Biden warns of 'abuse of power' in measured Trump critique

Joe Biden warned Wednesday that those “tasked with enforcing the law are abusing their powers,” offering a measured critique of the Trump administration a day after he declined to respond to President Donald Trump’s attacks directly. Speaking to Columbia University Law School graduates via video, Biden urged them to “protect the very foundations of democracy.” (AP)

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Md. Green, Libertarian parties seek petition relief amid stay-at-home order

Saying their petition drives have stalled amid the governor’s stay-at-home directive, Maryland’s Green and Libertarian parties are seeking a federal court order suspending the state’s requirement that they collect thousands more signatures in order to place their candidates’ names on November’s general election ballot. In papers filed in U.S. district court Tuesday, the parties stated that Gov. Larry Hogan’s order and the resulting cancellation of major gatherings this spring and summer make it virtually impossible for them to garner the required 10,000 signatures, thus violating their constitutional rights to free speech and political association. (Daily Record)

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Leader of Md. health group predicts legislature will override veto of prescription drug board funding

The president of Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative said he is confident that the General Assembly will vote to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of legislation that would have established a permanent funding source for the Prescription Drug Affordability Board. The body is expected to reconvene in January 2021. “It was introduced by the Speaker and the Senate President. They don’t do that very often. It’s got their names on it. So they’re committed to it,” Vincent DeMarco told MarylandReporter.com in a phone interview on Wednesday. (Md Reporter)

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Maryland board OKs $120M in budget cuts due to virus impact

Maryland will begin universal testing for COVID-19 in all state-run correctional and juvenile facilities, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday. The governor also said the state is delivering more than 20,000 coronavirus tests each week to nursing homes, and distributing more than 33,000 additional swabs to local jurisdictions to help increase local testing capacity. (Wash Post)

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Mary Miller Aims To Use Federal Experience To Mend Divides

Mary Miller is an oddball in the Baltimore mayoral race, having never held city or state office of any kind. The longtime Baltimore resident, a former T. Rowe Price analyst and Obama Administration official, said Tuesday that City Hall needs a new perspective. "I have lived here and been involved in communities for 34 years and I care deeply about this city and I do not believe we are moving in the right direction," Miller said. (WBAL)

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Incumbent Pratt holds small lead over Henry in competitive Baltimore comptroller race, Sun/UB/WYPR poll finds

Longtime Baltimore Comptroller Joan Pratt is holding a small lead over City Councilman Bill Henry in a competitive race to serve as the city’s fiscal watchdog, according to a new poll for The Baltimore Sun, the University of Baltimore and WYPR-FM. The Democratic primary contest for city comptroller has rarely attracted attention from voters, much less serious challengers. That changed when Henry launched a bid based on a promise to bring greater transparency and accountability to the role. (Balt Sun)

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Republicans ask Hogan to call special session on Maryland election, claiming potential risk of voter ‘fraud’

Four Anne Arundel lawmakers are calling on Maryland’s Republican governor to call a special legislative session and install rule changes to safeguard against fraud in Maryland’s June 2 vote-by-mail elections, changes election officials say can’t be implemented in time. Voter fraud is uncommon in Maryland, but the Republican lawmakers said they are concerned about a discrepancy in the number of ballots sent out for the primary and the number of residents who voted in the 2016 primary: About 2 million ballots. (Balt Sun)

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After vendor wrongly said Baltimore’s ballots were on the way, Maryland officials are scrambling to get them

An out-of-state vendor failed to mail hundreds of thousands of ballots to Baltimore voters for nearly a week despite assuring Maryland they were on the way, officials revealed Tuesday amid growing concerns over administration of the June 2 primary. U.S. Postal Service trucks have been driving overnight shifts since officials learned of the problem Sunday, ferrying ballots from Minnesota to Maryland where they are placed into the local mail stream, said Nikki Charlson, deputy administrator of the Maryland Board of Elections. (Balt Sun)

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