Hogan endorsed by 2 local unions

Gov. Larry Hogan is showcasing a pair of endorsements from two local labor unions. Hogan announced the endorsements Thursday from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2563 and 582 in Anne Arundel County. Hogan says he’s honored to get their support. He says he looks forward to working with public employees in a second term. (Daily Record-AP)

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Endorsed by business group, Baltimore County executive candidate Redmer blasts Olszewski on taxes

As he picked up an endorsement from a pro-business group Thursday, Baltimore County executive candidate Al Redmer Jr. blasted his opponent, Johnny Olszewski Jr., for previously voting for tax increases. “I’m a business guy. That’s what I do, that’s how I think,” said Redmer, a Republican, as he accepted an endorsement from Maryland Business for Responsive Government. Redmer holds a lifetime 89 percent rating from the group from his time as a state delegate, while Olszewski, a Democrat, has 37 percent rating from his tenure as a state delegate. (Balt. Sun)

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September 20 // Hogan campaign trolls Maryland teachers union in dispute over apple logo

Gov. Larry Hogan’s campaign trolled the state’s teachers’ union Wednesday after its representatives warned him that he was violating its trademark logo. For years, candidates supported by the 80,000-member Maryland State Education Association have proudly displayed its red apple logo on their campaign materials to burnish their education bona fides with voters. So, when representatives of the union — which has endorsed Hogan’s opponent, Democrat Ben Jealous — noticed Hogan was using a red apple logo and touting support from teachers in his campaign materials, they objected. (Balt. Sun)

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Jealous: Goucher Poll highlights path to victory

Maryland’s Democratic candidate for governor said Wednesday that a recent poll showing Gov. Larry Hogan with a 22-point lead isn’t all doom and gloom for the challenger. “The Goucher Poll doesn’t change our path to victory — if anything it explains it,” Kevin Harris, senior adviser to the Jealous campaign, said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “It shows that public pollsters, just as they did in 2014 when they had Larry Hogan down by 17 points in October, continue to underestimate voter turnout dynamics." (Daily Record)

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Wrongly saying Baltimore reached a deal with the ACLU, Jeff Sessions links rising crime to consent decree

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in speech Wednesday that a civil rights decree designed to reform the Baltimore Police Department was linked to rising crime, calling the city “one of the most tragic examples” of how such agreements impose restrictions on police officers. “Colossal mistakes have been made by politicians and leaders that have had particular catastrophic consequences for the people of cities like Chicago, Baltimore, and St. Louis,” Sessions said, according to a transcript of the speech. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery County Council approves new post of climate change director

The Montgomery County Council has given its stamp of approval for the creation of a new staff position that will serve as a liaison between the council, the county executive and county environmental agencies. The council unanimously approved a bill Tuesday to create the post of director of county climate policy. Outgoing County Executive Ike Leggett could sign the bill later this week, although the bill would not take effect until December, when a new county executive is sworn in, a government staffer said. (Bethesda)

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Surprise amendment may have poisoned Anne Arundel compromise on medical marijuana

Legislation reducing restrictions on medical marijuana businesses in north county has broad support, but may be in trouble after a controversial amendment was added. The amendment, which was passed 4-3 Monday by the Anne Arundel County Council, would exempt medical marijuana businesses from residential setback requirements if they are built in industrial districts. County Councilman Jerry Walker, R-Crofton, introduced the amendment after a public hearing on Bill 77-18, which reduces the setback requirements for medical marijuana businesses. (Capital)

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September 19 // Larry Hogan has commanding 22-point lead over Ben Jealous in new poll

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan holds a commanding 22-point lead over Democratic challenger Ben Jealous in a new poll that suggests the Republican is consolidating substantial support from groups that traditionally back Democrats in the deep-blue state. The Goucher Poll, released early Wednesday morning, found likely voters favor Hogan over Jealous by a margin of 54 percent to 32 percent. Undecided voters have dwindled to just 9 percent of the electorate, the poll found, meaning Jealous must win the lion’s share of persuadable voters and bank on dramatically heightened Democratic turnout to have a shot on Election Day. (Wash. Post)

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