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Political Notebook - Sept. 9

September 08, 2013

Vice President Biden to talk about TIGER 2013 grant

Vice President Joe Biden will join Gov. Martin O’Malley Monday at the Port of Baltimore to talk about a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, grant to the port, according to a news release from the White House Press Office.

The TIGER 2013 discretionary grant is given out by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“The vice president will highlight a $10 million TIGER grant to the Port of Baltimore that will help improve the port’s productivity by widening a channel into the port while increasing the port’s cargo storage capacity and avoiding the need for costly repairs,” according to the news release.

“The vice president will also discuss the importance of infrastructure investments to improving America’s competitiveness, strengthening the middle class and growing our economy from the middle out,” the release said.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx also will attend.


Outreach campaign for health coverage

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Maryland Health Network, the state’s health insurance marketplace, last week unveiled an advertising and outreach campaign to inform residents about health plans and financial help available from the state-based insurance marketplace.

The campaign  — which includes television, radio, print advertising and digital media — will help Marylanders shop for and compare health insurance plans.

“In launching this advertising and outreach campaign for Maryland Health Connection, we’re going to ensure that Marylanders get the information they need in order to get access to the quality, affordable care they deserve,” Brown said in a news release. “It’s a significant step forward as we continue to lead the way in implementing the Affordable Care Act, which is going to generate more than $3 billion in annual economic activity for our state, and cut the number of uninsured in half by 2020 throughout Maryland.”


Endorsing Vogt

Richard Douglas, who was a Republican primary candidate in 2012 for the U.S. Senate, is endorsing David E. Vogt for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Vogt, a veteran who served in Afghanistan, formally announced in July that he will seek the 6th Congressional District seat, which includes Washington County.

Vogt, a Republican, is seeking the seat currently occupied by John Delaney, D-Md.

“I believe that service in the armed forces is not the only quality required of an effective member of Congress.   But it is an enormous asset,” Douglas said in an email. “For this reason, I believe that former Marine rifleman and Afghanistan veteran David E. Vogt is the best choice to represent Maryland District 6 in the U.S House of Representatives.”

Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent and a Republican, is running for the same seat.

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— Compiled by Kaustuv Basu

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