Federal authorities made dozens of requests to hold immigrants in Baltimore

Federal immigration agents have asked the state-run Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center to hold dozens of immigrants in custody, despite assertions by local officials that they received no such requests, documents reviewed by The Baltimore Sun show. Since 2015, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has asked the state officials who run the facility in Baltimore to hold at least 40 inmates for 48 hours beyond the time when they would normally have been released, to give federal agents the opportunity to pick them up for alleged immigration violations. (Balt. Sun)

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Judicial discipline panel recommends removal of Baltimore chief judge

A state panel on judicial discipline has recommended that Baltimore’s chief judge be removed from his position and not be permitted to serve as a judge in any jurisdiction in the state — the “strongest possible sanction” — according to a decision posted Wednesday. The Commission on Judicial Disabilities, which held a multi-day hearing on allegations against Chief Judge Alfred Nance, found by unanimous vote that he had committed “sanctionable conduct” and referred their recommendations to the Court of Appeals, which has final say. (Balt. Sun)

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Federal judge in Maryland delivers second blow against Trump's new travel ban

 

Just hours before President Trump’s third attempt at a travel ban targeting majority-Muslim nations was scheduled to go into effect Wednesday, federal judges in Maryland and Hawaii again shut down the controversial measure.  In Maryland, U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang ruled late Tuesday that the travel ban continues to have the same problems, and violate the same constitutional principles, as previous versions of the ban. (USA Today)

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Md. budget analyst: ‘The outlook is better than I expected’

The budget shortfall for the next fiscal year in Maryland is not as large as originally projected, the chief legislative analyst told a joint panel of state lawmakers on Tuesday. Warren G. Deschenaux, executive director of the Department of Legislative Services, said the anticipated budget gap of about $740 million has been reduced to $250 million. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland congressman joins fight against opioid epidemic

Rep. John Delaney, D-Potomac, announced Tuesday that he is co-sponsoring legislation to make it easier for the Drug Enforcement Administration to combat the opioid epidemic. The bill, called the “Opioid Immediate Suspension Order Act of 2017,” was introduced Monday by Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Virginia. Four Democratic representatives, including Delaney, have co-sponsored the legislation, but no Republicans, according to Connolly’s office. (AP)

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Four Montgomery candidates make their cases for how they would lead the county

Four candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for county executive of Montgomery County squared off in a debate Monday, touching on local issues ranging from traffic congestion to a minimum-wage increase to the influence of developer money in county races. The forum, hosted by the Sentinel Newspapers, attracted few audience members but fueled two hours of questioning among Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner (D-Potomac-Bethesda), at-large council members Marc Elrich and George L. Leventhal and the race’s newest candidate, state Del. C. William Frick (D-Montgomery). (Wash. Post)

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Two former PTA leaders running for Montgomery County Council

The former president and vice president of the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations are both planning to run for at-large seats on the County Council. Melissa McKenna, the former vice president, established a public election financing campaign with the Board of Elections last week and formally filed Friday to run for one of the four at-large council seats in 2018. She’s running as a Democrat. (Bethesda)

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Baker seeking fourth-term as Washington County commissioner

Terry Baker is seeking a fourth term on the Washington County Board of Commissioners because he wants to continue to be a part of great things happening in the county. "I still have passion and love serving," said Baker, 61, who lives west of Clear Spring. Those "great things" include the urban revitalization plan for downtown Hagerstown and the proposed Cascade Town Centre. (Herald-Mail)

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