Ehrlich appearing at fundraisers for multiple GOP candidates for governor of Maryland

Maryland Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ronald A. George is circulating an invitation for a fundraiser this month that will feature a special guest: former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R). Attendees, the invitation says, can get a signed copy of Ehrlich’s latest book, “America: Hope for Change.” A few weeks ago, Ehrlich was the special guest at a fundraiser for one of George’s GOP rivals, Larry Hogan. That event doubled as a book signing as well. And a similar event is in the works this month with a third Republican gubernatorial hopeful, Harford County Executive David R. Craig. (Wash. Post)

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Charter government gains popularity among Maryland counties

Though all 23 Maryland counties started by being run by county commissioners, more and more counties have switched to a charter form of government in search for greater control over local issues. Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Talbot and Wicomico counties now operate under charter. The newest convert, Frederick County, will transition from county commissioners to charter in December, after voters approved the switch in 2012. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Harris gets plenty of support from his fellow medical professionals, campaign-finance records show

Rep. Andy Harris didn’t forget his long-time colleagues in the medical field after he began serving in Congress in 2011 — and they didn’t forget him. The Maryland Republican, who continues practicing as an anesthesiologist, has kept the interests of fellow anesthesiologists and other doctors in mind, pushing policies they consider a priority. And health professionals from across the country have played a significant role in helping finance Harris’ races. In fact, health professionals have contributed more than any other industry group to Harris. (Daily Times)

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After 48 years in public service, it's 'Sine Die' for James Robey

State Sen. James N. Robey says there was no grand ambition, no plan to ascend to where he now sits as majority leader of the Maryland Senate, or to have made the unusual leaps from Howard County police chief to county executive to legislator. Things happened, he said, one thing led to another, people egged on a sometimes reluctant candidate. (Balt. Sun)

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Lawmakers poised to outlaw shackling of pregnant inmates

Maryland lawmakers are poised to outlaw the shackling of pregnant inmates. The proposed law would make it illegal to shackle incarcerated women while they are in labor, delivery and recovering from giving birth. While legislative analysts said most jails and prisons in Maryland already advise against using waist restraints and unnecessary confinement for pregnant women, the bill makes clear that it is illegal and spells out the narrow circumstances under which pregnant women can be shackled. (Balt. Sun)

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County staff considering new ideas for municipal stormwater agreement

County staff is hoping to draw up a cost-sharing plan between county and municipal governments that could help lessen the burden of the so-called “rain tax” on residents of Carroll’s eight towns. But what that plan would look like is still up in the air. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Carroll County's Frazier discusses prayer, freedom of speech

Amid a storm over prayer at government meetings, Carroll County Commissioner Robin Frazier leaned back in a carved wooden rocking chair in the Taneytown public library and quietly gave voice to her fears about the direction of the country. What happened to freedom of speech and the biblical principles the United States was founded upon, she asked a handful of constituents who gathered for one of her monthly discussions Saturday. The current commissioners, all voted into office in 2010, decided that they would open their meetings with prayers because "we believe that guidance from God would be a good thing in making the decisions before us," Frazier said. (Balt. Sun)

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April 4 // Md. health official: exchange debacle included ‘decisions we wish we could make again’

As Maryland’s top health official testified before a congressional committee and addressed a panel of state lawmakers on Thursday, he kept facing questions about how much the state spent on its troubled health insurance marketplace — and how much more it will have to spend to replace that system. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Maryland’s secretary of health and mental hygiene, did not always have firm answers to those questions. (Wash. Post)

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