Md.’s all-or-nothing approach to assessing fault in civil suits upheld by Court of Appeals

Maryland’s highest court on Tuesday upheld the state’s long-standing all-or-nothing approach to assessing fault in civil lawsuits, leaving the choice to legislators to change state law with major implications for consumers and businesses. “It is not our task to invade the province of the General Assembly and enact into law a sweeping revision,” according to the concurring opinion of Judge Clayton Greene Jr., who was joined by three colleagues. (Wash. Post)

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Terry McAuliffe to get fundraising help from Martin O’Malley, Anthony Brown

Terry McAuliffe will get a little financial help from his friends across the Potomac River Wednesday, as the aspirant for Virginia’s top job will be feted at a fundraiser hosted by Gov. Martin O’Malley and other big-name Maryland Democrats. (Wash. Post)

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Batts brings new look to Baltimore police with command shakeup

The Baltimore Police Department promoted 15 commanders Tuesday and put new faces at the helms of four patrol districts and key investigative units — moves that drew concerns from some City Council members, who called for continuity following a violent summer outburst that saw dozens shot .Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said the shake-up marks the end — for now — of a reorganization that has been continuing since he took over the department last fall. (Balt. Sun)

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Former Md. GOP chair raising money for West Virginia race

Former state Sen. Alex X. Mooney, who resigned as chairman of the Maryland Republican Party in February, said Tuesday he had raised more than $100,000 for a congressional bid in West Virginia’s 2nd District. The Republican, who represented parts of Frederick and Washington counties for more than a decade before leaving the Senate in 2011 to become chairman of the state GOP, said in February it was “time … to pursue other ventures.” (Daily Record)

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Lawmaker will again try to ban fracking

A Montgomery County lawmaker plans to introduce legislation that would ban hydraulic fracturing, often called fracking, in next year’s General Assembly session, following the failure of a similar bill in 2013. Del. A. Shane Robinson, a Montgomery Democrat, announced on his confirmed Twitter account that he would try again next year. (Daily Record)

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Wind, solar could remain free of taxes in Montgomery Co.

Montgomery County doesn’t charge its controversial energy tax on local renewable energy sources, but it could, so county leaders are trying to change the law. The County Council introduced a bill Tuesday from the executive’s office that would officially exempt energy produced and delivered in the county from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, from being taxed.The bill essentially codifies what the county does now. (Gazette)

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Catonsville resident announces District 12 candidacy

Catonsville resident Rebecca Dongarra has become the fifth candidate in the race for one of three seats in the House of Delegates for the new District 12, which includes parts of Catonsville, Arbutus and Howard County. Dongarra, who announced her candidacy on July 1 and ran against current 1st District Councilman Tom Quirk in 2010, grew up in Howard County. (Patuxent)

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Manchester passes ethics ordinance, continues search for police chief

At their Tuesday meeting, the Manchester Mayor and attending council members voted unanimously to pass ordinance 204, which updates the town's ethics ordinance to match the stringency of state ethics rules, requiring broader financial disclosures by town officials. (Carroll Co. Times)

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