In Maryland attorney general’s race, Braveboy wins endorsement of building trades group

Del. Aisha N. Braveboy (D-Prince George’s) has picked up the endorsement of a Washington-area building trades labor organization in her bid to become Maryland’s next attorney general. The 15 affiliate unions of the Washington D.C. Building and Construction Trades Council this week announced its support of Braveboy in a race that also includes Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Montgomery) and Del. Jon S. Cardin (D-Baltimore County). The unions represent roofers, plumbers and bricklayers in Maryland, among other trades. “Aisha has been a reliable fighter for Maryland workers,” Mark Coles, the organization’s executive secretary treasurer said in a statement. (Wash. Post)

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Md. lawmaker Darren Swain counters suspected assailants’ allegations

Police reports made public this week about the September beating and carjacking of Maryland Del. Darren M. Swain contain allegations from the suspected assailants that the lawmaker used drugs with and solicited one of them before they attacked him and stole his vehicle. In an interview with The Washington Post on Friday, Swain (D-Prince George’s) denied using drugs or acting inappropriately, and he said the release of the documents would not keep him from competing in the June 24 primary as he pursues reelection in the fall. (Wash. Post)

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Gansler spot critical of health exchange 'debacle'

A 60-second radio spot by Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler criticizes Maryland's online health insurance exchange — and by extension Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, his rival in the Democratic campaign for governor. What the ad says: The ad begins with a statement by Bonnita Spikes, a retired nurse from Prince George's County, telling listeners she tried to sign up for coverage through the "ridiculous" state website more than 50 times. Without using Brown's name, the spot points to the O'Malley-Brown administration's acknowledged failure to ensure a smooth launch of the site, a key to implementing the Affordable Care Act. (Balt. Sun)

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Rise of Maryland super donors?

A recent Supreme Court decision resulting in the elimination of aggregate campaign contribution limits in Maryland could give rise to so-called super donors. The change could result in wealthy donors and corporations being able to funnel large sums of money, in excess of the $4,000 individual limits, into slate accounts like those used by Democrats and Republicans in the House of Delegates and Senate races. “This creates a system where single donors will have tremendous influence,” said Jennifer Bevan-Dangel, executive director of Common Cause Maryland. (Daily Record)

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Frederick Co. Council candidates campaign against voter confusion

To figure out whether the proposed waste-to-energy incinerator was inside her County Council district, Carole Jaar Sepe said she had to crack open a computer mapping system and zoom down to the street level. "It's really bad when even I myself am trying to figure out what's in my district," said Sepe, who is a Frederick County Council candidate in District 1. (News-Post)

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Democratic candidates for Montgomery executive face off in final debate

It’s coming to you in a live-stream as the Montgomery County Sentinel sponsors a groundbreaking event with all three Democratic candidates for Montgomery County Executive at Temple Beth Ami Wednesday April 30th at 7 p.m. Moderated by Managing Editor, Brian Karem, The Montgomery County Sentinel will host a debate that will be lived-streamed on The Montgomery Sentinel’s newly improved website. (Md. Reporter)

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Republican successes in Arundel a point of pride for state party

In true-blue Maryland, where Democrats outnumber Republicans more than 2 to 1, life can be difficult in the GOP. But not in Anne Arundel County, where Republicans have had a measure of success — and are looking for more. "We're a bastion of red in a sea of blue," said Nathan Volke, chairman of the county Republican Central Committee, as party activists gathered at a Glen Burnie banquet hall last week for their annual Lincoln-Reagan Day Celebration. (Balt. Sun)

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Leggett, Duncan employ creative accounting to describe records on job creation

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett likes to tell audiences that job growth in the county has outpaced neighboring Fairfax and the District in recent years, despite the ravages of the Great Recession. According to county figures, Montgomery gained 32,500 jobs between 2010 and 2013, a 5.2 percent increase. It’s a record that Leggett and his economic development director Steve Silverman say surpasses both Fairfax (29,800 jobs, a 3.2 percent rise) and the District (28,856, a 3.5 percent rise) during the same period. (Wash. Post)

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