Maryland Begins Mailing Ballots To Voters

Ballots are now being mailed to voters in Maryland, the state elections board announced Thursday. The board says almost 800,000 ballot packets will be shipped to voters over a five-day period — starting Thursday. The board also says it’s expediting the delivery process by entering them directly into the local mail stream as first-class mail. The first set of emails to domestic voters who requested a ballot by email also were sent Thursday. (AP)

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Mfume says Klacik ‘doesn’t know’ Baltimore and misspelled it in campaign spot

After months of remaining largely silent about Republican Kimberly Klacik, Democratic U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume took to Twitter to say his challenger doesn’t know Baltimore, doesn’t live in the city — and that she misspelled Baltimore as “Balitimore” in a widely viewed campaign ad. Klacik, who has been endorsed by Republican President Donald Trump and has nearly 437,000 Twitter followers, had been taunting Mfume for not agreeing to debate before the Nov. 3 election. (Balt Sun)

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Repair vs. Repeal: Maryland legislators debate future of Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights

Maryland legislators and law enforcement officials debated Thursday whether lawmakers should repeal or repair the state’s Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights, the controversial decades-old document that outlines the due process procedure for investigating and disciplining police misconduct. The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee has debated 13 other police reform bills over the past two days, leaving two for the final day of hearings: One would make a number of changes to the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights and the other would repeal it entirely. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland Lawmakers Announce $5.6M To Upgrade MARC, Railways

Maryland lawmakers announced $5.6 million in federal funding to upgrade MARC Commuter trains and improve the overall railroad infrastructure across the state. The congressional delegation includes – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all Md.) (WJZ-TV)


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Lawmakers implore Maryland utility regulator to extend moratorium on service shutoffs

Maryland lawmakers said the state's utility regulatory agency should extend a moratorium on service cutoffs and expressed frustration that investor-owned companies aren't sharing in the pain being felt by their customers. The state's moratorium, implemented by Gov. Larry Hogan in April and extended last month by the Public Service Commission, is set to end on Oct. 1. At that time, utility companies may begin sending turn-off notices. Residential customers who owe money to their utility provider have 45 days from receipt of a notice to work out a payment plan or to apply for energy assistance programs. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Hogan not concerned about potential GOP backlash over remarks about waiting to fill SCOTUS vacancy

Gov. Larry Hogan does not appear to be concerned that conservatives may disagree with his recent assertion that it would be a “mistake” for Senate Republicans to rush the confirmation of a successor to the late-Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election. “I really wasn’t thinking about the politics of it. I was just answering exactly how I felt. That’s what I usually do,” Hogan told MarylandReporter.com in an interview on Thursday during a walking tour of downtown Frederick. (Md Reporter)

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Maryland’s Law Enforcement Bill Of Rights Could Be Repealed As Lawmakers Weigh Police Reforms

Maryland’s Law Enforcement Bill of Rights could be repealed amid nationwide calls for policing reforms. A state Senate hearing outside of session concluded a third day of hearings Thursday after discussing 15 bills aimed at reforming police departments. Family members of those killed by police officers tested before the committee Thursday as members debate the bills. (WJZ-TV)

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Former Maryland labor secretary nominated as Baltimore County’s economic development director

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. has nominated Leonard J. Howie III to serve as the county’s next director of economic and workforce development. Howie, who formerly served as secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, will lead efforts to expand the county’s economy, according to Thursday news release from the county. Howie will be replacing Will Anderson, who served in that role since 2013 until he stepped down in July. (Balt Sun)

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