Pr. George’s police put it in writing: Officers can’t cooperate with ICE for noncriminal deportations

Prince George’s County police launched training efforts this week that specifically prohibit officers from cooperating with federal immigration authorities to enforce civil deportation orders. The training includes a five-minute video that will be shown at the start of roll call over the next several days, reminding officers that they should cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement only if an individual is wanted on a criminal immigration warrant or in connection with certain suspected crimes, and not for any civil removal proceedings. (Wash. Post)


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Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby will testify before U.S. congress on marijuana reform

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby will testify before the U.S. Congress in support of federal decriminalization and legalization of marijuana possession. The U.S. Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security will hold a hearing Wednesday at 10 a.m. to examine the injustices of marijuana prohibition and consider federal law reform. Mosby plans to speak about the legalization of marijuana as well as legislation that would “right the wrongs of the past”, referring to the mass criminalization of marijuana possession, which disproportionately affects people of color, her office wrote in a release. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Republican Party begins to ponder its future without Hogan

Nearly five years into Gov. Larry Hogan’s tenure, the Maryland Republican Party is still trying to figure out how to capitalize on his record approval ratings. In November, Hogan won reelection by a wide margin, becoming the first Republican governor elected to a second term in the state in more than half a century. His popularity has boosted the party’s fundraising to historic levels, and the GOP spent heavily last year in hopes of expanding its footprint in Maryland, where Democratic voters outnumber Republicans by a margin of 2-to-1. (Wash. Post) 

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Maryland Gov. Hogan names aide as state labor secretary

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan named Tiffany Robinson to be the next state labor secretary on Tuesday. Robinson has served as the Republican governor’s deputy chief of staff, working on issues including labor, housing, education, human services and health, according to the governor’s office. “Tiffany’s experience as an advocate for Maryland’s workers and small businesses, and her commitment to public service, make her an outstanding choice to be our next labor secretary,” Hogan said in a statement. Robinson previously served in top housing and community development positions for the state and Harford County, and worked as an attorney in private practice. (Balt. Sun) 

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A gay politician pushed for pride events in a Maryland suburb — and was targeted by hate

This year, for the first time, Maryland’s most populous jurisdiction formally recognized June as Pride Month — an effort spearheaded by Evan Glass, the first openly gay member of the Montgomery County Council. At events, Glass, 42, posed with drag queens and marched triumphantly through town centers holding his husband’s hand. Behind the scenes, however, the at-large Democrat was battling a deluge of hate-filled messages. It began in May, after Glass announced via email the pride events he would be hosting in Montgomery, a county of 1.1 million people just outside Washington. The first response he received from a constituent questioned his efforts to organize “tranny queer pride gatherings.” (Wash. Post)

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Rushern Baker appointed to UMMS board

Rushern Baker, the former Prince George’s County executive, was appointed to the board of the University of Maryland Medical System on Monday, according to The Washington Post. The appointment is the latest effort from the state to rework the UMMS board after the $4.4 billion medical system was roiled with a scandal involving its CEO cutting deals with board members that were not disclosed or bid in the proper manner. The scandal included a contract to purchase children’s books self-published by Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, who was an UMMS board member. The book scandal became part of a federal criminal probe. Pugh resigned from her post in May, several days after UMMS CEO Robert Chrencik stepped down. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Pittman appoints Charles County official as new Anne Arundel planning director

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman has named a new director for planning and zoning as he continues to put his fingerprints on the county government. Steven Kaii-Ziegler, an Annapolis resident, will start his new job on July 31. Kaii-Ziegler is currently director of the Charles County Department of Planning and Growth Management. Current Planning Director Phil Hager, who has been in the position since July 2017, will move to a new role working directly with the county executive's office on redevelopment projects. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Barr: Mueller's Hill testimony will be 'public spectacle'

Attorney General William Barr on Monday accused Democrats of trying to create a “public spectacle” by subpoenaing Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress about the Russia investigation. In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said the Justice Department would support Mueller if he decides he “doesn’t want to subject himself” to congressional testimony. Barr also said the Justice Department would seek to block any attempt by Congress to subpoena members of the special counsel’s team. (Star Dem.)

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