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Meehan is sworn in as Ocean City mayor

Former Ocean City Council President Richard W. Meehan was sworn in as the town's mayor this week, replacing James N. Mathias Jr., who was named to fill a vacancy in the Maryland House of Delegates.

Describing himself as a consensus builder, Meehan said his style differs from his predecessor's "gregarious effusiveness."

The transition happened swiftly. Mathias resigned Monday afternoon, ending a decade in office. He replaces Bennett Bozman in the General Assembly. Bozman died in April. Meehan was sworn in Monday evening.

James S. Hall and Nancy L. Howard were elected unanimously to the posts of council president and council secretary.


Maryland: Chesapeake Bay

Sale of bay commemorative license plates raises $819,000

More than $819,000 was raised for the Chesapeake Bay by the sale of commemorative license plates last year.

In 2005, more than 81,000 Treasure the Chesapeake license plates were purchased, according to the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. More than 350,000 license plates have been sold, meaning about one in 10 cars have the license plates in Maryland. Almost $13 million has been raised by the program.

The funds are used, in part, for bay restoration projects.


Steele campaign

Steele proposes ban on gifts to Congress, limits on lobbyists

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele promises to shake things up in Washington in a political advertisement posted on his Web site yesterday.

The Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat of Democrat Paul S. Sarbanes proposes a ban on all gifts to Congress and a four-year cooling-off period, during which departing members of Congress and their staff could not work as lobbyists.

"If we are going to get a different kind of government, we have to elect a different kind of senator," he says. "Somebody who will talk straight about what's wrong in both parties."

Sarbanes, Maryland's longest-serving senator, is retiring this year at the end of his fifth term.

Democrats vying for the seat include Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, former Rep. Kweisi Mfume, activist A. Robert Kaufman, American University professor Allan J. Lichtman, Montgomery County businessman Joshua B. Rales and former Baltimore County Executive Dennis R. Rasmussen.

The Steele campaign says it will e-mail the 90-second video clip to supporters, and it will appear on other Web sites.


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