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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A campaign spokeswoman for Maryland Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger says he will not run for Senate.

Jaime Lennon, the spokeswoman, said Tuesday Ruppersberger plans to seek re-election to Maryland's 2nd Congressional District instead.

Ruppersberger, a Democrat who represents parts of Baltimore city and parts of the surrounding area, will be running for his eighth term in Congress.

Ruppersberger had been mulling running for the Senate seat that will be open when Sen. Barbara Mikulski retires next year.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A pastor who was highly visible during the unrest in Baltimore after Freddie Gray's death says he's running for Congress.
Jamal Bryant announced Monday that he will seek to represent the 7th District.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats have rallied the 34 votes they need to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive in Congress, handing President Barack Obama a major foreign policy victory.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the crucial 34th vote Wednesday morning, declaring the agreement is the best way to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions.

In her statements, the Maryland Democrat said that while no deal is perfect,  "especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime, I have concluded that this is the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb."

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich says he isn't running for president, and he has no plans to run for U.S. Senate, either.

Ehrlich, a Republican, had made several trips to the early nominating state of New Hampshire, but he said Monday in a telephone interview that he hasn't been thinking about entering the crowded GOP presidential primary for some time.

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Maryland’s senior Senator Barbara Mikulski wants to put the image of Harriet Tubman on the ten dollar bill.

The Maryland Democrat along with New Hampshire’s Jeanne Shaheen has introduced a measure that would do just that.

Mikulski said that it would honor the trailblazing role of women in American history.

Tubman was born in Dorchester County and escaped slavery in 1849 and then returned to the Eastern Shore to lead others slaves to freedom.


BALTIMORE (AP) - The government's first estimate of damage from rioting last month in Baltimore puts the cost at $9 million.

U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski's office said Tuesday the preliminary estimate comes from a Small Business Administration survey of 284 businesses and two homes damaged during riots following the death of Freddie Gray.

Mikulski's office says the agency found that 30 businesses and one home sustained major damage. Another 254 businesses and one home sustained minor damage.

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FORT WASHINGTON, Md. (AP) - Rep. Donna Edwards has been endorsed by seven members of the Prince George's County Council in her bid to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

The endorsements were announced Wednesday in Fort Washington.

The endorsements came from Mel Franklin, Derrick Davis, Danielle Glaros, Andrea Harrison, Mary Lehman, Obie Patterson and Karen Toles.

Earlier this week, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun endorsed Edwards.

Edwards is running against Rep. Chris Van Hollen for the Democratic nomination to run for Mikulski's seat.

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen's campaign says Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker will endorse Hollen for U.S. Senate.

Baker is expected to announce his endorsement Wednesday at a news conference Wednesday in Colmar Manor.

Van Hollen, a Democrat, is running for the Senate seat currently held by Barbara Mikulski, who will retire. He has raised more than $1 million for his campaign.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A Texas energy company says it's shelving plans for a wind farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore amid opposition from state and federal lawmakers concerned about protecting jobs at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station across the Chesapeake Bay.
Pioneer Green Energy wrote to the Somerset County Commissioners last month that it was indefinitely suspending the project due to "unanticipated hurdles and roadblocks." Vice President Adam Cohen cited U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski's efforts to stall the project pending further study.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen is flexing his fundraising muscles.

The Democratic congressman reported Wednesday that he has raised more than $1 million in the four weeks since Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced she won't seek re-election in 2016. Maryland's primary is set for April of next year.

Van Hollen is reporting that he raised more than $1.15 million in the first quarter of 2015. That brings his cash-in-hand total to more than $2.5 million.

Van Hollen was quick to announce his candidacy for the Senate seat.

Great Bay Wind says it’s turning to solar power instead.

Pioneer Green Energy has announced that the obstacles to erecting a large wind farm in Somerset County have led to an indefinite suspension of its plans.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that in a letter sent to the Somerset County Commissioners last week the company said that with language in the federal defense legislation last year delaying the project had caused too much uncertainty to move ahead.

PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says $41 million in federal funds approved by Congress will help clear rape kit backlogs across the country and solve crimes.

Along with Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Biden toured a Maryland State Police forensic laboratory in Pikesville on Monday and addressed the importance of clearing the backlog of an estimated 400,000 rape kits that remain untested throughout the U.S.

Biden said the federal funding will help local and state law enforcement agencies test the kits and train personnel.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A state delegate who represents parts of Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties is the latest candidate to announce a bid for Congress in Maryland's 4th District.

Democratic Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk told The Associated Press in an email on Sunday that she plans to run for the seat being vacated by Rep. Donna Edwards. A formal announcement is expected on Tuesday.

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PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden will join Senator Barbara Mikulski in Pikesville to highlight funding directed toward clearing a backlog of hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits.

Biden and Mikulski will meet at the Maryland State Police Forensic Science Laboratory Monday and discuss a $41 million fund earmarked in the federal spending budget for reducing rape kit backlogs.

The funding will go toward testing current kits, avoiding future backlogs and providing training and personnel.


Former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown says he is going to run for a seat on congress after his defeat by Republican Governor Larry Hogan in last year’s November elections.

The Maryland Democrat will seek Representative Donna Edwards’ seat who has decided to run for U.S. Senate now that Barbara Mikulski has announced her retirement next year.

Brown said that he believed he still had something to give to back to his community.

The district sits next to Washington D.C. and includes a portion of Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties.

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With Senator Barbara Mikulski’s retirement the political scramble is on and Representative Chris Van Hollen says he will be running for her seat in 2016.

Van Hollen, who has been a key leader in the House Democratic leadership has nearly $1.7 million in campaign funds on hand.

The Maryland Democrat announced his plans in an email to supporters Wednesday. His email was sent two days after Mikulski announced she would not run for re-election in 2016.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Dan Bongino says he's considering running for political office in 2016, but he says it's premature to say which one.
Bongino announced Wednesday he is launching a new political action committee called Battle Ground Resistance.
Bongino says in a telephone interview that it's too soon to say whether he will run for Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski's seat. She announced this week she would not seek re-election in 2016.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he will not seek the Senate seat of retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski. He is keeping open his option of running for president in a Democratic primary likely to include Hillary Rodham Clinton.
In a statement Tuesday, O'Malley praised Mikulski's service and says he expects that "very capable public servants with a desire to serve in the Senate will step up as candidates," and adds: "I will not be one of them."

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She has become a legend on Capitol Hill as the longest serving woman in congress.

But yesterday Senator Barbara Mikulski announced that she would not seek a sixth term next year.

The Maryland Democrat told reporters that the decision was a hard one but noted that she would still have nearly two more years before giving up the long held post.

During that time she said she wanted to give her constituents 120 percent of her time.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the longest serving woman in Congress, says she won't seek re-election to a sixth term.
The 78-year-old Maryland Democrat made the announcement Monday in Baltimore.
Mikulski known as a tough, no-nonsense lawmaker who rose to the leadership of the powerful Appropriations Committee. She tells reporters that she'll still have 2  years in her current term and says she hasn't written "the last chapter" in her career.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials have met with leaders of a manufacturing company that has announced plans to leave Salisbury to discuss how to help about 500 people who work at the Eastern Shore facility.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski's office says the senator and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford met Tuesday with leaders from Labinal Power System's parent company, Safran North America.

Mikulski's office says plans call for working with local officials to help find a new employer for the facility.

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With the decision to close Labinal Power System’s plant in Salisbury the parent company Safran is reaching out to provide jobs at its Texas facility in Denton to workers who will lose their jobs.

In addition, the Salisbury Daily Times reports that Safran USA President and CEO Peter Lengyel said he was also working on seeking way to find employment for workers who remain in Salisbury.

Maryland state and local officials were stunned by this month’s announcement that the plant was being closed leaving some 650 employees without jobs.

The decision by Labinal Power Systems to close its Salisbury facility came as a shock to Maryland’s senior senator who had just pushed for federal funding aimed at supporting 400 jobs at the site.

Senator Barbara Mikulksi had just pushed for a measure in the 2015 federal spending that would have provided $994 million for development of 32 Chinook helicopters.  

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the company was one of 450 firms that was to supply parts for the aircraft.

The company said it was closing the plant to be more competitive in the aerospace industry.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski says the omnibus spending bill passed by Congress includes $120 million to build a cybersecurity center at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Mikulski said in a news release Thursday that the bill, signed this week by President Obama, provides funding for a Center for Cyber Security Studies.

The Naval Academy is implementing a new cyber warfare curriculum and a cyber major.

The planned center will include a multi-story academic building with classroom and research labs, offices and lecture halls.

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Despite a massive explosion in October, authorities say a state-owned launch pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility should be repaired and ready for testing late next year.

Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff on Oct. 28. The rocket was carrying a cargo ship was bound for the International Space Station.

The last minute spending bill approved by the House of Representatives last night included $20 million in funding to help in the repair of the NASA Wallops Flight Facility that was damaged during the explosion of an Antares rocket just after liftoff this year.

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kane announced that the money is contained in the bill that will now be considered by the Senate.

The two Virginia Democrats calls the Wallops Facility a key asset to the state that they expect will continue to play a role in NASA and space exploration.

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SPARROWS POINT, Md. (AP) - Maryland's two U.S. senators are leading a group of officials in honoring former steelworkers at Sparrows Point near Baltimore.

Democrats Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin are among the officials scheduled to speak at the event Monday.

The ceremony honors the legacy of those who worked at the old Bethlehem Steel mill site as a new owner strives to clean up and redevelop the area.

Sparrows Point Terminal LLC signed an agreement with the state in September to clear the way for redevelopment.

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Maryland’s two senators voted against the Keystone XL pipeline this week when it failed to get the 60 votes required to close debate in the Senate.

Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin joined 37 other Democrats and two independents in opposition to the legislation that would have given the green light to construct the 17-hundred mile project.

The pipeline would bring the controversial Canadian tar sands oil to Texas.

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Reaction from elected officials to the rocket explosion at Wallops Island was one of sadness but also support for the private space venture.

Maryland’s Senior Senator Barbara Mikulski said that despite the disaster she remains a strong supporter of the NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.

She said she was thankful that no one was hurt this week and that the explosion reminds us that rocketry is still hard.

The Antares rocket was carrying 5-thousand pounds of cargo to resupply the International Space Station.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - University of Maryland researchers are getting federal funds to study the concentration and effects of hormone pollution in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin said Tuesday the $238,000 grant from the U.S. Geological Survey could help deepen understanding of the phenomenon of intersex fish. Those are fish with both male and female sexual characteristics that have been found in bay tributaries including the Potomac and Susquehanna rivers.