Annapolis attorney disputes government meetings on religious holidays

A prominent city attorney has taken issue with meetings scheduled on religious holidays after requesting the City Council Rules and Government Committee postpone a Tuesday meeting abutting Yom Kippur. Alderwoman Sheila Finlayson, the committee chair, canceled the Rules and Government meeting after attorney Alan Hyatt informed the committee he’d be celebrating Yom Kippur, a Jewish holiday beginning at sundown Tuesday and ending at sundown Wednesday. The meeting was scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. (Capital)

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Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh introduces new ethics reforms

It was another full Anne Arundel County Council meeting Monday night as members debated proposed changes to the county’s ethics laws, legislation that would benefit a medical marijuana business in Annapolis and were warned “blood” is on some of their hands after voting against an abortion resolution at the last meeting. Residents stood at the back of the room as they waited their turns to discuss business before the council. (Capital)

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Herald-Mail Media reporter vetoed from gubernatorial debate panel

Herald-Mail Media plans to send a panelist to next week's gubernatorial debate, despite having its veteran State House reporter rejected Monday. The campaigns of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and his Democratic challenger, Ben Jealous, announced this month that they agreed to a single one-hour debate on Sept. 24, to be hosted by Maryland Public Television. Both sides agreed that they could veto any of the representatives from the news outlets. (Herald-Mail)

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September 17 // In Md. governor’s race, Jealous releases his first ad since primary

Ben Jealous released his first advertisement since clinching the Maryland Democratic gubernatorial nomination in late June, a 60-second spot that will air in the Baltimore market for about a week. The ad highlights Jealous’s work as a former president of the NAACP, where he turned around the beleaguered civil rights organization, and as a venture capitalist at Kapor Capital, where he helped grow several small businesses. The ad, which cost $109,000, is the first response from the Jealous campaign to Gov. Larry Hogan’s advertising blitz. Hogan (R), who had $9.4 million on hand in late August, has already spent about $2 million on ads. (Wash. Post)

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Sen. Van Hollen tells The Capital: It is 'gross negligence' when lawmakers fail to pass gun control laws

Politicians who don’t support gun control legislation such as universal background checks are grossly negligent because that legislation would reduce gun violence throughout the country, said U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. Van Hollen visited The Capital on Friday to discuss gun violence after a call to action from the newspaper’s editorial board. An editorial after the June 28th shooting asked local and federal lawmakers to come up with solutions to make Annapolis the last mass shooting. Of course it wasn’t. On Wednesday five people were killed in Bakersfield, California, when a domestic dispute escalated to violence. The gunman died as well. (Capital)

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Ben Jealous to release plan Monday aimed at curbing prescription drug costs

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous plans Monday to release a new a series of new proposals aimed at curbing prescription drug costs in Maryland. Called a “New Rx For Maryland,” Jealous’ plan proposes creating a prescription drug affordability board to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for rising costs and “ensure Marylanders are not subject to sharp increases.” His plan also calls for driving down costs by allowing reimportation of prescription drugs so that Marylanders can access prescriptions at cheaper rates from Canada and instituting a drug spending cap for Medicaid, which the Jealous campaign says has helped New York achieve $958 million in savings last year. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland's comptroller, a Democrat, says he won't vote in the governor's race

Maryland Democratic Comptroller Peter Franchot has said that he would not endorse his party’s nominee for governor. And when asked recently by The Baltimore Sun’s editorial board who would get his vote, Franchot went further and said no one. “I’m neutral right now,” he said in response to a question from Andrew A. Green, the Sun’s opinion editor. “I think I’ll probably, on that particular ballot based on my public position of neutrality, not vote on that particular office.” The comptroller has positioned himself as a fiscal conservative and has often aligned himself with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. Democrat Ben Jealous is running against Hogan. (Balt. Sun)

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In Maryland attorney general race, a debate over debates

The campaigns of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and his Democratic challenger Ben Jealous wrangled for weeks over their debate schedule before settling on just one debate. Now, a similar debate over debates is playing out in the attorney general’s race. Democratic incumbent Brian Frosh and his Republican challenger, Craig Wolf, have agreed to two debates. But deciding when and where they should be has become contentious. The Wolf campaign this week accused Frosh of refusing to debate on television — after he declined an event hosted by WBFF-TV. (Balt. Sun)

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