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O'Malley/Brown Set-Up Underway

It's a gorgeous day on the Inner Harbor and a fantastic location at the American Visionary Arts Museum where the O'Malley/Brown team has just begun to set up shop for Maryland's gubernatorial race.

Today, Governor Martin O'Malley faces former Governor Robert Ehrlich in a heated competition.  With voter turnout in Maryland forming at a steady pace,The Baltimore Business Journal reports that both campaigns have turned to social media to spread the word and get residents to the polls.

O’Malley’s Twitter feed, @GovernorOMalley, started blasting tweets at 6:30 a.m. telling voters: “Polls open in a half hour. Are you ready to move #md4ward? #mdvote”

Maryland Cell Phone Ban Begins

Maryland residents and those residents who travel through Maryland need to know that on Friday, October 1, 2010 (this Friday) - cell phone use will become illegal while driving. The offense will be a "secondary" offense, meaning that offenders can only be cited with it if they are pulled over for another primary offense like speeding or running a red light.

Beginning on Friday, people who wish to make a call while driving MUST use a hands free device. The fine will be $40 for the first offense and $100 for subsequent violations of the law.

Texting while driving has been illegal for some time now and already carries a fine.

Maryland is following suit with several other states with cellular phone bans while in operation of a motor vehicle, but it is one of the only (if not the only) state to list the law as a "secondary" offense.

Man Drives Purple Bus in Bethesda

There is a man driving around Bethesda in a Purple Campaign bus.

His name is Jerry Cave and he is running for the Maryland State Senate from Bethesda, (District 16).

The Purple color stands for bi-partisanship, a mix of Democrat Blue and Republican Red. It also symbolizes his position on the Purple Line which is that it should be a underground spur of the metro and not a light rail on top of the Crescent Trail which will ruin the Crescent Trail.

For more information about Jerry Cave and if his bus is heading for a stop near you, visit: www.CaveForSenate.com.

Governor O'Malley Speaks at Maryland Hispanic Business Conference

Governor Martin O’Malley will address the 9th Annual Maryland Hispanic Business Conference to be held today at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. 

“It is an honor to have Governor O’Malley as one of our keynote speakers. Our one-trillion dollar purchasing power is a reflection of the growth of the Hispanic market in the state of Maryland and we are pleased that the Governor is joining us to celebrate the successes of the Hispanic business community,” says Lorna Virgili, Chair of the Conference. 

Montgomery County Council Members Meet Head-On with Pepco

Montgomery County Council President Nancy Floreen, Vice President Valerie Ervin and Council members Phil Andrews, Roger Berliner, Marc Elrich, George Leventhal, Nancy Navarro and Duchy Trachtenberg are set to meet in Baltimore on August 17 with Pepco’s chief operating officer and senior officials as the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) performs “a proceeding to investigate the reliability of Potomac Electric Power Company’s (Pepco) electric distribution system and the quality of electric distribution service that Pepco is providing its customers.”

According to the Commission, Pepco’s response to power outages and their communication with customers has been far from superior with the recent summer thunderstorms that have occurred in the area.

The continual year-round power outages that occur in Montgomery County have made the need for a more trustworthy electric company a “top priority”, says President Floreen.