Contributory negligence standard survives challenge in top court

Long before the Civil War, the high court of Maryland instituted the doctrine of contributory negligence. On Tuesday, the current high court of Maryland said that if anyone is going to change that rule – which bars any chance of recovering damages in a lawsuit if the victim in any way, to any degree, contributed to his or her own injury – the decision must come from the legislature. (Daily Record)

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In Prince George’s County, your gas tax dollars at work

Gov. Martin O’Malley and other elected officials came to Suitland Monday to talk up a few long-languishing transportation projects now on the move, apparently thanks to a new state tax on gasoline. They left having detailed $650 million in money dedicated to public works across Prince George’s County, unloading some items from a project queue that new Department of Transportation Secretary James T. “Jim” Smith Jr. said was backlogged by the agency’s years of fiscal insolvency. (Daily Record)

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Brown says his campaign warchest now close to Gansler’s in governor race

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown said Monday that his gubernatorial campaign has raised $1 million since April, nearly wiping out a huge early advantage enjoyed by his chief Democratic rival for next year’s nomination, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler. (Wash. Post)

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O’Malley names Hitchcock to take over as legislative lobbyist

Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has tapped Jeanne D. Hitchcock, a longtime aide, to take over as his chief lobbyist with the General Assembly, the governor’s office confirmed Monday. Hitchcock will replace Stacy Mayer, whom O’Malley last week named as a district court judge in Baltimore County. (Wash. Post)

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Frederick Co. commissioners done with large-scale privatization, Young says

The era of wholesale privatization in Frederick County government is coming to a close, and the surviving three quarters of the county workforce can breathe a sigh of relief, according to Commissioners President Blaine Young. Young sent a letter to Frederick County employees Monday thanking them for their understanding during the roughly two years that commissioners have looked at shrinking and streamlining government. (News-Post)

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Prominent gay marriage opponent to depart Annapolis in 2014

A prominent opponent of same-sex marriage and other gay rights initiatives in Annapolis for the last two decades is officially retiring from the state legislature next year -- capping a long career in which his stance on gay issues has increasingly put him at odds with legislative colleagues and younger voters. Del. Emmett C. Burns, Jr., a 72-year-old Democrat from Baltimore County and pastor of Rising Sun First Baptist Church in Woodlawn, has fought gay rights legislation since he first took office in 1995, and in recent years has shown no sign of evolving that stance despite a changing electorate. (Balt. Sun)

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Lierman endorses Brown

In his run for governor, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has picked up another endorsement, this one from a former Maryland Democratic Party chair and aide to U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer.Terry Lierman, who challenged U.S. Rep Connie Morella (R) for the District 8 Congressional seat in 2000, told The Gazette that he’s throwing his support behind the Brown-Ken Ulman ticket, which he said is a strong management team. (Gazette)

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Montgomery County Council wants to review policies on school system’s surplus

Montgomery County Council members will likely review policies this fall related to the public school system’s surplus money. Members of the Education Committee said Monday morning that they want to discuss how the school system projects it would wind up with a $21.8 million year-end surplus when the Board of Education has been asking for increases in funding from the county to prevent staffing and program cuts. (Wash. Post)

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