Liz Bobo, Howard County’s first and only female county executive, reflects on her life and career in politics

Since retiring in 2014 from a political career that spanned nearly 40 years, Elizabeth “Liz” Bobo has made it a priority to have “as few events as possible showing up” on her calendar. That doesn’t mean Howard County’s first and only female county executive — who also served as a state delegate for 20 years and on the County Council for two terms — is no longer active in community affairs. (Balt. Sun)

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Sen. Carter says there is no ‘public utility’ to locking up Pugh

A day after federal prosecutors called for sending former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh to prison for nearly five years, state Sen. Jill Carter, D-Baltimore City, said she does not believe there is any “public utility” to locking up the disgraced politician. “It’s not that she doesn’t deserve jail time. I guess that I don’t know that I think jail time is gonna serve any purpose — any real benefit to society… She’s been punished quite a bit already,” Carter told MarylandReporter.com in a phone interview on Friday. (Md. Reporter)

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Delegation trying to delay minimum wage hike

The Western Maryland Delegation has submitted a bill that would delay the $15 minimum wage increase for Allegany and Garrett counties until 2028. The bill has been submitted in the House of Delegates and Senate and would impact small businesses only of 14 or less employees. The Maryland General Assembly voted last March to increase the statewide minimum wage to $15. (Times-News)

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Bill Would Expand Maryland In Vitro Insurance To Cover Unwed Women

A Maryland mandate that health insurance plans pay for in vitro fertilization doesn’t cover unwed women. But a bill filed in the General Assembly and supported by the Women’s Law Center of Maryland aims to end the state’s distinction of a woman’s marital status, expanding coverage under certain insurance plans that is already offered to heterosexual and homosexual couples. (WJZ)

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Kweisi Mfume, Democratic congressional nominee, among dozens seeking leniency, mercy in sentencing for Pugh

Kweisi Mfume, the Democratic nominee for the 7th Congressional District, was among dozens of friends, relatives and neighbors who pleaded for leniency for former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh ahead of her sentencing in federal court, according to a memo her attorney filed Friday. Mfume wrote in a one-page letter, dated Wednesday, that he’s known Pugh since they were college students in 1975 and that he considers her a friend. (Balt. Sun)

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Vignarajah calls for Pratt to resign and J.P. Grant’s lease to be terminated

Baltimore mayoral candidate Thiru Vignarajah today called on Comptroller Joan Pratt to resign following federal prosecutors’ disclosure that the clothing consignment shop she co-owned with Catherine Pugh was engaged in money laundering. Pratt, who has confirmed that she filed federal income taxes for 2 Chic Boutique, claimed she had no knowledge of a $20,000 check that Pugh used to hide money she received from businessman J.P. Grant and partly used for her 2016 mayoral run. (Balt. Sun)

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As Maryland Democrats move forward with education proposals, Republicans offer their own ideas

Maryland’s Republican lawmakers put forward their ideas Thursday for improving public schools, just as lawmakers are about to begin debating a massive education funding increase backed by Democratic leaders. The Republicans — who are far outnumbered in Maryland’s legislature — touted an array of bills that they say would improve classroom discipline and offer children in poorly performing schools options to transfer to other public or private schools. (Balt. Sun)

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U.S. prosecutors seek nearly 5-year sentence for former Baltimore mayor Pugh

Federal prosecutors laid out an array of new details from their investigation into former Baltimore mayor Catherine E. Pugh in documents filed Thursday as they argued she should receive nearly five years in prison for conspiracy and tax evasion. The 37-page sentencing memorandum, accompanied by financial records and copies of checks, for the first time pinpointed the number of “Healthy Holly” children’s books Pugh sold — and resold. It outlined her efforts to conceal her dealings, including lying to FBI agents who came to her house to seize her cellphone. (Wash. Post)

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