Ben Cardin: Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, but Trump made the announcement the wrong way

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., on Sunday agreed with President Trump's decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but said he did not approve of the way Trump made the announcement. "I think that was a mistake, the manner in which he did it, but clearly Jerusalem is the capital of Israel," Cardin told ABC's "This Week." "It should have been done in a way to advance the peace process for a two-state solution. Instead, the president just made the announcement, did not take advantage of that in regards to the Israelis, and offered the Palestinians very little," the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee continued. (Examiner)

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Anne Arundel Democrats call on Michael Peroutka to resign

The Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee is calling on County Council Chairman Michael Peroutka to resign. In a statement sent Friday to The Capital, committee Chairwoman Christine Davenport called on the Millersville Republican to relinquish his position as council chairman and resign from the council. The committee, which serves as the party organization in the county, also called on Republican members of the council to hold a new vote on the chairmanship. The committee cited Peroutka’s connection to U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, of Alabama. (Capital)

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Miller hopes to bring effectiveness, efficiency to Frederick County government with run for at-large council seat

Jason Miller believes a platform needs to be addressed in Frederick County government, and with a run for an at-large seat on the County Council next year, he hopes to be the man to make happen. “It boils down to two things really, which are effective county policy and efficient county spending,” the 38-year-old former military intelligence analyst said of why he is running for office during a campaign kickoff event Saturday. “I’ve heard some people say, well, you know, you didn’t grow up here, you weren’t born here and I’m certain there are people who will have that as some sort of an issue,” Miller said. “But I could have chosen to live anywhere I wanted to go. I chose here." (News-Post)

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December 8 // Md. lawmaker says it’s time for Medicaid to cover dental care

Ask Del. Mike McKay why he's pushed so hard to restore adult dental care to Maryland's Medicaid program and he'll rattle off a list of reasons: Dental issues can affect all other organs. Medicaid recipients are going to hospital emergency rooms when they have a toothache, and the best an ER, which is not equipped to give dental care, can do is give them pain medication. And because of that, the underlying problems aren't treated and get worse — so it's an inefficient use of Medicaid funding. More important, it contributes to the opioid epidemic. (Herald-Mail)

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Raskin breaks with Democratic leadership in vote on Trump impeachment resolution

Breaking from the House Democratic leadership and the other six Democrats in the Maryland House delegation, U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin of Takoma Park on Wednesday voted in favor of moving ahead with action to impeach President Donald Trump. An impeachment resolution offered by Rep. Al Green of Texas was tabled by a 364-58 vote, with all Republicans, as well as a large majority of Democrats, voting in favor of the procedural move to effectively kill the measure. (Bethesda)

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Madaleno to accept public financing in governor's race

State Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. has become the first of the eight contenders for the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nomination to choose public financing for his primary campaign. The Montgomery County lawmaker said his decision to accept public funding, announced Friday, gives him the opportunity to raise as much as $2.8 million, with an estimated $1.4 million of it in public funds, for the June 26 primary — not far from the amount he had budgeted for his bid to become the Democratic challenger to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan next November. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore City Council considers tax hikes to pay for affordable housing

In a city where many struggle to make monthly rent payments, the Baltimore City Council is considering raising taxes on property sales and inheritances to provide $10 million annually for affordable housing. City Councilman Bill Henry submitted legislation Thursday to raise the recording fee by 20 percent and and transfer taxes by 17 percent, respectively, to provide a “sustainable revenue source” for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund — a new fund created by the voters that currently has no money in it. (Balt. Sun)

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Corderman chosen Maryland House of Delegates nominee

Hagerstown City Councilman Paul D. Corderman was chosen Thursday night as the Republican Central Committee's nominee to fill the Maryland House of Delegates seat in legislative District 2B. His name will now be forwarded to Gov. Larry Hogan, who will make an official appointment. The seat was vacated last month by Judge Brett Wilson, who was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Circuit Court bench after the retirement of Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. (Herald-Mail)

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