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‘Fight of our lives’: Marilyn Mosby speaks at Baltimore’s Empowerment Temple on Sunday morning, days after federal indictment

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby got a warm reception Sunday morning at Baltimore’s Empowerment Temple AME church, days after she was indicted on charges alleging she lied on financial documents. After beginning his sermon, the Rev. Robert Turner summoned Mosby and her husband, Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby, to the front of the church, where they were encircled by congregants, who joined hands in prayer.

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Legislators And Educators Hold Roundtable On Closing ‘Digital Divide’ In Baltimore
Officials and educators in Baltimore are trying to close what they call the digital divide.  Saturday, a roundtable was hosted on digital equity in Baltimore. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves, U.S. Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Mayor Brandon Scott were joined by presidents of local Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  It focused on closing the gap and expanding broadband access as part of the recently signed bipartisan infrastructure package.
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Maryland lawmaker: Officials misled on ransomware attack

A leading Maryland lawmaker said Thursday that top legislators were misled about the seriousness of a cyberattack on the state health department. Sen. Paul Pinsky criticized Maryland Chief Information Security Officer Chip Stewart during a hearing on Thursday, a day after Stewart announced that the Dec. 4 attack involved ransomware. Pinsky, who chairs the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, cited a Dec. 22 briefing he participated in about the attack with House Speaker Adrienne Jones and Senate President Bill Ferguson.

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36th District legislators say funding demands of Kirwan will hit Kent disproportionally

The Kirwan Commission, access to health care, the environment and economic development were the focus of Monday’s pre-legislative discussion with the 36th District delegation of Sen. Steve Hershey and Delegates Jay Jacobs (Kent), Steve Arentz (Queen Anne’s) and Jeff Ghrist (Caroline) — all Republicans. Hosted by the Kent County Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Kent County, the discussion was held via Zoom. A recording can be accessed on the Kent County Chamber of Commerce’s YouTube channel.

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Expert says ‘it’s just strange’ how far behind Maryland is on legalizing recreational marijuana

As is the case every year, Maryland lawmakers have limited time to get a lot of legislation passed. The session that started Wednesday will wrap up 90 days from when the gavels first fell, and in that time they’ll be approving new legislative districts and passing a budget, actions that will provide no shortage of partisan bickering and squabbles over spending. This also appears to be the year that lawmakers will pass some sort of legislation to legalize recreational use of marijuana.

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Hogan Responds To Increased Heating Costs With Enhanced Benefits To Assistance Programs

In response to a nationwide rise in heating costs, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday that recipients of the state’s utility and electric assistance program will be provided enhanced benefits. “The relief we are announcing today will help our most vulnerable residents keep up with higher energy costs and stay warm throughout the winter months,” Hogan said. “This is all part of our commitment to devote some of our record budget surplus to helping Marylanders in need.”

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Senators Now Have D.C.-Style Studio for Days They Meet the Press

The Maryland Senate spent nearly $200,000 to construct a flag-draped platform for members of the chamber to conduct television interviews, Senate President Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore) announced on Thursday. The money was used to install television lights, monitors, an audio system, a Capitol Hill-style lectern, American and Maryland flags, plush candy apple red carpeting, and a raised platform. Ferguson used the set-up for the first time on Wednesday, the first day of the legislature’s 90-day session.

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby indicted on federal charges she lied on financial transactions to buy homes in Florida

A federal grand jury has indicted Baltimore’s top prosecutor Marilyn Mosby on charges of perjury and making false statements with a series of financial transactions that helped her buy a condo on Florida’s Gulf Coast and another property near Orlando, Florida. Mosby, 41, is charged with falsely claiming to suffer financial hardship from the coronavirus to obtain an early withdrawal from her retirement savings to purchase the homes. In addition, federal prosecutors allege she lied on a mortgage loan application by hiding an outstanding federal tax debt.

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Ashwani Jain announces LaTrece Hawkins Lytes as running mate in Maryland governor’s race

Gubernatorial candidate Ashwani Jain has named longtime Maryland resident LaTrece Hawkins Lytes as his running mate in the crowded race for the Democratic nomination. Jain’s campaign describes Lytes as a longtime Maryland resident, wife, mother of four, juvenile Type 1 diabetes survivor, transplant recipient and a community activist.

Lawmaker say Hogan administration misled public, legislature on breach 

State health and cybersecurity officials misled legislators about the cause of a website shutdown at the Department of Health, according to one top lawmaker. Sen. Paul Pinsky, D-Prince George’s and chair of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, expressed outrage over new information he said contradicted a briefing last month. Pinsky said he was angered by the department’s announcement Wednesday that the incident was a ransomware attack — information he said officials withheld for more than six weeks.

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