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Primary campaigns cost almost $25 million

Primary campaigns cost almost $25M 

Candidates for governor in Maryland's June primary spent a record of almost $25 million — paying roughly $35 for every voter who showed up at the polls.

Officials in Md., Va. investigate report that 164 voted in both states

The State Board of Elections has alerted the Office of the State Prosecutor to a report that 164 people voted in both Maryland and Virginia in the November 2012...

Sylvia 'Cookie' Harris, advocate, wife of congressman, dies unexpectedly

Sylvia "Cookie" Harris, the wife of Rep. Andy Harris and a prominent anti-abortion advocate in Annapolis, died suddenly on Thursday, a spokeswoman for the...

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Proposed medical marijuana rules under fire 

Critics took aim Tuesday at proposed regulations to create a medical marijuana industry in Maryland as a state commission tasked with writing the rules rushed toward a deadline it might not meet.

O'Malley appoints General Assembly's top lawyer as judge

Gov. Martin O'Malley has appointed the lawyer who defends the General Assembly to a seat on the state's second highest court.

Biden to lend support to Brown

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden will attend a fundraiser for Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's campaign for governor on Tuesday, the White House said late Monday.

Keiffer Mitchell says he won't seek to replace Cole on City Council

Ending weeks of speculation, state Del. Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. said Monday he will not seek to replace City Councilman William H. Cole IV, who is leaving the council to run Baltimore's economic development corporation. 

High-ranking state official was fired in grant misuse 

When a high-ranking O'Malley administration official was fired after allegedly steering about $774,000 in federal grant money to a company to which the official had close ties, no announcement was made. Only this week was the dismissal two years ago made public by legislative auditors.

O'Malley takes ice-bucket challenge in Ocean City

Gov. Martin O'Malley took on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from the balcony of a hotel overlooking the beach in Ocean City, where his family is on vacation.

Howard petitioners take referendum issue to legislators

After the Court of Special Appeals struck down a petition drive to take parts of last year's comprehensive zoning bill to referendum; followed by last week's decision by the Court of Appeals, the state's top judicial body, not to take up the case, petitioners are looking for other avenues to make...

McMahan says he'll support raises for next Harford council, county executive

Harford County Councilman Jim McMahan, who is running for re-election, says he supports bills to raise the salaries of the next county executive and county council, giving the measures a minimum of three prospective favorable votes among the seven member council.

Councilman questions city's $1.6M prescription drug deal with Express Scripts 

A city councilman is questioning a $1.6 million deal for a St. Louis company to provide prescription drugs to city workers, arguing that the work should go to local pharmacies.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake reports $1,300 in gifts 

A daily diary, chocolate rainbow cake and a gift basket with skin care products were just some of the $1,300 in gifts Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake claimed on her 2013 ethics forms, according to a review of the filings.

PAC established to oppose Peroutka in Anne Arundel Co.

An Anne Arundel County councilman and a veteran trial lawyer have teamed up to create a political action committee to raise money to defeat far-right Republican nominee Michael Peroutka's bid for a council seat.

Rawlings-Blake praises Baltimore police's restraint on 'Meet the Press'

Baltimore mayor says military equipment should be used only in emergencies.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry indicted, accused of abusing power

Texas Governor Rick Perry was indicted on Friday by a grand jury in Texas on two counts of abuse of power and coercion over a funding veto he made last year that was seen as being intended to force a local prosecutor to resign.

Harford council set to introduce raises for next council, county executive

Two members of the Harford County Council will introduce bills Tuesday night to give pay increases to the next county executive and future county council members amounting to about 25 percent from current levels starting next summer.

Harford union leaders upset about proposed pay raises for county elected officials

Leaders of Harford County unions say they are not happy to hear the county council wants to raise the salaries of future council members and the county executive by roughly 25 percent.

Neverdon short on signatures for ballot, elections officials say 

A veteran defense attorney running an independent campaign for Baltimore state's attorney was dealt a significant setback Friday when elections officials determined that he did not collect enough signatures to appear on the November ballot.

Ulman takes on ALS ice bucket challenge, with a twist

Warm sand, sea breezes and not one, but two, rounds of being soaked by a bucket of ice water: that seems to be Ken Ulman's experience in his downtime while at the Maryland Association of Counties' annual conference in Ocean City this week. 

Maryland gubernatorial candidates take on Ice Bucket Challenge

Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan on Friday challenged Democratic rival Anthony Brown to dump a bucket of ice water over his head as part of a fund-raising campaign for medical research.

Hogan decries proposed regulations for arcades

Republican Larry Hogan marveled at the giant stuffed animals inside an oversized claw game, a machine bigger than the back room in the campaign bus he rode into Ocean City Friday morning.

Former District 12 Democratic candidate sentenced for criminal election law violation

Lansdowne resident Brian S. Bailey, a former candidate for state delegate in District 12, was sentenced to a $500 fine, one year of supervised probation and 200 hours of community service following criminal election law violation charges for failing to provide an authority line for campaign material...

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