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Next county exec has power to clean house
As council considers Leopold’s successor, choice affects key jobs
By SARA BLUMBERG Staff Writer
Jim Lighthizer thinks long and hard about the number of department heads he replaced during his eight years as county executive.
“There was the police chief, the head of public works, the head of planning and zoning,” he said. “By the end, I had replaced most of the positions for various reasons.” Looking back on his time in the office, from 1982 to 1990. the Crofton Democrat believes he did the best * A look at what he could to create Jobs be
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County Council soon will choose a new person to finish out the 22 months remaining in John R. Leopold’s term as county executive. Leopold resigned Feb. 1 after being convicted of misconduct in office.
When the decision is made, the new executive will have the freedom to either keep the government running as is, or replace most of the key county officials who manage it from day to day.
Thirty-three people — from Acting County Executive John Hammond to Planning and Zoning Director Larry Tom to community liaison Mark Chang — could find themselves out of a job.
Joanna Conti, who unsuccessfully ran
(See JOBS, Page A14)
Same-sex marriage advocate doesn’t want tax ‘perksFormer alderman candidate Bowling siding with Republican tax reform bill
By ALEX JACKSON Staff Writer
Having fought for an equal right to be married, same-sex couples should be on a level playing field when it comes to filing state tax returns, said Annapolitan Scott Bowling, a former City Council candidate who was one of the first to receive a same-sex marriage license from the Circuit Court in Annapolis.
And that is why Bowling is supporting a
bill on this subject by Del. Herb McMillan, R-Annapolis — and not a higher-profile measure submitted by House Majority Leader Kumar Barve, D-Montgomery.
Bowling, who ran for alderman as a Republican, said that in Barve’s bill “politics are being played.” The measure — which has 57 co-sponsors — says that “a married couple who does not file a joint federal income tax return may file a joint Maryland income tax return.” That would give same-sex married couples the option to file tax returns as if
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they were single, in the same way they did before same-sex marriage was legalized in the state.
McMillan’s bill, which has no co-sponsors, would require same-sex couples, like heterosexual married couples, to file joint Mary land income tax returns or married-filing separately returns.
Bowling said McMillan, who voted against
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Gun enthusiasts Matt Tucker, left, of Millersvllle, and Christian Chastain, of Severn, show off their purchases Saturday from the Annapolis Gun Show. Tucker bought some ammunition and Chastain bought a used 12-gauge shotgun. The show, held at the Maryland National Guard Armory, continues Sunday.
Gun show draws crowds, protesters
Political debate over gun control on the minds of attendees
By TIM PRATT Staff Writer
As Neil Kravitz manned his table at the Annapolis Gun Show on Saturday, a sea of camouflage surrounded him.
Men, women and children strolled up the aisles, their eyes passing over the merchandise. There were shotguns and handguns and rifles, along with ammunition, holsters and cases.
Some vendors sold hunting gear, while others offered knives, handcuffs and throwing stars. A handful of protesters held signs outside, their anti-gun messages drawing acid comments from patrons.
The debate over gun control, simmering for years, has been rekindled in recent months, spawning rallies and legislation on the
national and local levels.
Kravitz, a spokesman for the event, estimated that more than 1,000 people had come to the show, at the Maryland National Guard Armory, as of Saturday afternoon.
With President Barack Obama and Gov. Martin O’Malley supporting measures that would tighten government control of gun ownership — moves that came in the wake of a school shooting in Connecticut that left 26 dead — many at the show were loading up on merchandise.
And they weren’t happy about the proposed legislation.
Kravitz said Saturday’s crowd was about three times as large as the crowd at the Annapolis Gun Show in September. He attributed the increase to the Connecticut school shooting and subsequent gun control measures.
“The incident in Connecticut was tragic, but it has been blown so far out of proportion,” Kravitz said. “The politicians are using
(See GUN, Page A14)
Jacki, left, and Hollis Thoms, of Edgewater, hold anti-gun signs outside the show. "We’ve gotten a lot of middle fingers,” Hollis said. “But we’ve also gotten a lot of thumbs up.”