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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland measure would move the state's primary in presidential election years to the last Tuesday in April.

The Senate advanced the bill on Tuesday.

Under current law, the election would be on the first Tuesday in April of 2016. That means an early voting day would have been on Easter Sunday.

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Former Attorney General Beau Biden’s retreat from public appearances has raised speculation about whether he will actually take a shot at Delaware’s governorship.

Aides to Biden told the Wilmington News Journal that he still intends on running for government next year.

But Delaware Democrat declined to comment on his own.

In addition, Biden also declined requests from the paper to discuss his new job at a Wilmington law firm managed by top Democratic donor Stuart Grant.

His health has also been part of the speculation.

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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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Just days after the 2014 election, the race for governor in the state of Delaware has already begun.

Delaware state Senator Colin Bonini says he will seek the Republican nomination for the state’s top job.

He is joining Democratic Attorney General Beau Biden who has already expressed his interest in taking on the campaign for government two years from now.

Bonini told the Wilmington News Journal that that while it was important to focus on the winners of this week’s election he was already making his bid for governor.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - First lady Michelle Obama is planning to campaign for Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in the Maryland governor's race.

Obama is scheduled to attend a rally in Baltimore on Monday at the War Memorial Building.

Rep. Elijah Cummings also is scheduled to attend the rally, which comes a day before Election Day.

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With less than a week to go before the gubernatorial election in Maryland, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) and Larry Hogan (R) are bringing in some big political names as the race tightens to single digits in the public opinion polls. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush examines the campaign and the issues that divide the two candidates.

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GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is coming back to Maryland to campaign for Larry Hogan in his bid for governor.

Christie, who is chairman of the Republican Governors Association, is scheduled to make a campaign stop in Glen Burnie on Tuesday at the Honey Bee Diner.

It will be the third campaign stop in Maryland by Christie for Hogan, who is running against Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

The visit comes a week before Election Day.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is scheduled to come to Maryland to help Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's campaign for governor.

Brown's campaign announced Clinton is planning to attend a rally on Thursday to urge voters to the polls.

The event will be held at the University of Maryland, College Park, in Ritchie Coliseum -- five days before Election Day.

It's the second big rally recently for Brown in Prince George's County, his home base and a jurisdiction important to winning the race. President Barack Obama held a rally for him in Upper Marlboro last week.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown has declined to say whether he would endorse Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley for president – the man he is trying to replace.

Brown told the Salisbury Daily Times that he is not trying to be evasive but instead was focused on November’s election.

Meanwhile, the campaign of his Republican rival Larry Hogan says that it is sure Brown would be the first person to support an O’Malley presidential bid.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is set to attend another fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan in Maryland next week.

Adam Dubitsky, Hogan's campaign spokesman, confirmed Thursday that Christie is scheduled to attend a fundraiser in Potomac at a private home on Tuesday.

Dubitsky says a second event is planned with Christie in public after the fundraiser.

Christie is the chairman of the Republican Governors Association. He attended a fundraiser for Hogan last month in Bethesda that raised more than $400,000.

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Larry Hogan have spent much of their second debate trading accusations and focusing on weaknesses.

The hour-long debate was held in Arlington, Va., at News Channel 8 on Monday morning. It was co-hosted by The Washington Post and WTOP Radio.

Brown, a Democrat, focused on an analysis presented by Hogan that claimed to be a roadmap for saving $1.75 billion in state spending. Brown says it's riddled with gaping holes and doesn't add up to anywhere near that amount.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A second televised debate has been set for Maryland's governor's race.

The debate, announced Thursday, will be co-hosted by three Washington-area media outlets, including The Washington Post, WTOP Radio and NewsChannel 8.

The hour-long debate between Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Republican Larry Hogan is scheduled Oct. 13 on NewsChannel 8.

The second debate will take place one week after the first one, which is scheduled in the Baltimore media market on CBS affiliate WJZ-TV.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Republican Larry Hogan is scheduled to talk about restoring the state's economy.

Hogan, who is running for governor, will be speaking on the boardwalk in Ocean City on Friday.

He'll be focusing on Worcester County, where the summer unemployment rate is higher than the state average.

He's also scheduled to talk about regulations on businesses on the boardwalk.

Many candidates for office in the state are on the Eastern Shore this week for the Maryland Association of Counties summer conference in Ocean City.ec

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SOLOMONS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland State Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in the governor's race.

Incoming FOP president Vince Canales says the 20,000-member group endorsed Brown, a Democrat, at its convention Wednesday in Solomons. Canales says 60 percent of members must agree for the group to make an endorsement.

Brown is facing Republican real estate broker in the Nov. 4 general election.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Early voting is starting for Maryland's primary races.

Voters registered with the Democratic or Republican party can cast ballots from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. Early voting continues through June 19.

The state's June 24 primary is unusually early this year. The date was moved up from September to comply with federal rules requiring states to send members of the military and other Americans overseas ballots.

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

The newspaper on Wednesday (http://wapo.st/1noggVI ) 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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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republicans in the governor's race agree the state government is essentially a business and the top administrator is an executive.

During a formal debate Thursday evening at Johns Hopkins University, the Republicans' fifth since January, they repeatedly accused Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration of making Maryland unfriendly to investors.

Ronald George and Charles Lollar both touted their business experience as a credential for leading the state. David Craig compared his position as Harford County Executive to managing an enormous business.

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ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. (AP) - A Charles County businessman and Marine Corps Reserve officer is launching his campaign for Maryland governor.

Charles Lollar, who is seeking the Republican nomination, is setting off on a statewide bus tour from St. Mary's County on Tuesday to announce his candidacy.

Lollar is also planning a "money bomb" push for donations on Thursday, asking all supporters to make a contribution of any size on that day. 

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The gubernatorial campaign of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is calling on challenger state Attorney General Doug Gansler to apologize for injecting race into the campaign.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Brown’s campaign manager charged that the attorney general has used race to divide people.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Rep. Steny Hoyer and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller are endorsing Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in his run for governor of Maryland.

Hoyer, the second-ranking Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, announced his endorsement along with the Senate president at an event in Waldorf on Monday, with another scheduled for Greenbelt.

Hoyer says he's proud to be partner with Brown to improve the state's economy and create jobs. He also commended Brown for his service as a colonel in the Army reserves.

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Mayor Jim Ireton gave a strong introduction to the first Gubernatorial team of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman for next year’s election.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports a blog has floated the idea of Ireton joining another potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate State Attorney General Doug Gansler.

The paper reports that Ireton said that he has been getting some curious callers.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that Ireton did not give any hints on his future when asked about the chances of joining a Gansler ticket.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown plans to announce his choice of a running mate in his bid for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Brown's campaign scheduled an event for Monday in Columbia to announce the selection. He will announce his choice in Howard County where County Executive Ken Ulman has also said he was considering a run for governor in 2014.

The 51-year-old Brown announced his candidacy earlier this month. He hopes to be Maryland's first lieutenant governor to be elected governor.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - No Maryland lieutenant governor has ever been elected governor of the state, but Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who will formally announce his gubernatorial bid Friday, is hoping to make history by becoming the first.

Brown, a Democrat, said he is running to build on the current administration's successes in reducing crime, improving education and expanding health care to those in underserved communities.