Frederick Co. commissioners done with large-scale privatization, Young says

The era of wholesale privatization in Frederick County government is coming to a close, and the surviving three quarters of the county workforce can breathe a sigh of relief, according to Commissioners President Blaine Young. Young sent a letter to Frederick County employees Monday thanking them for their understanding during the roughly two years that commissioners have looked at shrinking and streamlining government. (News-Post)

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Prominent gay marriage opponent to depart Annapolis in 2014

A prominent opponent of same-sex marriage and other gay rights initiatives in Annapolis for the last two decades is officially retiring from the state legislature next year -- capping a long career in which his stance on gay issues has increasingly put him at odds with legislative colleagues and younger voters. Del. Emmett C. Burns, Jr., a 72-year-old Democrat from Baltimore County and pastor of Rising Sun First Baptist Church in Woodlawn, has fought gay rights legislation since he first took office in 1995, and in recent years has shown no sign of evolving that stance despite a changing electorate. (Balt. Sun)

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Lierman endorses Brown

In his run for governor, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has picked up another endorsement, this one from a former Maryland Democratic Party chair and aide to U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer.Terry Lierman, who challenged U.S. Rep Connie Morella (R) for the District 8 Congressional seat in 2000, told The Gazette that he’s throwing his support behind the Brown-Ken Ulman ticket, which he said is a strong management team. (Gazette)

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Montgomery County Council wants to review policies on school system’s surplus

Montgomery County Council members will likely review policies this fall related to the public school system’s surplus money. Members of the Education Committee said Monday morning that they want to discuss how the school system projects it would wind up with a $21.8 million year-end surplus when the Board of Education has been asking for increases in funding from the county to prevent staffing and program cuts. (Wash. Post)

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Kittleman must woo Dems to win Howard exec race

It’s no secret that Sen. Allan Kittleman will need lots of Democrats to vote for a Republican for Howard County executive for him to accomplish what the GOP did 23 years ago — take over the county government. “If Allan Kittleman can’t have a chance in Howard County, no one has a chance,” said attorney Michael Davis, who was campaign chairman for Republican Chuck Ecker when Ecker defeated Democrat Liz Bobo during her re-election bid for executive in 1990. (Md. Reporter)

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O’Malley outlines new transportation spending in Prince George’s

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Monday touted close to $650 million in planned spending on transportation projects in Prince George’s County, including some new interchanges that have languished on the drawing board for years. (Wash. Post)

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Brown bags Obama adviser

One of the men behind President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign has joined Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s 2014 gubernatorial bid. Jim Messina — a former Takoma Park resident who was Obama’s campaign manager in 2012 — will be a senior adviser to Brown. Messina said he will apply the same focus on technology and social media that helped push Obama to a second victory to the Brown campaign’s grass-roots efforts. (Gazette)

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Dutch: Snowden a 'Traitor'

NSA leaker Edward Snowden claims the spy agency gathers all communications into and out of the U.S. for analysis, despite NSA claims that it only targets foreign traffic. The fugitive systems analyst spoke in video released Monday, filmed by The Guardian in June in Hong Kong before Snowden fled to avoid extradition to the U.S. Meanwhile, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger called him a 'traitor' while being interviewed Monday. (WBAL)

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