Super Bowl Champ Baltimore Ravens Getting Paid $130,000 To Promote Obamacare

Despite a decision by the NFL to ignore the administration's pleas to promote Obamacare, the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens have decided to go all in -- in exchange for a $130,000 contract, according to documents unearthed by a public watchdog group. Judicial Watch told Secrets that the team was recruited by Maryland state officials to help it sell Obamacare, the new health care insurance program that has run into mammoth computer and bureaucratic troubles in its first three weeks. (Examiner)

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Washington County Commissioners OK Policy Mandating Reporting Procedures For Volunteer Fire And Rescue Companies

The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved an update of the county’s fiscal policy that mandates reporting procedures for volunteer fire and rescue companies. The change makes the finance office the direct recipient of all yearly financial reports from the companies rather than the Division of Emergency Services. It also removes an outdated county form, and makes electronic filing of financial statements and Internal Revenue Service documents an option for companies, enabling a potential cost savings, officials said. (Herald-Mail)

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Oct. 22 // Brown, Gansler seek support from Prince George’s Democrats at fundraising breakfast

Maryland gubernatorial hopeful Anthony G. Brown on Monday urged hundreds of Prince George’s County Democrats to send one of their own to Annapolis next year while his chief rival, Douglas F. Gansler, pledged to tackle long-standing issues affecting the jurisdiction. “This is our house. Let’s protect it,” Brown, a former Prince George’s delegate, told the crowd gathered at Camelot by Martin’s. (Wash. Post)

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Montgomery panel endorses tax credit for working poor, this time without ‘smackdown’

Legislation to modestly bump up support for Montgomery’s working poor cleared a County Council committee Monday, three months after it touched off a round of sniping and backbiting. The bill, sponsored by council member Hans Riemer (D-At Large) raises the Working Families Income Supplement, a county payment that bolsters the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-income working people. Eligible households can receive credits of up to $6,000 a year from the EITC. Maryland allows those households to claim half of their federal credit on state income taxes. (Wash. Post)

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Harris attacks Obamacare on Crossfire

Rep. Andy Harris used an appearance Monday on CNN's Crossfire to argue that the problems people are facing as they try to sign up for health insurance through Obamacare are only the beginning. "Some things are just not fixable," said the Baltimore County Republican and Johns Hopkins trained physician who was elected on a platform of repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act. "Is the health insurance system broken? Yeah it is, but getting the federal government to a one-sized fits all approach is not a great solution." (Balt. Sun)

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Young returns thousands in campaign donations

Frederick County Commissioners President Blaine Young has returned several thousand dollars in campaign contributions since announcing he will not compete to become Maryland’s governor. Young said he repaid between $3,000 and $5,000 because he didn’t want to “bait and switch” his supporters by turning his attention to a local race or deciding not to run at all. From May 2012 through Jan. 9, Young gathered almost $447,000, and he continued to build his gubernatorial war chest in the months that followed. So far, about $500,000 in contributions have flowed into Young’s campaign coffers, he said. (News-Post)

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Howard citizens' group obtains first half of signatures to bring referendum

A group of Howard County citizens who are attempting to bring a referendum of some parts of the county’s recently passed comprehensive zoning bill to the ballot in November 2014 have obtained enough signatures to move forward with their effort, according to county Board of Elections Director Guy Mickley. (Patuxent)

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Montgomery County selects early voting sites

Early voting proved to be a hit in Montgomery County during the 2012 election, and now the county will move from five such sites to nine after a vote by the county’s Board of Elections Monday. Chevy Chase, Damascus, Gaithersburg and Wheaton will get new sites to go along with the previously used sites in Burtonsville, Germantown, Rockville and Silver Spring. A second site was added in Silver Spring. (Gazette)

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