First family back in Washington after weekend at Camp David

The first family spent a little more than 24 hours in Frederick County over the weekend and President Donald Trump said he found Camp David to be “incredible,” “beautiful” and “very nice.” It was the first family’s first visit to the presidential retreat on Catoctin Mountain, and it came one weekend after Melania Trump and the first couple’s 11-year-old son, Barron, officially moved into the White House. (News-Post)

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Some urge caution on Anne Arundel agritourism bill

As a vote on an agritourism proposal for Anne Arundel County approaches, some south county residents and smart growth advocates are asking County Council members to give more thought to the decision. The council could take a final vote on Bill 25-17, which would create a definition in county code for agritourism and allow it as a conditional use, at the body's first post-budget meeting on Monday. (Capital)

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Baltimore County employee withdraws request for sewer deal that was questioned

A Baltimore County government employee has withdrawn her request for taxpayer help to extend a public sewer line to a property she owns in Reisterstown, a proposal that was first approved by the County Council, then put on hold. Suzanne Berger, the county's deputy director of human resources, withdrew her request for the sewer extension the day after The Baltimore Sun wrote about the council's vote to put the deal on hold. (Balt. Sun)

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Ethics complaint targets two Washington County commissioners, official

An ethics complaint has been filed against three Washington County officials, including two county commissioners, a county attorney confirmed Friday. Jeff Cline, vice president of the five-member Washington County Board of Commissioners, recently filed the complaint against fellow commissioners LeRoy Myers and Wayne Keefer, as well as County Administrator Rob Slocum, according to Deputy County Attorney Kirk Downey. (Herald-Mail)

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June 16 // Hogan outlines big plans for Maryland Republicans in 2018

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who for much of the past two years kept his distance from his fellow Republicans, sounded like the party’s cheerleader at its annual Red, White and Blue dinner Wednesday night. Despite Democrats’ earlier predictions of the state GOP’s demise, Hogan told the crowd at the BWI Airport Marriott in Linthicum that the Maryland Republican Party continues to be “better, stronger and more relevant” than it ever has been. Hogan, looking to shore up the base for his own reelection and for down-ballot races in 2018, rattled off the increased number of Republicans in local and state offices since 2014: 50 state delegates, 14 state senators and, for the first time in Maryland history, five county executives. (Wash. Post)

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David Trone stays high profile as he considers political future

Wine executive David Trone has been testing the waters in two of Maryland’s marquee 2018 races: for Montgomery county executive or, if Rep. John Delaney (D) runs for governor, the Sixth Congressional District. The Potomac Democrat sounded more like an aspiring House member in a Baltimore Sun op-ed Wednesday, slamming the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts as he recounted his nephew’s drug addiction and death from an opioid overdose late last year. Trone said the White House’s proposed elimination of the Obamacare requirement for drug treatment as part of basic health insurance packages will only send more addicts to jail. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland’s top lawyer says it’s ok to make bare breasted women cover up in public

Maryland’s top lawyer on Thursday waded into the controversy over topless sunbathing at the beach, telling state and local officials that they probably are on solid legal ground if they want to ban women from baring their breasts in public. The office of Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) said that “prohibiting women from exposing their breast in public while allowing men to do so under the same circumstances does not violate the federal or state Constitution.” The brief opinion comes less than a week after the Ocean City Council held an emergency meeting to pass a public nudity ban. (Wash. Post)

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Democrats call on Hogan to voice opposition to Paris climate decision

Democratic members of Maryland’s congressional delegation called on Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday to “forcefully reject” President Donald J. Trump’s decision this month to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement. In a letter sent days before Hogan, a Republican, is set to embark on a trade mission to London and Paris, the federal lawmakers wrote that Maryland should play a “consequential role” in upholding the goals of the international climate pact. “We ask that you vocally and forcefully reject the president’s climate policies and join us in pursuing climate change solutions that support the development of clean energy jobs, are rooted in science, and protect future generations,” the lawmakers wrote. (Balt. Sun)

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