Kamenetz endorses Almond for Baltimore County Council

Kamenetz endorses Almond for Baltimore County Council

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has endorsed District 2 Councilwoman Vicki Almond in the November general election — after backing her Democratic primary opponent earlier this year.

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Cummings suggests Pierson should resign Secret Service post

Cummings suggests Pierson should resign Secret Service post

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings appeared to call Wednesday for U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson to step down over a series of recent security breaches at the White House -- becoming the first member of Congress to do so -- but then...

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Hogan holds rally on women's issues in Annapolis

Hogan holds rally on women's issues in Annapolis

Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan, working to counter an ad onslaught portraying him as "backwards" on issues of abortion and contraception, held an event Wednesday in Annapolis to showcase his support from women voters.

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O'Malley honored, razzed for environmental stances

O'Malley honored, razzed for environmental stances

Gov. Martin O'Malley drew praise and protesters in Baltimore Tuesday night for his handling of environmental issues.

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Rawlings-Blake backs tax credits for urban farms

Rawlings-Blake backs tax credits for urban farms

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says she is throwing her support behind City Councilman William "Pete" Welch's bill calling for a large tax break for urban farmers in Baltimore.

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Bill Clinton raises money for Brown

Bill Clinton raises money for Brown 

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Report: Md governor's race among nation's most negative

Report: Md governor's race among nation's most negative

If you thought the televised ads in Maryland’s gubernatorial race seemed particularly negative recently, it’s not just you. 

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Marijuana possession now a fine, but prosecutors see complications

Marijuana possession now a fine, but prosecutors see complications 

Starting Wednesday, you can no longer be arrested in Maryland for possessing a small amount of marijuana. But how the rest of that interaction with police plays out might depend on what jurisdiction you're in.

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Hillary Clinton cancels Brown fundraising appearance, sends Bill Clinton

Hillary Clinton cancels Brown fundraising appearance, sends Bill Clinton 

New grandmother and former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to stay home in New York with daughter Chelsea today, skipping a planned high-dollar fundraiser for Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown. 

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9 candidates write letter to City Council, call for re-vote on vacant seat after 'tainted' process

9 candidates write letter to City Council, call for re-vote on vacant seat after 'tainted' process 

Nine candidates on Monday called the selection process to chose a new City Council member for Baltimore’s 11th District an “insult” — and demanded a new vote.

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Subtly, O'Malley draws distinctions with Clinton

Subtly, O'Malley draws distinctions with Clinton 

In the rare moments when he speaks candidly about running for president, Gov. Martin O'Malley uses phrases such as "fundamentally newer" and "new way of leadership" to describe his approach — language intended to highlight the data-driven management style for which he is widely recognized.

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Brown, DGA go back decades to slam Hogan on abortion

Brown, DGA go back decades to slam Hogan on abortion 

Thirty-second TV spots by Democrat Anthony Brown and the Democratic Governors Association deliver remarkably similar messages portraying Larry Hogan as someone opposed to abortion even in cases of rape or incest. The ads tie Hogan to long-ago proposals.

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Three running to replace Stone in Senate

Three running to replace Stone in Senate 

Campaigns on Baltimore County's east side are still in full swing, but one outcome is already certain: For the first time in nearly half a century, voters get a new state senator.

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Audit questions fiscal procedures at state mental health agency

Audit questions fiscal procedures at state mental health agency

The state's Mental Hygiene Administration didn't have adequate procedures to ensure consumers given care were eligible, according to audit by the Department of Legislative Services during fiscal 2013.

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Prince George's Co. to limit holding immigrants for the feds

Prince George's Co. to limit holding immigrants for the feds 

Prince George's County will become the state's second jurisdiction to stop honoring federal requests to hold illegal immigrants beyond their scheduled release unless agents can demonstrate it is likely that they have committed a crime, county officials said Thursday.

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Hogan's daughter defends dad on women's issues

Hogan's daughter defends dad on women's issues

One of the daughters of Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan rises to his defense in a new television ad released Friday by her father's campaign, criticizing Democrat Anthony Brown for what she calls an attempt to "frighten women" on women's health issues.

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Hogan gets reprieve for broken campaign finance rule

Hogan gets reprieve for broken campaign finance rule

The Maryland Board of Elections determined Republican Larry Hogan broke a campaign finance rule, but the panel agreed Thursday to waive the fine associated with the minor infraction.

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Hogan requests probe of donors with ties to state contracts

Hogan requests probe of donors with ties to state contracts

Republican Larry Hogan urged state and federal investigators Thursday to probe the possible connection between large political donations to the Democratic Governors Association and the award of Maryland state contracts to donors.

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Ads in governor's race are narrow, negative

Ads in governor's race are narrow, negative 

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Rutherford accepts Ulman's debate challenge

Rutherford accepts Ulman's debate challenge

The candidates for lieutenant governor agreed on Wednesday to debate one another, but reached no deal on when or where the political showdown would be.

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Delaney runs new ad in Sixth District

Delaney runs new ad in Sixth District 

Democratic Rep. John Delaney is airing the first general election television ad in his bid for a second term, focusing on a bipartisan infrastructure bill that has become his signature legislative effort, campaign aides said Wednesday.

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Carson says he's likely a candidate in 2016

Carson says he's likely a candidate in 2016 

WASHINGTON -- After distancing himself from the possibility of a presidential campaign, former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon turned author and Fox News contributor Ben Carson is sending new signals that he may seek the GOP nomination in 2016 after all.

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Democratic governors run ad slamming Hogan

Democratic governors run ad slamming Hogan

The Democratic Governors Association has begun running a television ad attacking Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan, echoing Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown's theme that Hogan would take Maryland backwards and would be "dangerous" on women's health issues.

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Brown, Hogan agree to third TV debate

Brown, Hogan agree to third TV debate

Democrat Anthony G. Brown and Republican Larry Hogan have agreed to a third televised debate in the race for governor, WBAL-TV in Baltimore confirmed Tuesday.

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State to appeal ruling on voting by disabled

State to appeal ruling on voting by disabled

The state attorney general's office is appealing a federal judge's ruling ordering Maryland to use an absentee ballot-marking technology for the disabled that the Board of Elections had refused to certify as secure.

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Maryland NOW PAC endorses Brown, denounces Hogan

Maryland NOW PAC endorses Brown, denounces Hogan

The political action committee of Maryland's branch of the National Organization for Women gave Democratic gubernatorial candidate Anthony G. Brown its unqualified endorsement Monday, bolstering Brown's efforts to make women's health a top issue in his race against Republican rival Larry Hogan.

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Candidates for governor unleash dueling attack ads

Candidates for governor unleash dueling attack ads

Candidates for Maryland governor unleashed dueling attack ads Monday, heightening a negative contest that has been marked by name-calling and hostility.

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2 councilmen to file bill requiring city police to wear body cameras

2 councilmen to file bill requiring city police to wear body cameras 

Two City Councilmen plan to submit legislation today requiring every police officer in Baltimore to wear a body camera that records audio and video as the officers go about their jobs.

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Raid spurs fear of driver's licenses among immigrants

Raid spurs fear of driver's licenses among immigrants 

A recent raid at a Catonsville apartment complex has raised concerns that federal immigration agents are using Maryland motor vehicle data to locate illegal immigrants, potentially undermining a state initiative to ensure that drivers are ready for the road regardless of their citizenship status.

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Baltimore Co. Republicans face Howard Co. Democrats in redrawn District 12

Baltimore Co. Republicans face Howard Co. Democrats in redrawn District 12 

In Maryland's newly redrawn 12th legislative district — which slithers from southwestern Baltimore County to West Columbia in Howard County — the race for the State House is pretty neatly divided along county lines.

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Coalition pushing for 'lockbox' amendment

Coalition pushing for 'lockbox' amendment 

A diverse coalition of business groups, unions and transit advocates is urging Maryland voters to put a constitutional "lockbox" on state transportation funds, making it harder for governors and lawmakers to divert the money to other purposes.

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State says PG County schools CFO committed insurance fraud in claim of lost diamond ring

State says PG County schools CFO committed insurance fraud in claim of lost diamond ring 

Buying a diamond ring is always a costly expense.

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Baltimore mayors have a history of working themselves into the hospital

Baltimore mayors have a history of working themselves into the hospital 

Running the city of Baltimore isn't for the faint of heart.

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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.