GOP’s Hogan says ‘grown-up’ is needed for next Maryland governor

Larry Hogan, a Cabinet secretary under former Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), said Friday night that he is looking closely at launching a 2014 gubernatorial bid and will share his decision in the fall. (Wash. Post)

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Ruppersberger continues to eye Maryland governor’s race, he says

U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) said Friday that he is still considering running for governor of Maryland and decried the “negativity” that has emerged between the two leading candidates. (Wash. Post)

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Brown adds endorsements

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown picked up the support of 23 county elected officials from around Maryland Friday, adding to the summertime parade of endorsements of his candidacy for governor next year. With the announcement at the Maryland Association of Counties summer convention in Ocean City, the Brown campaign now boasts the backing of more than half the Democratic county executives, county commissioners, county council members and Baltimore City Council members in the state. (Balt. Sun)

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Gansler sees Maryland's future in Purple Line

Attorney General Doug Gansler, who plans to run for Governor in 2014, tells WTOP his vision for the future of Maryland transportation includes a shift away from road projects and toward an emphasis on mass transit. "The first thing we have to look at on our existing highways is infrastructure - making sure it's not crumbling, the bridges are staying up. In terms of new roads, new highways or adding lanes, other than small projects, I don't think there is huge appetite right now for ICC-like projects," he says. (WTOP)

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Lt. Gov. Brown offers observations on race

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown told a room of fellow African-American elected officials Friday that they have a "responsibility borne of expectations" to advocate for minority communities.As a comparison, Brown said farmers in public office are expected to work on behalf of fellow farmers and military heroes are expected to champion veterans' causes. (Balt. Sun)

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Three-way race to replace Sen. Pipkin: Hershey, Smigiel, Sossi

Three-term Del. Michael Smigiel of Cecil County will now have to compete against a close colleague in District 36 to fill the seat vacated by Senate Republican Leader E.J. Pipkin, who is moving to Texas. Freshman Del. Steve Hershey, R- Queen Anne’s, said he will enter his name for consideration with the Republican central committees of Caroline, Cecil, Kent, and Queen Anne’s counties — saying there is currently “no clear cut favorite.” Former Del. Richard Sossi, defeated by Hershey in a close 2010 race, said he will also file. (Md. Reporter)

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Del. Myers to endorse county commissioner candidates who back move to charter home-rule

Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr.’s push for charter home-rule government stalled last month when the Washington County Board of Commissioners took no action on his request to appoint a board to draft a charter that would then be voted on by county residents next year. Myers said he intends to keep the issue alive by endorsing candidates for county commissioner seats in the 2014 elections who would back a move to charter home rule. (Herald-Mail)

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George thought about resigning from House of Delegates

Del. Ronald A. George, an Anne Arundel County Republican seeking the party’s nomination for governor, thought about resigning from the House of Delegates so he could spend the 90-day General Assembly session raising money for his campaign. (Daily Record)

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