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Robert A. Zirkin
Money and power in Annapolis
Money and power in Annapolis

When Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller faced the task of selecting a new chairman for the Judicial Proceedings Committee to replace Attorney General-elect Brian Frosh, he had a choice between two well qualified but contrasting candidates: Sen. Bobby Zirkin, a practicing attorney from Baltimore County, and Sen. Jamie Raskin, an American University constitutional scholar from Montgomery County. Both were open about their desire for the job, and both have their supporters. Ultimately, Mr. Miller picked Senator Zirkin. There are plenty of valid reasons for him to do so. Although JPR, as it is known, has handled some thorny and high-profile bills in recent years that involve big...