President Donald Trump Nominates Judge Amy Coney Barrett To The Supreme Court

President Trump on Saturday announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee for the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death last week, leaving the Republican-controlled Senate little time if they opt to confirm the nominee ahead of Election Day. Senate Judiciary chair Lindsey Graham announced late Saturday that confirmation hearings would begin on October 12. (CBS)


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Cardin, Van Hollen Pan Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

Maryland Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin (D) and Chris Van Hollen (D) expressed dismay Saturday with President Trump’s pick of federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. They warned that abortion rights and the Affordable Care Act are in jeopardy and decried the speed at which Republicans plan to fill the high court vacancy. Trump at the White House on Saturday introduced Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee, setting off a confirmation battle that could secure a conservative court for generations. (Md Matters)

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Counties’ Concern For 2021 Session? Their Bottom Lines

The coronavirus pandemic decimated county budgets across Maryland, with many local governments digging into their own pockets before federal funding was available. Now, the Maryland Association of Counties wants state legislators to help counties fill in those funding gaps during the next legislative session. Natasha Mehu, the legislative director at MACo, outlined the association’s four policy initiatives for 2021 in an interview with Maryland Matters. (Md Matters)

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Lawmakers: Environmental Review of Hogan Highway Plan Is ‘Heavily Skewed’

Nearly 70 members of the Maryland General Assembly have accused the State Highway Administration of tailoring a federally-mandated environmental study to fit a pre-ordained plan for adding capacity to two highways in the Washington, D.C., suburbs. They also accuse the SHA, the agency responsible for advancing Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s 2017 lane-widening plan, of failing to follow federal law in determining how new lanes would impact communities where low-income residents and people of color are in the majority — so-called “environmental justice” (EJ) communities. (Md Matters)

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Use CARES Act to give $5,000 bonuses to DPW workers, Baltimore City Council members tell mayor

With just over three months left for Baltimore to spend its remaining federal CARES Act funding, two Baltimore City Council members want the mayor to use it to provide $5,000 bonuses for sanitation workers. “Folks are risking life and limb when they get on that truck,” said Zeke Cohen, who represents the city’s first district. “I think we have a moral obligation to compensate them justly.” (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore County Launches Interactive Policing Data Dashboard

There’s a new tool to help the public see records on police interactions in Baltimore County. On Friday, the county launched an interactive policing data dashboard so that the public could see an officer’s records on use of force and other complaints. “Open and accessible governments inform our communities and make them stronger. This newest dashboard represents another important step forward in creating a culture of transparency in Baltimore County,” County Executive Johnny Olszewski said in a press release. (WJZ-TV)

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Countries Should Meet These Five Criteria Before Easing Lockdowns, Study Says. Many Aren’t Even Close

Countries should not ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions until they meet five criteria — and many nations are not even close, according to a new analysis published in The Lancet medical journal. The research, published Thursday, said that the prerequisites for easing Covid-19 measures are: knowledge of infection status, community engagement, adequate public health capacity, adequate health system capacity and border controls. (CNN)

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State lawmakers subpoena Maryland Gov. Hogan’s former chief of staff as part of payout investigation

For the first time in nearly 15 years, Maryland’s General Assembly is issuing subpoenas, as lawmakers say they must have testimony from Gov. Larry Hogan’s former chief of staff about a six-figure payout he received from his prior job at a state agency. Following a methodical, 90-minute presentation, a legislative committee voted unanimously to subpoena Roy McGrath, the former director of the Maryland Environmental Service who served as Hogan’s top aide for 11 weeks this summer before his abrupt departure over the payout. (Balt Sun)

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