Blue Moon: A blogger takes political plunge and runs for delegate

David Moon, the man behind the Maryland Juice political blog in Montgomery County, made it sort of official on the back patio of his Takoma Park home. He’s running for the House of Delegates, with a formal announcement to come later. (Md Reporter)

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MCDCC Picks 2 New Members: Tamika Bennett & Jonathan Prutow

Tonight Maryland Juice attended a meeting of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee. You may ask what the occasion was because the MCDCC is not due to vote on a replacement State Senator for Rob Garagiola's District 15 vacancy until September 10. In fact, the MCDCC members called a meeting tonight to vote to fill two vacancies on their own body, but these new members will be among those who will choose candidates to replace the outgoing District 15 elected official(s). (Juice)

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August 27 // As new fiscal year nears, Cardin vows to end sequestration

Before several hundred employees of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin pledged Monday to do “everything in my power” to put an end to federal sequestration budget cuts that have hit federal agencies and contractors throughout Montgomery and Frederick counties. (Gazette)

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Former Meade commander to lead Arundel economic development

Army Col. Edward C. Rothstein, who recently finished a tour as commander of Fort George G. Meade, will be the new president and CEO of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp., County Executive Laura Neuman announced Monday. Rothstein, who is preparing to retire from the military, will take over the job Nov. 1. (Balt. Sun)

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State withdraws farm pollution regulation

Maryland officials pulled back a proposed regulation Monday aimed at reducing farm runoff polluting the Chesapeake Bay after chicken growers warned it could cripple the state's lucrative poultry industry if imposed now. The state Department of Agriculture announced it had withdrawn its request to make immediate changes to rules governing where farmers may use chicken manure to fertilize their crops, two days before a scheduled legislative hearing on the proposal. (Balt. Sun)

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Bilal Ayyub, under pressure, withdraws from consideration for Maryland senate vacancy

The University of Maryland engineering professor recruited by a coalition of minority group leaders to compete for the upcoming Maryland State Senate vacancy in Montgomery County’s District 15 has withdrawn his name, citing pressure from elected officials and “discouraging” e-mails from party activists. (Wash. Post)

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State tech agency lacked controls over $158M federally funded broadband project, audit finds

The Department of Information Technology did not maintain adequate internal controls in managing a $158 million project to upgrade and expand Maryland’s high-speed fiber optics infrastructure that was funded predominantly by federal stimulus dollars, state auditors found. (Md. Reporter)

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Berliner: Montgomery Co. kept out of loop on possible Red Line closure

Montgomery officials should have received a heads up that Metro is considering closure of a key segment of the Red Line for repairs, the chairman of the County Council’s transportation committee said in a letter to Metro General Manager Richard Sarles. (Wash. Post)

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