Hogan, Pugh respond to deadly attack at Charlottesville protests

Gov. Larry Hogan issued a statement on his official Facebook page Sunday expressing his condolences to the victims of a terrorist attack at a protest in Charlottesville Saturday. In the post, the Republican governor said: “The First Lady and I are heartbroken over the deaths of two Virginia State Troopers and the innocent bystander, and all those injured as a result of the violence in Charlottesville this weekend. Hate and bigotry only lead to violence and death, and there is no place for it our society. Maryland stands in solidarity with our friends and neighbors in Virginia, today and always.” (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel executive, councilman condemn violence in Charlottesville

Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh and Councilman Chris Trumbauer used social media Saturday to denounce deadly violence surrounding a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. The two public officials condemned the violence as a rally was being planned in downtown Annapolis Sunday by groups citing opposition to the white supremacists sentiments on display in Charlottesville. (Capital)

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How Maryland’s political parties ramped up their ground games for 2018

With Maryland’s governorship and General Assembly seats at stake in the 2018 election, the state’s Democratic and Republican parties are both testing new approaches to outreach and working more vigorously than in the past to boost turnout in their favor. Armed with lists of independents and party affiliates who sat out recent midterm elections, party volunteers and candidates are canvassing neighborhoods virtually every weekend to convince voters that the upcoming races matter, focusing largely on battleground districts but also reaching into each other’s strongholds. (Wash. Post)

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Democrats far outpace Republicans in fundraising for Frederick mayor

The candidate with the least amount of experience running a mayoral campaign in Frederick has raised the most money ahead of the upcoming primary, according to the first official campaign finance reports. Alderman Michael O’Connor, who faces former Mayor Jennifer Dougherty in the Democratic mayoral primary, raised the most money of any of the candidates since he opened his account, bringing in $21,100 in total contributions. The number includes $10,058 he transferred from a separate aldermanic account. (News-Post)

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August 11 // Shoemaker asks AG Frosh for recusal from gerrymandering case

Maryland Del. Haven Shoemaker, R-District 5, and 20 of his Republican colleagues in the House of Delegates have signed a letter to Attorney General Brian Frosh asking that he recuse himself from a court case involving alleged gerrymandering. The case, Benisek v. Lamone, is currently before a three-judge panel in the U.S. District Court in Baltimore and stems from a lawsuit brought by plaintiffs alleging unfair gerrymandering in Maryland’s 6th congressional district. (Balt. Sun)

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Democratic Central Committee member to run for District 32 House seat

Sandy Bartlett has volunteered for a lot of campaigns in her nearly eight years on Anne Arundel County's Democratic Central Committee. Now, she's preparing to launch one of her own. Bartlett, an intellectual property lawyer and professor from Maryland City, filed for a seat in the House of Delegates' 32nd district in late June. She's hosting a campaign kickoff Aug. 23 at the All American Steakhouse in Odenton. "It may sound cliche, but I believe that I can make a difference," Bartlett said, and "I feel like I can do that better as a candidate than as a volunteer or as a community activist." (Capital)

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Dougherty, O’Connor face off at candidate forum, agree communication is missing in the mayor’s office

 

Democratic mayoral candidates Jennifer Dougherty and Michael O’Connor do not agree on everything. They do agree, however, that better communication is needed between the person who holds the city’s highest office and the community. That was one of several takeaways from a public forum held Thursday at C. Burr Artz Public Library in downtown Frederick. The Frederick County Democratic Central Committee hosted the “Before the Ballot” event for the mayoral and aldermanic candidates set to appear on the party ticket in the upcoming primary. (News-Post)

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Former Anne Arundel judicial candidate sues state for defamation

A former judicial candidate for the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court is suing the state Board of Elections over a ruling that she misused campaign funds. Claudia Barber, the first African-American woman to run in a general election for Circuit Court in the county, claims a state employee tried to "sabotage" her career and that the board violated her right to due process. In the lawsuit filed against the state Board of Elections on June 13, the Hanover attorney asked for at least $10 million in damages "for casting (Barber) in a false light and damaging her stellar career, plus court costs and attorney's fees." (Capital)

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