Rawlings-Blake responds to Pugh criticism over Confederate monuments

After overseeing the removal of four Confederate monuments in Baltimore, Mayor Catherine Pugh again expressed frustration her predecessor, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, did not resolve the issue herself before leaving office. “The previous mayor did a study completed in January 2016,” Pugh said Wednesday, after crews worked overnight to take down the statues. “I’m not a person who takes a lot of time to get things done. I make quick decisions based on the facts.” The latest criticism drew a social media response from Rawlings-Blake, who noted that Pugh has been mayor since December. Rawlings-Blake sent a tweet Wednesday arguing that Pugh had plenty of time to act: “11 months after the report. 8 months into the Administration. #Priorities” (Balt. Sun)

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Annapolis mayor says city updating plans for demonstrations in wake of Charlottesville

Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides announced Wednesday that he has ordered city police to begin discussions of how to respond to a violent protest like the one that killed one person and injured dozens more Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was the first comment on the violence issued by the mayor and comes days after Gov. Larry Hogan, County Executive Steve Schuh and other election officials used social media to condemn the violence and bigotry on display in Virginia. The mayor said Annapolis has a positive record of dealing with large-scale demonstrations but has asked city police Chief Scott Baker to make recommendations on what more can be done. (Capital)

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Anne Arundel corrections officers to start training in 287(g) program

Anne Arundel County will begin its participation in a controversial federal program meant to screen people arrested for possible immigration violations, with three detention center officers starting training at the end of the month. County officials said implementation of the program will not result in a significant increase in deportation of immigrants in Anne Arundel. No date has been set for the start of the program. “It provides expediency to the process, but it’s not the big deal (critics make it out to be),” said Terry Kokolis, superintendent of county detention centers. Named for section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the program authorizes participating law enforcement agencies to enforce immigration laws in partnership with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. (Capital)

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Metzer decries racist violence in Va. incident

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner had some things to say about racism Tuesday evening during a Hagerstown City Council meeting. Metzner used his platform as an elected official to offer his opinion about the violent clash between white nationalist groups and counterprotesters that took place in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. "Given what’s happened in our county, and, unfortunately, what seems to be the nation today and where the leadership is from the bottom up instead from the top down, I feel compelled to say something," he said during the meeting. (Herald-Mail)

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Carroll County Republican Central Committee announces new member

Almost three months after an inconclusive vote, the Carroll County Republican Central Committee named its newest member. Fallon Patton, 21, of Finksburg, was named the newest member of the committee Tuesday, after Don Hoffman resigned during the monthly meeting in May. Patton’s position was filled by committee Chair Larry Helminiak. The committee’s bylaws state if no applicant has the majority vote — which is what happened when candidates were voted on in June — and the committee votes multiple times without majority vote, the committee chair has 80 days to choose the next member, he said. (Carr. Co. Times)

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August 16 // Warren Deschenaux, Annapolis' apostle of arithmetic, to retire

Annapolis is about to get a lot less droll. Warren Deschenaux, long the chief fiscal analyst in the Department of Legislative Services, and more recently that agency’s director, will retire on Dec. 1, and that will leave Maryland’s capital without something it badly needs: someone who can wryly deflate the nonsense spouted so often by governors and legislators of both parties when it comes to the state’s taxes, spending and debt. Celebrated as he is for his sense of humor — DLS’ annual briefings on the governor’s budget proposal aren’t known as “The Warren Show” for nothing — Mr. Deschenaux’s real value is in the clarity and impartiality with which he has analyzed Maryland’s finances. (Balt. Sun)

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Hogan calls for removing statue of Roger B. Taney, saying it’s the ‘right thing to do’

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced Tuesday that he wants to remove from the State House grounds a statue of Roger B. Taney, a U.S. Supreme Court justice and slavery defender who penned in the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision that black people cannot be U.S. citizens. "While we cannot hide from our history — nor should we — the time has come to make clear the difference between properly acknowledging our past and glorifying the darkest chapters of our history," Hogan said in a statement. "I believe removing the Justice Roger B. Taney statue from the State House grounds is the right thing to do." (Wash. Post)

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Ben Jealous arrested in demonstration near White House; Baker speaks out on Trump

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous was arrested Tuesday in Washington during an immigrants’ rights demonstration, his campaign said. The former NAACP president was participating in a rally in support of two immigration policies, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and temporary protected status, that it wants to see continued under the Trump administration, said Fernanda Durand, a spokeswoman for CASA, a group that helped organize the demonstration. (Balt. Sun)

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