Former Peroutka campaign manager sues state over Maryland registered voter list

Dennis Fusaro, a former campaign manager for Anne Arundel County Councilman Michael Peroutka, has filed a federal lawsuit seeking access to the Maryland voter registration list, saying denial of that list violates his free speech rights. The lawsuit was filed Monday in the United States District Court with help from the Pillar of Law Institute and the Garza Law Firm. The pillar is a free speech advocacy group that represented Fusaro when he was on trial for robocalls made during Peroutka’s campaign for County Council. (Capital)

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Protesters stage mock town hall on GOP tax bill outside Rep. Harris' Bel Air office

Julia Karll, of Abingdon, held protest signs, waved at traffic and chanted with other protesters Monday afternoon in Bel Air to make known their displeasure with First District Congressman Andy Harris and his Republican congressional colleagues’ support of tax cut legislation. Protesters expressed concerns over the tax cuts, which have been championed by Republican President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans, saying they could harm working and middle-class Americans and enrich wealthy individuals and large corporations while adding more than $1 trillion to the national debt. (Balt. Sun)

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Hans Riemer elected Montgomery County Council president

At-large County Council member Hans Riemer was unanimously elected by his colleagues Tuesday morning to serve as president of the legislative body for the next year. Riemer, who served as vice president the past year, took over for Roger Berliner immediately. The council members Tuesday also selected District 4 Council member Nancy Navarro as vice president. (Bethesda)

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Worcester County Commissioners Elect Purnell As President

The Worcester County Commissioners unanimously selected Diana Purnell to serve as their president this week. On Tuesday the commissioners approved the selection of Purnell, the first African American woman to serve as a commissioner in Worcester County, to take the role of president of the board. Ted Elder was voted vice president. (Dispatch)

 

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Lawmakers give Washington County Chamber of Commerce a legislative preview for 2018

Washington County's state lawmakers tailored their remarks about the upcoming legislative session for the business community during a Tuesday morning meeting with the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Bottom line? A veto override on last year's paid sick leave bill would be very, very bad for business. A few of them also used the time to campaign a little for the re-election of Larry Hogan, the governor who vetoed the bill in May. (Herald-Mail)

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Howard County Council elects Mary Kay Sigaty as chairwoman

In their last session of the year, Howard County council members Monday night elected District 4 Councilwoman Mary Kay Sigaty as council chairwoman. District 2 Councilman Calvin Ball will remain the vice-chairman of the council, and Councilwoman Jen Terrasa will remain the chairwoman of the Zoning Board. The council passed several pieces of legislation as well, including granting $6,300 to the Department of Recreation and Parks for historic signs at the B & O Railroad Museum in Ellicott City. (Ho. Co. Times)

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December 5 // Delegate David Vogt running to represent District 4 again

Delegate David E. Vogt III (R-District 4) is running for re-election to his House of Delegates seat, and held a campaign fundraiser last weekend where he was supported by 6th District congressional candidate Amie Hoeber (R). Vogt, who was first elected to the Maryland House three years ago, unsuccessfully ran against Hoeber during the 2016 Republican primary for the congressional seat. The two have since forged a friendship, and Vogt introduced Hoeber at her campaign kickoff earlier this year. (News-Post)

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City Council considers requiring City Hall supervisors to live in Baltimore

City Councilwoman Shannon Sneed submitted legislation Monday that would require all top officials in Baltimore’s government to live in the city. Baltimore’s City Charter already requires the heads of each of Baltimore’s 55 departments and agencies to live in the city. But there is no requirement that other members of the mayor’s cabinet — such as the chief of staff or deputy mayors — and other agency-level supervisors live in Baltimore. (Balt. Sun)

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