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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)-  Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says the state has lost the ability to carry out a death sentence, even against a death row inmate who was sentenced before the state banned capital punishment last year.

Gansler argued before a three-judge panel in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals on Monday that death-row inmate Jody Lee Miles should be re-sentenced to life without possibility of parole.

Maryland has four death-row inmates who were sentenced before last year's repeal.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is joining a District of Columbia law firm when he finishes his second term in January.

Gansler announced Tuesday that he's joining BuckleySandler and will play a leading role in its government enforcement and litigation practices.

He also plans to help clients comply with regulatory expectations on cybersecurity and privacy.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland Attorney General's Office says Verizon has agreed to pay $1.375 million in restitution to consumers over allegedly misleading offers on its FiOS services.

Douglas F. Gansler said in an email on Wednesday that the settlement is the result of allegations that Verizon misrepresented the cost consumers were charged to FiOS television, internet and phone services.

Maryland officials alleged there were either improperly charged termination fees or paid equipment fees not adequately disclosed in Verizon's advertising.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's attorney general has taken steps that could result in the revocation of death sentences for four inmates who were sentenced to die before the state abolished capital punishment last year.

Doug Gansler announced Thursday that he was filing a brief with the Maryland Court of Special Appeals to support attorneys for Jody Lee Miles. They contend his death sentence is illegal.

The repeal applied only to future death sentences, leaving four men on death row.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says his office will review allegations that Facebook and OKCupid broke a state law by manipulating customer data as part of company research.

Gansler said Wednesday his office wants to meet with company representatives to determine whether or not the research was conducted appropriately and whether or not the companies intend to continue such research.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will face Republican Larry Hogan in Maryland governor's race in November.

With 90% of the vote counted,  brown won 51 percent in the Democratic primary to 24 percent for Attorney General Doug Gansler.

Delegate Heather Mizeur came in third with 22% of the vote.

Meanwhile, Hogan outdistanced his nearest rival by 43 percent to Harford County Executive David Craig who came in with 30 percent. Charles County businessman Charles Lollar picked up 15 pecent while Delegate Ron George received 12 percent.

Maryland voters are set to go to the polls today to cast their ballots in primaries across the state.

Voting precincts open at 7 a.m. in Maryland and will close at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Topping the ballot are the primary races for governor.

On the Democratic side Lt. Governor Anthony Brown has been leading in the polls against rivals Attorney General Doug Gansler and Delegate Heather Mizeur.

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is proposing a middle class tax cut, as Maryland's primary in the governor's race is less than two weeks away.

Gansler on Thursday proposed the tax cut for households with incomes between $50,000 and $100,000 a year. An individual would get a $200 income tax credit for 2016, 2017 and 2018 tax years. Families would get a $400 tax credit for each of those years.

Early voting began Thursday. It will continue for a week. Maryland's primary is June 24.


Public opinion polls show Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown with a 20 plus lead over rival Attorney General Doug Gansler in the race for the Democratic gubernatorial primary race with Delegate Heather Mizeur a distance third.  The Attorney General stopped by the studios of Delmarva Public Radio to discuss the race and the issues

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A new poll in the Maryland governor's race shows Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown with a big lead over his Democratic primary rivals.

Tuesday's Washington Post poll found that 46 percent of likely Democratic voters supported Brown. Twenty-three percent backed Attorney General Doug Gansler, and Del. Heather Mizeur was third with 16 percent.

A survey in February also put Brown ahead by more than 20 points.



ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Attorney General Doug Gansler is highlighting his plan to cut the corporate income tax rate to demonstrate he is the most willing of Maryland's Democratic primary candidates for governor to do what's necessary to spur the state's economy.

Gansler wants to gradually cut the state's corporate income tax from 8.25 percent to 6 percent. He says that will make Maryland more competitive with Virginia for companies that want to be near the nation's capital.

Gansler is running in the Democratic primary against Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Del. Heather Mizeur.

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown continues to face questions about Maryland's badly flawed health exchange website in his bid to become the next governor


OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - The four Republican candidates for governor will be debating at the studios of Maryland Public Television.

The debate will take place on Monday afternoon in Owings Mills.

The GOP hopefuls are Harford County Executive David Craig, Del. Ron George of Anne Arundel County, Larry Hogan of Anne Arundel County and Charles County businessman Charles Lollar.

The Maryland League of Women Voters is co-sponsoring the debate. Jason Newton of WBAL-TV will be the moderator.


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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Del. Heather Mizeur is campaigning as the most liberal candidate in Maryland's Democratic primary.

She told The Associated Press in a recent interview that closing income inequality gaps is a top priority. She supports bringing back a tax on people with incomes of $1 million or more to help ease the tax burden on the middle class.

She also backs legalizing marijuana and taxing it to pay for expanding pre-kindergarten.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland League of Conservation Voters has endorsed Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor.

The environmental group announced the endorsement Wednesday in Baltimore.

Karla Raettig, the executive director of the organization, says the group is confident Brown will build on the environmental record of Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The group also noted Brown's running mate, Ken Ulman, for environmental initiatives he supported as county executive of Howard County.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is taking up a dispute over how a state may tax income its residents earn in another state.

The high court agreed Tuesday to hear an appeal from Maryland officials to overturn a lower court ruling that found the state's tax law unconstitutional.

Maryland law allows residents to deduct income taxes paid to other states from their Maryland state tax. But it does not apply that deduction when it comes to local "piggyback taxes" the state collects for county and city governments.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Washington Post has endorsed Larry Hogan in the Republican primary for governor.

The newspaper on Wednesday ( ) wrote that Hogan is the "most likely to offer voters a plausible alternative." It did not express much enthusiasm for the race in general, referring to "the lackluster Democratic contest" and describing the GOP primary as "a low-key affair."

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Post editorial board is endorsing Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in Maryland's Democratic primary race for governor as the best candidate to attract and retain jobs.

In an editorial Sunday, the Post editorial board writes that Brown is "a conscientious public servant with broad experience" as a lawyer, legislator and in the executive branch under Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The editorial notes much of Maryland's electorate remains undecided in the June 24 primary. The winner is likely to become the next governor.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Candidates in Mryalnd's Democratic primary are scheduled to debate at the University of Maryland.

The debate Wednesday evening will be held in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler, and Del. Heather Mizeur are scheduled to participate.

The debate will focus on the state's economy. It's expected to include discussion about job creation, education and transportation and transit challenges facing the state.

Maryland's primary is June 24.

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has released an outline of a plan aimed at growing Maryland's economy if he becomes governor.

Brown, who is running in the Democratic primary for governor, released the five-point plan on Tuesday.

At the top of the list is using innovative financing to pay for infrastructure. Brown led an effort to better define public-private partnerships in the state last year.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Three Maryland Democratic candidates for governor are announcing plans for debates before the June primary.

The campaigns for Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler and Del. Heather Mizeur announced the details Wednesday.

The campaigns say the first debate will take place on May 7 and will be moderated by NBC's David Gregory. It will be televised in the Washington, D.C., and Hagerstown, Md., markets. Another second debate on June 2 will be televised statewide on Maryland Public Television.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland is joining three other jurisdictions in supporting the Obama administration's plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay watershed. It's seeking to counter an election-year legal challenge by farmers and 21 attorneys general.

The case before a federal court in Philadelphia asks whether the EPA went too far in negotiating a 2010 agreement that sets pollution limits on the nation's largest estuary.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Attorney General Doug Gansler wants a task force to study options for high-speed rail service between Baltimore and Washington.

Gansler, a candidate for the Democratic nomination, says that if he's elected governor, he'll gather representatives from transportation agencies, housing and environmental advocacy groups and private businesses to submit recommendations.

He says it would boost Baltimore's economy.

There are two proposals in the works for a high-speed rail within Maryland, but they depend largely on the federal government.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Del. Heather Mizeur, who is running for Maryland governor, has proposed a state-run retirement savings program to help workers who don't have retirement plans from their employers.

Mizeur, a Democrat, announced plans Wednesday for promoting the health, safety and security of Maryland's elderly population. She also wants to seek more funds for Alzheimer's research and create a registry of long-term care workers found guilty of abuse.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Attorney General Doug Gansler says letting ex-convicts shield their criminal records from prospective employers could be a major step toward making Maryland's prison re-entry rate plummet.

A pending Senate bill would allow shielding for 13 nonviolent misdemeanors, such as drug possession and trespassing. If the convicted person had no new offenses within five years after the sentence was completed, employers and colleges wouldn't be able to look at these criminal records.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democracy for America, a national organization for progressive politics, is endorsing Del. Heather Mizeur's bid for Maryland governor.

Howard Dean, the former governor of Vermont, founded the organization in 2004. This is the organization's first gubernatorial endorsement for the 2014 political cycle.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two Maryland Democratic candidates for governor are releasing their first television ads of the campaign.

Both Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Attorney General Doug Gansler announced their plans Wednesday.

Brown's first commercial is a 60-second spot that highlights his military service. Brown was deployed to Iraq while he was a member of the House of Delegates at the age of 43.

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BOWIE, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is scheduled to talk about a plan to create jobs.

Gansler, who is running in the Democratic primary for governor, is taking his plan to Prince George's County on Wednesday. He is scheduled to hold a roundtable discussion with business owners and workers at Jason's Family Barber Shop in Bowie.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Attorney General Douglas Gansler is urging Maryland's top court to overturn its decision that arrestees have a right to counsel at initial bail hearings.

The Daily Record reports that Gansler argues in papers filed Tuesday with the Court of Appeals that the court was wrong to hold that the due-process provision in Maryland's constitution requires defendants to be provided counsel at this pre-trial stage.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A pilot program to help prevent cyberbullying on Facebook is getting underway in Maryland.

Attorney General Doug Gansler is scheduled to help kick off the initiative on Friday in Annapolis.

Educators from nearly every jurisdiction in Maryland are scheduled to attend. Gansler's office says the session is being led by one of Facebook's top public policy and community engagement experts.

The initiative will give educators a direct link to Facebook personnel to help address online bullying.