Anne Arundel Co. Gov’t Makes Sexual Harassment Training Required For All Levels; Including Volunteers

In the wake of mounting sexual misconduct complaints against high-powered men, Anne Arundel County is taking action. Anne Arundel County is revamping their current program to drive home their Zero Tolerance Policy at all levels of government. “The sad reality is there are scenarios in cases where people abuse their power, that’s the truth,” said AACO compliance officer Alanna Dennis. The county addressing the serious topic at a critical time in our country to prevent sexual misconduct by reinforcing their training program. The county is making their training mandatory for all levels from elected officials to the volunteers. (WJZ-CBS)

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Maryland ranks 13th in sex-trafficking cases. Proposed legislation aims to stop it online

Last year, Maryland had the 13th-most sex trafficking cases in the country with 161, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. This year, the hotline reported 61 sex trafficking cases in the state as of June 30. Half of the incidents involved a minor, and about 84 percent included a female victim.   A House Energy and Commerce hearing Thursday examined legislation that would close loopholes in federal law that critics fear has allowed pervasive online sex trafficking. (Daily Times)

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McClement presented with proclamations in final meeting with state legislators

 

The officials who represent Frederick in the state Legislature recognized Mayor Randy McClement’s two-term tenure this past week at his final annual meeting between the city and state bodies. The team of Sen. Ron Young (D-District 3) and delegates Kathy Afzali (R-District 4), David E. Vogt III (R-District 4), Karen Lewis Young (D-District 3A) and Carol Krimm (D-District 3A), joined McClement and members of the Frederick Board of Aldermen on Thursday to discuss the legislative priorities city officials want to see addressed in the 2018 session. (News-Post)

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December 1 // Not exactly the ideal rollout for Turnbull

Sometimes, it’s worth doing a third take. Apparently, a car accident outside interrupted Ben Jealous’s effort to do his introduction of Susie Turnbull as his running mate for Lieutenant Governor. After investigating, they came back and did this second take. It contains some real clunkers. Ben Jealous speaks of removing Gov. Larry Hogan “from the White House.” This Freudian slip only reinforces the perception that Jealous is a lot more knowledgeable and comfortable speaking about national issues and his real interests lie outside the State. Incredibly, Turnbull then makes the same gaffe by referring to when she “moved to Washington” even though she quickly realizes her mistake and attempts to correct mid-course. (theseventhstate)

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Labor leaders endorse Edwards in Pr. George’s county executive race

Four local unions representing thousands of Prince George’s County hotel, food, retail and public-sector workers endorsed former congresswoman Donna F. Edwards on Thursday in the race to become the next county executive. Edwards (D), who represented parts of Prince George’s in the U.S. House for two terms before running unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate last year, was initially reluctant to jump into the race to succeed Rushern L. Baker III (D) as the county government chief. But union leaders, including the ones endorsing her candidacy, helped persuade her to run. (Wash. Post)

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Senate still grappling with tax bill that would have big impact in Maryland

Senate Republicans were scrambling Thursday to lock down support for a major tax overhaul that could deliver President Donald J. Trump one of his first legislative victories while potentially cutting — or increasing — the taxes paid by nearly 3 million Marylanders. Republican leaders, negotiating last-minute changes to secure votes from within their own ranks, appeared to have momentum on their side early in the day as they sprinted toward a final vote. But as the evening wore on, a compromise to appease deficit hawks appeared to break down — slowing progress. (Balt. Sun)

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Four Democrats from Virginia and Maryland call on Rep. John Conyers to resign

Four local members of Congress on Thursday afternoon joined the chorus of Democrats who say Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) should leave office as the veteran lawmaker faces multiple allegations that he sexually harassed women who worked for him. “Those who commit these offenses must be held accountable, no matter how powerful they are,” Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) said in tweets. “Congress cannot be exempt, and I believe that Congressman John Conyers should resign.” The number of Democrats who decided he should leave office grew rapidly after one of Conyers’s accusers went on television to explain her allegations and followed a call from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for Conyers to resign. The second-highest ranking House Democrat, Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (Md.), followed her lead. (Wash. Post)

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Mosby to hold fundraiser hosted by leading Baltimore politicians

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who faces re-election next year, is scheduled to hold a fundraiser Thursday hosted by leading Democratic politicians from the city. The list of hosts includes the City Council president, the city comptroller, the sheriff and the majority of the City Council and the city’s delegation to the General Assembly. Rep. Elijah Cummings is listed as a guest speaker. One of the politicians listed as a host for the event is particularly notable: state Sen. Nathaniel Oaks, who is facing federal fraud, bribery and obstruction of justice charges. He has pleaded not guilty. (Balt. Sun)

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