Frederick County Council candidates talk government, business growth at forum

With less than two months remaining until the general election in November, 13 of the 15 candidates on the ballot for County Council positions gave their views on growth and county government at a forum Tuesday. The forum, which was sponsored by the Frederick County Building Industry Association and the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, presented a series of questions with yes or no answers to each candidate before presenting candidates from each district with narrative questions allowing a two-minute answer. (News-Post)

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September 11 // Hurricane Florence on track to hit Southeast coast by Friday morning; Gov. Hogan declares state of emergency

Hurricane Florence is a rapidly strengthening major storm with sustained 130 mph winds as it heads toward a potentially devastating landfall in the Southeast U.S. later this week, prompting Gov. Larry Hogan to declare a state of emergency. The National Hurricane Center is warning of “life-threatening” storm surge in the Carolinas and Virginia, as well as “a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event” in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic. Hogan announced the emergency declaration Monday afternoon, warning that the storm could bring devastating flooding in an already waterlogged region. (Balt. Sun)

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On eve of cancer surgery, Trone promises return to campaign trail after recovery

A day before undergoing surgery for cancer, David Trone, the Potomac Democrat seeking to succeed Rep. John Delaney, said Monday that he would resume campaigning after recuperating for two weeks and brushed aside questions about whether his health would undermine his quest for the House seat. The co-founder of Total Wine & More, who has spent more than $10 million on his campaign, said he expected a “full recovery” and betrayed no hesi­ta­tion about returning to the campaign trail after recovering from the surgery. (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore County executive candidates Redmer, Olszewski to debate Tuesday in Catonsville

The candidates for Baltimore County executive will face off Tuesday in their first formal debate of the general election season. Democrat Johnny Olszewski Jr. and Republican Al Redmer Jr. will participate in the debate at 3:30 p.m. in the Arts Building lounge at the Community College of Baltimore County’s Catonsville campus. The debate is open to students, staff and the general public. Redmer and Olszewski are vying to lead the state’s third-most populous jurisdiction. The winner will succeed County Executive Don Mohler, a Democrat who was appointed to fill the remainder of the term of the late Kevin Kamenetz, who died from cardiac arrest in May. (Balt. Sun)

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Former Congressional candidate tapped to head southern chapter of Red Cross

A former Republican candidate for state and federal offices will now lead the local chapter of the American Red Cross. Mark Plaster, who most recently dropped out of his bid as a GOP candidate for the District 30A seat in the House of Delegates, will lead the American Red Cross Southern Maryland Chapter, the organization said in a release. The chapter covers Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties, the organization said. Plaster, a former emergency room doctor, first entered politics during the 2016 election, when he unsuccessfully attempted to knock out Democratic incumbent Rep. John Sarbanes for the state’s District 3 seat on the House of Representatives. (Capital)

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Main Street bike lane draws heated testimony at Annapolis city council meeting

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley heard heated testimony from residents and business owners at Monday night’s city council meeting about the new temporary bike lane on Main Street that removed parking along one side of the road. Amid testimony from more than a dozen people opposing the bike lane, Buckley said the equipment for the temporary lane cost $30,000 — and the experiment would last 45 days instead of 30. The final cost is not yet known, city spokeswoman Susan O’Brien said. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel County employee resigned after suspicious purchases with county funds

Folding chairs. A generator. Carpet cleaner rental. Boat parts. These are just a few of the items an Anne Arundel County employee might have bought for personal reasons using his county credit card, according to audits of the employee’s county credit card. The employee resigned May 23, 2017 after the county investigated what they considered suspicious purchases. The purchases were flagged after the employee failed to provide proper receipts and documentation of the purchases. (Capital)

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September 10 // Trump slams Jealous’s plan for free community college for ‘dreamers’

It was probably only a matter of time before President Trump attacked Maryland Democrat Ben Jealous's progressive agenda. During a rally in Montana Thursday night, Trump slammed Jealous's plan to provide free community college tuition for all Maryland residents, including undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, commonly referred to as "dreamers." (Wash. Post)

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