New board member nominated for the Annapolis housing authority

Mayor Michael Pantelides has nominated Annapolis resident Kimberlee Cornett to fill the last vacant position on the Annapolis housing authority's Board of Commissioners. "I want to see (the housing authority) put as much priority on its residents and their lives as around its real estate," Cornett said. "I don't think we have to recreate the wheel." (Balt. Sun)

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April 17 // With General Assembly adjourned, crowded 2018 race for Maryland governor begins

With the 2017 General Assembly session over, the 2018 gubernatorial race has begun. At least eight Democrats are weighing whether to jump into the wide-open party primary next year to challenge popular Republican Gov. Larry Hogan for Maryland's top office. The session ended Monday. Now that the legislature has cleared the political stage — and the annual ban on political fundraising during the 90-day session has ended — the hopefuls are racing to raise money and capture the attention of party activists. Democrats see an opportunity to reclaim the governor's mansion in a state where they outnumber Republicans more than 2-1. (Balt. Sun)

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Facing Trump and a Republican governor, Democrats empowered Maryland attorney general

Faced with Republicans in both the White House and the governor's mansion, Maryland's Democratic state lawmakers left behind a kind of night watchman as they begin a nine-month stretch away from Annapolis. The Democrat-dominated General Assembly adjourned Monday having passed a series of bills bolstering the authority of Maryland's unusually weak attorney general's office. The new powers will help Democrats pursue their priorities outside of the legislature's annual 90-day session. Republicans warn the changes inject politics into an office that has broad responsibility to provide impartial legal advice to state officials of both parties. (Balt. Sun)

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All-male panel ruled on rape bill during Maryland's legislative session

As the 2017 legislative session wound down Monday evening, five men sat on couches in a lounge inside Maryland's State House. They would soon decide the fate of a bill that would allow a woman who is raped and conceives a child to terminate the parental rights of her assailant. Maryland is one of 16 states that has not passed such a law. Women here still have to negotiate with an alleged rapist over custody or putting the child up for adoption. It was the ninth time Del. Kathleen Dumais had tried to pass the law. (Balt. Sun)

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A resurgent progressive movement in Anne Arundel County

On Feb. 2, Arnold resident Yasemin Jamison created a group on Facebook. It's a move that many have done before. Social media allows for greater reach and better opportunities to meet people who think alike, or differently, depending on the goal. For Jamison, it was about finding people who are mad as hell and aren't going to take it anymore. The group's header image reads: "Anne Arundel County Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda." "We are individuals, generally from the Broadneck Peninsula, who are here to resist Trump's agenda. Trump's agenda is racist, authoritarian and corrupt, and it must be stopped," Jamison wrote. "Our focus is to not only work locally to change our local government, but to also make some changes federally." (Capital)

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Former state senator John Giannetti facing possible attorney discipline over tax troubles

Former state senator and attorney John Giannetti has an upcoming day in court. The state Attorney Grievance Commission has filed a petition for disciplinary or remedial action against Giannetti, chairman of the Annapolis Democratic Central Committee, for not filing state or federal taxes from 2008 through 2015. The filing came after a monthslong investigation by the commission's bar counsel who filed the petition with the Maryland Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over attorney discipline issues. (Capital)

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Advocacy groups back former Anne Arundel judicial hopeful in discrimination lawsuit

A number of local advocacy groups are throwing their support behind a former judicial candidate who is alleging he was treated unfairly when he was vetted while seeking appointments to the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. Groups including the Caucus of African American Leaders and the recently formed Showing Up for Racial Justice came to Circuit Court last week to support Rickey Nelson Jones, who filed a lawsuit claiming discriminatory practices by the Judicial Nominating Commission. (Capital)

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Baltimore County Council to consider live-stream of meetings

The Baltimore County Council will consider a resolution Monday to urge more transparency in government, including live-streaming council meetings and work sessions. Councilwoman Vicki Almond plans to introduce the resolution at Monday night's council meeting. "We want to be as transparent as we can, and I think it's one of the things people are very interested in," the Reisterstown Democrat said. Almond's resolution, if approved, would not be binding. It would function largely as an official public statement of the council. Baltimore County has lagged behind other counties and cities in offering video of the council's public meetings. (Balt. Sun)

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