Speaker, Lt. Governor Spar Over Civil War Plaque Proposal

Days after voting to remove a controversial Civil War plaque from the State House, the panel that oversees the historic building deadlocked over a Hogan administration proposal to install a new marker in place of the old one. Lt. Gov. Boyd K. Rutherford (R) and Laura Davis Mears, the head of Maryland Historical Trust, voted to form a committee to design a new plaque, one that — in Rutherford’s words — would “ensure our history is represented accurately.” (Md Matters)

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Annapolis considers vote-by-mail for 2021 city election

The Annapolis City Council will consider bills at Monday night’s meeting that would provide a vote-by-mail option for next year’s local primary and general elections and extends the deadline that the elections board will accept absentee ballots. R-35-20, allows the city to contract with the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections for its primary and general elections, on Sept. 21, 2021, and Nov. 2, 2021, respectively. (Balt Sun)

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Hopkins doctor counters Trump claim that coronavirus is ‘fading away’ as Maryland reports 350 new cases

Maryland health officials reported 350 new coronavirus cases in the state on Sunday, as hospitalizations from the virus continue to decline. The state has confirmed 64,306 total cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, since the first positive cases were recorded in Maryland in early March. (Balt Sun)

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A black lawmaker, fighting for change, grapples with ‘defund the police’

In the year and a half since he joined the Montgomery County Council, Will Jawando has tried to increase police oversight and held town halls on police brutality. Since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, he has attended seven protests and vigils — “an endless cycle of sadness, anger, numbness and determination.” More and more people in his suburban Maryland county and across the country are calling for police reform. What that looks like, however, is still hotly contentious. (Wash Post)

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At Tulsa rally, Trump cites Baltimore’s violent crime, again

Repeating one of his often-used lines, President Donald Trump again called attention to Baltimore’s street violence, noting during his rally Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that the city suffers a higher homicide rate than Afghanistan. “The murder rate in Baltimore and Detroit is higher than El Salvador, Guatemala or even Afghanistan,” Trump told the crowd. “How they doing the Democrats running those cities? Your whole country will be like that.” (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore fire unions try to rally neighbors against fire company cuts, warn of increased response times

Baltimore’s firefighter unions have organized two community rallies this week in an effort to stop cuts to fire companies serving Pigtown and Northeast Baltimore. The community rallies, scheduled for Wednesday, are being held in response to the proposed reduction of two fire companies by Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young in his fiscal year 2021 budget. The cut would not reduce the number of city firefighters, but would instead shift staff from the two shuttered companies to other vacancies within the department. (Balt Sun)

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Anne Arundel launches public comments site for planning and zoning as pandemic persists

Anne Arundel County is set to launch a new webpage today for online public meetings on planning and zoning issues during the coronavirus pandemic, and Environmental Policy Director Matt Johnston is hopeful that the new system will boost participation even after coronavirus restrictions subside. The new forum would pave the way for consideration many of the more than 30 applications for subdivision and 50 applications for zoning modifications submitted across since virus restrictions began, Johnston said. (Balt Sun)

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Gov. Hogan Issues Proclamation Recognizing June 19 As Juneteenth Day

Gov. Larry Hogan has proclaimed June 19 as Juneteenth Day, to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and “celebrate the triumph of the human spirit over the cruelty of slavery,” he said in a tweet Thursday. The governor said in his proclamation that Juneteenth has “come to symbolize for many African Americans what the fourth of July means for all Americans- Freedom.” (WJZ)

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