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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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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - U.S. Rep. John Delaney is asking the National Park Service to abandon its proposal to impose access fees along the entire, 185-mile length of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

The Maryland Democrat sent the letter Tuesday to agency Director Jon Jarvis. Delaney says the proposed fees would be a burden on his constituents. He says the park's financial challenges should be addressed through the budget and appropriations process.

The park currently charges entrance fees only at Great Falls Tavern in Potomac.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Rep. John Delaney is formally asking for a specific assessment of the idea of switching to the federal health exchange while Maryland's computer-troubled exchange is being repaired.

Delaney made the request in a letter Monday to Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, the state's health secretary.

Delaney raised the possibility of a switch last month. He writes that Maryland could make the switch in whole or in part or on a temporary basis.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland congressman Roscoe Bartlett says he's preparing to leave office still frustrated by American attitudes about energy conservation.

The 10-term Republican talked with The Associated Press Wednesday in his first interview since losing the 6th Congressional District seat to Democrat John Delaney Nov. 6. Bartlett cites redistricting as the main reason for his election loss. But he says he could have won with more financial support from his own party.