Local agencies cite budget-cut fears during meeting with Delaney

Local agencies dependent on federal funding got a reprieve last month when Congress passed a spending bill despite proposed budget cuts from the Trump administration. But U.S. Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., warned Tuesday that more attempts to cut funding could be coming. Delaney conducted a roundtable discussion Tuesday in Hagerstown with representatives from 10 of those agencies to hear how they would be affected by the budget recommendations offered earlier this year by President Donald Trump's administration. (Herald-Mail)

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Rutherford: Consolidated contracts could prevent naloxone shortage

In light of the naloxone shortages faced by Baltimore and other jurisdictions, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford suggested that a consolidated state contract would allow the city and counties to leverage consolidated buying power to get more of the life-saving overdose drug at a lower price. Rutherford, speaking Tuesday to C4, said the surge in overdoses is being led by the potent opioid fentanyl. (WBAL-radio)

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Baltimore Co. delegate floated as state Senate candidate exiting elected office

Baltimore County state Del. Susan Aumann is leaving elected office after four terms, the Republican confirmed in a statement Tuesday. Aumann represents District 42B, which includes much of northern Baltimore County. She was floated as a contender for Democrat Jim Brochin's 42nd district state Senate seat. Brochin is considering a run for county executive in 2018. (WBAL-radio)

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Three candidates file in race for Howard County Council District 4

With three candidates slated to run for District 4's Howard County Council seat, the 2018 election is shaping up to feature debates on development and diversity. Republican Lisa Kim and Democrats Deb Jung and Byron Macfarlane have officially filed their candidacies for District 4. The district covers much of central Columbia including Harper's Choice, Hickory Ridge, Wilde Lake and Columbia's downtown lakefront, as well as Maple Lawn and North Laurel on its southern edge. (Columbia)

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Term limits create opportunities for women to run for Montgomery County Council

Only one of the two women currently serving on Montgomery’s nine-member County Council — Nancy Navarro — is up for re-election next year when four incumbents must vacate their seats because of new term limits. This leaves plenty of opportunity for new female candidates to fill those seats on what has historically been a council dominated by men. (Md. Reporter)

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Lifelong Worcester County resident makes second run for sheriff

Lifelong Worcester County resident George Truitt wants to be the kind of sheriff people feel comfortable picking up the phone to call directly. He made his first bid for the office in 2014 to get familiar with the political scene and process, but now he's back and said he's ready to start building the community relationships he feels the sheriff's office has been missing. (Daily Times)

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June 20 // Maryland Lawmakers Unveil Plan to Reform Metro Governance

A group of Maryland lawmakers are proposing a comprehensive plan to provide dedicated funding to Metro and reform its board of directors to try to create more accountability. The proposal detailed in a 30-page document released Monday calls for replacing the ­­12-member Metro Board of Directors that are appointed by elected officials in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. as well as by the federal Department of Transportation with the transportation secretaries from Maryland, Virginia and D.C. (Bethesda)

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Supreme Court picks up gerrymander case with potential implications for Maryland

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a major challenge to partisan gerrymandering in a case that could have implications for Maryland, where the state's contorted congressional maps are being contested in a separate but similar federal case. The challenge to the Wisconsin legislative map, to be heard by the high court in the fall, could yield one of the most important rulings on political power in decades. The separate Maryland case is pending before a three-judge federal court. (Balt. Sun)

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