Marcus Jones confirmed as Montgomery County police chief in unanimous council vote

The Montgomery County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved Marcus Jones to become the county’s next police chief, capping a tumultuous, ­10-month search for the ­high-profile position in Maryland’s most populous region. A 34-year veteran of the department, Jones, 55, has served as the county’s acting chief since June in an opening created by the retirement of his predecessor, J. Thomas Manger, after 15 years as chief. (Wash. Post)

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Council unanimously approves legislative package, minus position on education funding

Frederick County Council members approved in a 7-0 vote all but one component of a legislative package proposed by County Executive Jan Gardner (D) and county officials to forward to the state delegation. (News-Post)

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Voters again given wrong ballots in competitive Stafford County

Virginia voters turned out steadily Tuesday to vote for legislative and local candidates under a new and temporary map designed to address racial discrimination in the House of Delegates. But in competitive Stafford County, some voters were given the wrong ballots, a problem that could lead to legal challenges in close races. (Wash. Post)

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State’s Montgomery Co. ‘Road Show’ Goes Off the Rails

A proposal by Montgomery County leaders to divert traffic off the Capital Beltway won’t advance, Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn said on Monday, because engineers determined after a preliminary analysis that the idea lacks merit. County officials have wanted the state to consider luring motorists onto the InterCounty Connector highway as a way of reducing delays on the Beltway (Interstate 495). (Md. Matters)

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‘Thin blue line’ flag sparks dispute between Elrich and Hogan

A wooden American flag adorned with a thin blue line — and the object’s place on government property — has sparked an angry debate in Maryland over police-community relations, pitting elected leaders in liberal Montgomery County against Gov. Larry Hogan (R). The flag is seen by some as a symbol of respect for law enforcement, and others as a rebuke of the Black Lives Matter movement, which began in 2013 to bring attention to police shootings of unarmed African Americans. (Wash. Post)

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Md. health exchange targeting out-of-pocket costs in open enrollment

Regulators are touting another drop in upfront costs for health insurance plans, and taking aim at out-of-pocket costs, as part of an annual effort to encourage consumers to purchase health insurance through the state's Obamacare marketplace. The market's open enrollment season officially began Friday, and lasts through Dec. 15. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Divided Baltimore County Council Approves Legislation Banning Housing Discrimination Based On Income Source

The Baltimore County Council narrowly approved legislation backed by County Executive Johnny Olszewski that prohibits landlords from rejecting renters solely because they use federal housing vouchers. The council voted 4-3 Monday night to approve the Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Act, which would prohibit landlords and others from refusing to rent to someone based solely on income. Among the sources of income landlords will no longer be able to consider are federal housing vouchers, commonly known as Section 8, as well as alimony and disability checks. (WJZ-TV)

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Maryland Gov. Hogan joins coalition opposing Trump’s withdrawal from Paris Agreement on climate change

Gov. Larry Hogan has joined a coalition of governors opposing the Trump administration’s withdrawal from The Paris Agreement, writing that “Washington continues to fail to address climate change.” The governor joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition of 25 governors from across the country, to oppose Trump’s withdrawal from the landmark agreement. (Balt. Sun)

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