Council member Watson launches Howard County executive campaign

Before a large crowd of supporters at Kahler Hall in Columbia Saturday morning, District 1 County Council member Courtney Watson made the long-awaited announcement: She is, officially, running for Howard County executive. Watson, 51, a Democrat who has represented parts of Ellicott City, Elkridge and Hanover on the council since 2006, said she decided to run because she wanted to be more involved in shaping the county’s future. (Patuxent)

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Gubernatorial candidates to speak at conference

Three Democratic candidates for governor of Maryland are scheduled to speak at the Maryland State and DC Building Trades Conference. It's scheduled for Monday in Ellicott City. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler and Del. Heather Mizeur are scheduled to participate. The four Democratic candidates for attorney general are scheduled to appear on a joint panel. (WTOP/AP)

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Fresh off primary win, Cohen forges ahead on Annapolis City Dock

After surviving a challenge in the Democratic primary this past week, Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen quickly resumed his controversial efforts to adopt a new long-term plan for City Dock and rezone a key portion of the downtown waterfront. Cohen wasted no time in resuming his City Dock efforts, holding a City Council work session on the topic. (Balt. Sun)

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Political picnic draws hundreds, dampened by rain

Hundreds of politicos gathered in Prince George's County Saturday afternoon to mix and mingle at an annual event hosted by some of the state's most powerful Democratic lawmakers. An afternoon downpour cut attendance at the annual barbecue, which for decades has been a must-do election season event on the calendars of candidates and hopefuls alike. (Balt. Sun)

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Rawlings-Blake says city won't return to days of 'mass arrests' under O'Malley

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake released a statement Friday afternoon saying her police department would not return to the days of "mass arrests" under Gov. Martin O'Malley's tenure as mayor. "Returning to the days of mass arrests for any and every minor offense might be a good talking point but it has been proven to be a far less effective strategy for actually reducing crime," Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. (Balt. Sun)

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O'Malley, Cardin back Obama's move to curb power-plant carbon emissions

Maryland's Democratic office-holders joined environmentalists in praising the Obama administration's announcement Friday that it is moving to curb carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel stormwater fee could be subject of renewed debate

Critics of the Anne Arundel’s stormwater management fee may have a new ally, but will it be enough to overturn the controversial law? Daryl Jones, who returned to the County Council last week after a nearly two year legal battle, said repealing the fee is one of his top priorities. He said the annual fee — $85 for most property owners — is not being applied correctly. (Capital)

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Balto. Co. police union wants Kamenetz held in contempt

The Baltimore County police union is asking a judge to hold in contempt County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and his budget director, arguing that the county has not complied with an order to return money to hundreds of retirees who overpaid health care premiums. (Balt. Sun)

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