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Monday, December 28, 2009:

Holiday Weekend Roundup
For those who did not spend the holiday weekend scouring the Internet for Maryland political news (and we hope that was most of you), here are stories from The Post and around the state that caught our eye:

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  • Maryland's sex offender law is under scrutiny after the arrest of a registered sex offender in connection with the death of an 11-year-old girl last week in Salisbury, writes The Baltimore Sun's Jill Rosen. Senate Minority Leader Nancy Jacobs (R-Harford) is among those calling for tougher measures.

  • Montgomery and Prince George's Counties are facing a scrum over millions of dollars in federal anti-gang funding to control violence along their shared border, report The Post's Dan Morse and Matt Zapotosky.

  • Democratic Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski vote aye on health care, writes The Post's Amy Gardner.

  • With stimulus funding and reserves running out, budget cuts next year could impact classrooms across the state far more profoundly than in recent years, writes The Post's Nelson Hernandez.

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  • The Post's John Wagner looks at the evolution of Gov. Martin O'Malley's "jobs, jobs, jobs" mantra since Republicans won gubernatorial races last month in New Jersey and Virginia.

  • Maryland is renewing and expanding three enterprise zones, notes The AP.
  • A federal judge has directed the government to explain why the nine-year prison sentence of Alan B. Fabian, a Republican fundraiser who last year pleaded guilty to mail fraud and faking a tax return, shouldn't be overturned, The Sun's Tricia Bishop reports.
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  • Anne Arundel Mills casino developer David Cordish had choice words for the Maryland Jockey Club in an interview with The Post, Wagner writes. Among them: "What do they know about anything? They're in bankruptcy."
  • A group of Prince George's County residents and environmentalists want a vote overturned that could allow construction of strip malls and thousands of homes in rural parts of the county because campaign donations by those who could benefit weren't revealed, writes The Post's Ovetta Wiggins.

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  • A. Robert Kaufman, a lifelong civil rights activist, political gadfly and socialist who ran for just about every office ranging from Baltimore City Council to president of the United States, died early Friday, The Sun reports. He was 78.

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    By Aaron C. Davis  |  December 28, 2009; 6:45 AM ET
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