After Senate trial, Raskin reflects on his role in Trump impeachment process

The months-long debate over the impeachment of President Donald Trump brought national attention to second-term U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin of Takoma Park. Raskin was among a group of congressional progressives pushing for an impeachment inquiry prior to the disclosure of Trump’s July 25 phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky — which created a furor over whether Trump leveraged U.S. aid to coerce Zelensky into investigating a potential Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter. (Bethesda Mag)

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Harford Sheriff Gahler Opposes Bills to Make Maryland a Sanctuary State

Today, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler, stood with Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, Cecil County Sheriff Scott Adams, law enforcement leaders, Angel Families, and representatives from the MD Senate and House of Delegates to oppose to HB 388 and HB 677. (Dagger)

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MDOT signs $301M contract to build new Nice/Middleton Bridge

Maryland lawmakers are again being asked to consider legislation banning local law enforcement agencies from turning over undocumented immigrants based on civil warrants. Supporters of the bill, introduced in previous years, hope it has a shot of passage now that a new chairman presides over the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. (Daily Record)

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Maryland federal prosecutor resigns from Roger Stone case after DOJ intervention

A federal prosecutor in Baltimore has resigned from a special assignment handling the case of longtime GOP operative Roger Stone after the Department of Justice said it would intervene to scale back the prosecution team’s sentencing recommendation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron S.J. Zelinsky withdrew as a special assistant U.S. attorney assigned to the District of Columbia, where he was detailed to handle the Stone case. (Balt Sun)

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Health Department official expresses concern over changes to legislation involving composition of maternal mortality board

The Deputy Director of Government Affairs at the Maryland Department of Health told a panel of state lawmakers on Tuesday that changes to legislation designed to make membership on a committee charged with examining disparities in maternal deaths more inclusive might make the recruitment process more difficult. The Maternal Mortality Stakeholder Review Group has 12 members. It is composed of an Asian man, an Asian woman, an African American man, four African American women and five white women. (Md Reporter)

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Activists praise Md. bill to end ‘gay/trans panic’ defense

Gay rights activists hailed legislation Tuesday that would bar murder defendants from claiming they were provoked to violence after discovering the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity in an effort to reduce their offense to manslaughter, a defense most famously tried by the killers of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in the late 1990s. (Daily Record)

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Lawmakers Debate Changes To Child Pornography Laws To Address Teen Sexting

Maryland senators are discussing how state law should address teen sexting, saying that with the changing times and technology it’s an issue that’s become common. But, the question now is, should it be criminal? Right now, teenagers can be prosecuted for sending sexually explicit texts or selfies to one another, and lawmakers now have to decide whether to change the current law to prevent young people from winding up in a courtroom. (WJZ-TV)

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Trump yet again proposes slashing Chesapeake Bay cleanup budget, weeks after approving a spending increase

For the fourth time in his administration, President Donald Trump has proposed slashing spending on Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts — only this time, the move comes weeks after he signed a bipartisan agreement to increase the program’s budget by 16%. Trump’s fiscal 2021 budget, released Monday, includes $7.3 million for the Annapolis-based Chesapeake Bay Program, which oversees research and initiatives across the bay watershed that aim to restore the health of the nation’s largest estuary. (Balt Sun)

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