McMillan mum on future plans after accidental affidavit filing

An affidavit filed to the Maryland Board of Elections makes it look like Del. Herb McMillan doesn’t plan to campaign this year, but the delegate said the paperwork was filed in error. The District 30 Annapolis Republican’s campaign filed an affidavit on Tuesday stating the campaign will not receive or spend more than a cumulative $1,000 in contributions and expenses. The affidavit was filed a day before campaign finance report deadlines. McMillan said the affidavit was filed in error, and he expected to spend and raise more than $1,000 in the coming year. (Capital)

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A veteran Howard legislator is retiring, endorsing a candidate

On a rainy Friday morning in the House Office Building, Delegate Frank Turner sat working at his desk, as he has most mornings for the last 23 years. The walls of his office are lined with framed newspaper clippings and local awards, the memories of a life spent in service to Maryland’s 13th District. The six-term Democrat has been a state delegate since 1995, after he was elected as the first African-American to represent Howard County in the General Assembly. He announced earlier this month he will not seek re-election. “I feel as though sometimes that I’ve probably done as much as I can do in this particular job,” Turner, 70, said. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Ocean City councilman to run for Carozza's state delegate seat

Ocean City Councilman Wayne Hartman is throwing his hat in the ring for state delegate. Hartman sent out a release Thursday morning announcing his candidacy. "It's an exciting time in Maryland under the Hogan administration, and I want to take my experience as a small business owner and Ocean City councilman to defend our shore way of life," he said. Hartman filed for the 38C seat, which serves Worcester and Wicomico counties. The seat is currently held by Mary Beth Carozza, who is running for state senate. (Daily Times)

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Hogan budget plan would trim Baltimore recovery programs

Gov. Larry Hogan is proposing cuts to programs passed to help Baltimore recover after the riots of 2015, $10 million to lure Amazon’s new headquarters to the state and a small raise for state workers. State analysts started poring over the Republican governor’s $44.4 billion state budget proposal in detail Wednesday, providing a deeper glimpse into the final spending plan of Hogan’s four-year term. (Balt. Sun)

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Kirwan tells lawmakers Md. is complacent about education system

The chairman of the commission studying Maryland’s education policy and funding formulas told legislative fiscal committees Tuesday that despite being ranked among the best in the nation in years past, state schools are actually in the “middle of the pack” in the United States. William E. “Brit” Kirwan, chairman of the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, went on to point out that since the United States is similarly ranked in the middle internationally, Maryland schools are in the middle of the middle in terms of ranking. (Md. Matters)

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Gov. Larry Hogan has large cash advantage over Democratic rivals, with over $9M in the bank

Gov. Larry Hogan has more than $9 million in the bank for his re-election effort this year, according to the finance reports filed Wednesday night, giving him a sizable cash advantage over his potential Democratic rivals. Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford raised a combined $5.4 million over the past 12 months, bringing their total cash on hand to $9.03 million, according to the reports. Individual Democrats in the race were expected to post totals less than one-third that figure when the latest round of campaign finance reports were due at midnight Wednesday. (Balt. Sun)

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Brochin has most cash on hand in Baltimore County executive race

Of the five people running to become the next Baltimore County executive, state Sen. Jim Brochin's campaign has the most money on hand. The Democrat from Cockeysville said he raised about $381,000 over the course of the past year and has $765,000 in the bank heading toward the June primary. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland agrees to contract with state employees; Hogan proposes 2018 budget

Maryland state employees, whose contracts expired Dec. 31, will receive a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment in 2019 and a break on insurance premiums this year under a new labor agreement announced Wednesday. The three-year deal, which will be voted on by union members on Jan. 31, follows lengthy and, at times, bitter negotiations with the administration of Gov. Larry Hogan (R) that highlighted staffing shortages and working conditions for correctional officers and other employees. (Wash. Post)

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