Leggett Counterattacks in First County Executive Candidate Debate

While Friday morning’s debate in Bethesda among the Democrats vying for county executive yielded no new major points of disagreement, it did feature incumbent Ike Leggett ramping up the counterattack against issues raised by his two opponents in the June Democratic primary: former County Executive Doug Duncan and Councilmember Phil Andrews. (MoCo)

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Maryland governor derides tea party, urges unity

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley introduced himself to California Democrats Saturday with a scathing indictment of the tea party and a call for a stronger middle class to move the country forward. The potential 2016 White House candidate, speaking to hundreds of Democratic delegates at a party convention in Los Angeles, said he's weary of the cynicism and government-by-obstruction that frequently stalls work on Capitol Hill. He singled out tea party Republicans for espousing "a small view" of America that he compared to the "trickle-down economics" of the Reagan era. (AP/WTOP)

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District 12 candidates talk taxes at forum

Nine of the 10 Democratic candidates for three open seats in District 12 addressed issues facing southwest Baltimore County during an open candidate forum Thursday night at Lansdowne High School. Ten Democrats and three Republicans are vying for seats in the newly configured District 12, which incorporates parts of Baltimore and Howard counties, including Catonsville, Arbutus and Lansdowne. With a number of questions on topics from fracking to the minimum wage, the nine Democrats were able to differentiate themselves on tax policy. (Balt. Sun)

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Committee approves marijuana decriminalization

The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Friday approved a measure relegating marijuana possession to a civil offense. Three of the 11 Senators voted against the measure. Sen. Christopher Shank, D-Washington, who voted against it last year, said he was uncertain at the start of a meeting Friday. At the end of a 30-minute discussion, he held his nose and voted "yes." The committee has not voted on Sen. Jamie Raskin's proposal to eliminate all penalties for possessing marijuana in small amounts, as Colorado and Washington have done. (AP/Wash. Examiner) 

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How the Maryland House voted on legislation to raise the state’s minimum wage

The Maryland House of Delegates on Friday voted 89 to 46 for legislation sponsored by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) to raised the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2017. Here’s a look at how the chamber voted. (Wash. Post)

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Md. Campaign Juice: Brown & Gansler Launch TV Ads, Hucker v Barclay, Kagan v Simmons, D13 & Analysis of MoCo Exec Race

Maryland Juice has a few quick updates regarding campaigns of interest to politicos (Md. Juice). 

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March 7 // Maryland panel sees $238 million revenue shortfall in current fiscal year and next

Maryland will have $238 million less than anticipated in its budget this fiscal year and next because of sluggish economic growth, according to revenue estimates released Thursday by a panel of the state’s top finance officials. Comptroller Peter Franchot (D), who chairs the Board of Revenue Estimates, said the panel’s data suggest the recovery has so far bypassed most Marylanders — and he appeared to lay at least part of the blame on Gov. Martin O’Malley’s and the General Assembly’s eagerness to raise taxes and fees. (Wash. Post)

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O’Malley says he’ll seek to restore inflation provision to his minimum-wage legislation

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said Thursday that he is disappointed that the House of Delegates dropped a provision from his minimum-wage bill that called for automatic increases based on inflation and said he will lobby the Senate to restore it. O’Malley’s bill, which faces a final vote in the House on Friday, would gradually raise Maryland’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2017. The provision struck by the House would have made additional increases automatic after that. (Wash. Post)

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