Democrats balk at plan to allow Kamenetz votes to count for Valerie Ervin in Maryland primary for governor

The death of gubernatorial candidate Kevin Kamenetz continues to ripple through Maryland’s Democratic primary as state election officials struggle to replace his name with Valerie Ervin’s without having to toss the 1.5 million ballots they’ve already printed. The Maryland Board of Elections proposed a solution on Tuesday: Post signs alerting voters of Kamenetz’s death and informing them that ballots cast for him will count for Ervin, his former running mate. But the concept is not sitting well with Ervin and some of her Democratic rivals. (Balt. Sun)

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Hogan raised $1.2 million in 35 days, more money than some Democratic challengers raised all last year

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan raised more than $1.2 million between April 10 and May 15, amassing more money in 35 days than some of his Democratic challengers have done since they launched their campaigns last year. In a memo obtained by The Washington Post, Hogan’s campaign chairman said the Republican governor and Lt. Gov. Boyd K. Rutherford, who do not have primary opponents, have more than $9 million cash on hand for their reelection bid. (Wash. Post)

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Jealous, Shea raise more cash than other Democrats; Baker lags behind

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous has pulled ahead of his rivals in fundraising, solidifying his position among the front-runners to challenge a far better-funded Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) this fall. The former NAACP president’s campaign raised $974,274 since mid-January, a total that easily surpassed his opponents, he announced Tuesday. The total included $100,000 that Jealous and his running mate, Susan Turnbull, loaned to their campaigns. (Wash. Post)

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State launches Climate Leadership Academy to confront global warming

Maryland is launching the nation's first state-sponsored Climate Leadership Academy to help local governments, state agencies, nonprofits and the private sector prepare to address the impact of global warming. State officials kicked off the initiative during a three-day State of the Coast conference taking place this week in Cambridge, laying out their vision for how the state can help stakeholders gird for climate change. (Md. Matters)

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Donna Edwards gets backing of SEIU Local 500 in race for county executive

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 500 is backing Donna F. Edwards in her bid to be the next county executive of Prince George’s, citing her advocacy on behalf of working people. Mark McLaurin, the political director for SEIU Local 500, which has 15,000 members statewide, said the group has confidence in Edwards to “clean house” in the county’s struggling public education system and focus on improving its early-education programs. (Wash. Post)

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Almond removes herself from consideration as Baltimore County Council moves to replace Kamenetz

Baltimore County Councilwoman Vicki Almond on Tuesday removed herself from consideration to serve as interim county executive as the council moves to fill the vacancy left by Kevin Kamenetz’s death. At a public hearing in Towson, the Democrat from Reisterstown said Kamenetz’s replacement “should not be chosen as part of a political coronation by council colleagues.” (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery County Council approves funds for immigrant legal services

The Montgomery County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved dedicating $370,000 in county funds to pay for legal representation for low-income immigrants in the county who face civil deportation proceedings. The vote came after the council's initial plan to direct the money to the nonprofit Capital Area Immigrant Rights' Coalition fell through Monday when the coalition withdrew its request for about $374,000 in county funds to represent detained immigrants. (Bethesda)

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Leading 6th District candidates meet at forum

While Donald Trump was the target of some criticism, Democratic candidates for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District also tried to differentiate themselves Tuesday night at a forum in Montgomery County as the primary election draws closer. Five of the eight Democratic candidates — Andrew Duck, Nadia Hashimi, Roger Manno, Aruna Miller and David Trone — squared off in a forum at Congregation Har Shalom and hosted by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and other Montgomery County synagogues. (News-Post)

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