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Political Notebook - July 1

June 30, 2013

Michael McKay, the President of the Board of County Commissioners in Allegany County, announced last week that he was going to run for the state’s House of Delegates from Subdistrict 1C, an area that encompasses parts of Allegany and Washington County.

Del. LeRoy Myers, R-Washington/Allegany, who currently represents the subdistrict, announced in May that he would not seek re-election to the House of Delegates in 2014.

McKay, a Republican, has been on the board of commissioners since December 2010, according to a state website.

Ray Givens, a Republican with a Hancock address, has also filed to run for the same seat.

The Lieutenant Governor’s list

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who is running for the governor’s office in 2014, and his running mate Ken Ulman, who is the Howard County Executive, formally received the endorsements of 70 municipal leaders across the state last week.

Among those endorsing the Democratic duo were Hagerstown Mayor David S. Gysberts, Boonsboro Mayor Charles F. “Skip” Kauffman Jr. and Williamsport Mayor James G. McCleaf II, according to the Brown campaign.

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“I’m honored to have the support of 70 of Maryland’s hardest working municipal leaders and look forward to working with them to build a better Maryland,” Brown said through a media release sent out by the Brown campaign.

“Anthony Brown and Ken Ulman are the kind of leaders we can trust to continue getting the job done for Maryland’s working families,” Gysberts said in the same media release. “Whether it’s Anthony’s experience serving as our Lt. Governor or Ken’s leadership on the county level, they understand the challenges facing all of our communities and they’ll make Maryland work better for all of our families.”

Bipartisan momentum

In May, U.S. Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., who represents the Congressional Sixth District that includes Washington County, introduced a bill called The Partnership to Build America Act, designed to upgrade the country’s infrastructure with no extra burden to taxpayers.

As of Thursday, the measure had 15 Republicans and 15 Democrats co-sponsors, according to Delaney’s office.

“In a sign of growing bipartisan momentum, Republican Freshman Class President Luke Messer and Democratic Freshman Class Co-President John Delaney have co-authored a ‘Dear Colleague’ letter on H.R. 2084, The Partnership to Build America Act,” according to a media release from Delaney’s office.

The letter asks other lawmakers to help “rebuild and expand our nation’s infrastructure by co-sponsoring H.R. 2084.”

The bill aims to create a “$50 billion dollar infrastructure fund that can be leveraged to $750 billion.” The fund will be financed by the sale of 50-year bonds that are not guaranteed by the federal government and have an interest rate of 1 percent, according to the release.

American corporations will be given an incentive to purchase the bonds by allowing them to repatriate a certain portion of their foreign earnings tax-free if they invest in the bonds, the release said.

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