As Annapolis election nears, ward-specific issues come into focus

Public safety, expanding a public trail, and combating nuisance flooding and climate change downtown are just some of the issues that Ward 1 and 2 candidates are focusing on in the Annapolis election. The Annapolis primary is a month away with five of the eight wards holding contested elections between Democrats. There is still room for write-in candidates to contest Republican candidates, but the deadline has long passed make the races officially contested. (Capital)

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August 18 // Hogan: Trump ‘probably should stop talking’ about Confederate monuments

Maryland’s popular Republican governor further distanced himself from President Trump on Thursday, saying that the president has not shown the kind of leadership the country needs following the deadly violence in Charlottesville. “I thought he did a really bad job responding to it,” Gov. Larry Hogan said of Trump’s comments in recent days. “It wasn’t presidential.” Trump tweeted on Thursday that it was “foolish” to remove from public grounds statues of historical figures who, for many, represent a legacy of slavery and racism. Removing Confederate statues, he argued, meant that the history and culture of the country was being “ripped apart.” (Wash. Post)

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Maryland Senate president slams Hogan for fast vote to remove Taney statue

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) on Thursday lashed out at Gov. Larry Hogan (R) for quickly advancing plans this week to remove a controversial State House statue of former U.S. Supreme Court justice Roger B. Taney, who defended slavery in the landmark 1857 Dred Scott decision. In a letter to the governor, Miller defended Taney’s legacy and said the memorial should stay put to help educate people about the past. He also criticized Hogan for pushing a vote on the matter “outside the public eye.” (Wash. Post)

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Brown: Trump's Charlottesville comments show he's 'unfit for office'

U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown said Thursday that President Donald Trump's response to events in Charlottesville, Virginia, shows he is "unfit for office" and called on Republicans in Congress "to take meaningful action to rein in this administration." Brown, a freshman Democrat who represents portions of Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties, said he plans to vote in favor of censuring Trump, who has been roundly criticized for his comments this week that violence at a white supremacist rally was the fault of "both sides." In a statement, Brown called Trump's response to the events "shameful and unbecoming of and (sic) appreciation for our nation's values, as well as of the history of the struggles and sacrifices that have been made by generations of Americans to perfect our imperfect nation." (Capital)

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Second Democrat files for District 32 House seat

An Army veteran who works in cybersecurity is the second Democrat to file for a seat in the House of Delegates' District 32. Hanover resident Derek Kent filed as a candidate for the three-member district in July. The 34-year-old District 32 Democratic Club board member is running on a progressive platform that includes support for national issues such as universal health care and publicly funded elections, as well as a statewide $15 minimum wage, free public college for Maryland residents and 12 weeks of guaranteed paid family and medical leave for all employees in the state. (Capital)

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Under new public finance law, Montgomery candidates change fundraising tactics

None of the potential donors listening to Montgomery County Council hopeful Danielle Meitiv make her pitch Sunday had paid for the right to be there. An at-large candidate, Meitiv stood before a crowd of roughly 40 people at Coffee Republic in Rockville for a “meet and greet.” Several asked Meitiv questions, including why she is participating in the county’s new public financing program, which she and others say has changed what it means in Montgomery to run a political campaign. “Normally, what candidates have had to do is they’ve had to spend most of their time on the phone talking to a few rich people, and then, when they can, they go out and talk to voters,” Meitiv answered, according to a video recording of the event. “That shouldn’t be two different groups of people.” (Wash. Post)

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Ben Carson says his home was struck by anti-Trump vandals

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson said in a Facebook post Wednesday that his home was recently struck by anti-Trump vandals.  Carson said his home and that of a neighbor were "vandalized by people who also wrote hateful rhetoric about President Trump." He said he was out of town when the incident occurred and "other kind, embarrassed neighbors cleaned up most of the mess before we returned."  Carson shared the story in a post about how to rise above the "racial and political strife emanating from the events in Charlottesville last weekend." (Daily Times)

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August 17 // Hogan: Trump 'made a terrible mistake' in Charlottesville comments

Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday criticized President Donald J. Trump’s comments from a day earlier, when the president blamed both white supremacists and counter-protestors for violence in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. “I think he made a terrible mistake,” Hogan told reporters in Annapolis following a Board of Public Works meeting. Hogan, a Republican governor in a state where the party is outnumber by Democrats 2-to-1, has been judicious in his criticism of the Republican president. But in recent months he’s occasionally publicly disagreed with Trump. (Balt. Sun)

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