Montana’s governor booked as ‘special guest’ at Gansler fundraiser this week in Maryland

In Maryland’s Democratic primary for governor, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler doesn’t have the support of the chief executive he is trying to succeed. But Gansler has another governor in his corner — the one from Montana — and he is scheduled to appear Tuesday night at a major fundraiser. Tuesday’s event comes as Gansler and his Democratic rivals scramble to raise money before a Jan. 8 reporting deadline that will provide the first public accounting of the financial strength of the gubernatorial hopefuls since a year before. (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore city council president, others endorse Brown campaign

The Baltimore city council president was among several politicians from the city to endorse Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's gubernatorial campaign Saturday. The Brown campaign rolled out the endorsements at an event to open a campaign office in Baltimore. Besides City Council president Bernard C. "Jack" Young, Councilmember William Cole, Councilmember Ed Reisinger, and Del. Shawn Tarrant endorsed Brown, according to the Brown campaign. (Balt. Sun)

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O’Malley questioned about level of input from Hispanic leaders ahead of trade trip to Brazil

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s trade mission to Brazil and El Salvador, which wraps up early this week, was criticized shortly before it began by some Hispanic elected officials and business leaders who say they should have been more involved in pulling it together. Sen. Victor R. Ramirez (D-Prince George’s) wrote to O’Malley (D) late last month that the nine-day mission had been planned “without having consulted or invited a single Hispanic elected official from the state of Maryland.” Ramirez said that three of those officials, including him, are Salvadoran Americans. (Wash. Post)

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Critics hammer O'Malley, Brown on web site

Critics of Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration expressed dismay Sunday at the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Maryland, charging that he deliberately underplayed the state's problems in setting up its health care insurance exchange. Republican gubernatorial candidates and General Assembly leaders said there needs to be a serious inquiry into problems outlined by The Baltimore Sun, including a conflict between the prime contractor building the exchange's website and a key subcontractor. (Balt. Sun)

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Anthony Brown won't release internal emails about Maryland health exchange

As Maryland officials touted their implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown was front and center — proudly describing the state as a national leader in preparing for the overhaul. But even though Brown was helping to lead the health care effort, he wrote no emails to the state workers overseeing development of the state's online health insurance marketplace — at least none that his office deemed fit for public release. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Republicans plan stricter gun crime sentencing legislation in 2014

Maryland Republicans want to clamp down on felons with violent gun crime convictions, a year after the state’s Democrats passed some of the nation’s strictest gun control laws. When the General Assembly convenes in January, the GOP plans to propose a bill to eliminate diminution credits for people convicted of violent gun crimes. Such credits allow those convicted to reduce their prison sentence through good behavior. (Capital)

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Despite accolades for minimum wage bill, Elrich still a Montgomery Council outlier

One-by-one Thursday afternoon, just before Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) signed the minimum wage increase into law, Marc Elrich’s County Council colleagues stepped to the microphone with superlatives for his dogged sponsorship of the groundbreaking legislation. (Wash. Post)

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Rawlings-Blake calls for release of Tyrone West autopsy report

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Friday called on State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein to release as "expeditiously as possible" the autopsy report of a man who died in police custody months ago. "I write urging you to work expeditiously to provide the public with a prompt and transparent determination of the events that occurred surrounding this incident," the mayor wrote in a letter to Bernstein. (Balt. Sun)

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