Hogan’s former chief of staff implored him to back him up. Instead, Hogan publicly rebutted him.

As Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s former chief of staff Roy McGrath endured the glare of public scrutiny last week, he turned to the governor for help. McGrath had accepted a ­quarter-million dollar severance from his previous job overseeing the Maryland Environmental Service (MES), a quasi-public agency that routinely doled out annual bonuses to senior staff of $30,000 or more. (Wash Post)

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Jones, Frosh Press Hogan on Rent Relief and Other Tenant Protections

With more than 200,000 Maryland households at risk of eviction after failure-to-pay rent cases resumed in the state’s courts on Monday, state lawmakers are demanding more rental assistance money from Republican Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. The $30 million in federal aid that Hogan committed toward rental assistance in the early days of the pandemic is far too low to help Maryland families, House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) wrote in a Monday letter, which was cosigned by dozens of state delegates. (Md Matters)

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Absentee Ballot Applications Mailed To All Maryland Voters, Hogan Says

The Maryland State Board of Elections has mailed absentee ballot applications to all state voters, Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday. With exactly nine weeks to go before Election Day, Hogan said the board told him Tuesday all applications have been mailed. The board began mailing the applications last week. Despite calls from some for Hogan to move to an entirely mail-in election or to mail all registered voters a ballot rather than an application, the state has pushed forward with the plan to send out ballots only to those who request them. (WJZ-TV)

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Howard County Council to introduce bills to end ICE contract, create racial task force following summer protests

After a month-long summer recess, Howard County Council members have pre-filed legislation for the month of September, a long list that includes many recent legislative demands by protesters and rally organizers. County Council Vice Chair Liz Walsh has introduced a bill to stop the Howard County Department of Corrections from accepting individuals detained by federal immigration law enforcement agencies. And council members Christiana Mercer Rigby and Opel Jones have pre-filed legislation that would create a Racial Equity Task Force to study racial inequities and disparities within the county. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore County to provide $100 incentive to recruit additional election judges

Baltimore County will pay a $100 incentive to election judges during the pandemic in an effort to recruit more judges ahead of the Nov. 3 general election. Marylanders registered to vote can earn $185 as an election judge or $250 as a chief judge on Election Day in Baltimore County. On top of the typical pay, each judge will receive an extra $100 per day, said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr., a Democrat. (Balt Sun)

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As severance news unraveled, Maryland Gov. Hogan’s former chief of staff sought help from the governor

Even after he resigned from his job as Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s right-hand man, even after a General Assembly committee questioned board members at his former agency who’d given him a six-figure severance, Roy McGrath pushed the governor to support him. “I’ve been one of your loyalist supporters from the beginning,” McGrath texted his former boss last week, according to messages obtained by the legislative committee. “Never asked for anything, but need your help now, please. This is devastating to my life.” (Balt Sun)

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Maryland’s Republican lawmakers say mail-in voting makes fraud more likely

Maryland’s Republican lawmakers urged the state’s voters to cast their ballots in-person rather than by mail in November’s general election-saying that the former better ensures a more accurate count than the latter. “I am all for in-person voting. Everybody else is going out in public. I would encourage as much in-person voting as possible,” Del. Brian Chisholm (R-Anne Arundel) told MarylandReporter.com in a phone interview on Monday. (Md Reporter)

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Philadelphia mayor taken to task for dining indoors in Maryland

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said Monday he is sorry if his decision to dine indoors at a Maryland restaurant over the weekend offended any Philadelphia establishments, a response that comes as he receives sharp criticism from a photo circulating on social media. While indoor dining is still prohibited in Philadelphia, it is allowed in Maryland in a limited capacity. The photo from Sunday stirred some controversy with Philadelphians who argue the mayor’s decision to eat indoors at a Cecil County restaurant while keeping the city's restaurants’ dining rooms closed until Sept. 8 was hypocritical. The mayor's office confirmed to the Philadelphia Inquirer that Kenney ate at the Chesapeake Inn in Chesapeake City, Maryland. (Wash Bus Journal)

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