Maryland governor urges Baltimore leaders to 'regain control of their own streets' after Columbus statue toppled

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called on the leaders of Baltimore to step in and take back control of the city from protesters after a group toppled a statue of Christopher Columbus. Hogan, a Republican, said that the city of Baltimore was responsible for maintaining peace and stepping in when public property is destroyed, such as the Columbus statue that was torn down and rolled into the city's Inner Harbor on Saturday. (Examiner)

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Maryland county eyes police reform measures amid bias claims

The top elected official in one of Maryland’s largest counties has formed a task force to look at reforming its police department amid a national wave of protests over police brutality and racial injustice. Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced the task force’s creation on Friday, less than a month after she accepted the resignation of Police Chief Hank Stawinski. He resigned last month within hours of a court filing that portrayed the county’s department as an agency poisoned by a racist culture. (AP)

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Elections Officials Send Hogan 3 Options for November Vote

The Maryland State Board of Elections submitted final recommendations on the state’s November elections to Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) late last week, following a lengthy review of the June 2 mail-in primary. The elections board drew up three options for the November election for Hogan to consider: holding the election entirely by mail, holding a traditional in-person election, or a mix of both. It will ultimately be up to Hogan as to how to conduct the election. (Md Matters)

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Maryland officials explore vendors for November election

Officials in Maryland are evaluating companies that can print and mail ballots for the general election after a number of issues came up with the state’s current vendor during the primary season. The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday the state Board of Elections has sent a report to Gov. Larry Hogan explaining what officials are doing to avoid similar issues in November. The June 2 primary was the state’s first primarily mail-in election as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and problems arose across the state. (AP)

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Maryland cuts $413M in state spending, but delays pay cuts for workers

As Maryland grapples with the economic fallout from the pandemic, the Board of Public Works on Wednesday cut $413 million out of the state’s budget — one of the biggest single-day revisions in state history. It was the first in what leaders promised to be “painful” actions in the months to come. In a 2-1 vote, the board stripped funding from universities, community colleges, crime initiatives and dozens of other state programs, and approved selling off state-owned aircraft and eliminating 92 vacant state jobs. (Wash Post)

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Gov. Hogan Warns Marylanders Against Coronavirus Complacency

Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday warned Marylanders, particularly younger residents, not to become complacent about the coronavirus. Speaking at the start of the Board of Public Works, he highlighted the 4.72% positivity rate, a number down more than 80% from its peak. More than 9% of Marylanders have been tested for the coronavirus. (Wbal)

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Congress is poised to extend PPP as groups tussle over its unused funds

The Senate passed a six-week extension to the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program — but a debate over the program's roughly $130 billion in as-yet-untouched funding is already well underway. What can or should Congress do with any unused money authorized for the PPP? (Wash Bus Journal)

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Senate GOP critics of D.C. statehood call for floor vote to put Democrats on record

Republican senators on Wednesday escalated their campaign against D.C. statehood, blasting the cause as a Democratic power grab and calling for a floor vote to force moderate Democrats to weigh in on the issue. Statehood legislation has virtually no chance of advancing out of a Republican-controlled Senate after it passed the House last week for the first time in history. (Wash Post)

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