Baltimore Mayor-Elect Brandon Scott Announces Transition Team

Baltimore Mayor-elect Brandon Scott has selected the people who will serve on his transition team. “I have asked this group to serve because of their leadership, creativity and willingness to break down silos and work together in service of the greater good,” said Mayor-Elect Brandon Scott. “I have confidence in this team and look forward to working closely with them in the coming months as we build a new way forward for Baltimore.” (WJZ-TV)

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As COVID Hospitalizations Surge, Gov. Hogan Announces Plan To Add Staff, Recruit Students For Shortages In Maryland’s Nursing Homes, Hospitals

The state is launching a new initiative, MarylandMedNow to beef up staffing at hospitals, nursing homes, testing sites and vaccination clinics as part of a hospital surge plan to keep up with demand as coronavirus cases surge in the state. Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday they are looking for Marylanders who have clinical backgrounds to work at these sites. Anyone interested in serving can click here to learn more. (WJZ-TV)

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Md. Leaders Sound Alarm on Proposed Transit Cuts

Maryland leaders from both parties said Tuesday that proposed cuts to transit service in the capital region would cause devastating harm to its economy, workforce and environment. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority officials have proposed eliminating weekend subway service, closing 19 stations, cutting Metro’s sprawling bus system by more than half, trimming 2,400 jobs and axing salary increases. (Md Matters)

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Calvin Hawkins to lead Prince George’s County Council

The Prince George’s County Council unanimously elected Calvin S. Hawkins II (D-At Large) as chair during its final meeting of the year Tuesday, elevating a longtime player in county politics with strong ties to the executive branch. Hawkins, who was elected in 2018 and served for the past year as vice chair, will lead the council as Prince George’s weathers a second surge in coronavirus cases. His challenges will include passing a budget with what officials anticipate will be a massive revenue shortfall and steering help to struggling businesses. (Wash Post)

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Tom Hucker elected president of Montgomery County Council

The Montgomery County Council elected new leaders Tuesday — an annual tradition tinged, like most events this year, by the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of speeches and photos on the dais, the nine lawmakers met remotely over Zoom to choose outgoing vice president Tom Hucker (D-District 5) as president, succeeding Sidney Katz (D-District 3). Gabe Albornoz (D-At Large) was appointed vice president of the all-Democratic legislative body, becoming the first of the four first-term lawmakers elected in 2018 to take on such a leadership role. (Wash Post)

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Gov. Larry Hogan Calls On Georgians To Vote For David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler In Senate Runoff Races

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan called for Georgians to vote for the two Republican candidates in the Senate run-off elections in an op-ed published in the Washington Examiner on Monday. He said in the op-ed that as a Republican governor in a blue state, he knows “firsthand how one-party monopoly can wreak terrible consequences,” and goes on to ask Georgians if they want a “one-party monopoly in Washington.” (WJZ)

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Hogan urges Biden to fund Md. priorities, provide virus aid

Gov. Larry Hogan is renewing his push for additional federal aid for Maryland and other states and local governments to help stabilize state budgets, this time turning to the president-elect. Hogan, a second-term Republican, made his appeal in a letter to President-elect Joseph Biden. Also on the governor’s wish list for the incoming Democratic leader is federal funding for infrastructure and protecting the Chesapeake Bay. (Daily Record)

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Activist legal group says it’s making progress in face of Baltimore police stalling over use-of-force records

An activist legal group said it’s begun receiving case files in its fight to pry loose records on Baltimore Police use-of-force cases, but it continues to face significant hurdles. The Baltimore Action Legal Team has requested files for cases investigated by the department’s Special Investigation Response Team, which handles police-involved shootings but also other serious use-of-force incidents. Because police review the cases for possible criminal conduct, they are not shielded from disclosure like internal affairs cases. (Balt Sun)

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