Oct. 24 // Greenwood antes up for Prince George's County casino

Greenwood Racing Inc. showed its hand Wednesday in its bid to build a casino in Prince George's County. The owner of Pennsylvania's largest casino said it would plow $100 million into local road improvements and generate $30 million a year in tax revenue for the state, in part by accepting a higher state tax rate than required by law, if it wins the gambling license. (Balt. Sun)

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Arentz to fill Hershey seat

Steve Arentz, president of the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners, has the backing of three of the four counties in the 36th District for appointment to the state delegate seat vacated by Steve Hershey. The Republican central committees of Kent and Caroline counties announced early Thursday afternoon that Arentz was their choice, joining the Queen Anne’s County panel, which voted last week in favor of Arentz. (Star Dem.)

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Gubernatorial candidate Gansler says breaking up teen party was not his job

When Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler arrived at a house party of teenagers in June, he pushed through the crowd, past youngsters dancing on a table and a smattering of red plastic cups. One of the revelers snapped a photo. As the night wore on, teens at the South Bethany rental home posted tweets, photos and videos of a bash labeled the "eviction party" for its intensity — a celebration where underage participants later confirmed many were drinking alcohol. (Balt. Sun)

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Robey named Md. Senate majority leader

Democratic Senate President Mike Miller announced Wednesday night that Howard County Sen. Jim Robey will become majority leader of the Senate for Robey’s final year. He replaces Sen. Rob Garagiola who resigned in August. In the surprise announcement at a fundraiser for the man running to succeed Robey in District 13 — Del. Guy Guzzone — Miller also said that Guzzone would fill Robey’s seat on the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee in 2015. (Md. Reporter)

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Colburn to seek sixth term in Senate

Longtime State Sen. Richard Colburn has filed for reelection to his mid-Shore Maryland state Senate seat. The fifth-term Republican said he still has work to do in Annapolis, being a voice and a vote for farmers as well as watermen. He also wants to continue to seek state funding for infrastructure improvements throughout his district. (Daily Times)

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O’Malley aide David Sloan wants to emerge from behind the scenes, run for Md. House

As the end of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s tenure in Annapolis approaches, one of his aides is about to launch his own bid to become an elected official. David Sloan (D), a special adviser in O’Malley’s office of intergovernmental affairs, announced Wednesday that he is running next year for a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates representing part of Prince George’s County. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland lawmakers try to intervene in Montgomery trash contractor strike

Two Maryland state legislators visited Unity Disposal and Recycling Wednesday, in an effort to prod the Montgomery County trash hauling contractor and about 50 striking workers to end their week-old dispute. After visiting picketers in front of Unity’s Laurel offices, State Sen. Victor Ramirez (D-Prince Georges) and Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez (D-Montgomery) called on company executives. When they expressed concern to chief operating officer Jerald Boyd about strikers who had been fired last Wednesday, Boyd said it had all been a misunderstanding and that the workers were free to come back. (Wash. Post)

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Md. GOP hires new executive director

Maryland Republican Party Chairman Diana Waterman has announced the hiring of Joe Cluster to serve as the next executive director of the Maryland GOP. Cluster has an extensive background in state and national politics having worked for the former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele as his director of external affairs from 2004-2007 and before that in Gov. Robert Ehrlich’s appointments office. He has also worked in D.C. for the political action committee GOPAC and the Republican National Committee. (Star Dem.)

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