June 13 // Frosh sues Trump over foreign, domestic payments, alleges 'constitutional violations'

Alleging that President Donald J. Trump has engaged in "unprecedented constitutional violations," the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia sued the president Monday over payments his real estate empire has received from foreign governments since he took office. Attorneys General Brian E. Frosh of Maryland and Karl A. Racine of Washington — both Democrats — filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Maryland, the first time a state government has sued Trump claiming those payments violate the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. (Balt. Sun)

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At least two Democrats seek progressive mantle in Md. governor’s race

As the 2018 Maryland gubernatorial race starts to take shape, there are two Democratic hopefuls with strong social justice records positioning themselves to carry the mantle for progressives. Ben Jealous, former president of the NAACP, and Richard S. Madaleno Jr., a longtime state senator from Montgomery, are each hoping to do what then-Del. Heather Mizeur couldn’t in 2014: energize the most liberal wing of the Democratic Party in a way that catapults them to the nomination. (Wash. Post)

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Kittleman launches 2018 re-election campaign for county executive

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman launched his 2018 re-election campaign Monday evening at the Columbia lakefront – the same location where he announced his candidacy for county executive four years ago. More than 100 Howard County officials, business owners and residents gathered June 12, holding red and yellow campaign signs that read "Kittleman" and "Independent Leader – People, not politics." District 5 Councilman Greg Fox, Howard County Sheriff Bill McMahon and Howard County Fire Chief John Butler were among the crowd. (Howard)

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Kamenetz: Decision on governor’s race will likely come after Labor Day

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz (D), who is crisscrossing the state in his role as president of the Maryland Association of Counties, says it will likely be after Labor Day before he decides whether to run for governor in 2018. "Right now, we're all focused on keeping our kids busy," Kamenetz, who has two teenagers at home, said Monday after meeting with members of the Montgomery County Council in Rockville. (Wash. Post)

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Could nearly $70K in custom furniture purchases have factored into the departure of Maryland’s top transit official?

Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn was tight -lipped last week when he announced that he was replacing Paul W. Comfort, head of the state’s Transit Administration. The timing seemed odd considering that the state is fighting to save one major transit project, the Purple Line, and preparing to launch a revamped version of another, Baltimore’s bus system. But now some are wondering whether the purchase of nearly $70,000 worth of custom designed furniture for Comfort’s office could have played a role. (Wash. Post)

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Cardin checks on Ellicott City flood recovery

Senator Ben Cardin met with business and community leaders in Ellicott City Monday to discuss the recovery efforts of last year's deadly flood. Two people were killed when flash floods turned Main Street into a raging river on the night of Jul 30, 2016. Buildings were heavily damaged. People were forced to leave their homes. (WJZ-TV)

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Airport-style security screening at Montgomery County Council Building to begin next month

Visitors to the Montgomery County Council Building in Rockville will soon encounter metal detectors, X-ray machines and security guards as they enter the legislative body’s offices. Earlier this year the council approved a measure to add airport-style screening measures to two of the building’s entrances, which members of the public will now be required to pass through before entering. (Bethesda)

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June 12 // D.C. and Maryland to sue President Trump, alleging breach of constitutional oath

Attorneys general for the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland say they will sue President Trump on Monday, alleging that he has violated anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution by accepting millions in payments and benefits from foreign governments since moving into the White House. The lawsuit, the first of its kind brought by government entities, centers on the fact that Trump chose to retain ownership of his company when he became president. Trump said in January that he was shifting his business assets into a trust managed by his sons to eliminate potential conflicts of interests. (Wash. Post)

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