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Friday, October 23, 2009:

Kratovil mounting early war chest
Eastern Shore Rep. Frank M. Kratovil Jr. (D), who is expected to face a fierce re-election challenge net year in his Republican-leaning district, was pushed in his third-quarter fundraising by potential GOP challenger Andy Harris, writes The Post's Capitol Briefing.

Harris brought in nearly $180,000 to Kratovil's $220,000 in the quarter, but the freshman incumbent's $690,000 in cash on hand is more than double what Harris has.
The Baltimore Sun's take here, and The Capital's here.

Fundraising this fall for other Maryland pols may be more challenging
"With the recession causing businesses and families to tighten their belts, politicians are focusing more attention on how they get their money and from whom," writes Alan Brody in The Gazette.
Brody quotes Stephanie M. Mellinger, a Democratic fundraiser whose clients include Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., saying "everyone's concerned about people hitting their [contribution] limits, and with the economy, it will be more difficult ... I think it's going to take a little extra hard work to get the same amount of contributions you got previously."

Obama lauds Lt. Gov for Iraq service
Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), an Iraq War veteran, was among those present Thursday as President Barack Obama signed a bill in the East Room of the White House designed to speed up money for veterans health care -- and got a prominent mention, writes The Post's John Wagner.
"We're making real progress for our vets -- like those with us today, including Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, the highest-ranking elected official in the nation who has served a tour of duty in Iraq," Obama said during his remarks. "Thank you, Colonel Brown." Brown, an Army reservist, was deployed to Iraq in 2004 to serve a 10-month tour.

Maryland school officials want more lunch money
"We need help," Montgomery schools Superintendent Jerry Weast, told Gov. Martin O'Malley this week, according to Leah Fabel at the Washington Examiner. Weast asked O'Malley to mobilize Maryland's members of Congress on behalf of a favorable reauthorization for more federal dollars to fund free and reduced-price school lunches.
"As part of the act, the federal government reimburses school systems $2.68 for each free lunch provided to eligible students, and $2.28 for each reduced price lunch," Fabel writes. "Other provisions in the legislation provide money for breakfast, snacks, and summer lunches."

Federal stimulus jobs drop in bucket so far in Baltimore
Maryland has received billions of dollars in stimulus money but how many jobs have been created in Baltimore? About 154, according to Scott Dance at the Baltimore Business Journal. "It's a small change for a state where 214,000 are unemployed," Dance writes.

Douglass Tallman at The Gazette takes an early look at how growth in southern, western and eastern Maryland as well as other migration trends may lead to redistricting changes following next year's census.

Health officials are investigating if an 18-year-old who died this week may have been Anne Arundel's first swine flu death.

Gazette Columnist Barry Rascovar makes a prediction: If O'Malley's re-elected he'll "officially announce a death penalty moratorium as he presses for abolition" of Maryland's death penalty.

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By Aaron C. Davis  |  October 23, 2009; 8:27 AM ET
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , First Click  
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