Sterling represents Green Party in Washington County commissioners race

Sterling R. Sanders said he started thinking about running for the Washington County Board of Commissioners when he began listening to what people were saying about plans for the former Fort Ritchie military base in Cascade. A lifelong Cascade resident, he organized a protest at the former Army base in the summer of 2016. Elected officials weren't communicating properly to constituents about that project and other things, Sanders said. (Herald-Mail)

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Ron Bateman files for a fourth term as Anne Arundel sheriff

Anne Arundel County Sheriff Ron Bateman officially filed for re-election on Monday. The incumbent sheriff made his announcement in a statement released Monday afternoon that detailed the success during his tenure as well as his goals for the year 2018. Bateman already had publicly stated he would be seeking re-election. (Capital)

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Triple Salisbury mayor's salary, and pay council members more too, committee says

The winner of Salisbury's next mayoral election could receive a substantial increase in pay if the City Council follows the recommendation of a committee charged with evaluating salaries for the city's elected officials. The Salary Review Committee was scheduled to present its report at a City Council work session Monday evening with recommendations for increasing the mayor’s salary from $25,000 per year to $75,000. (Daily Times)

 

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October 16 // Fundraising rule may hamper lawmakers' ability to join gubernatorial tickets

Democratic legislators waiting by the phone for an invitation to join a gubernatorial ticket may not want to get their hopes up too high. A little-known provision in state election law puts restraints on the fundraising activities of joint campaign committees featuring a state legislator. For years, state officials have been banned from raising campaign cash during the 90-day General Assembly session. That ban extends to the governor, lieutenant governor, comptroller, attorney general and all 188 members of the legislature. Non-incumbent candidates for these offices can continue raising money during the mid-January to mid-April period when the General Assembly is meeting – unless they are serving in one of the other offices for which the ban applies. (Md. Matters)

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Democratic candidates for governor take aim at Hogan, Trump

From the start, it was clear that a Democratic gubernatorial forum Saturday was going to provide a ready platform for any candidate willing to take aim at incumbent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and President Donald Trump. Betsy Halsey, president of the progressive United for Maryland political action committee, which sponsored the forum, opened the session by saying the group's members want a governor who will "fight to protect" Maryland's liberal priorities from the Trump administration, "and we know that that is not Larry Hogan." The group is a coalition of organizations that rose up to oppose Trump’s agenda after his election last year. (Balt. Sun)

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Hogan wants to expand tax break for retired law enforcement, first responders

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said Friday that he wants to add former correctional officers to the list of retirees who receive a tax break under the Hometown Heroes Act. During a visit to the Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Hogan called for expanding the program that eliminates state income tax on a portion of the pensions of former law enforcement officers and other first responders. He also said he wants the tax break to apply to the entire pension, not just a portion of it. (Wash. Post)

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Alec Ross, candidate for Maryland governor, pitches voting by mail, online and in jails

If elected governor, Democrat Alec Ross wants Maryland to vote by mail, by smartphone and from jail cells. Ross unveiled a broad campaign promise Monday to expand access to voting, and part of that promise is to allow incarcerated people to cast ballots while still behind bars. “I don’t understand how stripping people of their citizenship became part of punishments,” Ross said. “It doesn’t make sense to me. They’ve lost their freedom, but they haven’t lost their voice.” Last year, Maryland lawmakers restored voting rights to convicted felons on parole, but left in place a prohibition against felons voting while locked up. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland attorney general to sue, regulators eye options as Trump dumps ACA subsidies

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh threatened to sue the Trump Administration after the president said he will not continue to pay federal subsidies that reduce the cost of consumer health plans under the Affordable Care Act. Trump said the cost-sharing reduction subsidies, which are paid by the federal government to insurance carriers to help lower the cost of co-payments and deductibles for some consumers, were essentially "payoffs" to the carriers. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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