February 6 // Maryland House resolution seeks convention of states to discuss term limits

Members of Maryland's House of Delegates hope to join an effort that could lead to congressional term limits. State legislators recently filed a joint resolution applying to participate in a national convention to work with other states on a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit the time a person could serve in Congress. Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, two-thirds of the state legislatures can team up for a convention to propose constitutional amendments on various topics, such as congressional term limits. Del. Mike McKay, who introduced the joint resolution on Jan. 29, said a dozen states have passed similar resolutions calling for a convention, but Maryland would be the first to propose term limits. (Herald-Mail)

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Steve Farber reflects on more than 25 years as County Council’s top staffer

It’s safe to say that most Montgomery County residents have never heard of Steve Farber. However, before stepping down last Thursday, Farber for more than a quarter of a century exerted major influence on the way that the County Council did business—even if he is quick to dispute those who would insert the adjective “powerful” in front of his name. (Bethesda)

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An independent candidate for Senate in Maryland says 'it's about change,' as the incumbent files for re-election

Neal Simon, a Potomac businessman launching an independent campaign for the Senate in Maryland today, watched last week’s State of the Union in a state of despair. His problem wasn’t with what President Donald J. Trump was saying, per se, but the reaction he was getting from the House floor. “The reaction was just so partisan,” the 49-year-old businessman said, noting how Democrats sat in stony silence as Trump spoke. “Our country should be a place where people can applaud for each other and applaud when we’re doing well, regardless of who they think is responsible.” (Balt. Sun)

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Sen. Cardin files for re-election, faces Chelsea Manning

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin has filed for re-election, saying he always runs a very aggressive campaign on the issues and plans to do so again. This time it'll be against Chelsea Manning. Cardin filed Monday to run for his third U.S. Senate term. Manning, a transgender woman and former U.S. Army private who was convicted of leaking more than 700,000 classified documents, filed last month to run in the Democratic primary. The 74-year-old Cardin says he's ready for widespread interest in the race. Three other Democrats are running in the primary: Jerome Segal, Richard Vaughn and Debbie Wilson. (Daily Times)

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Anne Arundel county executive looks to put zoning changes on ice

County Executive Steve Schuh announced at the County Council meeting Monday night he will be submitting legislation that would halt zoning changes until late 2019. This legislation would halt those changes until the General Development Plan is submitted to the council in late 2019. This decision is linked to feedback the county has heard while holding meetings on the upcoming GDP, Schuh said at the County Council meeting. (Capital)

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Legislators introduce bills addressing Harford power line project controversy

The following is an announcement from Harford County legislators Del. Kathy Szeliga and Sen. J.B. Jennings about legislation regarding the Transource Energy project: Delegate Kathy Szeliga and State Senator J.B. Jennings have filed four bills addressing the high voltage power line project proposed for Northern Harford County. “The Transource Project in Harford County has brought to light some serious concerns about how these type of power transmission projects are handled in our rural and agricultural areas,” said Delegate Szeliga. “Respect for our landowners, both directly and indirectly impacted by these high voltage power line projects, must be first and foremost.” (Aegis)

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Cardin, Van Hollen to make joint appearance

Maryland’s two U.S. senators will make a joint appearance in Salisbury on Feb. 16 to take part in a question-and-answer event hosted by the Greater Salisbury Committee. The event, billed as a conversation with Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, will follow the same format as last year’s discussion with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot, said Mike Dunn, the group’s president and CEO. “We wanted to do a second one because last year’s was so well-received,” he said. (Daily Times)

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Larry Hogan faces cancer with good humor — again

As Gov. Larry Hogan approached the podium Thursday wearing a muted plaid sports shirt under his suit coat, I asked him if it was “casual Thursday.” No, he said he wanted to look like the reporters, then noticed most of the male scribes were wearing ties. Then, he turned serious, since “we’re all about transparency” and started to talk about the skin cancers that were to be removed this weekend. “Before you got into speculation about what the other guy looked like, I wanted to tell you about it,” Hogan joked. (Md. Reporter)

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