Ivey attacks Brown over bumpy health care rollout

Less than a week into her role as a running mate for Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's campaign for governor, Democrat Del. Jolene Ivey on Thursday also assumed the role of attacker. Ivey criticized the ticket's chief political opponent Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown over remarks made to The Baltimore Sun yesterday, when Brown said he did not anticipate the state's new health care exchange would have problems, much less that they would be widespread. (Balt. Sun)

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Without words, federal workers are on track to get a pay raise

In Washington, what isn't said is often important, too. Without including a word in the bipartisan budget deal that reopened federal agencies on Thursday, Maryland Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin paved the way for a 1 percent pay raise for federal workers — the first such increase in three years. (Balt. Sun)

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Headed back to work, Marylanders express relief at shutdown end

As the late budget agreement cleared the way for federal workers across Maryland to go back to work and government offices to reopen Thursday, attention in Washington shifted to the next problem: striking a new deal before funding runs out again in three months. The group of lawmakers that is now charged with developing a broader agreement on spending, taxes and entitlement reform met informally to discuss the work ahead but offered no sign that the long-sought but elusive grand bargain has become any more attainable. (Balt. Sun)

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Checking the city's $15.9 million figure on 'recouped' taxes

The number: $15.9 million. What it is: The amount of money Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says the city's Billing Integrity Unit has "recouped" since 2011 by catching erroneous tax breaks and other tax billing problems. (Balt. Sun)

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Rockville officials fear partisan influence on city politics

Some current and former Rockville officials think putting the city’s election on the same ballot as the presidential election could have a chilling effect on federal employees’ willingness to serve on the city’s Mayor and Council. City elections are not held in odd-numbered years. Changing the timing so that they coincide with the presidential elections is one of three advisory referendums on the ballot in Rockville this November. (Gazette)

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Leggett, eager to end trash strikes, tries to play labor peacemaker

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett sat down Wednesday with heads of the two trash hauling contractors dealing with strikes. But it was not the meeting he envisioned. For reasons that are not completely clear — possibly advice from their attorneys — the trash companies’ execs opted for separate sessions with Leggett, held in the late afternoon and early evening. (Wash. Post)

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Gonzales Poll Puts Lt. Gov. Brown On Top In Democratic Primary

The candidates for governor in Maryland’s Democratic primary are on the campaign trail. But are voters paying attention? A new poll suggests there’s a lot of ground to cover. The numbers indicate that most voters are either neutral or flat out don’t recognize the candidates. (WJZ-CBS)

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O'Malley approval rating sinks after Maryland gas-tax increase

Maryland voters support controversial initiatives passed by the General Assembly this year ending the death penalty and imposing strict new gun laws, but poll results released Wednesday show voters holding Gov. Martin O'Malley accountable for an unpopular increase in the gas tax. The Democratic governor had a 48 percent approval rating in September — his lowest rating in three years, according to the Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies poll. The figure was down from 54 percent in January. Forty-eight percent of respondents said they disapproved of his job performance. (Wash. Times)

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