Hogan joins swift backlash over Senate GOP's bill to overhaul Obamacare

Legislation unveiled by Senate Republican leaders to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law ran into swift internal opposition Thursday, throwing into doubt the GOP's ability to make good on a years-long campaign promise to roll back the program. Hours after the bill was made public, four conservative senators announced their opposition, saying the measure doesn't go far enough to unwind Obamacare. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, meanwhile, joined a chorus of centrist Republicans who are concerned about how the legislation would affect their states. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland governor taps new members of state education board

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday he has tapped four new members of the Maryland State Board of Education. Hogan’s picks included David Steiner, executive director for the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy and a professor of education at Hopkins, and Michael Phillips, senior pastor of the Kingdom Life Church in Baltimore and founder of the Better Life Community Development Corp. (Wash. Post)

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Delaney delays decision on gubernatorial run

U.S. Rep. John Delaney, who previously said he would make an announcement at the end of June about whether he'll run for governor, said in a tweet Thursday that he'll now make a decision at the end of July. "Busy time; April & I working on next steps & will spend bit more time on it; will have something specific to say end of July. Stay tuned!" the tweet said. April McClain Delaney is the congressman's wife. (Bethesda)

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Mayor Pugh fills three major cabinet positions

Mayor Catherine Pugh filled several key cabinet positions in her administration Thursday, appointing a head of transportation and two leaders across housing and community development. Michelle Pourciau, the former director of Washington, D.C.'s Department of Transportation, will take on the same role for the city. Janet Abrahams, a veteran of New York City's Housing Authority, will head the Housing Authority, while Michael Braverman, the current acting housing commissioner for Baltimore, will take over the Department of Housing and Community and Development in a permanent role. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Anne Arundel signs 287(g) pact to assist in screening prisoners for immigration violations

Anne Arundel County and federal immigration enforcement officials have reached an agreement that will add the county to a list of jurisdictions that screen inmates in local jails for immigration violations. Federal officials finalized a 287(g) contract with the county on Monday, according to a memorandum of agreement released by County Executive Steve Schuh's office. (Capital)

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June 22 // District 39 Incumbent Legislators Tap Lesley Lopez To Join Their Slate in Primary

Lesley Lopez, who has served as director of communications for several Washington-based trade and advocacy groups, has been tapped by the incumbent legislators in District 39 to join their slate in next June’s Democratic primary. The move effectively gives Lopez the endorsement of the three incumbents -- state Sen. Nancy King and Dels. Kirill Reznik and Shane Robinson -- to succeed veteran Del. Charles Barkley, who is leaving the General Assembly after two decades to make a run for the Montgomery County Council.  “I’m very excited she’s joining the team,” Robinson said Wednesday of Lopez. (Bethesda)

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John Astle makes it official: He's running for Annapolis mayor

Sen. John Astle pledged to scale back the city's borrowing, dust off old sector plans and put his legislative experience to work if he becomes mayor of Annapolis. In front of a crowd of about 40 supporters and wearing a white, striped jacket, a blue tie and socks with wine glasses on them, Astle made his campaign official with a kickoff event at the Mount Olive AME Church on Wednesday evening. Leaning on his political experience and a few broad ideas, Astle made his pitch to the room. Two core aspects of his campaign include reducing the amount of money the city borrows and using sector and comprehensive plans that guide the city's redevelopment and growth. (Capital)

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House health care bill unpopular in GOP districts

A majority of voters in deeply red congressional districts oppose the health care overhaul approved by the House last month, a finding that could complicate efforts to get the legislation to President Donald J. Trump’s desk, according to a University of Maryland poll released Wednesday. The survey, conducted by the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation, found that 63 percent of voters in “very red” districts opposed the American Health Care Act while voters in “red” or “leans red” districts were against it 63 percent and 60 percent, respectively. (Balt. Sun)

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