Second Democrat sets sights on District 9 Senate race

Almost a decade ago, when Ryan Frederic was looking to relocate his aerospace security, research and simulation business, he landed upon Howard County. "This was the place," he said. He decided to move his company, Applied Defense Solutions, from West Chester, Pa., to Maple Lawn; and then, five years later, to its current headquarters across from The Mall in Columbia. Frederic said he felt welcomed right away. (Balt. Sun)

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March 27 // Md. lawmakers seek deal on pay for workers who care for developmentally disabled

A compromise could soon be reached on how Maryland compensates workers who care for developmentally disabled people, an issue that has complicated passage of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s minimum wage bill. A key state senator and a leading advocate for the disabled community said Wednesday that they are optimistic that a resolution will be reached in coming days, allowing the Senate to advance an amended version of the minimum wage bill being championed by O’Malley (D). (Wash. Post)

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Maryland Senate considers constitutional amendment to undo high court’s bail rulings

The Maryland Senate agreed Wednesday to consider amending the state constitution to overturn rulings by its highest court on pretrial confinement rather than pursue a costly overhaul of the state’s current system for setting bail. With less than two weeks before the annual legislative session’s conclusion, Sen. Robert A. Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) proposed a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Court of Appeals’s rulings in DeWolfe v. Richmond, which triggered a sweeping reexamination of pretrial detention in the state. (Wash. Post)

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Mizeur proposes new redistricting process

Del. Heather Mizeur pitched a plan Wednesday that would take the responsibility for drawing congressional and legislative districts out of the hands of state politicians. Mizeur, who is running in the Democratic primary for governor, said in a statement she wanted to "end gerrymandering in Maryland." Her proposal would create a nonpartisan commission to draw the district boundaries for state and federal lawmakers. Currently that responsibility lies with the governor and the Maryland General Assembly. (Balt. Sun)

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Appeals court clears Leopold to run for office again

A Maryland appeals court upheld former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold's convictions of misconduct Wednesday but struck down a part of his sentence that prevents him from running for office while on probation. Leopold was found guilty in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court of two counts of misconduct in January 2013, relating to ordering officers on his police detail and county employees to carry out personal and campaign tasks. (Balt. Sun)

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Paul lays out plan to revamp Republican party at Maryland fundraising event

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said the Republican party's base isn't big enough, especially in Maryland. But, he told a group of the state's GOP candidates and donors Wednesday night, becoming "the Democrat Lite" party isn't the answer. "If we want to win again, if we want to be a bigger party, we have to go to different people with a message of hope and optimism," the junior GOP senator from Kentucky said at a fundraiser for the Maryland Liberty Political Action Committee at the BWI Westin in Linthicum. (Balt. Sun)

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House approves $38.7 billion state budget

The House of Delegates gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a $38.7 billion budget that trims the governor's plan but still provides raises to state workers and levies no new taxes. The House bill, scheduled for a final vote Thursday, would increase overall state spending 3.1 percent. It contains no major policy differences from the version the Senate passed two weeks ago. Both chambers made some cuts to Gov. Martin O'Malley's $39.4 billion plan. (Balt. Sun)

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3 GOP hopefuls meet in cordial debate

Three of the four Republican candidates for governor met in a cordial debate here Wednesday, agreeing on a need to cut taxes in Maryland, limit government growth and scrap major transit projects. Harford County Executive David R. Craig, former Ehrlich administration official Larry Hogan and Charles County business executive Charles Lollar all criticized the fiscal policies of Gov. Martin O'Malley while avoiding attacks on each other. (Balt. Sun)

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