Former Md. GOP chair raising money for West Virginia race

Former state Sen. Alex X. Mooney, who resigned as chairman of the Maryland Republican Party in February, said Tuesday he had raised more than $100,000 for a congressional bid in West Virginia’s 2nd District. The Republican, who represented parts of Frederick and Washington counties for more than a decade before leaving the Senate in 2011 to become chairman of the state GOP, said in February it was “time … to pursue other ventures.” (Daily Record)

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Lawmaker will again try to ban fracking

A Montgomery County lawmaker plans to introduce legislation that would ban hydraulic fracturing, often called fracking, in next year’s General Assembly session, following the failure of a similar bill in 2013. Del. A. Shane Robinson, a Montgomery Democrat, announced on his confirmed Twitter account that he would try again next year. (Daily Record)

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Wind, solar could remain free of taxes in Montgomery Co.

Montgomery County doesn’t charge its controversial energy tax on local renewable energy sources, but it could, so county leaders are trying to change the law. The County Council introduced a bill Tuesday from the executive’s office that would officially exempt energy produced and delivered in the county from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, from being taxed.The bill essentially codifies what the county does now. (Gazette)

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Catonsville resident announces District 12 candidacy

Catonsville resident Rebecca Dongarra has become the fifth candidate in the race for one of three seats in the House of Delegates for the new District 12, which includes parts of Catonsville, Arbutus and Howard County. Dongarra, who announced her candidacy on July 1 and ran against current 1st District Councilman Tom Quirk in 2010, grew up in Howard County. (Patuxent)

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Manchester passes ethics ordinance, continues search for police chief

At their Tuesday meeting, the Manchester Mayor and attending council members voted unanimously to pass ordinance 204, which updates the town's ethics ordinance to match the stringency of state ethics rules, requiring broader financial disclosures by town officials. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Councilman expects crowd for Harbor Point hearing 

A day before what is expected to be a combative Baltimore City Council committee hearing over a tax break granted to the developer of Harbor Point, the war of words over the $1 billion waterfront project heated up. (Daily Record)

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O'Malley, Brown to join McAuliffe fundraiser

Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown will be two of the headliners at a fundraiser for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe Wednesday night as the former Democratic National Committee chairman takes his drive for dollars to Annapolis. (Balt. Sun)  

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O'Malley names new top lobbyist

Gov. Martin O'Malley this week announced his longtime aide Jeanne Hitchcock will lead his lobbying efforts during his final year in office. Hitchcock, who will also keep her role as secretary of appointments, will take over as chief legislative officer. (Balt. Sun)

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