Robocall conspirator files for state Senate seat

A political consultant who was convicted in a robocall conspiracy in the last Maryland governor's election filed to run for a Baltimore state Senate seat on Thursday. Julius Henson filed paperwork at the state elections board to run in the Democratic primary against Sen. "I'm a candidate, not a volunteer, so I have not a single clue as to why I'm accused of violating probation, but that will be decided on Thursday," Henson told reporters after filing his paperwork. (Examiner-AP)

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St. Mary's Commissioner Jarboe joins race for state senate

Outgoing St. Mary’s County Commissioner Larry Jarboe (R) filed Tuesday for Maryland state senator, joining two other candidates in the Republican primary. They are aiming for the District 29 seat held by Sen. Roy Dyson (D), to represent St. Mary’s and southern Calvert counties. Jarboe, 61, is serving his third consecutive term as the county commissioner representing northern St. Mary’s and is prohibited by term limits from running for that job again. He was also county commissioner from 1994 to 1998. (Enterprise)

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Harford election season heats up; two executive candidates on board

The filing deadline is just days away, and while a number of candidates have filed for Harford County executive and county council, a few slots remain open in both the Democratic and Republican party primary races. Candidates for county and state offices have until 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, to file. There will be a contest for county executive, at least in the general election, but as of Thursday it remained to be seen if either candidate who has filed will have a primary opponent. (Balt. Sun)

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Mikulski wants all cellphone makers to offer 'kill switch'

If you are an iPhone user, you already have the ability to remotely wipe sensitive data or information from your phone if you lose your phone or if it is stolen. But that isn't the case for all cellphone brands, whose users risk losing much more than a list of phone numbers if their phones go missing. "We asked them to voluntarily do it, but Apple's the only one that has," says U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski. (WTOP)

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Feb. 20 // Gansler says corporate tax cut would be gradual

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler released details Wednesday night of his proposal to cut Maryland's corporate income tax to Virginia levels, saying that if he is elected governor he would decrease it gradually over a period of nine years. Appearing at a Baltimore Sun Newsmaker Forum, Gansler continued his criticism of the O'Malley administration for what he calls its 40 tax increases. However, the attorney general also said he would not seek to reverse them. Instead, he said he would ask tax experts to address the tax strategies of the state in broad terms. (Balt. Sun)

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Bill seeks to create retirement plans

Maryland lawmakers are sponsoring a measure to make retirement plans available to private sector workers who are not currently covered by employer-sponsored plans. Under the bill, Maryland private sector employers who do not currently offer a retirement plan to their employees would be required to offer employee-funded retirement plans. A state-sponsored, nonprofit plan would be available to employees in the firms. (AP)

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State says Julius Henson's candidacy may violate his probation

Veteran political consultant Julius Henson pledged Wednesday to continue running for a Maryland Senate seat even though the state says that may violate the terms of his probation. Henson is serving three years probation stemming from his conviction in a high-profile election-fraud case. As part of the sentence, Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Emanuel Brown ordered that Henson “shall not work in any political campaign paid/volunteer during probation.” (Balt. Sun)

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Md. GOP delegate launches primary challenge to Senate Minority Leader David Brinkley

Maryland Senate Minority Leader David R. Brinkley (R-Frederick), has drawn a Republican primary challenger in his home district who is trying to position himself to the right of the veteran lawmaker. In announcing his candidacy, first-term Del. Michael J. Hough (R-Frederick) said that the district, which includes parts of Frederick and Carroll counties, deserves “a true conservative Republican, not O’Malley-lite,” a reference to Gov. Martin O’Malley (D). (Wash. Post)

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