Montgomery County to audit contract hauler Potomac Disposal over ‘living wage’ concerns

A top Montgomery County official said Wednesday that the county will begin an audit of a Gaithersburg trash-hauling contractor to determine whether the company is paying workers a “living wage,” as required by county law. (Wash. Post)

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Renee McGuirk-Spence seeks to walk in her dad's 'Soft Shoes'

The newest candidate for the House of Delegates in a district that includes parts of Baltimore and Howard counties has some big -- and soft -- shoes to fill. Renee McGuirk-Spence announced Tuesday that she has filed to run as a Democrat for one of three open House seats in the 12th District. A longtime aide to former Maryland school Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick, McGuirk-Spence is the daughter of the late state Sen. Harry J. McGuirk, a colorful character known in Maryland politics as "Soft Shoes" for the deftness of his legislative maneuvering. (Balt. Sun)

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Baker selects Prince George’s ethics director

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) announced his choice Tuesday for the head of a newly formed accountability office that will investigate ethics complaints against county officials and employees. Robin Barnes-Shell, a former lawyer within the Prince George’s County Public Schools system, will serve as acting executive director of the county’s Office of Ethics and Accountability, an independent agency that will investigate accusations of unethical conduct and refer cases to the county Office of the State’s Attorney as needed. (Gazette)

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Rep. Andy Harris doesn’t support force against Syria

Maryland Rep. Andy Harris says he has decided not to support military force in Syria, if the matter is brought before Congress for a vote. Harris, Maryland’s lone Republican House member, announced in a statement on Tuesday that he doesn’t believe using military force against Syria is in the national security interest of the United States. (AP/Daily Record)

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Grand jury indicts former Hagerstown city councilwoman

Attorney and former Hagerstown City Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer has been indicted by a Washington County grand jury on three counts of felony theft and two counts of perjury, according to court records obtained Tuesday. (Herald-Mail)

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Commissioners react to MDOT critique

The Charles County commissioners voted Tuesday afternoon to send Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary James T. Smith a rebuttal to his Aug. 23 letter suggesting that the county’s draft comprehensive plan could endanger funding for future transit projects. (Independent)

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Annapolis council returns from recess to restored chambers

As citizens and Annapolis officials funneled through the doors of the City Council’s meeting hall, they could still catch a faint whiff of new paint. And for the first time in seven years, they didn’t have to stare into fluorescent lights where 30 feet of crown molding had broken off the wall because of water damage. (Capital)

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Aldermanic candidates mix of old, new faces

Two sitting aldermen and two former aldermen are among the 10 candidates who are poised to face off against one another in the city of Frederick’s general election, according to unofficial primary results. (News-Post)

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