Four Alderman Positions Up For Grabs In Annapolis Election

To win a seat on the Annapolis city council, candidates say they've relied on tried-and-true shoe-leather politics. Eight men running for four seats have been spending days knocking on doors, trying to reach the estimated 8,000 voters who will cast ballots in Tuesday's city elections. Door-knocking can help voters put a face to a name, said Allen Furth, a Republican challenger in Ward 1. "Doing the door-to-door, I'm showing them I'm like you, I care about the city," he said. (Balt. Sun)

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Del. Arora Announces He Won’t Seek Re-Election To Maryland House Of Delegates

Maryland Del. Sam Arora (D-Montgomery) told supporters Friday that he won’t seek a second term in next year’s elections. Arora, 32, is perhaps best known in Annapolis for his reversal on legislation legalizing same-sex marriage. After co-sponsoring the bill in 2011, he wound up opposing the legislation, angering gay-rights supporters and fellow delegates. (Wash. Post)

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Nov. 4 // Despite Controversies, Gansler Says Campaign Is Eager To Talk About ‘The Issues’

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler said Friday that his gubernatorial campaign remains focused on issues Marylanders care about, even as he was still dogged by reporters about a beach house party he attended with apparent underage drinking. (Wash. Post)

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Obama Names O'Malley To Climate Change Panel

President Obama has named Gov. Martin O'Malley to a newly created task force on climate change issues, the White House announced. O'Malley will join more than two dozen other state, local and Native American tribal officials on Obama's Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, which is charged with advising the federal government on strategies to deal with the effects of climate change on local communities. (Balt. Sun)

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Growing Number Of Moorish Americans Try To Evade Prosecution

Rollins-Bey, 25, was the second murder defendant in a week to openly challenge the authority of Baltimore Circuit Judge Emanuel Brown. Rollins-Bey and Robert G. Moore claimed in separate trials the court lacked standing to hear their cases — a move the judge described as an attempt to frustrate the proceedings. Such challenges — which can invoke obscure treaties or the Pope's name — are becoming more frequent, prosecutors say. Defendants often argue they have Moroccan roots that render them exempt from American law, or rely on similar ideas.

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Turner To Announce Democratic Challenge To Sen. Muse In Prince George’s District

Maryland Del. Veronica L. Turner on Monday plans to announce a bid to unseat Sen. C. Anthony Muse, a fellow Democrat, in a Prince George’s County district that is in line to become home to the state’s sixth casino. “So many people in the district believe we need someone who’ll listen to them and someone they can count on,” Turner said in an interview Sunday about her plans in District 26, where she said she expects to have significant union support in the June 2014 primary. (Wash. Post)

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State Dismisses Report On Unfunded Pensions

The state pension system continues to be inadequately funded, according to a report released by the Maryland Public Policy Institute. The report by the Rockville-based nonprofit notes that the pension system is funded at 63.5 percent — well below the industry-recommended standard of 80 percent. State pension officials, however, dismissed the report as ideologically driven and said reforms enacted over the last two years will bring the funding up to 80 percent by 2024. (Daily Report)

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Public Asked To Suggest New Accesses To Waterways In Chesapeake Bay Watershed

If there’s a spot along a Washington County waterway where you have wished you could launch a canoe or kayak or enjoy some other outdoor sport, now is your chance to provide input. Through Dec. 1, the National Park Service is offering the public a chance to suggest new accesses to waterways in the Chesapeake Bay watershed through a Web-based interactive map. (Herald-Mail)

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