Obama to join Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase

Former President Barack Obama has accepted an invitation to join Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, according to a letter sent this week to golf club members. The letter, which was obtained by Bethesda Beat, said the club’s Board of Governors voted to extend an “Honorary Membership” to Obama. (Bethesda)

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October 6 // Potomac Businessman David Blair ‘Highly Likely’ To Run for County Executive

David Blair, a wealthy businessman mentioned as a possible candidate for county executive for much of the past year, made it all but official Thursday that he will seek the Democratic nomination, calling it “highly likely.” “I expect to make a formal announcement within the next month,” Blair said in a telephone interview. At a Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce event Wednesday afternoon at Park Potomac, Larry Rosenblum, who was County Executive Ike Leggett’s longtime campaign treasurer, worked the room with Blair and introduced him as “our next county executive.” (Bethesda)

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Former Maryland congresswoman Donna Edwards to run for county executive

Former congresswoman Donna F. Edwards will run for Prince George’s county executive, a first foray into local politics for the progressive populist who lost a bidfor the U.S. Senate in spring 2016. Grass-roots activists had been pushing Edwards to compete for the 2018 Democratic nomination since April. State Sen. C. Anthony Muse (D) and Prince George’s State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks (D), as well as former Obama administration official Paul Monteiro, are also seeking the Democratic nomination to lead Maryland’s second-largest jurisdiction. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland immigrant group sues to stop end of DACA protections

Immigrant rights group CASA de Maryland asked a federal judge Thursday to halt the roll-back of protections for young immigrants put in place by the Obama administration. Thursday is the deadline for people who have benefited from the program, known as DACA, to reapply for an additional two years of the protections before it ends in March. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, CASA and a coalition of organizations said President Donald Trump didn’t follow proper procedures in moving to end the program and was motivated by racism toward Mexicans and Central Americans. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County officials say new government-owned greenhouse will feed the hungry

A new greenhouse planned for the rolling hills of northern Baltimore County will be used to produce fresh vegetables for school cafeterias, homeless shelters and food banks. County leaders gathered Thursday at the Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park in Cockeysville for a groundbreaking for the greenhouse, which is expected to be built by next spring. Officials said the goal for the Produce for the People program is to yield 100,000 pounds of fresh vegetables initially — then at least 500,000 pounds annually by the third year. (Balt. Sun)

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Hogan orders improved Maryland cybersecurity plan

Gov. Larry Hogan issued an executive order Thursday instructing his Office of Homeland Security to implement an updated cybersecurity plan to ensure the state is prepared for current threats of electronic mischief. Hogan ordered the office to work with other state agencies to seek input from the federal government, the private sector and universities to analyze plans, share strategies and make recommendations of best practices. Among the agencies Hogan wants involved are the Department of Information Technology, Maryland Military Department and Maryland Emergency Management Agency. (Balt. Sun)

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Franchot files for re-election as Maryland comptroller

Democrat Peter Franchot, already the third longest-serving comptroller in Maryland’s history, filed Thursday for re-election. He is seeking his fourth term as Maryland’s chief tax collector. Franchot filed his papers in the morning at the Board of Elections in Annapolis before heading to Baltimore for an afternoon campaign kickoff event. A former member of the House of Delegates representing Montgomery County, Franchot was the state’s top vote-getter in the 2014 general election that made Republican Larry Hogan governor. Since that election, Franchot has formed a tight cross-party alliance with Hogan on fiscal matters and items that come before the Board of Public Works. (Balt. Sun)

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October 5 // Poll: Baker holds best advantage against Hogan in potential 2018 Maryland governor matchup

Nearly 50 percent of Democrats like the job Gov. Larry Hogan (R) is doing, but only 25 percent, on average, say they would vote for him in matchups with potential Democratic challengers in 2018, according to a poll released Wednesday. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, one of seven Democrats vying to challenge the popular Republican next year, appears to be the strongest contender in the Democratic primary and to have the best advantage in a possible matchup against Hogan, Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy found. (Wash. Post)

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