Gov. Hogan Says Maya Rockeymoore Cummings ‘Dog Whistle White Nationalist’ Comment About Him ‘Not Worth Response’

Maryland’s governor is asking Maryland’s newest Democratic congressional candidate for an apology. The controversy was born out of Gov. Hogan saying he came from the “Ronald Reagan School of Politics.” Democrats seized the moment, citing Reagan’s previous racist comments. When Maya Rockeymoore Cummings ran for governor last year, she called Gov. Larry Hogan a “dog whistle white nationalist,” after he praised Ronald Reagan’s politics. “What I said was he outed himself as a dog whistle white nationalist because what he said was Ronald Reagan was his–his–his mentor, somebody that he modeled himself after,” Rockeymoore Cummings said. (WJZ)

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Congress can have access to eight years of Trump’s tax records, appeals court orders

Congress can seek eight years of President Trump’s tax records, according to a federal appeals court order Wednesday that moves the separation-of-powers conflict one step closer to the Supreme Court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit let stand an earlier ruling against the president that affirmed Congress’s investigative authority on a day when the House was holding its first public impeachment inquiry hearing. Trump’s lawyers have said they are prepared to ask the Supreme Court to intervene in this case and in several other legal battles between the president and Congress. (Wash. Post)

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‘I’m not committing the murders’: As Baltimore nears 300 homicides, mayor says city leadership not to blame

As Baltimore braces to surpass 300 homicides for the fifth year in a row, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said the city’s leadership isn’t the problem. "I’m not committing the murders and that’s what people need to understand," Young said Wednesday during his weekly press conference. “How can you fault leadership? This has been five years of 300-plus murders. I don’t see it as a lack of leadership.” There have been 296 killings so far in 2019. Since the unrest in 2015 that followed the death of Freddie Gray, the city has been unable to keep the number of homicides below the grim benchmark of 300. (Balt. Sun)

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Roger Stone trial: Closing arguments finished, jury set to return Thursday for instructions

Prosecutors concluded their case against political operative Roger Stone on Wednesday by portraying him as a serial liar who repeatedly misled Congress to protect President Trump — and then engaged in a campaign to silence a witness who could expose him. “Roger Stone knew if this information got out, it would look really bad for his longtime associate Donald Trump,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Kravis told jurors set to begin deliberations Thursday over whether Stone lied to House investigators two years ago about an effort to find political dirt on Trump’s Democratic opponent. (Wash. Post)

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University of Baltimore to train thousands of city election judges ahead of primary for Elijah Cummings’ seat

Baltimore’s spending board approved a $633,000 plan Wednesday to train thousands of election judges ahead of February’s special primary for the late Rep. Elijah Cummings’ 7th Congressional District seat. The University of Baltimore Schaefer Center for Public Policy will teach roughly 3,000 people how to staff polling places during the 2020 elections, according to city documents. The contract begins Jan. 1, giving the university just a few weeks to assure judges are ready for the special primary Feb. 4.  (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Gov. Hogan will tap Baltimore Democrat Keiffer Mitchell to pitch his agenda to lawmakers

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is turning to Baltimore’s Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. to lobby state lawmakers to advance his agenda. Mitchell, who had been a senior adviser to Hogan, will take on the role of chief legislative officer, advocating for the Republican governor’s bills in the Democratic-led General Assembly. He replaces Christopher Shank, who had led Hogan’s lobbying efforts since 2016 and is taking a job in the private sector. (Balt. Sun)

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Historic impeachment hearings are set to begin, with GOP and Democrats pushing dueling messages on Trump’s conduct

The House will begin the public phase of its impeachment inquiry Wednesday with Democrats and Republicans prepared to offer competing narratives of whether President Trump inappropriately pressured Ukraine to investigate his political rivals, during televised hearings that could determine the fate of his presidency. (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore to stop taking public housing applications, citing average 5-year delay for those on wait list

Baltimore’s public housing authority announced Tuesday that it will cease accepting applications from residents, citing more than 14,000 applications on a wait list and an average wait time of more than five years. Residents have until Dec. 20 to apply for public housing before the housing authority stops taking the applications, the authority said in a release. (Balt. Sun)

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