Maryland's new chief judge lauded as forthright, diplomatic

People who know Mary Ellen Barbera describe her demeanor as forthright, yet diplomatic. Colleagues say she'll use those qualities in a complicated role that requires a sharp legal mind and the political acumen to oversee Maryland's $463 million court system. "She really has real skill at building bridges," said lawyer Timothy F. Maloney, a former Prince George's County delegate. He said those abilities will serve her well in dealing with the General Assembly, Gov. Martin O'Malley and future governors. (Balt. Sun)

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Leopold adjusts to life as outsider, but doesn't dismiss a comeback

He commanded Anne Arundel's billion-dollar budget and was considered a possible candidate for governor. But in recent weeks, former County Executive John R. Leopold sat behind the glass panes of a small office at the Anne Arundel County Food and Resource Bank in Crownsville, answering phones, taking notes and performing other duties to fulfill 400 hours of community service — one of the last requirements of his sentence from a conviction for misconduct in office. With that service complete, Leopold is trying to find a new role in the community he once served, and betrayed. He says he hopes to one day be cleared to run for office again. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel residents raise concerns over Jones' possible return to council

The Rev. John Christophel said it’s crazy to think a politician could return to office after being convicted of a crime. Christophel, pastor of the Brooklyn Park United Church of the Brethren, said the potential reappointment of Daryl Jones to the Anne Arundel County Council sends the wrong message to Jones’ constituents. (Capital)

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Mobley takes over Prince George’s public works agency; pedestrian safety a top goal

Darrell B. Mobley hopes to make pedestrian safety a top priority as he takes the reins of Prince George’s County’s $20 million public works and transportation department. “We want to focus on pedestrian safety and want to make sure that we are moving forward with several system preservation projects to make sure that county roads are in good repair,” he said between meetings with staff members. “We want to take a holistic approach to transportation in the county and we don’t want it to be disjointed or segmented.” (Wash. Post)

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O'Malley names his lobbyist as judge

Among the historic judicial appointments Gov. Martin O'Malley made official Wednesday morning, the governor also named his chief lobbyist to become a Baltimore County District Court judge. In her first year as chief legislative officer, Stacy A. Mayer pushed through perhaps O'Malley's most ambitious legislative agenda this past session, passing new gun laws, repealing the death penalty and raising the tax on gasoline for the first time in two decades. (Balt. Sun) 

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Duncan wraps his campaign in county flag

That blue-and-red symbol on Douglas M. Duncan’s campaign materials — the one that looks like rings and fleurs-de-lis — is not the Duncan family crest. In fact, it is a symbol regulated by Montgomery County law: the county flag. Duncan splashed the flag across his campaign, from his website dougduncan.com to his bumper stickers. But the three-time executive said he did not know that county law — section 1-404 of the county code to be exact — regulates the use of the county flag, along with the county seal and coat of arms. (Gazette)

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Barbera planning for a ‘seamless transition’ 

Court of Appeals Judge Mary Ellen Barbera plans to hit the ground running when she takes over as chief of Maryland’s top court. (Daily Record)

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Frederick mayoral candidate forum to be held Monday

Six of seven mayoral candidates for this year's election have agreed to participate in a candidate forum Monday night. The forum will be held at 5:30 p.m. at The Faux School at 35 S. Carroll St. in Frederick. The event will start with a meet-and-greet, with the discussion beginning at about 6 p.m. (News-Post)

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