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Giving Rivals Cash, Job Losses, Skip MSAs: Maryland Political Roundup

Check out the top political stories from around the state.

Maryland Del. Rudy Cane donated $6,000 to his primary challenger. Credit: Maryland General Assembly
Maryland Del. Rudy Cane donated $6,000 to his primary challenger. Credit: Maryland General Assembly
By Adam Bednar 

Lt. Gov. Brown Supports Skipping MSA Tests
Baltimore Sun: Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said that he supports asking the federal government for a waiver from administering the state’s standardized tests this year, because they are being replaced next year. That position puts him at odds with Gov. Martin O’Malley and schools Superintendent Lillian Lowery. 

Senate Finance Chairman Demands Updates on Health Care Exchange 
Washington Post: Sen. Thomas Middleton, D-Charles County, wants bi-weekly updates on the progress made toward fixing the state's troubled health care exchange website. Middleton has expressed frustration that he was not told in advance about the issues.  

Economist: Minimum Wage Increase Will Cost Maryland Jobs
Capital Gazette: Moody's Analytics' chief economist told the Senate's Budget and Taxation Committee that raising the minimum wage to $10.10, as Gov. Martin O'Malley supports, would cause the state to lose jobs.

Eastern Shore Delegate Donates $6,000 to Primary Opponent
Salisbury Daily Times: Del. Rudy Cane donated $6,000 to his Democratic primary opponent Wicomico County Councilwoman Sheree Sample-Hughes, according to campaign finance reports filed this week. Cane said he made the donation because he thought health problems would keep him from running. But he has since changed his mind, and will campaign to keep his seat,   

Del. Parrott Leads Colleagues in Fundraising
Herald-Mail: Del. Neil C. Parrott leads the pack in fundraising among Washington County lawmakers. According to campaign finance reports, Parrott had $51,000 on hand. 

Lollar's Campaign Finances Raise Concerns About Viability
Red Maryland: The fact that Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Lollar has only raised $65,329 has some of his critics questioning if he's the "only candidate who can win" like his supporters argue.  

Can Campaign Cash Predict Outcomes?
Maryland Juice: Reviewing campaign finance reports and examining who is succeeding raising cash can be a good indicator of who will win in the Democratic primaries. 

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