Md. lawmakers change tune on gay marriage

Reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act — and more recent efforts to amend the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage — underscores just how dramatically views on the divisive issue have changed in 17 years. When Congress voted by a wide margin in 1996 to pass the measure prohibiting the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage, all of Maryland's lawmakers — four Republicans and six Democrats — supported the proposal, which President Bill Clinton then signed into law. But the four members who still serve today cheered the act's downfall. (Balt. Sun)

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Taneytown separates duties of clerk and treasurer

The Taneytown City Council adopted resolutions at its Monday meeting that separate the duties of the city clerk and treasurer. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Douglas F. Gansler runs for Maryland governor — just not officially

Douglas F. Gansler is running for governor. He has more than $5 million in the bank. He has hired a campaign manager and a team of consultants. The Democrat recently launched a three-month “Building Our Best Maryland” tour to start sharing his policy ideas for the state. When he arrived in Rockville on the first stop, there was even a “tracker” from an opposing campaign there poised to film any missteps. But does he say he is a candidate? No. At least not officially. “Right now I’m preparing to be a candidate for governor,” Gansler explained. (Wash. Post)

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Md. gubernatorial hopeful Anthony Brown taps Obama campaign manager as adviser

Jim Messina, President Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, will serve as a senior adviser to Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign, according to several people familiar with the arrangement. Messina’s role is expected to include offering advice on field operations, national fundraising and media relations. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland's new chief judge lauded as forthright, diplomatic

People who know Mary Ellen Barbera describe her demeanor as forthright, yet diplomatic. Colleagues say she'll use those qualities in a complicated role that requires a sharp legal mind and the political acumen to oversee Maryland's $463 million court system. "She really has real skill at building bridges," said lawyer Timothy F. Maloney, a former Prince George's County delegate. He said those abilities will serve her well in dealing with the General Assembly, Gov. Martin O'Malley and future governors. (Balt. Sun)

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Leopold adjusts to life as outsider, but doesn't dismiss a comeback

He commanded Anne Arundel's billion-dollar budget and was considered a possible candidate for governor. But in recent weeks, former County Executive John R. Leopold sat behind the glass panes of a small office at the Anne Arundel County Food and Resource Bank in Crownsville, answering phones, taking notes and performing other duties to fulfill 400 hours of community service — one of the last requirements of his sentence from a conviction for misconduct in office. With that service complete, Leopold is trying to find a new role in the community he once served, and betrayed. He says he hopes to one day be cleared to run for office again. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel residents raise concerns over Jones' possible return to council

The Rev. John Christophel said it’s crazy to think a politician could return to office after being convicted of a crime. Christophel, pastor of the Brooklyn Park United Church of the Brethren, said the potential reappointment of Daryl Jones to the Anne Arundel County Council sends the wrong message to Jones’ constituents. (Capital)

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Mobley takes over Prince George’s public works agency; pedestrian safety a top goal

Darrell B. Mobley hopes to make pedestrian safety a top priority as he takes the reins of Prince George’s County’s $20 million public works and transportation department. “We want to focus on pedestrian safety and want to make sure that we are moving forward with several system preservation projects to make sure that county roads are in good repair,” he said between meetings with staff members. “We want to take a holistic approach to transportation in the county and we don’t want it to be disjointed or segmented.” (Wash. Post)

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