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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2014
The Baltimore County Council on Monday unanimously elected Councilwoman Cathy Bevins to serve as chairwoman for 2014. Bevins, a Middle River Democrat, was elected to the council in 2010. She previously worked as former County Executive Jim Smith's constituent services coordinator for the county's east side, and as administrator of the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association. She now represents Baltimore County on the legislative committee for the Maryland Association of Counties.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2013
The lawyer who filed suit last week to prevent Democrat Anthony G. Brown's running mate from accepting campaign donations during the legislative session is no stranger to the world of political fundraising. Daniel M. Clements, an attorney with a Baltimore firm, has given tens of thousands of dollars to candidates in recent years and for 12 years chaired the political action committee of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association - one of the state's largest political donors. In that role, he oversaw the raising and spending of more than $1 million for Maryland political candidates.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2013
Supporters of Democrat Douglas F. Gansler's campaign for governor sued Thursday to block rival Anthony G. Brown's running mate from raising money during the 90-day General Assembly session that starts next month. Lawyer Daniel M. Clements, who backs Gansler's campaign for the Democratic nomination, filed suit in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court against Maryland State Elections Board chief Linda H. Lamone, Brown and his running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. The suit seeks to invalidate the board's ruling that Ulman — as a county officeholder — is not covered by a fundraising moratorium that applies to state officials while the legislature is meeting.
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By Jules Witcover | December 24, 2013
Three years before the next presidential election, Republican also-rans are making noises about trying again. The most conspicuous is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 but quickly faded and pivoted to his own television show to lick his wounds and contemplate his future. Mr. Huckabee wisely decided to take a sabbatical from office-seeking in 2012 as another previous GOP loser, Mitt Romney, dug himself deeper in political obscurity by losing again.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2013
Normally, an assistant attorney general reviews campaign finance guidance before the Maryland State Board of Elections issues it. But what happens when that guidance could have a significant impact on the Maryland attorney general's political fortunes? Such was the case last week when the elections panel issued a ruling that meant attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Douglas F. Gansler's political rivals could raise money during the approaching legislative session — a time when Gansler cannot.
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December 21, 2013
Baltimore County Superintendent of Education Dallas Dance received a job from SUPES Academy after providing that same company with an $857,000 contract with Baltimore County Schools. This action has the appearance of a conflict of interest and violation of the ethics laws ( "School board says Dance should have gotten its OK before taking consulting job," Dec. 17). I have filed a formal request for an opinion by the county Ethics Commission, which could be followed by an ethics complaint.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2013
A government watchdog group called on two gubernatorial campaigns to voluntarily forgo fundraising during the upcoming General Assembly session to comply with the spirit of Maryland ethics laws. Both campaigns promptly declined. The exchange Thursday came after a Maryland State Board of Elections ruling cleared the way for the campaigns of Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, a Democrat, and Harford County Executive David R. Craig, a Republican, to raise money during the 90-day session despite a law preventing state officials from seeking political contributions during that period.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | December 16, 2013
Two Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits employees received a special honor last week when the membership of the Maryland Building Officials Association elected Jim Moore, chief of housing services, and Jim Ellwood, senior commercial plans reviewer, to serve on the association's Board of Directors, Harford County Government announced. Moore was re-elected to serve as the first vice president and Ellwood was elected to serve as a director at large. ICC President Stephen Jones conducted the induction ceremony.
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By Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2013
More than 800 students in Baltimore will receive a new coat this holiday season thanks to a partnership between Baltimore firefighters, police and elected officials. The mayor, city council and first responders teamed with Operation Warm, a non-profit providing for children in need. Its the second year Baltimore firefighters have provided coats for the city's children, according to a news release. Firefighters and police will visit head start programs this week to surprise children with coats - which will be individually fitted for each child.
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By Mike Specian | December 15, 2013
Former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens once famously stated that the Internet is a "series of tubes," an observation that would have been more comical if his committee hadn't been responsible for regulating the Internet. Rep. Michele Bachmann suggested that the HPV vaccine causes mental retardation based on the unassailable evidence that a woman at a presidential debate told her so. And their legislative colleague Rep. Todd Akin - while serving on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee - defended a ban on abortion based partially on the belief that women who are raped can shut down their pregnancies.
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