Kevin Kamenetz on business in Maryland, separating himself from the pack

If elected governor, former NAACP president Ben Jealous said he would push to attract a company as large as Facebook to come to Maryland. James Shea, a lawyer and fellow democratic gubernatorial candidate, said he wants to bring a Fortune 500 company into the state. For Kevin Kamenetz, it's more about supporting the companies that are already here. Kamenetz, who will be competing against the likes of Shea, Jealous and many others in the democratic gubernatorial primary, said on this week's episode of the BaltBizCast that his approach to economic development is cultivating home-grown talent rather than reaching out-of-state. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Montgomery County Council to pass resolution to protect undocumented immigrants

Though the legislation may be largely symbolic, members of the Montgomery County Council are expected to take a stand Tuesday in favor of county residents who under the Trump administration could lose the deportation protections they have enjoyed for years. The administration has indicated that it will end temporary protected status (TPS) for some immigrants who fled war or natural disaster to find a haven in the United States. The administration also plans to end the Obama-era program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, that allows undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children to legally remain in the United States. The all-Democratic council is expected to unanimously pass a resolution to urge the federal government to allow the immigrants — thousands of whom live in Montgomery County — to remain in the country. (Wash. Post)

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Sessions, Nielsen to discuss immigration in Baltimore

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen will address immigration enforcement and international gangs at a news conference in Baltimore on Tuesday. Both issues have been central for the Trump administration, which has cracked down on immigrants entering the country illegally. Immigration agents arrested 143,470 inside the United States in the most recent fiscal year, a 25 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, DHS reported last week. (Balt. Sun)

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Hogan names 4 circuit and district judges

Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday appointed a Maryland district court judge, an insurance company attorney and a law firm’s founding partner to fill three vacancies on the Montgomery County Circuit Court. The governor, whose office provided biographies of the judicial appointees, also named a solo practitioner to the district court bench in Carroll County. (Daily Record)

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Bowie officials prep for recall election Dec. 19

In a typical citywide election, Bowie officials would need to oversee eight polling locations, 32 voting machines, not to mention a host of volunteers, absentee ballots and informational signs. On Dec. 19, the city will hold a special recall election for voters to determine the political future of District 2 council member Diane Polangin. The voting will take place only in District 2, with just two polling places and six voting machines. But the job has still created some scrambling and some uncertainty about what to do and how to do it where the special election is concerned. There is no template for how to set up such an election because the city of Bowie has never had one before. (Capital)

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December 11 // Supreme Court agrees to hear Maryland redistricting case

The Supreme Court said Friday that it will hear a challenge to Maryland’s congressional districts brought by seven Republican voters who say the state’s 2011 redistricting violated their First Amendment rights. In a case that has been watched closely by state political leaders and that has already been to the Supreme Court once before, the seven voters will now have an opportunity to bring their novel argument before the justices: that the redistricting amounted to a retaliation against them because of how they voted. (Balt. Sun)

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Cardin campaign weighs in on Alabama Senate race

Sen. Ben Cardin weighed in on Alabama’s unpredictable Senate contest Friday with a fundraising solicitation criticizing Republican Roy Moore as an “extremist.” The blast email described Moore as a “man who has spent decades spouting his racist, sexist, xenophobic beliefs,” though it made no mention of accusations that Moore pursued relationships with teenagers. Those allegations have been a central issue for weeks, and have turned a race that should have been easy for Republicans into a far more competitive contest. The email takes users to a web page that splits contributions between Cardin, a Maryland Democrat who is up for re-election next year, and Alabama’s Democratic nominee Doug Jones. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland lawmaker Barbara Frush to retire

Del. Barbara A. Frush (D-Prince George’s), announced Friday that she will not seek reelection in 2018 and instead will serve as co-chair of the steering committee for Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III’s gubernatorial campaign. Frush, a veteran lawmaker, has represented Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties in the state legislature for 24 years. “My current focus is to serve the rest of my term, work hard and remain close to my family,” Frush wrote in an email to constituents on Friday. “I’ll remain politically active, supporting my close friend Rushern Baker’s campaign for Governor and my colleagues in the 21st District.” (Wash. Post)

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