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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Kittleman must woo Dems to win Howard exec race

It’s no secret that Sen. Allan Kittleman will need lots of Democrats to vote for a Republican for Howard County executive for him to accomplish what the GOP did 23 years ago — take over the county government. “If Allan Kittleman can’t have a chance in Howard County, no one has a chance,” said attorney Michael Davis, who was campaign chairman for Republican Chuck Ecker when Ecker defeated Democrat Liz Bobo during her re-election bid for executive in 1990. (Md. Reporter)

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O’Malley outlines new transportation spending in Prince George’s

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Monday touted close to $650 million in planned spending on transportation projects in Prince George’s County, including some new interchanges that have languished on the drawing board for years. (Wash. Post)

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Brown bags Obama adviser

One of the men behind President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign has joined Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s 2014 gubernatorial bid. Jim Messina — a former Takoma Park resident who was Obama’s campaign manager in 2012 — will be a senior adviser to Brown. Messina said he will apply the same focus on technology and social media that helped push Obama to a second victory to the Brown campaign’s grass-roots efforts. (Gazette)

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Dutch: Snowden a 'Traitor'

NSA leaker Edward Snowden claims the spy agency gathers all communications into and out of the U.S. for analysis, despite NSA claims that it only targets foreign traffic. The fugitive systems analyst spoke in video released Monday, filmed by The Guardian in June in Hong Kong before Snowden fled to avoid extradition to the U.S. Meanwhile, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger called him a 'traitor' while being interviewed Monday. (WBAL)

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Md. lawmakers change tune on gay marriage

Reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act — and more recent efforts to amend the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage — underscores just how dramatically views on the divisive issue have changed in 17 years. When Congress voted by a wide margin in 1996 to pass the measure prohibiting the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage, all of Maryland's lawmakers — four Republicans and six Democrats — supported the proposal, which President Bill Clinton then signed into law. But the four members who still serve today cheered the act's downfall. (Balt. Sun)

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Taneytown separates duties of clerk and treasurer

The Taneytown City Council adopted resolutions at its Monday meeting that separate the duties of the city clerk and treasurer. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Douglas F. Gansler runs for Maryland governor — just not officially

Douglas F. Gansler is running for governor. He has more than $5 million in the bank. He has hired a campaign manager and a team of consultants. The Democrat recently launched a three-month “Building Our Best Maryland” tour to start sharing his policy ideas for the state. When he arrived in Rockville on the first stop, there was even a “tracker” from an opposing campaign there poised to film any missteps. But does he say he is a candidate? No. At least not officially. “Right now I’m preparing to be a candidate for governor,” Gansler explained. (Wash. Post)

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