July 12 // Floreen announces start of her independent run for county executive

Montgomery County Council member Nancy Floreen on Wednesday confirmed that she’s gearing up for an independent county executive run, a bid that will pit her against her council colleague, Marc Elrich. Floreen, who has occupied an at-large seat on the council since 2002, last week filed paperwork declaring her intent to jump into the executive race. In a Wednesday press release, she stated that she’ll seek to run as a moderate candidate focused on attracting jobs to the county, expanding the tax base and providing housing for all. (Bethesda)

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Recount seals Walsh win by 6 votes in Howard District 1 council race

Elizabeth M. "Liz" Walsh sealed her upset win in the Democratic primary for the Howard County Council on Wednesday, after a recount increased her margin of victory from 2 to 6 votes over incumbent District 1 Councilman Jonathan S. "Jon" Weinstein. Walsh, 47, a political newcomer, won the nomination for the council seat over Weinstein 3,175 to 3,169 in the Howard County Board of Elections recount. (Md. Matters)

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Recount of 85,000 ballots in Baltimore County primary begins Thursday

Elections officials are scheduled to begin a manual recount of nearly 85,000 paper ballots from the Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive Thursday morning. Former Del. Johnny Olszewski Jr. was declared the winner by nine votes over second-place finisher state Sen. Jim Brochin, who requested the recount. County Councilwoman Vicki Almond finished third and Carney resident Kevin Marron was fourth. (Balt. Sun)

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Hogan: Jealous running on Washington issues, not Maryland ones

Gov. Larry Hogan, speaking to Brett Hollander on Wednesday, characterized general election opponent Ben Jealous as someone with unworkable ideas who isn't ready for the job of governor.The former NAACP president won on the Democratic side, beating out Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, but ultimately commanding just under 40 percent of votes in a crowded field. While Baker was endorsed by many establishment figures, Jealous had support from national figures like Sens. Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker. (WBAL)

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In Congress, a moment of silence for victims of the Capital Gazette shooting

Members of Congress bowed their heads and stood in silence for several seconds Wednesday to honor the five people fatally shot almost two weeks ago in the Capital Gazette’s office near Annapolis. Joined by other members of Maryland’s congressional delegation, Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.) spoke briefly before the moment of silence about the victims: Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters. (Wash. Post)

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District 30 Senate contest presents sharp contrasts in GOP’s ‘Drive for Five’

In the Republican “Drive for Five,” GOP leaders know that Legislative District 30, covering the Annapolis area and south, will be a key to getting more senators in the State House. The GOP’s goal is to win five more state Senate seats, bringing their number to the crucial 19 that would enable them to block overrides of Gov. Larry Hogan’s vetoes with the largest contingent of Republican lawmakers ever. (Md. Reporter)

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Hagerstown mayor: 'Sorry if I offended some' with 'terrorist' comment

As hundreds weighed in on Facebook, Hagerstown Mayor Bob  Bruchey took to the same platform Tuesday night to offer an apology and provide some context to his comments calling London's Muslim mayor a "terrorist." "Yeah, that was a strong word to use, I agree," Bruchey wrote in the comment section on Herald-Mail Media's Facebook page. (Herald-Mail)

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July 11 // Convicted of corruption, former Maryland Sen. Nathaniel Oaks asks for 18-month prison sentence

After pleading guilty to federal corruption charges, former state Sen. Nathaniel T. Oaks is asking a judge for an 18-month prison sentence — far less than the eight to 10 years recommended by federal guidelines. Oaks’ lawyers argued for a lesser sentence in a memorandum filed in court that also included letters of support from five former state legislators, a former Baltimore police commissioner, family members and activists. Oaks, 71, is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Richard D. Bennett next Tuesday. He pleaded guilty in March to two felony fraud charges. (Balt. Sun)

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