Anne Arundel County Executive Schuh asks Roy Moore's Senate campaign to return donation

County Executive Steve Schuh has asked for a refund of $1,000 he gave to controversial U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore from Alabama, the same day his donation was made public by a progressive political blog. At an event Wednesday, Schuh confirmed the previously undisclosed donation and said his decision to ask for the money back was unrelated to a report in the “Arundel Patriot.” “My contribution was in connection to the Severna Park fundraiser a few months ago, before I found out he was a creeper,” Schuh said. “Since the time that became clear, I have asked for my money back.” (Capital)

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Whistleblower who approached Rep. Cummings claims Flynn promised Russian sanctions would be 'ripped up'

President Donald J. Trump’s former national security adviser told a business associate that U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia would be “ripped up” by the new administration, according to a whistleblower account made public Wednesday in a letter written by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings. Michael T. Flynn, who pleaded guilty last week to lying to the FBI, was communicating with former business associates “within minutes” of Trump’s inauguration, according to the letter — reassuring them Russian investments would soon be available as the Trump administration lifted sanctions. (Balt. Sun-AP)

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An easier, stealthier way to search for conflicts of interest among Md. legislators

For years, the Maryland General Assembly has thrown up bureaucratic hurdles for residents interested in learning about their lawmakers’ potential conflicts of interest. Lawmakers are required to list their sources of income and business holdings in annual forms. But seeing those documents required a trek to the State Ethics Commission in Annapolis. And anyone who wanted to view conflict-of-interest forms had to provide their name and home address to the ethics panel, which then forwarded that information to the officials’ whose filings are being pulled. Now there is another way to get the information, without leaving your computer or having your name sent to the person you are checking on. (Wash. Post)

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Thousands rally outside Capitol to demand DACA solution; at least 2 Md. lawmakers arrested

Nearly 200 protesters were arrested Wednesday on the steps of the U.S. Capitol after thousands gathered to demand legislation protecting young, undocumented immigrants whose work permits are being revoked by the Trump administration. Those arrested after refusing to disperse included at least two lawmakers from Montgomery County: County Council President Hans Riemer (D-At Large) and state Del. Ana Sol Gutiérrez (D-Montgomery). Coordinated by local and national immigrant rights groups, the protest was the latest effort to pressure U.S. lawmakers to find a way to replace Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama-era program that allowed some 690,000 immigrants brought to this country as children to receive two-year renewal work permits and shielded them from deportation. (Wash. Post)

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December 6 // Hogan wants to double the sentence for repeat offenders who commit a felony with a gun

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said Tuesday that he plans to introduce emergency legislation in January that calls for tougher sentencing for repeat offenders who commit a felony using a gun, part of a crime-fighting package to stem the violence in Baltimore and across the state. Hogan wants to double the minimum criminal penalty, increasing it from five years to 10 years, without parole or probation. (Wash. Post)

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GOP county chair touts Hogan’s prospects for nearly half of MoCo vote next year

Even with Democrats outnumbering Republicans more than 3-1 in Montgomery County, the county’s new GOP chairman can see Gov. Larry Hogan capturing up to 45 percent of the vote here in next year’s re-election bid. Hogan garnered 37 percent of the Montgomery County vote in 2014, close to the high-water mark for a statewide Republican candidate in Maryland’s most populous jurisdiction over the past two decades. (Bethesda)

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Congress barreling toward shutdown deadline

Republican leaders were scrambling Tuesday to reach an agreement on a short-term funding measure to avert a government shutdown at week’s end and address a host of high-profile issues — including a simmering battle over immigration — that have languished for months. At stake for Maryland are a number of initiatives President Donald J. Trump’s administration has threatened to cut, including federal funding for the Chesapeake Bay’s recovery and money for a Department of Homeland Security laboratory housed at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County. (Balt. Sun)

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Fact-finders in state-union talks recommend employee wage increases

Fact-finders brought into collective bargaining talks between the state and its employee unions have recommended wage increases for the union members — and rejected the Hogan administration’s proposal to make raises contingent upon the state exceeding revenue projections. Documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun show independent arbitrators have made nonbinding recommendations to negotiators for the state and two union bargaining groups whose contracts expire Dec. 31 — AFSCME Council 3 and the combined Maryland Professional Employees Council/American Federation of Teachers. (Balt. Sun)

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