Republican hopefuls asked if they agree with Ehrlich that he’ll be last GOP governor of Md.

Will Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. turn out to have been the last Republican governor that Maryland ever has? That question was posed during a debate Thursday night to the three men vying to become the next Republican governor of the heavily Democratic state. And, according to the debate’s moderator, the question was based on an assessment made by Ehrlich himself. (Wash. Post)

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Prince George’s official Bradford Seamon bows out, says he’ll return to private sector

The hard-charging top aide to Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III said he is returning to the private sector after three years of trying to make the county bureaucracy more responsive and efficient. Chief Administrative Officer Bradford Seamon said he will leave the administration near the end of April, returning to the private federal contracting company he has owned with his wife for 20 years. (Wash. Post)

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Bill calls for study of acidification of bay

The General Assembly passed a bill last week that would create a task force to evaluate effects of acidification in the Chesapeake Bay and other state waters and make recommendations on how to address the issue. House Bill 118, which would form the task force and charge it to make recommendations by Jan. 1, 2015, passed with bipartisan support on the final day of the 2014 session. The state Department of Natural Resources would be required to provide staff to assist the task force. (Daily Record)

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Feldman aims to secure state Senate seat this year

After 11 years as District 15 delegate, Brian J. Feldman was appointed to represent the district in the Senate last year. In the 2014 elections, Feldman, of Potomac, seeks to keep his Senate seat. He wants to continue his work bolstering the biotechnology and cybersecurity sectors in the state and reviewing the tax code. (Gazette)

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Long-Time Union Official Signs On To Manage Trachtenberg's Campaign

Robert Stewart, who spent more than 30 years as the top staffer at the union that represents the county’s non-uniformed employees, has signed on as the campaign manager for former County Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg’s bid to oust incumbent Roger Berliner in Bethesda/Potomac-based District 1. The appointment of Stewart, who retired just 10 days ago as the long-time executive director of the 8,000-member United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1994 MCGEO, comes as Trachtenberg seeks to mend fences with organized labor. (MoCo)

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Democrats meet for forum

The push to put more Democrats in office is underway. Nearly 40 Democratic candidates attended a public forum Friday night hosted by the Young Democrats of Frederick County at Frederick Community College. (News-Post)

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April 11 // Business talk dominates GOP governor debate

Republicans running for Maryland governor repeatedly compared state government to a business during their fifth debate on Thursday, likening the role they are seeking to that of a corporate executive. During a panel discussion at Johns Hopkins University organized by College Republicans, the candidates accused Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration of making Maryland unfriendly to investors. They disagreed about little, and proposed tax cuts as the solution to most issues. (AP)

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Democratic candidates push alternative energy, wary of fracking

Maryland’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates agree alternative energy resources are important for growing a sustainable economy. But Attorney General Doug Gansler and Delegate Heather Mizeur, D-Montgomery, are calling for the state to develop more alternative energy resources than Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration has planned. (CNS/Capital)

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