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Brown, O’Malley clash over experience in attorney general candidates’ debate

Should Maryland’s attorney general be a skilled courtroom practitioner or a politically savvy dealmaker? The two Democrats vying for the job highlighted the differences in their experience during a spirited debate hosted by the League of Women Voters of Maryland Wednesday night. Former Baltimore judge Katie Curran O’Malley told the virtual audience that Maryland’s chief legal officer should have extensive trial experience in order to strategize effectively with the office’s prosecutors.

‘It’s a morale issue’: Baltimore Police, Marilyn Mosby at odds over newly public police integrity list

A day after a list of 305 Baltimore police officers with credibility and integrity issues became public, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said he’s concerned the information will further erode the department’s relationship with the community and hurt officer morale. Harrison said he had never seen the list before and was surprised to see some of the names, claiming the majority of the 177 officers listed who still work in the department did not have sustained complaints against them. The list includes several high-ranking officers within the department, including a former head of internal affairs and a former deputy chief of patrol.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
With ‘Healthy Babies Equity Act,’ Maryland Will Join Other States that Provide Prenatal Care Regardless of Immigration Status

Maria Vicente has no health insurance. During five pregnancies the only time she saw a doctor was in the delivery room. She lost two children from lack of prenatal care and complications giving birth. The 37-year-old fled poverty in Guatemala for a better life in the United States. Since immigrating in 2006, she has worked as a housekeeper or in construction, as does her husband, when jobs are available and they are healthy. Vicente volunteers to distribute food to people in need like herself, whose lives have been upended by pandemic-related social, economic and health issues, which hit her majority Latino community in Prince George’s County particularly hard. According to the Maryland Department of Health, Langley Park has consistently had the highest COVID incidence rates in the state.

Baltimore County Council establishes police accountability board, bars people convicted of crimes from serving

The Baltimore County Council unanimously approved a bill Thursday creating a police accountability board — but without several changes that advocates for reform said would strengthen the new panel. By a 4-3 vote, the council also passed an amendment prohibiting people convicted of felonies and certain misdemeanors from serving on the board for 10 years.

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Harford County Council finalizes budget for the 2023 fiscal year

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman signed his final county budget for the 2023 fiscal year Wednesday. ”We fully funded education, we fully funded public safety, and we cut taxes,” Glassman said. The Harford County Council finalized the fiscal 2023 budget Tuesday night.

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Hogan Calls On Scott For “Comprehensive Update” On Violent Crime Plan As Fatal Shootings Continue

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan called for a “comprehensive update” Thursday from Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott on his violent crime plan as deadly shootings continue to outpace previous years’ numbers. Baltimore is on pace for more than 350 homicides in 2022, and for the first time, more than 100 people were killed by the start of May, according to Baltimore City Councilman Eric Costello. In a letter addressed to Scott, the governor referenced a February meeting with the mayor in which Scott laid out his plan to battle Baltimore’s sustained violent crime problem. Hogan said he received assurances that the mayor’s approach would  lead to a “meaningful reduction in violence.”

Read More: WJZ
Surging gas taxes expected to be political weapon in Maryland politics

Candidates for governor wielded divergent views on Maryland’s looming gas tax hike like a cudgel this week, seeking to score points with voters ahead of a July primary while those in a position to bring relief stood by. The 18 percent increase, scheduled to automatically occur in July, divided the crowded Democratic field as Republican candidates capitalized on economic discontent. That’s a strategy that political experts noted smoothed a path to victory in two elections for Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in a deeply Democratic state.

After court battle, Marilyn Mosby releases list of 305 Baltimore police officers with credibility issues

A Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office list of more than 300 Baltimore police officers with credibility issues, many of whom continue to be called to testify in court, has been made public for the first time after a court ordered its release last fall. State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby told a state policing commission in December 2019 that she maintained a list of police officers about whom she had concerns regarding their integrity and whether their testimony in court could be trusted.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Moore Calls on Hogan to Act on City Gun Violence in Wake of Texas School Shooting

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore called on Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) to target state resources toward preventing gun violence in Baltimore on Wednesday. “The number one responsibility of the chief executive is to keep people safe, so today, I’m calling on Governor Hogan to take immediate action,” Moore said at a news conference in East Baltimore. Moore, a frontrunner in the 2022 race for governor, called on Hogan to take a series of immediate actions to quell violence in the city.

Latest congressional status symbol? Nearly a dozen Maryland lawmakers banned by Russia.

Washington’s newest status symbol isn’t a seat at a coveted dinner party or an invitation to ride on Air Force One. Lawmakers from Maryland and other states were hoping Tuesday to spot their names on a different sort of list that similarly exudes political cachet. The Russian Foreign Ministry’s “reciprocal sanctions” list includes the names of 963 people, some deceased.

Read More: Baltimore Sun

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