Gansler: Brown's running mate better qualified to be governor

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler said Tuesday that Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, would make a better governor than Brown. "Oh, yeah, I think everybody knows that," Gansler said after a candidate's forum in Silver Spring. Gansler told the crowd that the contest for governor "isn't a sixth grade class election." When asked to clarify that remark afterward, Gansler said a governor needs to have executive experience, such as his own in running the state's attorney office in Montgomery County and running the attorney general's office. (Balt. Sun)

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Sen. Colburn divorce file unsealed

The divorce file for state Sen. Richard Colburn has been unsealed, more than a week before it was scheduled to be made available again to the public. The only document in the file Wednesday afternoon that was not previously reported on by The Daily Times contained a request for information from Colburn’s alleged paramour and former aide, Cassia Bethany Martens. A deposition request sent to Martens from Alma Colburn’s attorney Feb. 5 asked that she provide email, social media, text messages, phone records and purchases made by Colburn starting in January 2008. The motion requests all documents leading up to the present. (Daily Times)

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Md. Senate rescinds 1862 vote for slavery

Maryland's Senate unanimously voted Wednesday to rescind support for a constitutional amendment it approved in 1862 to protect the institution of slavery. Amid the Civil War, Maryland was one of the few states to ratify the Corwin Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which historians considered a last-ditch effort to save the Union after the election of Abraham Lincoln. The amendment never collected enough support to pass, and has long since become a footnote in history. (Balt. Sun)

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Zellers says Maryland should make fixes to Affordable Care Act implementation

Insurance agent Steve Zellers says his job has become more difficult lately. Zellers said the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is basically a huge, unfunded Medicaid expansion that suffers from “extreme launchpad failure.” Zellers, 45, has filed to run as a Republican for the House of Delegates in District 17, which includes Gaithersburg and Rockville. Zellers said he’s running in response to voters’ frustration with the health care and insurance situation under the Affordable Care Act. (Gazette)

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Arundel's Neuman set to kick off county executive campaign Thursday

Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman is officially launching her campaign to keep the job, starting Thursday with a "dawn to dusk" tour of the county. The tour will serve as the campaign kickoff for Neuman, who has made no secret she's running even though she hadn't officially launched her campaign. (Balt. Sun)

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Feb. 19 // Brown has 2-to-1 lead over Gansler in race for Md. Democratic gubernatorial nomination

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown holds a 2-to-1 lead over his closest rival in Maryland’s bitter Democratic gubernatorial primary race, according to a new Washington Post poll, though most voters say they could change their minds before the June contest. Statewide, 34 percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning independent voters support Brown in the primary, while 15 percent back Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and 8 percent support Del. Heather R. Mizeur. Gansler and Mizeur reside in Montgomery County. (Wash. Post)

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GOP's Craig would slash income tax rates

Republican David R. Craig said Tuesday that he would push to cut the state income tax rate for Maryland's wealthiest residents by more than 20 percent during his first year as governor. Craig, one of four GOP candidates running in June's primary, said his plan would put Maryland on a course to eliminate its income tax entirely during his second term while cutting spending by 3 percent a year. He said such a move would stimulate economic growth and halt a loss of population to states with lower taxes. (Balt. Sun)

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Delaney, after looking at Md. governor’s field, files to run for second term in Congress

Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) filed for reelection Tuesday, a move likely to end speculation that he could run for governor. There had been chatter for more than a month about the first-term congressman from Montgomery County making a late entry into the Democratic field, fueled in part by a telephone poll that included Delaney’s name as an option for governor. Delaney declined to say at the time whether it was his poll. In a statement late last month, he did not categorically rule out the possibility of seeking the governor’s office. (Wash. Post)

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