Ben Jealous arrested in demonstration near White House; Baker speaks out on Trump

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous was arrested Tuesday in Washington during an immigrants’ rights demonstration, his campaign said. The former NAACP president was participating in a rally in support of two immigration policies, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and temporary protected status, that it wants to see continued under the Trump administration, said Fernanda Durand, a spokeswoman for CASA, a group that helped organize the demonstration. (Balt. Sun)

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Davis to DOJ: Making crime assistance contingent on local immigration policy 'perplexing,' 'concerning'

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis told a top U.S. Department of Justice official this week his suggestion that federal crime-fighting assistance for the city is contingent on local policies for immigrant detainees was “perplexing,” given the city does not control its jail. Davis also said linking crime assistance to immigration policies is “concerning” and “sends the wrong message” to immigrant communities in Baltimore. (Balt. Sun)

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Two top Hogan officials OK'd participation in Trump voter fraud commission, emails show

Two top aides to Gov. Larry Hogan signed off on a state official’s participation in a controversial Trump administration panel probing alleged voter fraud — a greater level of involvement by the Hogan administration than previously known. When Deputy Secretary of State Luis E. Borunda resigned from President Donald J. Trump’s panel in July, Hogan’s chief spokesman said he had joined the group’s investigation “on his own.” (Balt. Sun)

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Smolnicky named Anne Arundel County grants officer

Sandy Smolnicky, who has worked to develop anti-heroin initiatives in Anne Arundel, will become the county's new grants officer as it focuses on attracting more state and federal dollars for fighting the opioid epidemic. County Executive Steve Schuh announced Smolnicky's appointment Tuesday. She started the job Aug. 10, according to Schuh's office, and will be paid $65,000 a year. (Capital)

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Incumbent, newcomer elected in Ocean Pines

Incumbent Doug Parks and newcomer Colette Horn will join the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors following this summer’s election. On Saturday, Ocean Pines officials announced that Parks and Horn had won the two seats available in this year’s election. Each will now serve three year terms on the board. Parks received 1,912 votes while Horn received 1,647. Candidate Marty Clarke received 1,579 votes while candidate Nicole Crosariol received 1,407 votes. (Dispatch)

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August 15 // House Speaker Busch: Time to remove Taney statue from Maryland State House grounds

In the wake of a violent white supremacist rally in neighboring Virginia, House Speaker Michael E. Busch said Monday it’s time to take down Maryland’s most prominent Confederate-era monument. Busch said the statue of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney — author of the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to black people — should no longer preside over the front lawn of the Maryland State House. “It certainly doesn’t belong there,” said Busch, an Anne Arundel County Democrat. (Balt. Sun)

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John Delaney, Maryland Democrat, to run for president on innovation, entrepreneurship

Once considered a potential Democratic challenger to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan next year, John Delaney has set his sights higher — much higher. The three-term representative of Maryland’s 6th Congressional District is aiming to unseat President Trump with a promise to jump-start the U.S. economy by bringing innovation and entrepreneurship to Washington. “This is obviously the most important job in the country and probably the most important job in the world,” Mr. Delaney, 54, said in an interview. “I think I’m uniquely positioned to both change the way government operates and to change the debate.” (Wash. Times)

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Baltimore Mayor Pugh pledges to remove Confederate monuments

Mayor Catherine Pugh pledged to Monday take down Confederate-era monuments in Baltimore — and said she has asked contractors for estimates on how much it will cost. “It’s my intention to move forward with the removal of the statues,” the mayor said. She said she planned to look into moving them outside the city, suggesting Confederate cemeteries as one possibility. The mayor’s pledge comes as cities and states across the country are considering removing monuments to the Confederacy after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., turned deadly over the weekend. (Balt. Sun)

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