From the Baltimore Sun . . .
Sen. Nancy Jacobs has been elected the Senate’s new minority leader — a surprising turn of events given that just weeks ago she was voted out of her position as minority whip.
Jacobs, who represents Cecil and Harford counties, assumes the leadership position immediately. She replaces Sen. Allan H. Kittleman of Howard County, who resigned this week — also a surprise move — because his push for civil unions was causing friction within the caucus.
The Senate’s 12 Republicans held a meeting this afternoon to choose their new leader, also selecting the Eastern Shore’s Sen. E.J. Pipkin as minority whip. Pipkin replaces Sen. David Brinkley, a Frederick County Republican who had been vying for the minority leader position.