Gubernatorial contest a study in demographics

When choosing among a racially and demographically diverse field of gubernatorial candidates, voters are likely to consider more than just the issues next year, experts say. The state could have its first black governor, its first female governor, or its first openly gay governor. It also could have a heterosexual, white, male or Jewish governor, none of which would be a first. (Gazette)

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Gansler, Mizeur will get to make their case for sought-after AFL-CIO nod in Maryland

The AFL-CIO has reversed course and opened its endorsement process to two candidates for governor of Maryland who appeared ineligible for consideration a week ago. As of last Thursday, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) was the only 2014 Democratic gubernatorial hopeful who met a new criterium for the highly sought-after endorsement: filing to run for office with the State Board of Elections. (Wash. Post)

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Gansler challenges Brown on city arrests issue

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler challenged Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown on Thursday to take a tougher stance in the widening dispute over arrest rates in Baltimore. Gansler, who formally entered the Democratic primary for governor this week, sharply criticized his rival for not staking out a more decisive position in the rift between Gov. Martin O'Malley and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake over whether the city arrests enough people to deter violence. (Balt. Sun)

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District 19 incumbents to campaign together - minus one

Three District 19 state lawmakers — Dels. Bonnie L. Cullison and Benjamin F. Kramer, and Sen. Roger Manno — have confirmed they will campaign as a group for the upcoming election, excluding Del. Sam Arora. Although rumors of a possible Cullison-Kramer-Manno slate emerged early, Manno of Silver Spring wouldn’t confirm any plans at the time. But a photo that recently popped up on Manno’s Facebook page taken for collective campaign materials shows him, Cullison and Kramer, without Arora. All four are Democrats. (Gazette)

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Property tax cut, employee pay raises on table for Frederick County's fiscal 2015 budget

The official wish list for next year’s Frederick County budget includes government employee raises, a property tax cut and new senior citizen program funding. However, there’s a long way to go before these ideas appear on the pages of county budget books. Commissioners President Blaine Young said his goal is to knock down the property tax rate by 1 or 2 cents. (News-Post)

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Gansler campaign tour includes more promises

Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler's statewide tour to launch his campaign for governor entered its third day Thursday as the Democrat took his stump speech to Western Maryland. Gansler has slightly different remarks - and campaign promises - for each of the 17 stops. (Balt. Sun)

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Fed shutdown likely to cause short-term pain, no long-term harm to Prince George’s

Been there. Done that. And if necessary, says Prince George’s top budget official, the county will once again find a way to cope with a possible federal government shutdown on Tuesday. If there is a shutdown, and the county’s nearly 72,000 federal workers don’t get paid, that could cost the county about $270,000 in lost income tax revenue for every day the government is shuttered. The short-term effect on families and workers could be substantial, even if they eventually are paid. (Wash. Post)

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Cardin warns of impact of federal budget tensions

The focus in Congress this week is a temporary spending bill to defund a new health care law and a potentially looming government shutdown. U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D) warned the Montgomery County Council that even more fiscal problems could be on the horizon. (Gazette)

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