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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
Each February, Larry White helps young people transform themselves into Rosa Parks, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders to share stories of African-American history with others in Anne Arundel County. These days, White is busy planning his third annual Black History Month program, which he hopes will attract 200 people eager to learn not only about the past, but about how black leaders influence current events. "We don't just put on a show. We dig down so people can make a difference," said White, a Glen Burnie resident who holds two jobs in addition to his volunteer work.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
"Many consider John Hanson, who was John Hanson Briscoe's relative and for whom he was named, as being the first president of the United States, and not George Washington," said Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, who was discussing the recent death of Briscoe, his longtime friend and former speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates. And regarding John Hanson's claim to being the first president, Hoyer is technically right. Hanson was elected the first president of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation in 1781, several years before George Washington took the role under the newly formed United States.
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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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