Capitol Steps:This one would fit under both the gubernatorial and Senate race; likely candidate for governorand Senate candidatego where few Democrats have gone before--(in this AP-via-the HagerstownHerald-Mailstory)--to look for votes, funds, etc. And in thisJewish Timespiece, ever-more-likely Senate candidate Lt. Gov.does the same in's Jewish community.In othernews, Mayor O'Malley's likely Democratic primary opponent, Montgomery County Executive, took in $500,000 at alast Wednesday. Speaking of Duncan, thisby Tim Craig from last Thursday raises some good points about how the former Rockville mayor's "cafeteria" Catholicism (and O'Malley's, too) will play in the upcoming race.Then there's the latest--look for further updates all week, I'm guessing--but nothing surprising here. In the, O'Malley beats everyone, Ehrlich beats Duncan. Things are close in theDem primary (with Mfume slightly ahead ofand both well ahead of) , and Steele looks better than expected in the general.Keiffer Madness:At tonight's City Council meeting, a set of bills to finance the long-promisedis expected to be introduced. However, don't expect Councilman--who's been--to get much say. According to Eric Siegel's SundaySunarticle, Council President Sheila Dixonthe bills to the "Committee of the Whole" rather than the Taxation and Finance Committee, which Mitchell chairs.Going in Circles:If you've been reading The Third Floor, the, or, you already know that the state and county's effort to buildstudent housing near Towson Circle is causing much--shock!!--consternation among the area's(they don't want parties every weekend, etc.). Laura Barnhardt's SundaySunstory catches everyone else up.Over the Limit:Could be wrong, but I didn't see this one anywhere else. According to S.A. Miller's SaturdayWashington Timesstory, thehasa dozen-plus companies for making political donations of more than $10,000, the state's cap.They're Watching You:Following the lead ofand, Anne Arundel Countyrequiring surveillance cameras in shopping-center parking lots.Stay Outside:Finally, some news on the suburban "town center" beat: Columbia'sgets a reprieve, but area around is still to bewith condos, offices, etc. And in Owings Mills, plans to turn the area around theinto a $220 million "town center" are--thanks to revived interest from a--.