said he wouldn't feel out of place. (Balt. Sun)

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Barclay collects incumbent support in Montgomery council race

Some current Montgomery County Council members are hoping school board member Christopher S. Barclay can join them. Council President Craig L. Rice, Councilwoman Nancy Navarro and Councilwoman Cherri Branson joined former Councilwoman Valerie Ervin in endorsing Barclay in Silver Spring on Wednesday. Barclay is a member of the Montgomery County Board of Education and served as president of the board in 2013. (Gazette)

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Zirkin puts constitutional amendment bill on ice

Sen. Robert A. “Bobby” Zirkin on Thursday called for an indefinite hold on his proposed constitutional amendment to undo a Maryland high court ruling that people have a right to counsel at initial bail hearings before court commissioners, saying he remains confident the lawmakers will vote to preserve Maryland’s two-tier system of pretrial hearings at reasonable cost to the state. (Daily Record)

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Poolesville attorney challenges sitting judges in Circuit Court race

Connell, a 45-year-old attorney from Poolesville, is back after serving as a U.S. Department of State senior rule of law advisor in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has returned with a new personal mission: to become a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge. (Gazette)

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