Baltimore federal judge orders halt to Trump's proposed transgender military ban

A Baltimore federal judge has halted a proposed transgender military ban, expanding on an initial ruling issued last month against the plan announced by President Donald J. Trump's administration. In a preliminary injunction issued Tuesday in Baltimore, U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis ruled that transgender service members have “demonstrated that they are already suffering harmful consequences” including stigma, threat of discharge and the cancellation or delay of surgeries. (Balt. Sun)

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Trump administration asks Supreme Court to stay Maryland judge's block of travel ban

The Trump administration is asking for the Supreme Court to put a stay on a Maryland judge's ruling against President Trump's travel ban restrictions before the 4th Circuit Court considers it. Federal courts in Hawaii and Maryland in October halted implementation of Trump's latest travel ban, which was issued via a proclamation signed in September. (Examiner)

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Excited for the future, Serafini seeks new Senate term

Andrew Serafini went to Annapolis in January 2015 expecting to take his seat in the Maryland House of Delegates for four more years. Newly re-elected to the post in 2014, Serafini had served on the Ways and Means and Environmental Matters committees, and was chairman of the Washington County delegation. Gov. Larry Hogan then tapped former state Sen. Christopher B. Shank for his staff. By February, Serafini had been appointed to replace him. It's been a good fit, Serafini said, and he wants to go back for another term. (Herald-Mail)

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Maryland to adopt Uniform Bar Examination

The Maryland Court of Appeals earlier this month approved a measure that would have Maryland law students take an exam recognized in various jurisdictions. Starting in 2019, Maryland will adopt the Uniform Bar Examination, a test used in 27 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands, according to the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The test will include a supplement specific to Maryland law, according to a release from the Court of Appeals. (News-Post)

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Mosby signs on to brief opposing cash bail, which city prosecutors no longer seek

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby has signed on to a court brief that argues that money bail “offends the Constitution, undermines confidence in the criminal justice system, impedes prosecutors, and fails to promote safer communities.” Mosby’s support in the case comes amid a growing movement against cash bail around the country and in Maryland, with critics arguing that the system results in defendants without the means to pay being held pending trial while those with financial resources can buy their freedom. (Balt. Sun)

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Rep. Hoyer joins with groups seeking to defuse Thanksgiving tension

Thanksgiving dinner conversation with family, ever fraught with the possibility for hot tempers, has the potential to become even trickier this year, thanks to the nation’s deeply contentious politics and a president who is never shy to Tweet what’s on his mind. The National Institute for Civil Discourse, and the Washington-based Faith & Politics Institute, are leading an effort to turn down the tension, and they’ve enlisted the help of more than a dozen members of Congress — including Rep. Steny H. Hoyer of Southern Maryland. (Balt. Sun)

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Bel Air's Robert Preston bids farewell, Burdette continues as mayor in Bel Air

Robert M. Preston said he has been asked, during his nearly 15-year career as a Bel Air town commissioner, why he would seek elected office with demands such as complaints and calls at all hours. But that has not been the case for Preston, who capped off a 25-year career in public service — nearly 15 years on the town board preceded by 10 years on the Bel Air Planning Commission — Monday during his final commissioners’ meeting. (Aegis)

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Casi Tomarchio sworn in to Havre de Grace City Council

The newest member of the Havre de Grace City Council took her seat on the dais Monday night. The appointment of Casi Tomarchio, to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of Steve Gammatoria to become Mayor William Martin’s chief of staff, was approved 4-0 by the council at its meeting. Councilman Jason Robinson was ill and could not attend. (Aegis)

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