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O'Malley campaign secures public cash before dropping out

When Martin O'Malley decided in November to rely on public financing for his struggling presidential campaign, he was tossing a Hail Mary with a federal program that watchdog groups say is in need of a major overhaul.

The former Maryland governor was also ensuring he could pay off his debts when he finally decided to call it quits.

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Washington suburbs dominated record Powerball drawing sales

A beer and wine store in Montgomery County sold the most tickets of any of Maryland's 4,481 lottery retailers during the Powerball roll that ended with a record jackpot, according to state records.

Retailers in the Washington suburbs dominated state sales as players sought a share of a jackpot that grew to $1.58 billion, the largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

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Senator's second bite at veto apple called legal

When the House of Delegates voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill to speed restoration of felons' voting rights last month, Del. Craig Zucker of Montgomery County cast one of the 85 votes needed.

When the same bill comes up in the state Senate this week, Zucker — sworn in as a senator last week — is expected to provide the decisive 29th vote to make the bill law.

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Former lieutenant governors weigh in on Rutherford's special snow plow

Former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend said she could have warned the state's current No. 2 about last week's political dust-up over preferential snow plowing.

Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford came under fire for asking Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman, a fellow Republican, to clear his Columbia residential street last Sunday night.

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Howard County delegation debates bill aimed at school information access

Howard County parents are complaining that the school system has kept them in the dark on a number of issues, including mold discovered in several public schools.

Some parents cited county schools' failure to respond to questions and requests for information when they launched an online petition — titled "Cut Foose Loose" — urging the system not to renew the contract of Superintendent Renee Foose.

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Baltimore County school board member says she is being stonewalled; district says it's trying to meet demands

Soon after her appointment to the Baltimore County school board, Ann Miller wanted to know how students and teachers were performing. She also wanted to know more about the district's finances and contracts it has signed with the superintendent and vendors.

So she asked the school system for the information.

More than three months later, Miller said she still doesn't have answers.

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