Retired Army colonel files for District 32 delegate seat

A retired U.S. Army colonel has filed as a Democratic candidate for delegate in District 32, becoming the fifth Democrat vying for one of three district seats. Mike Rogers on Wednesday filed to run for the Maryland House of Delegates. After spending nearly three decades in the military, he retired in 2015. A Laurel resident, Rogers has served as director of the Russet Homeowner’s Association. He is president of the Parent Teacher Student Association for Meade High School, where his son and daughter attend. (Capital)

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Penny Walker seeks District 1B seat

Local business owner and lifelong Allegany County resident Penny Walker said Western Maryland is on Gov. Larry Hogan's radar, but the area still lacks an equal share of resources from state legislators. "We are on (Hogan's) radar, which I think is excellent," Walker said, "but all the years that we were forgotten, we are in such a hole that we need massive resources and big ideas and big movements to move us faster. We definitely need our share in Western Maryland," Walker said. (Times-News)

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February 9 // Md. Senate budget chair Kasemeyer to retire

Maryland Senate Budget and Taxation Committee Chair Edward J. Kasemeyer will retire after his term expires, creating a vacancy next year at the head of one of the state’s most powerful legislative committees. Kasemeyer (D-Baltimore County), 72, announced his decision to members of the panel Thursday, according to lawmakers who were present. The legislators said he told them the move was not health-related. Kasemeyer’s term ends Jan. 9. Sen. Andrew A. Serafini (R-Washington), a member of the committee, said that “it’s a rare person in this business who has as much respect as Ed Kasemeyer” and that the budget chair’s departure will be a “loss to the citizens of Maryland.” (Wash. Post)

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Rep. Craig Wolf to run for Attorney General

Republican Craig Wolf is making his candidacy for Attorney General official on Thursday.  Wolf will file his Statement of Candidacy with the Maryland State Board of Elections around 2:30 p.m. Wolf is the President & CEO of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, a former federal prosecutor with the DOJ, served as Assistant States Attorney in Allegany County, worked as Counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee, and is a US Army Veteran. (WMAR)

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Cardin Introduces Bill That Would Ban Military Parades

Sen. Ben Cardin has introduced a bill to ban a military parade of the kind desired by President Donald Trump. The measure would prohibit the use of funds to exhibit or parade military forces and hardware for review by the president outside of authorized military operations or activities. Trump has directed the Pentagon to examine the logistics of a military parade, something the likes of which America hasn't seen since just after the Gulf War. The idea has since drawn bipartisan criticism. (WBAL-AP)

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Martin O'Malley on Trump military parade pitch: 'This is some tinhorn dictator [expletive]'

It would appear Martin O'Malley doesn't like President Donald Trump's desired military parade. In a string of tweets Wednesday evening, O’Malley — the former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor — expressed disdain for the planned “large-scale military parade” by retweeting a Washington Post tweet with an added expletive to punctuate his feelings. “This is some tinhorn dictator s***,” O’Malley tweeted. (Balt. Sun)

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Another union that previously supported Edwards is backing Alsobrooks in Prince George’s race

Another union that previously supported Donna F. Edwards is throwing its support behind one of her Democratic primary rivals, State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, in the race for Prince George’s County executive. The Lanham, Md.-based chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union, which represents more than 8,000 electrical workers in Maryland, Virginia and the District, said it is backing Alsobrooks because of her focus on jobs and business development. IBEW Local 26 endorsed Edwards, a former congresswoman, in her bid for U.S. Senate, and its union hall was the site of her fiery concession speech in 2016. (Wash. Post)

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How the Maryland General Assembly could stymie I-270, Beltway expansion plan

As Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration moves to implement a $9 billion network of high-occupancy toll lanes on suburban Maryland highways, one of the many hurdles it will have to clear is the General Assembly, and legislators’ desire to weigh in. State legislative staff suggests the Democratic-controlled General Assembly withhold funding for the effort as a means of garnering a significant role, a move that could slow a massive program that’s barely gotten started. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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