Elijah Cummings gets ready for his close-up

On the day after voters handed Democrats control of the House of Representatives, President Trump said members of the opposition party can work to strike bipartisan deals on policy or they can use their newfound power to investigate him – but they can’t do both. The likely future chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee doesn’t see it that way. “We have a duty to look into government and to try to figure out what might be wrong, and try to correct it and make things better,” said Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), currently the ranking member of the panel. (Md. Matters)

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Waiting for the redistricting dominoes to fall

A federal court decision forcing Maryland to redraw its congressional district lines in the next six months — in time for the next round of elections — has thrust state leaders into a redistricting process that most weren’t expecting to deal with until after the next federal Census. It has also generated a host of questions about how, exactly, the state should proceed to satisfy the conditions the court established. (Md. Matters)

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Results in Baltimore County's District 42 races indicate a split electorate

Races for four seats in Maryland Legislative District 42, which stretches from Towson to northern Baltimore County, saw split results on election night. The district, which has four seats in total – three delegates and one senator – split down the middle. Republicans won the Senate seat and one House of Delegates seat while Democrats won the remaining House seats. (Towson)

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Culver cruises to second Wicomico executive term

Voters re-elected Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver on Tuesday. According to preliminary results, Culver, a Republican, received 15,463 votes in Tuesday’s election, beating out Democratic challenger John Hamilton, who received 9,375 votes, and Jack Heath, an independent who received 6,624 votes. Culver was first elected to the position of county executive in 2014, defeating incumbent Richard Pollitt. Previously, he had served one term on the Wicomico County Council. (Dispatch)

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Worcester re-elects three incumbents, adds Nordstrom

Voters selected three incumbents and one newcomer to serve on the board of county commissioners in Tuesday’s election. In what proved to be the closest contest in this year’s Worcester County Commissioners election, Pocomoke voters chose Democrat Joshua Nordstrom to replace incumbent Merrill Lockfaw in District 1. In the northern part of the county, Commissioner Bud Church easily defeated challenger Zack Tyndall while Commissioner Chip Bertino defeated Democrat Judy Butler. In District 4, Commissioner Ted Elder came out ahead of Virgil Shockley by 219 votes. (Dispatch)

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November 8 // Victorious executive candidates get to work in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties

The Baltimore region’s three new county executives began transitioning from campaign mode to governing on Wednesday, one day after scoring strong Democratic victories in the suburbs. Steuart Pittman, who knocked off incumbent Republican Executive Steve Schuh in Anne Arundel County with 52 percent of the vote, named co-chairs of his transition team: former County Executive Janet S. Owens and outgoing County Councilman Chris Trumbauer. Pittman, 57, acted with a sense of urgency, given that he — and the other new executives — will be sworn into office in less than a month, on Dec. 3. Baltimore County’s executive-elect, Johnny Olszewski Jr., spent his day savoring his win and thanking voters before getting deep into the work of setting up a transition team. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Gov. Hogan is vacationing in Jamaica

After his re-election victory Tuesday, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is headed to the beach. He and First Lady Yumi Hogan are traveling to Jamaica for a week’s vacation. The couple flew out Thursday and plan to return on Nov. 15, according to his staff. While Hogan is away, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford will be performing the official duties of the governor, including serving as chairman of the Board of Public Works on Nov. 14. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Gov. Hogan lays out second-term agenda: Tax cuts, school accountability, non-partisan redistricting

The day after becoming just the second Republican to be re-elected governor in Maryland history, Larry Hogan pledged to continue governing the blue state as a centrist while he laid out some of his second-term agenda. Speaking to the news media, Hogan said he planned to push for tax cuts, increased accountability in local school systems and a non-partisan commission to redistrict Maryland after the 2020 Census “I didn’t govern as a Republican,” Hogan said of his first term. “I was a governor for all the people. I was right down the middle.” (Balt. Sun)

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