Is the Ultimate ‘Purple’ County Undergoing a Sea Change?

On a recent rainy night in Annapolis, hundreds of people were crammed into two steamy rooms in the Asbury United Methodist Church on West Street to air their grievances about gun violence and the shoddy condition of public housing units in the city. Tension filled the air. Leaders of the group Anne Arundel Community Together, a relatively new coalition of church, community and progressive leaders, issued a series of demands to the handful of elected officials in attendance. Democrat Steuart Pittman, six months on the job as Anne Arundel’s county executive, stepped forward to receive them. “I used to do community organizing,” he told the crowd, “but you guys are so much better. I’ve got tears in my eyes.” (Md. Matters)

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Emails show BSO management suggested Hogan message with state funding, urging financial fix

Even as he sought more state funding, the CEO of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra asked Gov. Larry Hogan to deliver the money with a scripted message calling on BSO management to quickly take steps to fix the orchestra’s finances, emails obtained by The Baltimore Sun show. With the BSO in dire fiscal straits, CEO Peter Kjome had proposed cutting musicians’ salaries roughly 20 percent and the length of the season from a year to 40 weeks. The management locked out the 75 players on June 17 as both sides attempt to negotiate a new contract. Musicians say Kjome’s communication with the Hogan administration shows an attempt to provide political cover in the management’s dispute with labor. (Balt. Sun)

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Sarbanes: Immigration Facilities Were 'Never Meant' To Hold Current Numbers

U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes demanded action Monday after his return from a trip to two immigration facilities in Texas. "These are centers that were never meant to hold the numbers of people that are now being detained there, and so that comes across loud and clear," Sarbanes said. Sarbanes represents the 3rd District, which includes Annapolis and parts of Baltimore City and Baltimore, Howard and Montgomery counties. He joined 19 Democratic colleagues in touring the McAllen and Brownsville centers in the Rio Grande Valley one day after Vice President Mike Pence's visit to the centers (WBAL-Radio)

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7th Candidate To File Papers To Run For Baltimore Mayor

The list of candidates seeking Baltimore’s top job will grow by one Tuesday. Carlmichael “Stokey” Cannady is expected to officially file paperwork declaring his candidacy with the state Board of Elections in Annapolis Tuesday afternoon after a sendoff rally at the former Target at Mondawmin Mall. Six other candidates have filed paperwork to run for mayor, including Lou Catelli, Lynn Sherwood Harris, Ralph Johnson, Jr., James Hugh Jones, II, Dante Swinton and Frederick Ware-Newsome. (WJZ-TV)

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Maryland renews MOU with Japanese region on life sciences

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has renewed an agreement with a jurisdiction in Japan that is designed to advance life sciences. Hogan signed a new memorandum of understanding on Monday in Annapolis, Maryland, with Gov. Yuji Kuroiwa of Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Hogan says renewing the agreement will help build on mutual strengths that Maryland and Kanagawa have in biotech and life sciences. He says increasing engagement with Japan has been a key goal of his administration. (AP)

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A decade after being robbed at gunpoint, Baltimore’s city council president speaks out for assailant in court

City Council President Brandon Scott was just 25, fresh into his career as a community liaison at City Hall and eager to take on the violence-plagued world around him, when that world came knocking in the form of two teenage boys with a gun. “Kick that s--- out,” one said, demanding Scott hand over his cellphone as he walked home with his dog one September night in 2009. In a Baltimore courtroom on Monday, Scott said the decade-old robbery was a “life-changing” event for him. He’d grown up in Park Heights and had seen shootings and dead bodies before, he said, but this was personal. (Balt. Sun)

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Thwarted in court, Mosby turns to federal lobbying over marijuana

Baltimore courts have again rejected Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby’s attempt to vacate thousands of marijuana convictions. When Mosby announced sweeping policy changes to her office’s approach to marijuana prosecutions nearly six months ago, she said she also wanted to do something for individuals with convictions for possession on their records. Mosby’s office attempted to use a rare form of relief, a petition for writ of error coram nobis, to ask judges to grant a request for mass vacatur of roughly 5,000 convictions for possession, arguing that marijuana arrests and prosecutions have disproportionately and unfairly affected communities of color and carry lasting collateral consequences. (Daily Record)

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Md. GOP congressman defends Trump’s tweets as ‘clearly’ not racist

Rep. Andy Harris defended President Trump on Monday morning after the president tweeted that four liberal congresswomen who are minorities should “go back” to their “totally broken and crime infested” home countries. The president apparently was referring to Democratic Reps. Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.). Only Omar was not born in the United States. Asked whether the Sunday morning tweets were racist, Harris said “no” and said calling someone racist has become the default response to a disagreement.  “Clearly it’s not a racist comment,” he told Bryan Nehman on Baltimore talk radio WBAL. “He could have meant go back to the district they came from, to the neighborhood they came from.” (Wash. Post)

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