Maryland Rep. Anthony Brown back on Capitol Hill after minor stroke

Maryland Rep. Anthony Brown, who suffered a minor stroke this month, has returned to Capitol Hill to get back to work. Brown, a Democrat, planned to speak Tuesday evening on the House floor about the defense authorization bill. Matthew Verghese, Brown's spokesman, says Brown also planned to sign a discharge petition to force floor votes on immigration legislation. (AP)

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Talbot Republicans open election HQ

The Republican Central Committee of Talbot County has opened its election headquarters at 110 N. Washington St. in downtown Easton. It will be open through the November 2018 general election. Special guests at the opening were Dirk Haire, chairman of the Maryland Republican Party, and Patrick O’Keefe, executive director of the Maryland Republican Party. (Star-Democrat)

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May 22 // After career in law, Democrat Jim Shea seeks to be governor: 'I think I have something to offer'

Jim Shea, until recently the chairman of Maryland’s largest law firm, stood in a Bethesda living room on a recent Sunday afternoon explaining to a small group of voters why he is seeking a late-in-life career change. At 65, Shea is one of the most respected attorneys in Maryland. As guests sipped white wine, Shea spoke of how difficult it’s been to become a politician seeking the Democratic nomination for governor. (Balt. Sun)

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Dems keep the gloves on during their first televised forum

The Democratic candidates for governor who participated in a televised forum on Monday were strikingly gentle in their treatment of one another. Rather than use the first joint media event of the primary, now just five weeks away, to draw direct contrasts with one another, they instead focused their must cutting remarks on the man the party's nominee will face in November, Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan (R), and, in a few instances, on President Trump. (Md. Matters)

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Ervin threatens to sue state to get on primary ballot

Gubernatorial hopeful Valerie L. Ervin, fresh off her participation in the first televised forum of the Democratic primary Monday, served notice that she is prepared to sue the state to get her name onto the June 26 ballot. And she challenged, in direct terms, the legitimacy of the only other female candidate in the race, about whom residency questions have long simmered. (Md. Matters)

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Maryland Republican Party releases video mocking Democratic field for governor ahead of first TV debate

Hours before the Democratic candidates for governor were set to square off in their first televised debate, the Maryland Republican Party released an online video mocking the entire field. Called “Uninspired,” the video depicts the Democratic candidates for governor — a crowded field that includes Ivy League grads, accomplished lawyers, veteran lawmakers and a Rhodes Scholar — as boring bumblers. (Balt. Sun)

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Immigrant legal aid group withdraws request for Montgomery County funding

A Washington, D.C., nonprofit set to receive about $374,000 in Montgomery County funds to provide deportation defense to detained immigrants has withdrawn its request for the money in response to an updated list of criminal convictions that would bar certain immigrants from receiving legal aid. Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy had requested that the County Council update its list of criminal convictions that would exclude immigrants from receiving legal representation to include convictions of fraud, distribution of heroin, second- and third-degree burglary and obstruction of justice—among other crimes. (Bethesda)

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Harford County Education Association endorses Councilman Woods for re-election

The Harford County Education Association (HCEA) proudly announced their endorsement of Councilman Joe Woods for re-election as Council member for District B. Councilman Woods is the consummate community leader. The challenges that he has faced throughout his life have informed his adroit leadership and sensitivity to the diverse needs of his community. (Dagger)

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