Harford to give $2 million of CARES funding to volunteer fire and EMS outfits for COVID-19 expenses

Harford County government will give $2 million of its federal CARES Act funding to volunteer fire and EMS organizations in the county, the administration announced this week. That money will be given as a lump sum, “in the interest of time,” to Harford’s 12 volunteer fire and EMS associations, county spokesperson Cindy Mumby said, to use for coronavirus-related expenses. (Aegis)

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Leading Md. Republicans Largely Align With Trump on Election Outcome

As President Trump refuses to concede the White House election to former vice president Joe Biden, despite major news outlets calling the election for the Democrat on Saturday, Maryland Republicans — with the notable exceptions of Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) and Lt. Gov. Boyd K. Rutherford (R) — are falling in line. Most are staying silent on the election outcome, or expressing support for Trump’s statements that the election was marred by widespread fraud, or at least suggesting the race shouldn’t be called until the president has exhausted all of his legal challenges. (Md Matters)

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Maryland Gov. Hogan called on counties to ‘step up’ coronavirus enforcement. But the process can be complicated.

Over the course of a week, Baltimore City health officials stepped in twice to close down a pair of popular Federal Hill bars for coronavirus violations. The neighboring bars — The Charles and Banditos Bar and Kitchen — were closed the day after Halloween over concerns that they didn’t properly enforce mask-wearing and social distancing rules. They were back open a day later. Then they were closed again Friday, then open by Saturday afternoon. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland’s health secretary to retire Dec. 1

Maryland’s health secretary, former state Sen. Robert Neall, will retire in three weeks, Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday. At a meeting earlier in the day, “he gave us notice and announced to the cabinet and us that he is leaving the administration, retiring Dec. 1,” Hogan said at an evening news conference in Annapolis on the coronavirus pandemic. The governor said he didn’t have further details, but described Neall as “a longtime friend for decades who has done an incredible job.” (Balt Sun)

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Ocean City cancels Christmas parade after health officials voice concerns

Ocean City's annual Christmas parade won't go on as planned this year after Worcester County health officials voiced some concerns about the proposed event. Ocean City officials planned to have the 38th annual Christmas Parade on Dec. 5, and were preparing to make modifications to the event to help it comply with COVID-19 restrictions. Town officials were going to encourage people to wear masks while watching the parade, said Special Events Director Frank Miller during the Oct. 27 council meeting. (Delmarva)

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Local leaders say Gov. Hogan hasn’t held pandemic call for five months, ask to work together amid coronavirus surge

Baltimore’s mayor and six county executives are calling on Gov. Hogan to work with them as Maryland sees a surge in coronavirus cases, saying “policies are much more effective when we act together.” In a new letter to the Republican governor, the local officials said it had been more than five months since Hogan took part in a statewide call with county leaders. They also wrote that Hogan hasn’t given them advance notice when making announcements of re-openings. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland legislators release plans for 2021 session amid rise in COVID-19 cases

As Maryland braces for a winter surge in coronavirus cases, top lawmakers are planning how to bring the General Assembly together for a session in Annapolis this January. In a pair of plans released last week, House and Senate leaders outlined measures that will strictly limit public access to the State House and will keep lawmakers at a distance from one another. (Delmarva)

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‘We raised enough money to investigate,’ Klacik tweets, alleging irregularities in votes for Baltimore Rep. Mfume

Republican congressional candidate Kimberly Klacik raised so much campaign cash that she ran out of time to spend it during her unsuccessful bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume of Baltimore. Now, Klacik has a use for some of the leftover money — addressing her unspecified concerns about mail-in ballots the 7th Congressional District race. (Balt Sun)

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