Cardin warns of impact of federal budget tensions

The focus in Congress this week is a temporary spending bill to defund a new health care law and a potentially looming government shutdown. U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D) warned the Montgomery County Council that even more fiscal problems could be on the horizon. (Gazette)

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St. Michaels commissioners pass resolution restricting town seal use

St. Michaels commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution regarding the town's policy on use of its official seal. Commissioners want to make sure the town's seal is protected for official uses like proclamations, town contracts, letterheads and town vehicles. (Star-Democrat)

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Absentee ballots downloaded online raise security issues, as does Election Day voter registration

A new Maryland law allowing voting by mail with a ballot downloaded online has some voter advocacy groups alarmed that adequate security measures will not be in place for the 2014 elections. Election Day voter registration and the future of online voting were also among the hot button issues debated at a forum this week, hosted by the Maryland League of Women Voters in Annapolis. (Md. Reporter)

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Bowers removed from Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission

Ronald L. Bowers has been removed from his duties as a volunteer member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, board Chairman Dan Pheil confirmed Thursday afternoon. “Other than that, I can’t really offer any comment,” Pheil said. “I think we consider it a personnel matter and cannot make any further comment.” (Herald-Mail)

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Sept. 26 // Governor's push for more arrests causing 'anxiety' in Baltimore, mayor says

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Gov. Martin O'Malley clashed publicly Wednesday over how to drive down crime in Baltimore, stoking a widening political debate after a violent summer in Maryland's largest city. The mayor flatly rejected the governor's call for increased arrests and questioned whether state authorities should do more to stop gun trafficking into the city. It was an unusual public split for the two Democrats and longtime political allies. (Balt. Sun)

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Gansler to push Metro stop at National Harbor, law school at Bowie State University

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) said Wednesday that, if elected governor, he would push to extend Metro rail service to National Harbor and to establish a law school at Bowie State University. His pledges came as Gansler addressed an audience in Prince George’s County on the second day of a weeklong gubernatorial announcement tour. (Wash. Post)

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President Obama nominates 2 to federal court in Md. 

President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated two attorneys to U.S. District Court judgeships in Maryland. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Theodore David Chuang and George Jarrod Hazel would succeed retiring federal judges Alexander Williams Jr. and Roger W. Titus., who serve on the bench in Greenbelt. (Daily Record)

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O'Malley hails Maryland's ranking as No. 1 for women

Maryland received a new No. 1 title for Gov. Martin O'Malley to crow about Wednesday as the Center for American Progress ranked its the best of the 50 states for women. And crow the governor did, releasing a statement saying he and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown were "thrilled" by the distinction. “Working together, we have made great strides in making Maryland a great place for women to live, lead, and learn," O'Malley said. (Balt. Sun)

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