Aberdeen mayor backs raises for elected officials but demurs on how much

Aberdeen Mayor Mike Bennett told the city's salary task force he thinks future elected officials do need a raise and he trusts task force members to come up with the appropriate amount. (Aegis)

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Departures mean shakeup on Senate Finance Committee

Come Sept. 1, Montgomery County will lose its only representative on the state Senate Finance Committee, but the delegation’s leader is hopeful the county will not lose the seat. Responsible for debating issues of health care, transportation and economic development, Finance Committee discussions are of great import to Montgomery County, lobbyist Melanie Wenger said. (Gazette)

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August 15 // Brown says Gansler should apologize to voters

A day after his campaign called for an apology, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said Wednesday that perhaps his gubernatorial opponent Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler owes one to the voters instead. Gansler's secretly recorded comments about race touched off a conflict between the two Democrats, who are vying for the nomination to succeed term-limited Gov. Martin O'Malley in 2014. (Balt. Sun)

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Annapolis elections officials defer decision on alderman's candidacy

Annapolis elections officials will likely decide next week whether Alderman Kenneth Kirby meets the requirements to run for re-election this fall. Kirby's residency and campaign finance reports have been questioned by some residents, and members of the Board of Supervisors of Elections said at their meeting Wednesday that they need more time to review the issue. (Balt. Sun)

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Gansler highlights chicken waste as an alternative energy source

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) on Wednesday touted the promise of converting chicken waste into an alternative energy source as he held the latest in a series of events to discuss policy ideas he would pursue as governor. (Wash. Post)

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Marylanders unhappy with information flow on laws, regs, taxes

Two thirds of voters are not satisfied with the information they get about Maryland laws, regulations and taxes, according to the results of a mobile phone survey being released Thursday by the OpenGov Foundation. OpenGov, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focused on using technology to make public information more accessible, also found that 78% of Maryland voters want advance notification about Maryland policies that will impact them. (Md Reporter)

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Jack W. Germond, political columnist, dies at 85

Jack W. Germond, the irascible, portly columnist and commentator who was a fixture on the American political scene for nearly 50 years, including nearly 20 of them in The Baltimore Sun's Washington bureau, died Wednesday morning of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his home in Charles Town, W.Va. He was 85. (Balt. Sun)

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Gansler Makes No Apology For Comments About Brown Relying On His Race For Votes

Even though he’s not announced he’s running for governor, some comments by Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler are raising eyebrows and Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown is asking for an apology. (WJZ-TV)

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