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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - Bill Ferguson
Virginia's 2013 governor's race figures to be one of the most expensive in state history, featuring front-runners who have experience raising big money in a state that sets no limits on political donations to candidates.
A group of Maryland lawmakers has announced a series of gun control proposals, including one that would ban the possession or sale of assault weapons.
The Maryland General Assembly's website is on its way to receiving a comprehensive makeover.
Sen. Bill Ferguson, Baltimore Democrat, said that while relatively low limits are designed to stamp out corruption and prevent the wealthy from buying influence, he said many donors find legal and illegal ways around them.
"You don't want a small number of people bankrolling candidates and influencing them, but you also don't want to have a nontransparent system," he said.