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MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup June 28, 2010

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DEPAZZO DIES Lou DePazzo, a former member of the House of Delegates and the Baltimore County Council, died Friday, Bryan Sears reports for Patuxent Publishing. Read Tricia Bishop's obituary on DePazzo here in the Sun.

ELMORE DIES Del. Page Elmore died Saturday of cancer. Greg Latshaw of the Salisbury Daily Times has a full report. And many outlets carried the brief report from the Associated Press

O'MALLEY ADS Aaron Davis at the Washington Post examines the ads and strategy of the O'Malley campaign against Bob Ehrlich.

EHRLICH SIGNS OFF Gubernatorial candidate Bob Ehrlich signed off his radio show Saturday as he prepares to officially file and announce his running mate this week. WBAL radio has full coverage, including audio clips from the last show. His wife, Kendel Ehrlich, takes over the show, in this video report from WBAL-TV. And the Baltimore Sun blogs about it.

GOVERNOR'S RACE The warring camps in the battle for the State House are seeking to “nationalize” the race, writes Len Lazarick for MarylandReporter.com

SLOTS REFERENDUM An Anne Arundel judge shot down the slots referendum. And anti-slots groups vow to appeal, Lisa Beisel reports in the Capital. Steve Lash has his take on the decision. WJZ has video on the decision from Kelly McPherson.

SLOTS REBID The Video Lottery Facility Location Commission will seek new bids for the location at Rocky Gap and possibly even Baltimore, Nick Sohr reports in the Daily Record.

LOBBYISTS Nick Sohr at the Daily Record posts the full list of gross earnings for Annapolis's top 100 lobbyists and their top clients.

OIL SPILL Fox 45 has a video report on an environmental protest in Annapolis against offshore drilling.

WATER COPS State Natural Resources police are beefing up patrols, Lisa Beisel reports in the Capital.

MORE ON MARC Shantee Woodards has the Capital's take on the governor's Thursday train ride. While the Sun's Michael Dresser gives his.

LEOPOLD Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold filed for re-election on Friday, writes Elisabeth Hulette in the Capital.

KRATOVIL, RUPPERSBERGER U.S. Rep. Frank Kratovil promises to remain a moderate voice in Washington as he kicks off his re-election bid for the First District, reports the Sun. And Dutch Ruppersberger, who represents the Second District, is set to file for his fifth term in the House.

HUMAN RESOURCES The head of the Maryland Department of Human Resources is stepping down to take a job with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Brent Jones of the Sun writes.

ANNAPOLIS BUDGET Twenty-one Annapolis city employees -- mostly firefighters and police officers -- are taking the mayor's early retirement offer, Lisa Beisel of the Capital reports.

ELECTION JUDGES Adam Bednar of the Carroll County Times reports that the county's elections board is seeking registered voters to help serve as election judges all over the county.

BALTIMORE TO HOST Baltimore will host the U.S. Conference of Mayors next June, giving the city a huge opportunity to sell itself to the more than 1,300 leaders from America’s largest cities expected to visit, writes the Center Maryland blog.

OPPOSING COUNSEL Danny Jacobs of the Daily Record reports that a judge rules that a former Baltimore County attorney can serve as opposing counsel in lawsuits against the county’s pension system.

COMMISSIONER ELECTION Familiar names may populate the ballot for Worcester County Commissioner, Jenny Hopkinson writes for the Salisbury Daily Times.

WATER AUTHORITY The Baltimore County Council's call for a regional water authority hits a touchy and potentially expensive subject but one deserving of attention, the Sun editorial writers say.

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