Democratic candidates woo NAACP crowd in Baltimore

Democratic candidates woo NAACP crowd in Baltimore

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown attacked his chief rival in the Democratic primary contest for governor Thursday night, telling a crowd in Baltimore that “the attorney general supports the death penalty.”

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Franchot urges veto of wind farm curb

Franchot urges veto of wind farm curb

Comptroller Peter Franchot urged Gov. Martin O'Malley on Wednesday to veto a bill that would halt a major wind energy project on the Eastern Shore, arguing that Somerset County desperately needs the jobs the project would generate.

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Franchot channels Sherlock in newest unclaimed property gimmick

Franchot channels Sherlock in newest unclaimed property gimmick

Maryland, meet Comptroller Peter Franchot's newest gimmick to convince you to collect more than $980 million in unclaimed property: Sherlock Franchot.

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O'Malley fundraising takes a pause in first quarter

O'Malley fundraising takes a pause in first quarter

Gov. Martin O'Malley, who has said he is considering a run for president in 2016, will report raising just more than $104,000 in two federal political committees during the first three months of this year.

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Mizeur would legalize physician-assisted suicide

Mizeur would legalize physician-assisted suicide

Del. Heather R. Mizeur promised to push for a law allowing physician-assisted suicide in Maryland if elected governor.

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Hogan posts strong fundraising in GOP campaign for governor

Hogan posts strong fundraising in GOP campaign for governor

Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan has emerged as a major force in his party's chase for campaign cash, collecting more money since he joined the race three months ago than his rivals took in all of last year, figures from the campaign show.

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Gansler proposes eliminating state prosecutor's office

Gansler proposes eliminating state prosecutor's office

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is proposing to eliminate the state prosecutor's office, the independent agency that secured a string of high-profile political convictions in recent years.

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Equality Maryland endorses Frosh for attorney general

Equality Maryland endorses Frosh for attorney general

Equality Maryland has endorsed Sen. Brian Frosh, a Montgomery County Democrat, for attorney general, calling him a "firm ally" of the state's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

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O'Malley signs 'Jake's Law,' marijuana decriminalization

O'Malley signs 'Jake's Law,' marijuana decriminalization

Of the nearly 150 bills Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law Monday morning, one bore the name of a 5-year-old boy from South Baltimore who died in 2011 after a distracted driver chatting on his cellphone plowed into the back of Jake Owen's family car without hitting the brakes.

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City financial disclosure forms now posted online

City financial disclosure forms now posted online

For the first time, financial disclosure forms for nearly 1,900 Baltimore government officials will be online for public inspection, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Monday.

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Mikulski calls for FEMA to speed up flood law

Mikulski calls for FEMA to speed up flood law

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski joined a bipartisan chorus of lawmakers Monday calling on the Obama administration to speed up the implementation of a law intended to mitigate increases in flood insurance premiums.

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Bird lovers squawk over Sunday hunting

Bird lovers squawk over Sunday hunting

Arguing their safe access to public lands is threatened, birders are making a last-ditch appeal to Gov. Martin O'Malley to veto legislation that would expand hunting on Sundays in western Maryland.

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Despite DNC role, Rawlings-Blake free to endorse Md. candidates

Despite DNC role, Rawlings-Blake free to endorse Md. candidates

Officers of the Democratic National Committee generally refrain from endorsing candidates in Democratic Party primaries.

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10 weeks out, 2 questions for Maryland Democrats

Dan Rodricks: 10 weeks out, 2 questions for Maryland Democrats

Now, the real fun starts. It's a mad, mad dash to the June 24 gubernatorial primary as the many undecided, unimpressed Democrats try to answer a what's-worse question that goes like this:

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City has plan to overhaul grants management

To better account for hundreds of millions of grant dollars, Baltimore finance officials have a plan to overhaul city policies, train staff and keep records in a centralized database.

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Obama to honor Navy football

Obama to honor Navy football

President Obama will honor Navy football next Friday to present the team with the Commander in Chief's trophy, the White House said Friday. 

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Three GOP candidates "endorse" Brown for governor

Three GOP candidates will gather Monday to endorse Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor, but there’s a catch.

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State won't enforce $10,000 limit on campaign contributions

State won't enforce $10,000 limit on campaign contributions

After a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Maryland election officials said Friday that they will no longer enforce a state law that imposes an overall limit of $10,000 on campaign contributions in a four-year election cycle.

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Gansler launches first negative ad on radio

Gansler launches first negative ad on radio

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler on Thursday launched the first critical broadcast ad of the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial nomination contest, taking the O'Malley-Brown administration to task for the failed launch of the state's health care insurance exchange. 

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Felons, fugitives bought guns amid backlog

Felons, fugitives bought guns amid backlog

More than 300 people banned from owning guns were able to buy them last year because the state police were overwhelmed with background check requests, police said Wednesday.

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Brown focuses on adoption in 4th TV ad

Brown focuses on adoption in 4th TV ad

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown's campaign for governor released its fourth television ad Wednesday, continuing its media strategy of remaining relentlessly positive and building his personal appeal.

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Tax breaks for 'House of Cards' fall short

Tax breaks for 'House of Cards' fall short

The breakdown in Annapolis over boosting incentives for films and television series shot in Maryland has left the state without enough money to give Netflix's "House of Cards" what it was seeking to produce its next season here, officials acknowledged Tuesday.

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Gansler calls for special probe of health exchange

Gansler calls for special probe of health exchange

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler stepped up his barrage of attack's on the O'Malley administration handling of the development of the state's health insurance exchange, calling for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the web site's failed launch.

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O'Malley signs pre-K, dog-bite bills

O'Malley signs pre-K, dog-bite bills

Just hours after the General Assembly wrapped up its 90-day session, Gov. Martin O'Malley signed legislation Tuesday that will expand pre-kindergarten education and lift the "inherently dangerous" legal stigma from the pit bulls of Maryland.

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Bill Clinton endorses Anthony Brown

Bill Clinton endorses Anthony Brown

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown reaped the fruits of loyalty Tuesday as he received the endorsement of former President Bill Clinton in Brown's campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor.

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How the 'House of Cards' film tax credit shrank

How the 'House of Cards' film tax credit shrank

The potential pool of cash available for the film industry shrank by $3.5 million in the final minutes of the General Assembly session, leaving lawmakers asking: Is $15 million enough for "House of Cards" to stay?

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Minimum-wage hike, new marijuana laws approved as session ends

Minimum-wage hike, new marijuana laws approved as session ends

By the time confetti fell in Annapolis on Monday night, state lawmakers had loosened marijuana laws, made Maryland the second state in the country to raise its minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and whittled their way through more than 2,600 bills considered during the 434th legislative session.

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Issues considered during 2014 General Assembly

Issues considered during 2014 General Assembly

Here are some of the issues senators and delegates considered during the 2014 Maryland General Assembly session. To become law, bills passed by the legislature must be signed by the governor.

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Two arrested following 'altercation' at State House

Two arrested following 'altercation' at State House

Two men were arrested following an 'altercation' at the House Office Building in Annapolis as legislators prepared to wrap the 2014 general assembly, Maryland Capitol Police said Monday.

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Medical marijuana bill passes Assembly

Medical marijuana bill passes Assembly

Marylanders with serious medical conditions that could be alleviated by marijuana would gain access to the drug with a physician's consent under legislation passed by the General Assembly Monday.

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Maryland lawmakers decriminalize marijuana

Maryland lawmakers decriminalize marijuana

Possession of small amounts of marijuana will no longer be a crime in Maryland under a law passed Monday and sent to Gov. Martin O'Malley for his expected signature.

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Maryland lawmakers approve higher minimum wage

Maryland lawmakers approve higher minimum wage

Maryland's minimum wage will rise to $10.10 by July 2018 under a bill granted final passage by state lawmakers Monday. The measure goes to Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley for his promised signature.

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Obama to announce school grants in Prince George's

Obama to announce school grants in Prince George's

President Barack Obama will announce today that Bladensburg High School and two other schools in Prince George's County have won a $7 million federal grant to expand a program that helps students prepare for jobs in the region.

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ABOUT THE BLOGGERS


Michael Dresser is on his second tour of duty covering Maryland politics from Annapolis. He previously served as State House correspondent from 1996 to 2004, then moved to the transportation beat for seven years. He has also covered retailing and telecommunications.

Erin Cox has covered people and politics in and around Annapolis since 2007. She joined The Sun in 2012 and has worked for newspapers in Florida and her home state of Colorado. Erin graduated from the University of Colorado, where she studied journalism and biochemistry.

John Fritze has covered politics at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is The Sun's Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA Today, where he led coverage of the health care debate and the 2010 election.

Luke Broadwater got his start at age 9 when he scored an interview with Johnny Unitas. Since then, The Sun's City Hall reporter has won more than a dozen awards, for investigative reporting and feature writing. He is a 2002 graduate of Ithaca College.

Yvonne Wenger traveled across rural America where unemployment was higher than it was during the Great Depression, interviewed war veterans and followed presidential hopefuls on the campaign trail, in pursuit of her coverage of local, state and Washington politics over the last decade. She joined The Sun in January 2012 and covers City Hall.