Responding to Gansler comments, Brown asks Facebook fans for favorite restaurants

A dispute over Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler’s recent comments on Prince George’s County restaurants has spilled onto Facebook. On Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, who is vying with Gansler in the state’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, posted a provocative invitation on the social media site. “Doug Gansler says Prince George’s County doesn’t have any good restaurants,” wrote Brown, a resident of the county. “Let’s help him out. Share this on your page and tell us what’s your favorite.” (Wash. Post)

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Bills would allow expungements for more offenses

Some Maryland senators are growing impatient for a law that would enable people to erase certain felonies, or at least a greater range of misdemeanors, from their criminal records. Bills to make that happen have failed in recent years. In a committee hearing Wednesday, Sen. Jamie Raskin said it's time to "bite the bullet" and make a decision. (Capital-AP)

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Kipke, other delegates withdraw support of proposal to cut off NSA utilities

Five Maryland delegates have withdrawn their support of a bill that could cut off the National Security Agency’s water and electricity. House Minority Leader Nic Kipke, R-Pasadena, said in an email Wednesday he and Dels. Andrew Serafini and Neil Parrott, both R-Washington, were removing their names and withdrawing all support of House Bill 1074. Dels. Susan McComas, R-Harford, and Glen Glass, R-Cecil, said later they were doing the same. (Capital)

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Lawmakers consider forming public information act oversight board

There could soon be a board to oversee and enforce the Maryland Public Information Act. A bill heard by the House Health and Government Operations Committee on Wednesday would provide a place outside courthouses for residents to challenge how state and local government handle public information act requests. (Daily Times)

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Spiegel gets teachers union nod in race for District 3 Montgomery County Council seat

Ryan Spiegel has won the endorsement of the Montgomery County Education Association for the District 3 County Council seat. Spiegel, who serves on the Gaithersburg City Council, is one of four Democratic primary contenders for the seat being vacated by County Council member Phil Andrews (D-Rockville-Gaithersburg). Andrews is running for county executive. (Wash. Post)

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District 12 candidate Gisriel releases campaign finance report

District 12 candidate Mike Gisriel has filed his electronic campaign finance report, a little less than a month after the Jan. 15 filing deadline. The report shows Gisriel, a Catonsville Democrat, has $117,256.74 to spend going into 2014, almost twice the cash on hand as Clarence Lam, who with $60,594.65 had been the District 12 candidate with the deepest pockets. (Balt. Sun)

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McKay files for state delegate representing St. Mary's

Thomas F. McKay (R) said this week he will run for the House of Delegates seat representing northern St. Mary’s County currently held by Del. John F. Wood Jr. (D). Wood announced he would not seek re-election this year after serving as delegate for nearly three decades. (Enterprise)

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Feb. 12 // O'Malley seeks answers from DHS on immigration program

Gov. Martin O'Malley on Tuesday demanded that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security explain why federal officials are deporting a higher share of noncriminals from Maryland than from most other states under a controversial immigration program called Secure Communities. In a sharply worded letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, the governor called on the federal agency to document why the program has led to the deportation of undocumented immigrants with either no criminal record or only misdemeanor convictions, when its long-stated intent is to target dangerous criminals. (Balt. Sun) 

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