April 14 // Democrats call for investigation into fundraiser emails from Hogan appointee

Democrats are asking state election officials to investigate whether an appointee of Gov. Larry Hogan broke campaign laws by raising money for the governor during the General Assembly session. The Maryland Democratic Party filed a complaint Tuesday alleging Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer Jr. solicited campaign donations for Hogan one week before the session ended Monday. (Balt. Sun)

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Astle makes it official, files for Annapolis mayor

State Sen. John Astle has officially filed to run for mayor of Annapolis. The Democrat turned in his paperwork Thursday, just three days after the end of the General Assembly session, according to his campaign. The announcement confirms his intention to jump into the mayoral race, which he discussed with The Capital in January. (Balt. Sun)

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U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen to serve on I-81 panel

U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen announced Thursday that he will take former Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s seat on the I-81 Corridor Coalition’s steering committee. Van Hollen, D-Md., is the only federal official from Maryland to serve on the panel. “The I-81 corridor is central to commerce and transportation in Washington County and across the state — and improving it is a bipartisan issue that needs immediate focus,” Van Hollen said in a statement. (Herald-Mail)

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Md. bill involves domestic abusers wearing GPS trackers

Putting technology to work for the benefit of domestic violence victims — a law passed by the Maryland’s General Assembly this week authorizes the use of GPS tracking devices for abusers. WJZ’s Pat Warren reports, the family of a domestic violence victim made this a personal crusade. The law is named after the Prince George’s County woman who’s ex-boyfriend broke into her house and slashed her throat even after she requested a restraining order against him. (WJZ-TV)

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Local legislators disappointed bow riding bill failed

There will not be new regulations regarding bow-riding this summer after proposed legislation filed late in the game stalled out as the General Assembly session expired this week. In the wake of several serious boating accidents in the resort last summer, including a fatal propeller strike that claimed the life of a child in August, Ocean City’s representatives in Annapolis, including Senator Jim Mathias and Delegate Mary Beth Carozza, and Boat Act Advisory Committee in December, decided a regulatory remedy could be expedited rather than going the legislative route. (Dispatch)

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April 13 // Hogan reappointment of two to Cabinet sets up legal fight with Assembly

Setting up a potential constitutional clash, Gov. Larry Hogan reappointed two officials to his Cabinet on Wednesday who failed to make it through the confirmation process during the General Assembly session that ended this week. Hogan named Dennis R. Schrader to head the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene despite withdrawing his name after a dispute with Maryland Senate Democrats. He also announced he would keep Wendi Peters, whose nomination was turned down by the Senate Executive Nominations Committee but withdrawn before full Senate action, as acting planning secretary. (Balt. Sun)

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‘No Means No Law’ Redefines Rape In Maryland

It’s called the “No Means No Law,” legislation that redefines rape in Maryland. It puts an end to what supporters consider a miscarriage of justice. New legislation changes the interpretation of Maryland law that if you didn’t fight back, it wasn’t rape. The General Assembly took action against a condition of current state law that includes victim resistance in the definition of rape. “What we are saying is when someone is passed out and a person gets on top of them and rapes them there should not be a jury instruction requiring that there be resistance but it’s currently in the statute and you have the power to change that,” said Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger on February 8. (WJZ-CBS)

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Martin O'Malley, former Democratic presidential hopeful, to teach course at U. of Maryland

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who briefly challenged Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary, will teach a course in political leadership this fall at his home state’s flagship university. “The three-credit course, PLCY359M: Contemporary Issues in Political Leadership and Participation; Leadership in the Information Age, will meet on Thursdays from 4:15-6:45 p.m. and is available to all undergraduate students,” reported The Diamondback, the University of Maryland’s student newspaper. Thus far, all 30 slots for the course have been filled but campus administrators are considering expanding the class size to accommodate more students, The Diamondback reported. (Wash. Times)

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