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Political notebook - Sep. 2

September 01, 2013

Washington Co. Commissioner candidate to make announcement
Rodney Pearson Sr., a Republican who is running in the 2014 elections for a seat on the Washington County Board of County Commissioners, will make a formal campaign announcement at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 19. at the Old South Mountain Inn in Boonsboro. One other candidate, County Commissioner John Barr, has filed papers to run for re-election as a commissioner in 2014. Barr, a Republican, also is the vice president of the board of commissioners.


GOP hopeful for lieutenant governor raps Md. jobless rate
According to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s office, the state has created 17,800 new jobs this year, posting job gains in five out of seven months.
O’Malley touted the state’s record at an event last week called “Better Choices, Better Results Forum — Jobs & the Economy.”
But Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, R-Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot and Wicomico, is criticizing the state’s unemployment rate, when compared with that of Virginia.
Haddaway-Riccio, who is gubernatorial candidate David Craig’s running mate, said  the “O’Malley-Brown administration is once again holding a political marketing event intended to try and persuade voters that job growth is not as bad as the numbers say there are.”
“One number that won't be discussed among the political spin today is Maryland’s 7.1 percent unemployment rate as compared to Virginia’s 5.7 percent. The difference in these unemployment rates is the highest it has been in over 10 years,” according to an email sent Wednesday from the Craig campaign.
Craig is the Harford County executive.

Congressman outlines housing-finance plan
U.S. Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., writing in an op-ed for The Hill last week, outlined his proposals for increasing participation by the private sector in the housing finance market.
“Housing finance has become nationalized without notice. This is bad for taxpayers and consumers,” he wrote.
“In this context, it is critical that we get housing reform right, which means allowing the private sector to return to the business of financing home loans, while protecting needed social investments in affordable housing and weaning the housing market off of extraordinary levels of government involvement without jeopardizing the nascent housing recovery,” the article said.
Delaney wrote that he prefers a path that would allow the government “to expand the capacity of the housing market, but only on market terms and with taxpayers protected from further loss.”

— Compiled by Kaustuv Basu

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