Popkin Seeking Another Term As Montgomery County’s Sheriff

Montgomery County’s sheriff Darren M. Popkin is running for re-election next year. Popkin is in charge of the agency responsible for serving warrants and protective orders, apprehending fugitives, transporting prisoners, guarding the county’s courts, and carrying out other functions of the state’s judicial branch. Popkin, a Democrat, was the only person who had filed for the office as of Tuesday. (Gazette)

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Maryland Health Care Exchange Director Still ‘Hopeful’ State Can Reach Goals

The director of Maryland's health exchange said Tuesday the state is working "around the clock" to shore up website problems and she's "hopeful" the state can reach its enrollment goals by the end of March. Rebecca Pearce, executive director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, said while the rollout of the state's health care exchange has not been seamless, the state is still shooting for 150,000 people to sign up for private coverage by March 31. As of Nov. 27, 3,024 were signed up for coverage. (Capital)

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Nov. 4 // Mizeur to accept public financing

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Heather R. Mizeur will announce Wednesday that she will become the first contender for that office since 1994 to accept public financing of her campaign — effectively limiting her spending on the primary to about $2.5 million. Mizeur, a two-term delegate from Montgomery County, will announce her decision as part of her roll out of a broad proposal to curb the influence of special interests on elections. Among the provisions will be replacement of Maryland’s current, limited financing scheme with a comprehensive system. (Balt. Sun)

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GOP's Harris takes on health care policy

Three years after touting his medical background as he campaigned for Congress, Rep. Andy Harris is emerging as a top spokesman in opposition to Obamacare — and taking on other health policy issues as well. For Harris, a Baltimore County anesthesiologist who occasionally wore scrubs as he ran for office in 2010, the troubled rollout of the health care law is providing a platform just as he has expanded his reach on other medical issues — from human cloning to organ transplants for HIV patients. (Balt. Sun)

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O'Malley, Maryland Democrats donated to Cohen in final days of Annapolis election

Maryland’s Democratic party, including Gov. Martin O’Malley, rallied around Josh Cohen before he was defeated by new Mayor Mike Pantelides in Annapolis' general election. Campaign fund reports, released Tuesday by the Annapolis Board of Supervisors of Elections, show Cohen received at least $4,204 from political action groups and Democratic politicians days before the election. The total included a $1,000 check from O Say Can You See, the political action committee O’Malley registered with the Federal Election Commission in July 2012. (Capital)

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Richard Douglas steps forward as a possible GOP candidate for attorney general in Md.

Richard J. Douglas, a Republican lawyer who resides in College Park, is weighing a 2014 bid for attorney general of Maryland — an office that the state GOP left uncontested the last time it was on the ballot. Four Democrats have already announced plans to run next year in deep-blue Maryland: Sen. Brian E. Frosh (Montgomery) and Dels. Aisha N. Braveboy (Prince George’s), Jon S. Cardin (Baltimore County) and C. William Frick (Montgomery). As of yet, no Republicans have stepped forward to try to succeed Douglas F. Gansler (D), who ran unopposed for re-election in 2010 and is now seeking the Democratic nomination for governor. (Wash. Post)

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Eventful day in Wicomico politics: Culver loses vote, aims for bigger prize

Tuesday was an eventful day for Wicomico County politics. Republican council member Bob Culver announced his challenge to Democratic County Executive Rick Pollitt, just a few hours before losing his vice presidency on the council. The day was less mixed for council President Matt Holloway, who narrowly secured another year leading the council in a 4-3 vote. (Daily Times)

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Washington County lawmakers hear constituents’ concerns

Residents Tuesday night railed against Maryland’s gun-control regulations and expressed fears that the so-called “rain tax” could come to Washington County during a public forum with local lawmakers at Hagerstown Community College. The lawmakers — Dels. Neil C. Parrott, R-Washington, LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington, and Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, and Sens. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington and George C. Edwards, R-Garrett/Allegany/Washington — held the forum to get reaction on issues before the start of the next session of the Maryland General Assembly on Jan. 8. (Herald-Mail)

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