Campaign shots fired in Frederick County

A county executive candidate simultaneously took aim at gun restrictions and so-called “sanctuary counties.” Perhaps a sign that campaign season is in full swing, County Councilman Kirby Delauter on Wednesday announced his position on the hot-button issues by saying he would submit a proposed resolution to make Frederick County a “sanctuary county” for gun owners. His choice of words made reference to the term used for jurisdictions that, at varying levels, limit their cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (News-Post)

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'Hogan Team' and newcomers vie for Md. House of Delegates seats at Carroll forum

All three District 5 Maryland House of Delegates incumbents vied for Carroll County’s support for re-election as a team Wednesday night, against two newcomers who said they hope to shake things up in Annapolis. The panel forum — hosted by the Community Media Center in Westminster and moderated by Carroll County Times Editor Wayne Carter — gave the delegates the opportunity to delve into controversial topics and share what their plans would be if Carroll County residents voted for them to represent District 5 in the state’s capital. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Democrat Ben Jealous pitches health care for all, free college tuition in bid for Maryland governor

If Ben Jealous is not elected governor of Maryland, it won’t be because he played it safe. Consider: Jealous wants to make Maryland the first state to adopt its own single-payer health care system. He wants to reduce the state’s prison population by 30 percent. He wants tuition-free education at its public colleges and universities. And that’s just to start. The goals being set by the former NAACP president — one of seven major Democrats vying to take on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in the fall — are daunting enough that detractors insist he’s over-promising. But Jealous, 45, says he excels at forging coalitions to achieve lofty, difficult goals. (Balt. Sun)

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Governor Signs Inlet Study, Drilling Bills

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan this week signed into a law a handful of local impact bills including the state’s share for the proposed Inlet dredging study and protections against proposed offshore drilling. Senate Bill 1260, sponsored by Senator Jim Mathias, provides the state’s share of the cost of a proposed study conducted by the federal Army Corps of Engineers to begin determining a long-term solution to the chronic shoaling issues in the Inlet. Before any major investment in the Inlet is made, the Army Corps of Engineers wants to conduct a feasibility study to determine the most effective solution. (O.C. Md. News)

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May 17 // With Baltimore votes up for grabs, Maryland gubernatorial candidate Baker issues plan for city

Democrat Rushern Baker on Wednesday became the first candidate in the crowded primary election for Maryland governor to pitch a detailed plan tailored to helping Baltimore, the state’s largest and most troubled city. The Prince George’s County executive released a seven-page proposal to help Baltimore reverse its chronic population loss, promote homeownership, lure more arts, science and film companies to the city and to revive the $3 billion Red Line transit project and State Center redevelopment canceled by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. (Balt. Sun)

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Union-funded super PAC backing Edwards accuses Alsobrooks of ‘pay-to-play’ politics

It doesn’t get more pernicious in Prince George’s County than accusing a political candidate of “pay-to-play” politics. The phrase — describing government officials who make decisions based on who has given them money — was used during the Washington suburb’s darkest political days, when then-county executive Jack B. Johnson was hauled off in handcuffs on federal corruption charges. Now it is being levied by a super PAC backing county executive candidate Donna F. Edwards (D), in mailers, Facebook ads and other media attacks on her primary rival, Prince George’s state’s attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks (D). (Wash. Post)

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Valerie Ervin faces Thursday deadline on decision to run for Maryland governor after death of running mate Kamenetz

Valerie Ervin is facing a deadline of 5 p.m. Thursday to decide whether she wants to run for governor in place of her deceased running mate, Kevin Kamenetz. Ervin had been running for lieutenant governor on a ticket with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kamenetz, who died suddenly on May 10. Under Maryland law, Ervin has the option to run for governor herself and name a lieutenant governor running mate, or remain as a candidate for lieutenant governor with a new partner running for governor. (Balt. Sun)

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Hogan appears with Baltimore County executive hopeful Redmer in digital ad targeting GOP voters

State Insurance Commissioner and Republican candidate for Baltimore County executive Al Redmer Jr. is continuing to play up his endorsement from Gov. Larry Hogan, appearing with the governor in a new digital ad in advance of the June primary. The ad is brief and shows Hogan sitting next to Redmer, smiling. “Please vote for my friend Al Redmer for Baltimore County executive on June 26,” the governor says in the 10-second spot. The ad targets likely Republican voters, according to the Redmer campaign. It will appear on Facebook and on websites visited by targeted voters. (Balt. Sun)

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