Coalition pushes to block digital advertising tax in Maryland

A coalition of businesses is gearing up for a fight in January over Maryland’s first-in-the-nation attempt to levy a tax on online advertising. Maryland lawmakers passed the tax earlier this year, in hopes of drumming up money for education by taxing Big Tech. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed the tax, setting up a battle over whether the Democratic-led legislature will override the veto when its next legislative session starts in January. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland congressman Andy Harris urges Trump not to concede, keep pressing voter fraud claims

U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md.-1st, does not want President Donald Trump to concede the 2020 White House race after media projections of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. Harris represents the Eastern Shore and supports Trump who disputes media projections of Biden’s Electoral College victory thanks to advantages in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Arizona and other states. (Star Dem)

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Annapolis City Council expected to confirm new deputy city manager for resilience and sustainability

The Annapolis City Council is expected to swear in a new deputy city manager for resilience and sustainability at its Monday meeting before considering the appropriation of about $232,000 in state and federal grants to its police, fire and emergency management departments. The city has yet to formally announce who will fill the new deputy city manager role to serve in the mayor’s office and report directly to City Manager David Jarrell. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore County Executive Says COVID-19 Restrictions Should Be Made At State Level To Prevent Spread

For the sixth day in a row, coronavirus cases have increased by at least 1,000 cases and the statewide positivity rate is now up over 5%. Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said Monday he believes only COVID-19 restrictions made statewide will help prevent the spread. (WJZ)

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Senators See New Momentum for Maryland Priorities with Biden in White House 

Buoyed by Joe Biden’s victory in the race for president, Maryland’s U.S. senators on Monday predicted significant progress on a range of issues important to the state. Speaking to reporters roughly 48 hours after news organizations called the race for the challenger, Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin (D) and Chris Van Hollen (D) said they were elated by Biden’s win over Donald Trump. (Md Matters)

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Maryland Leaders Congratulate President-Elect Joe Biden On Win Over President Donald Trump

Maryland leaders began congratulating President-elect Joe Biden after CBS News and other news outlets called the election in the former vice president’s favor Saturday morning. On Twitter, Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, wrote: “Congratulations to President-elect Biden. Everyone should want our president to succeed because we need our country to succeed. We have great challenges ahead of us as a country. Now more than ever, we need to come together as Americans.” (WJZ-TV)

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Leaders Unveil General Assembly Operations Plan Ahead of 2021 Session

Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City) and House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) released rules and guidelines on Friday for how the General Assembly will tackle the first full legislative session of the COVID-19 era. Their plans — crafted separately but similar in nature —  represent a dramatic departure from how the chambers normally conduct their business. They resemble in some ways the restrictions that were rushed into place in March, as the state’s infection rate ticked upward during what turned out to be the closing days of the 2020 session. (Md Matters)

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Mayor Jack Young Limits Gatherings To 10 People, Restaurants Must Close Early, Bars Without Food Service Shut Down As COVID-19 Cases Rise In City

New coronavirus restrictions will start next week in Baltimore City as cases continue to surge across the state, Mayor Jack Young said Friday. Starting next week, indoor and outdoor gatherings are limited to groups of 10. Restaurants will have to return to 25% capacity and must close indoor dining at 10 p.m. Terri Chetelat, general manager at The Point in Fells, said the struggle is the same for many of the establishments on the block. (WJZ-TV)

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