Maryland Gov. Hogan ‘Very Troubled’ By Impeachment Inquiry Into President Trump

 Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says he’s “very troubled” by the controversy that has prompted an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, but he says more facts need to be gathered. Hogan made the comments Thursday during an appearance at the Yahoo! Finance All Markets Summit in New York. Hogan says the declaration by the White House that it won’t cooperate with the impeachment probe “doesn’t sit well with me or a lot of other people.” But the governor also says “this whole rush to judgment” over accusations that “we need to throw him out of office” isn’t the way the founders of the country envisioned the process. (AP)

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New Md. laws boost Baltimore’s fight against crime, backers say

Maryland law now requires Baltimore’s police commissioner to adjust the boundaries of the city’s nine police districts, modify staffing and redirect resources following a decennial census. Another law requires the city to hire a greater percentage of civilian employees to free up officers from administrative tasks. “It took three to four years to get done. But we did get across the finish line,” said Sen. Cory McCray, lead proponent of the redistricting bill in the Senate. (MD. Daily Record)

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Queen Anne’s Leader: ‘We’ve Heard Nothing from the Governor’ on Bridge Crisis

Members of the Queen Anne’s County Commission, fed up with massive traffic backups caused by re-decking work on the Bay Bridge, are demanding that the Maryland Transportation Authority provide relief to county residents and bridge-bound motorists who’ve seen travel times swell in the project’s first weeks. The all-Republican panel is also expressing its frustration with Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R). Commissioners accuse him of being missing in action on a crisis that has had significant impact on commuters, students, first-responders, business owners and others. (Md. Matters)

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‘It’s no secret’: T.J. Smith gives another signal he’s mulling a run for mayor of Baltimore

T.J. Smith, the former Baltimore Police and Baltimore County spokesman who has previously expressed interest in a possible run for mayor, filed paperwork this week with the Maryland State Board of Elections to form a campaign committee for 2020 — moving him one step closer to candidacy. Smith, 42, has not officially announced a campaign and left blank a box on the committee paperwork for “office sought.” But he acknowledged again Thursday that the mayoral race was his focus, if indeed he follows through. (Balt. Sun)


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Senior adviser to Pompeo resigns

Michael McKinley, a career diplomat and senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, has resigned his position amid rising dissatisfaction and plummeting morale inside the State Department over what is seen as Pompeo’s failure to support personnel ensnared in the Ukraine controversy. (Wash Post)

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Sean Spicer headlines Talbot GOP dinner

Excited was the word for Talbot Republicans Wednesday evening, Oct. 9, when Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary and White House director of communications under President Donald Trump, came to town. Spicer headlined the annual fundraising dinner at the Tidewater Inn, given by the Talbot County Republican Central Committee. The spotlight was shared by U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md.-1st. Now called the Panuzio Dinner, the event honors the late Nick Panuzio, who served as chairman of the Talbot County Republican Central Committee for more than 10 years, until he stepped down last February. (Star Dem.)

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Mayor Young Says FOP Is ‘Wasting Ink’ With Its Criticism Of Police Commissioner’s Crime Plan

Baltimore Mayor Jack Young had some choice words of the leaders of the Fraternal Order of Police after they criticized the police commissioner’s crime plan. “Instead of them wasting ink they should have read in full the comprehensive plan that commissioner and I put in place,” Young said Wednesday. It comes a day after the FOP criticized how the Baltimore Police Department recruits, citing a 470 officer shortage. (WJZ)


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Hogan appoints 2 to fill vacancies in House of Delegates

Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed two people to fill vacancies in the Maryland House of Delegates. Hogan appointed Carl Jackson and Cathi Forbes on Wednesday to the seats in the 141-member House. Both are Democrats who will represent districts in Baltimore County. Jackson is an analyst at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Forbes is a mediation coordinator for the Orphans’ Court of Baltimore County. (Daily Record)

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