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One time Maryland gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur spoke out against bullying against members of the LGBT community during an appearance on the campus of Salisbury University on Monday.  

It was part of this week’s National Day of Silence on April 17 when students across the nation to highlight the effects of bullying against the community.

Mizeur told the students that every single time she felt awful bout being gay it was because she was listening to some external voice outside of her telling her that it was wrong.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has voted to bring back a voluntary check off on individual income tax returns for public campaign financing for governor.

The House voted 134-6 on Tuesday for the bill, which was opposed by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

The original check off was repealed in 2010.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has approved the state's $39 billion budget for the next fiscal year.

The House voted 100-38 Thursday.

Delegates decided to stick with a plan already approved by the Senate to address a significant drop in revenue estimates earlier this month by using $200 million in money that had been planned to shore up the long-term health of the state pension system. The plan calls for restoring the full $300 million above the required annual payment in several years.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A state delegate who's running for governor is planning a rally with marijuana reform advocates before she urges other lawmakers to decriminalize the drug.

Del. Heather Mizeur, a Montgomery County Democrat, is the lead sponsor of a bill that would make pot possession a civil offense, punishable by a $100 fine instead of arrest. Offenders under age 21 would receive drug education.

Mizeur is also sponsoring a marijuana legalization bill.

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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 of the Maryland House's more liberal Democrats are pushing for new protections against foreclosures: a six-month freeze on foreclosures and a ban on deficiency judgments.

Aisha Braveboy, a Prince George's County delegate running for attorney general, testified for the moratorium bill Thursday before the House Environmental Matters Committee. She said it could save homeowners struggling through bureaucratic delays with banks, such as lost paperwork.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Larry Hogan will use public campaign financing in the GOP primary race for governor of Maryland.

Hogan made the announcement on Monday as he formally filed to run for office with his running mate, Boyd Rutherford, in Annapolis.

To qualify for public funding for his campaign, Hogan will need to raise about $258,600 in contributions of $250 or less from individuals.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Larry Hogan has officially announced he is running for governor, but he's postponing an evening event due to snow.

Hogan had initially planned to hold the event Tuesday evening, but he's postponing it to next week.

The National Weather Service says Anne Arundel County could get 6 to 8 inches of snow Tuesday.

During the administration of former Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich, Hogan was secretary of appointments. The 57-year-old real estate broker now leads a conservative, grassroots political organization called Change Maryland.

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TAKOMA PARK, Md. (AP) - Two women's groups are endorsing Delegate Heather Mizeur in her bid for the Democratic nomination for governor.

The Washington Post reports that the Maryland chapter of the National Organization for Women and the national group Feminist Majority endorsed Mizeur on Monday.

Mizeur, the only woman at the top of a gubernatorial ticket for governor in Maryland this year, has already won an endorsement from EMILY's List, a national organization known for helping female pro-abortion rights candidates raise money.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Del. Heather Mizeur says she'll participate in the state's public financing system in next year's governor's race.

Mizeur, a Montgomery County Democrat, told The Washington Post that she wants to run a grassroots campaign and remove the influence of corporate money from politics. She is proposing banning corporate contributions and donations from those who bid for state contracts.

Mizeur is badly trailing fellow Democrats Anthony Brown and Doug Gansler in fundraising.

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - A Maryland lawmaker who is running for governor is proposing to legalize marijuana in the state.

Del. Heather Mizeur announced the plan on Tuesday.

She says legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana in a way similar to how the state regulates alcohol would provide the state with increased revenue and enhance public safety.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin is endorsing Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor.

Cardin announced his support for Brown and his running mate Ken Ulman on Monday in Baltimore.

The Democratic senator says Brown has worked to improve Maryland schools, reduce domestic violence and create jobs to strengthen the middle class.

Brown also has won endorsements from Gov. Martin O'Malley, U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski and four of Maryland's seven Democratic congressmen for their party's nomination.

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - The pastor of an African-American church in Prince George's County will be state Del. Heather Mizeur's running mate in her bid for Maryland governor.

Mizeur's campaign announced Wednesday that the Rev. Delman Coates will run for lieutenant governor on her ticket.

Coates is the pastor of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton. In a break with some other black church leaders from Prince George's County, he was an advocate for legalization of gay marriage in Maryland.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A former Republican congressman from the Eastern Shore is endorsing Delegate Heather Mizeur, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor next year.

Mizeur, who represents Montgomery County, announced the endorsement of Wayne Gilchrest and five current and former local officials from the Eastern Shore on Tuesday.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland lawmaker is calling for statewide standards relating to approaching the disabled, after a man with Down syndrome died when police tried to remove him from a movie theater.

Del. Heather Mizeur asked Gov. Martin O'Malley in a letter Tuesday to launch an investigation under the state's health department.

Mizeur, a Montgomery County Democrat who is running for governor, requested a commission be formed to design statewide standards for workforce training.

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