As part of a legislative team, Kaiser seeks fourth term in House of Delegates

Del. Anne R. Kaiser, seeking a fourth term in the House of Delegates, believes that a successful partnership among District 14 legislators has a proven track record. Kaiser, a Democrat, along with the other members of the District 14 legislative team slate — Sen. Karen S. Montgomery (D) of Brookeville, Craig J. Zucker (D) of Brookeville, and Del. Eric G. Luedtke (D) of Burtonsville — filed for re-election on April 9, 2013, the first day candidates could file. (Gazette)

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King ready to continue work on education in next term

A passion for serving her community and dedication to improving education has led Sen. Nancy J. King to seek another term in the Maryland Senate as the District 39 representative. “I love what I do, and I love being able to help the people that live in my area,” she said. “The position allows me to cut a lot of red tape and help people with issues that they have.” (Gazette)

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Environmental commission seeks more involvement in Calvert County planning matters

The chair of the county’s appointed environmental commission beseeched the county planning commission last week to allow more interaction between the environmental commission and planners. Calvert County Environmental Commission Chairman Nicholas Graziano made a brief presentation about the commission to the Calvert County Planning Commission on Jan. 15, and then told the planners the environmental commission would like to be more involved in matters before the planning commission. (Recorder)

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Candidate looks to bring GOP influence to county

Mike Phillips of La Plata is running for the Charles County Republican Central Committee, he said, to help bring a greater awareness of the political party to Charles County. Phillips, who grew up in Little Rock, Ark., previously was elected to the committee in 2010 but was unable to serve out his term because he traveled a lot for his job. (Md. Ind. News)

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Jan. 21 // O’Malley formally unveils plans to raise Maryland’s minimum wage, tackle other goals

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) formally announced his final legislative package Monday, putting forward bills to raise the minimum wage, curb domestic violence and expand pre-kindergarten, among other priorities. Most of the legislation that will be pushed by O’Malley during the 90-day General Assembly session had been previously advertised, including bills to cap hospital spending and provide an alternative for citizens who have had trouble obtaining health-care insurance through the state’s glitch-ridden online exchange. (Wash. Post)

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Hogan joining GOP race for governor

Ending months of speculation, conservative activist and real estate executive Larry Hogan is getting into the race for governor, running as a political outsider to "bring fiscal responsibility and common sense to Annapolis." The former appointments secretary for the state's last Republican governor, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., is to formally announce Tuesday evening in Annapolis that he's seeking the GOP nomination. He joins three other Republican contenders who despite launching campaigns months ago have yet to raise much money or garner a lot of attention in a bid to end Democratic dominance of state government. (Balt. Sun)

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Mizeur wins backing of Sierra Club in Maryland’s Democratic primary for governor

Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery) has won the endorsement of the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club in her bid to become the state’s next governor. The group is the first environmental organization to endorse in the competitive Democratic primary for governor, which includes two better-known and better-funded candidates: Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler. (Wash. Post)

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Analyst to Md. lawmakers: find more budget cushion

A top Maryland budget analyst urged lawmakers on Monday to create a greater budget cushion than the one included in Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget plan. Warren Deschenaux, the General Assembly's chief budget analyst, said O'Malley's budget proposed last week would have a balance of about $30 million. Deschenaux told members of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee and House Appropriation Committee that the state has had millions of dollars in budget deficiencies in recent years that have had to be made up. (Capital)

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