Politics
8:47 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Eastern Shore Republican to Head MD GOP

New MD GOP Chair

Maryland Republican State Chair Diane Waterman
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TIMONIUM, Md. (AP) - Eastern Shore realtor Diana Waterman has been elected chairwoman of the Maryland Republican Party.

The Queen Anne's County realtor and bookkeeper was elected Saturday at the party's spring convention in Timonium. Waterman will serve out the term of Alex Mooney, a former state senator who announced in February that he was stepping down from the post. Waterman has been serving as interim chairwoman.

Waterman told The Washington Post on Sunday that she is committed to making the party more competitive statewide. Democrats hold a 2-to-1 advantage in voter registration statewide. The Democratic party also holds the governor's office and controls both chambers of the state legislature by wide margins.

The Eastern Shore realtor says she passionately believes in the value of a two-party state.

Representative Andy Harris (R-Md)
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Rep. Andy Harris

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Rep. Andy Harris says he is concerned about the impact of federal regulation on local businesses.

The Maryland Republican told The Daily Times of Salisbury that he plans to use his new seat on the House Appropriations Committee to help prevent "over-burdensome regulations." If that happens, Harris says he will target the funding of federal agencies.

Harris says his job as a member of the committee is to make sure regulators understand that their regulations can be burdensome.

The doctor represents Maryland's 1st District, which includes all of Maryland's Eastern Shore and parts of Carroll, Baltimore, Harford and Cecil counties.