Baltimore resumes primary vote count, starting with manually copying problem ballots from District 1

Baltimore elections officials on Thursday didn’t count any additional ballots in the critical race for mayor, instead spending day’s canvass sorting out a mistake that affected the District 1 City Council race. Forty-eight hours after primary day, the city has no more than the earliest returns in the mayor’s race. The ballots counted before primary day, plus the votes cast at six in-person sites, provided only a limited picture of who might be the city’s next leader. (Balt Sun)

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AFSCME Council 3 and Maryland NAACP joining forces to support frontline workers and fight against racism

Dozens of drivers could be seen honking their horns throughout Somerset and Wicomico Counties Thursday evening in support of two things, frontline workers and the fight against racism. “We’re drawing attention to the racial injustices across our country and what is going on and how we as a union need to address those things,” Patrick Moran, President of AFSCME Council 3, said. (WMDT)

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Endless busy tones and missing payments: What it’s like dealing with Maryland’s unemployment system

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced May 6 that the state’s new Beacon unemployment website was no longer crashing as it had in its early days, saying it was accessible without issues and had been for more than a week. “The unemployment site has been completely fixed for at least 10 days,” he said during a news conference, referring to users no longer needing a queue to access the site. (Balt Sun)

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Was there a GOP ‘protest vote’ against Trump in the Maryland primary?

It has been 11 weeks since former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld ended his bid to challenge President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination. But even as a noncandidate, Weld — who remained on Maryland GOP ballots Tuesday because they were printed months ago — managed to accumulate double-digit percentages of Republican votes in early returns from some counties. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison meets with protesters as demonstrations continue for seventh day

About 300 people gathered outside Baltimore’s City Hall on Thursday afternoon for protests and speeches, marking the seventh straight day of mostly peaceful demonstrations to show support for George Floyd, the black Minnesota man killed when a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. The crowd grew fairly quickly as organizers said they wanted to continue building momentum for change around the country and in Baltimore, which has had troubled relations between police and residents. Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison accepted an invitation to speak and made brief remarks, and later took a knee with the group during a march through downtown. (Balt Sun)

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Sen. Smith Proposes Sweeping Police Reform Legislation

Senate Judicial Proceedings Chairman William C. Smith Jr. (D-Montgomery) sent a letter to his fellow senators Thursday with proposals for legislation intended to address policing tactics in Maryland. These proposals come on the heels of nearly a week of civil unrest following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore County to adopt statewide guidelines for lifting coronavirus restrictions

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. on Thursday lifted several more of the county’s coronavirus-related restrictions, effective at 5 p.m. Friday, to allow nonessential businesses to reopen. Olszewski said the county is aligning itself with the reopening decisions of Gov. Larry Hogan. The order allows tattoo and massage parlors, tanning and nail salons and many other nonessential businesses to serve customers beginning this weekend — but only by appointment and at no more than 50% capacity. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland Attorney General Frosh Joins Coalition Urging Congress To Give State Attorneys General Authority To Investigate Unconstitutional Policing

Maryland Attorney General Frosh joined a coalition of 18 attorneys generals on Thursday urging Congress to expand federal law to give state attorneys general “clear statutory authority” to investigate patterns or practices of unconstitutional policing. The coalition asked Congress in a letter to expand the law enforcement misconduct section of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which was enacted after the severe beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles Police Department officers in 1991. (WJZ)

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