‘We should have been able to stop him’: Md. Gov. Hogan on suspected newspaper gunman’s threats

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said his administration is looking into why a series of threats over several years didn’t trigger a stronger response before the suspected Capital Gazette gunman opened fire on an Annapolis newsroom last week. Police have said Jarrod W. Ramos carried out a years-long vendetta against the paper stemming from its reporting on his 2011 guilty plea for harassing a former high-school classmate. “I know that the Capital was well aware of this guy threatening and the police were aware of it,” Hogan told WTOP in an interview Tuesday morning. “He was in the court system, but, somewhere, something didn’t go right, because we should have been able to stop him.” (WTOP)

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Ben Jealous criticizes Maryland Gov. Hogan for declining to comment on Trump's possible Supreme Court pick

Abortion — an issue that has been muted in Maryland politics — resurfaced Tuesday when Democrat Ben Jealous questioned Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s commitment to women’s reproductive rights as President Donald J. Trump prepares to nominate a Supreme Court justice who could threaten Roe v. Wade. The Democratic gubernatorial nominee challenging Hogan in the November election issued a statement criticizing the Republican’s record on abortion after the governor declined to take a position on the looming Supreme Court struggle during an interview with Washington’s WTOP radio. (Balt. Sun)

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Ted Sophocleus' widow nominated to serve rest of his term

The widow of Ted Sophocleus, a longtime Anne Arundel County delegate who died last month, has been nominated to serve out the remainder of his term, the county’s Democratic Central Committee announced Tuesday. Alice Sophocleus’ nomination will be forwarded to Gov. Larry Hogan, who has up to 30 days to approve the choice to fill that vacancy. Her husband’s term ends in November. Ted Sophocleus, a Linthicum Democrat who was one of the longest-serving public officials in county history, died June 8 while hospitalized in Baltimore. (Balt. Sun)

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Republican Robin Ficker will receive public money for Montgomery executive race

Republican Robin Ficker will get public matching funds for his campaign for Montgomery county executive after all. Ficker, who sued state and county officials after he was denied public funds last month, received an email Tuesday saying he had been approved for an initial sum of $231,185. “As soon as I get the check in my account, I’m going to dismiss the lawsuit,” Ficker said. “It’s a big victory.” Republican candidates in general face an uphill path to office in largely blue Montgomery, Maryland’s most populous jurisdiction. But this November’s county executive election could be more unpredictable than most. (Wash. Post)

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Vote-counting to resume Thursday in Baltimore County

Baltimore County Democrats might not learn who their nominee is for county executive until next week, according to county elections officials. That’s how long it might take them to review and count about 1,600 provisional ballots — many of which could affect the race for the Democratic nomination. The Democratic primary is too close to call, with former Del. Johnny Olszewski Jr. holding a 42-vote lead over state Sen. Jim Brochin. County Councilwoman Vicki Almond is third, 1,059 votes behind Olszewski. Elections officials have counted ballots from early voting, Election Day and some absentee ballots. On Thursday and Friday, elections officials will count the remaining absentee ballots and provisional ballots. (Balt. Sun)

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Before he was killed, Capital Gazette reporter called Md. lawmaker behind gun measure

Maryland state Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith worked hard to make sure her bill to get guns out of the hands of people deemed a threat to themselves or others would pass. It did, but it won’t take effect until Oct. 1. The reporter who covered her career and tracked the bill through Maryland’s General Assembly was John McNamara, one of the five Capital Gazette employees killed in Annapolis last week. “I considered him not only a great reporter, but a friend,” Valentino-Smith said of McNamara. (WTOP)

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Should the Anne Arundel County Council get to approve the county executive's pick for police chief?

Anne Arundel County is something of an outlier in the way it selects its top law enforcement official. Under the current system, the county executive unilaterally picks Anne Arundel’s police chief. But the County Council is considering a resolution that would pose a question to the voters in the November election: Should their charter be amended to require the County Council to confirm the county executive’s choice of police chief? One of the resolutions’ sponsors said the change would provide more checks and balances within the local government. Plus, Councilman Andrew Pruski said, other local jurisdictions already have such a system. (Balt. Sun)

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Ben Jealous, Maryland gubernatorial candidate, won't support 'Abolish ICE' movements

Ben Jealous, a gubernatorial candidate in Maryland, broke with other Democratic nominees Tuesday over the “Abolish ICE” movement. “Look, we need an immigration system,” he said during an interview on The Hill TV’s “Rising,” “It’s like ‘abolish prisons.’ I understand the emotional aspect of it, but I don’t understand how that would work.” Mr. Jealous explained that dismantling the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency wouldn’t accomplish much when policy remains an issue. (Wash. Times)

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