Senate committee approves DNR secretary nomination

A Senate committee has approved Joseph Gill's nomination as secretary of Maryland's Department of Natural Resources. The issue will go to the Senate floor for final vote. In a hearing lasting more than two hours Monday, the Senate Executive Nominations Committee voted 14-1 in Gill's favor. Three Senators abstained, intending to do more research and vote on the Senate floor. (Capital-AP)

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Three bills seek to overhaul legislative redistricting process

Maryland’s controversial legislative redistricting is again the target of bills designed to overhaul the process and make it less partisan. Though very different in their scope and design, the bills have one thing in common: They are trying to introduce transparency and civic participation into the redistricting procedure, which now leaves the governor in control and the process wide open to political gerrymandering. (Md. Reporter)

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Craig resigns as county manager, Stamp steps in

Talbot County Manager John Craig resigned Monday, March 3, after being in the position since October 2010. The Talbot County Council stated that Craig has served the county well over the past several years as the council negotiated through some challenging economic times, and that his contributions to county government are numerous. (Star Dem.)

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Democratic activist seeks District 19 delegate seat

Charlotte Crutchfield wants to go to the General Assembly to focus on education, jobs and employment, equality and senior issues. She advocates for social justice and “revitalizing the economy in particular for working families.” A resident of District 19 for more than 10 years, Crutchfield said this election is a historical one for her. (Gazette)

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March 3 // Health exchange mulling scenarios for how to move beyond troubled site

After the state severed ties with the contractor that built its problem-plagued health insurance exchange, officials face the looming question of what to do with it — continue throwing money toward fixing it or replace it. Every option is potentially fraught with more technical headaches and expense. (Balt. Sun)

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Rawlings-Blake invites Arizona's LGBT residents to move to Baltimore

On NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake invited gay and lesbian residents of Arizona to move to Baltimore. Asked about vetoed legislation that would have allowed businesses in Arizona to refuse to provide service to gay and lesbian residents, Rawlings-Blake said it “burns [her] up” that people still face discrimination in 2014. She acknowledged the western state likely has better weather than Baltimore, but said the city has a more welcoming attitude toward homosexual residents. (Balt. Sun)

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Election board fines Craig campaign for fundraising violation

The campaign committees of Harford County Executive David R. Craig and running mate Del. Jeannie Haddaway have each paid fines of $1,000 for violating a law prohibiting fundraising during the 90-day General Assembly session, according to the State Board of Elections. Jared DeMarinis, the board official in charge of election law compliance, said the Craig-Haddaway campaign for the Republican nomination for governor sent out a fundraising solicitation one or two days after the session started in January with the combined campaign logo and Haddaway's picture on it. (Balt. Sun)

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Bill seeks to let foster children keep survivor, disability payments

After Ryan Weinberger's parents died while he was in foster care, Maryland collected his Social Security survivor's benefits of more than $30,000 to help cover his state-funded living expenses. Now Weinberger, 21, wants to persuade the General Assembly to pass legislation to stop the Department of Human Resources from confiscating benefits available to hundreds of foster children each year. (Balt. Sun)

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