Here’s How Dems Are Talking About Impeachment Back in Their Districts

U.S. House Democrats are spending the Thanksgiving recess hammering President Trump for allegedly soliciting foreign interference in U.S. elections as they prepare for another round of impeachment hearings when they return to Capitol Hill. “The president used his office to pressure a foreign government to interfere in our elections,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tweeted Monday — repeating a message she made to reporters last week when the House adjourned for the one-week recess. The president, she said, has “undermined the national security of the United States” and “the integrity of our elections.” (Md. Matters)

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Ferguson Announces Key Hires, Will Retain Miller’s Chief of Staff

State Sen. Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City), the presumptive next Senate president, told his colleagues in a memo Tuesday that he intends to keep his predecessor’s chief of staff in that role when he officially takes over on Jan. 8. Ferguson said he would retain Yaakov “Jake” Weissmann as chief of staff. Weissmann has been chief of staff to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) for a year, but served Miller and the Senate Democratic Caucus in several other roles for the past decade. (Md. Matters)

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Md. Dems Battle Betsy DeVos Over Student Loan Forgiveness

A long-simmering feud between U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and congressional Democrats over student loan forgiveness is heating up as hundreds of thousands of borrowers continue to wait for help on loans they claim were fraudulent. DeVos narrowly avoided a congressional subpoena earlier this month after a lengthy fight against the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor. (Md. Matters)

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After ‘Healthy Holly’ scandal, Baltimore City Council gets to work on new financial disclosure rules

Less than a week after Baltimore’s former mayor pleaded guilty to conspiracy and tax evasion, a City Council committee pushed forward with legislation that would impose stricter financial disclosure rules on elected officials. But after several city agencies testified the bill went too far, the council amended it to raise the threshold for what lawmakers would be required to report. Councilman Ryan Dorsey’s bill calls for elected officials — including the mayor, the City Council president, the comptroller and council members — to disclose the clients of any company in which they own a 30% stake. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Rep. Cummings’ daughters endorse his longtime staffer for his congressional seat

The late Rep. Elijah Cummings’ daughters are supporting one of the congressman’s longtime staffers in the crowded race for his seat — a race that also includes Cummings’ widow and nearly three-dozen others. His oldest daughter, Jennifer, wrote in a statement that she and her sister, Adia, are endorsing Harry Spikes to represent Maryland’s 7th Congressional District. ”Our father often said of himself that he was ‘an ordinary man called to an extraordinary mission,’ and Harry embodies that same spirit," she wrote in a statement. (Balt. Sun)

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Melania Trump Defends Rights Of Teens To Boo Her

Melania Trump on Tuesday defended the rights of teenagers who booed her when she addressed them at the Baltimore Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She traveled there to urge hundreds of middle and high school students to avoid misusing drugs, saying that would make it harder for them to achieve their life’s goals. But her remarks drew a mix of boos and cheers, and the audience remained noisy throughout her five-minute address. (AP)

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Baltimore mayoral candidate Thiru Vignarajah nets thousands at fundraiser hosted by surveillance plane backers

Baltimore mayoral candidate Thiru Vignarajah said Tuesday he raised roughly $20,000 at a recent fundraiser hosted by a pair of Texas donors who have backed efforts to fly surveillance planes over the city. Texas philanthropists Laura and John Arnold hosted a fundraiser for Vignarajah in Houston, part of a series of events in Baltimore and across the country aimed at boosting support for his campaign. John Arnold did not immediately respond to a request for comment. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. Port Administration provides $500K grant, sediment to rebuild park in Baltimore County

A 16-acre Baltimore County park is gearing up for environmental improvements with the support of a $500,000 Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) grant awarded to the County’s Turner Station community. The grant will help restore public recreation areas, add walking trails and a boardwalk, and strengthen 2,600 feet of shoreline.  Fleming Park, located close to the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore, will be restored using sediment dredged from channels leading to the Port. (Daily Record)


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