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Johnny Olszewski Jr. latest regional leader to endorse a Maryland gubernatorial candidate from the crowded field

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. is backing Tom Perez for governor, throwing his support behind the former U.S. labor secretary as the highly competitive Democratic primary race enters its final weeks. Olszewski, who leads Maryland’s third-most populous jurisdiction, will announce his selection Friday morning at a union hall in Dundalk. He called Perez the “most qualified and tested” among a field with “several very worthy” Democrats.

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Prosecutors: Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s arguments to dismiss charges ‘Orwellian,’ should be rejected

Federal prosecutors responded Thursday to Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s renewed push to dismiss the perjury charges against her by calling her legal arguments “Orwellian.” After rejecting Mosby’s first attempt to have the charges dismissed on the grounds of vindictive prosecution, U.S. District Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby agreed earlier this month to hear the two-term Democrat’s new arguments for dismissal of the perjury charges.

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Abortion and gun control aren’t litmus issues for most Maryland voters

What happened last Friday at the U.S. Supreme Court was an outrage for Bethesda resident Julie Paquin. A transplant from California, Paquin, 68, said she has prioritized living in a blue state where most of her political positions are validated by local elected officials — a standard that she said has only been further entrenched by last week’s watershed decision overturning the constitutional right to abortion.

Md. Candidates Fret, Tout Green Credentials as Supreme Court Ties EPA’s Hands on Emissions

Just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lacks authority to broadly regulate greenhouse gas emissions, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore stood on the banks of the Patapsco River in Baltimore, surrounded by environmental leaders, promising to take swift and bold action on climate change if elected.

As crime stats are disputed, Harford County state’s attorney race divides law enforcement

While two Republicans – an incumbent and a challenger – will be facing off in the July 19 primary as the only two candidates in the race for Harford County state’s attorney, the lack of a Democratic challenger has made the contest no less contentious. The race heated up this week when the Harford County Deputy Sheriff’s Union released a letter saying they had no confidence in current Harford State’s Attorney Albert Peisinger Jr., and that they voted to endorse his challenger, Alison Healey, for the office.

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Supreme Court’s ruling to limit EPA raises stakes for Maryland on climate action; groups call for Congress to act

The Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision limiting the EPA’s ability to rein in power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions won’t affect Maryland’s own accelerating emissions reduction goals — but makes such efforts by states all the more important in addressing the threats of climate change, advocates said. “The importance and urgency of Maryland’s actions to fight climate change went up dramatically today,” Maryland League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Kim Coble said.

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High court returns Md. assault weapons ban challenge to 4th circuit, cites Bruen

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday sent a constitutional challenge to Maryland’s ban on semiautomatic assault-style weapons back to a lower court with instructions that it apply the justices’ broad interpretation of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms that they issued last week. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had upheld the ban, saying it promotes Maryland’s goal of protecting public safety without encroaching on what the Supreme Court has held to be the constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to possess handguns for self-defense.

Mayor Scott signs bill to establish Baltimore City Police Accountability Board

Mayor Brandon Scott on Thursday signed a bill to establish the Baltimore City Police Accountability Board. The signing comes three days after the Baltimore City Council passed the bill. “Proud to sign CB #22-0234 into law this afternoon alongside @MarkConway4th & @Nick_Mosby,” Scott said in a tweet. “This creates a comprehensive mechanism to hold officers accountable, protect our communities, & build trust between police & residents — all things that will help us build a safer Baltimore.”

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At Raucous Rally, Hogan and Schulz Accuse Democrats of Meddling in Maryland’s GOP Primary

Undeterred by shouts and catcalls from supporters of rival Dan Cox — and Cox himself — Republican gubernatorial candidate Kelly Schulz and Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr., denounced a Democratic effort to boost her main rival in the July 19 primary. Hogan, who is term-limited, and his former commerce secretary stood in blistering heat outside the State House, where — surrounded by sign-waving backers — they slammed the Democratic Governors Association’s plan to spend more than $1 million in the weeks leading up to Election Day.

Montgomery County super PAC launches attack ad against Marc Elrich

A new super PAC in Montgomery County focused on affordable housing launched an ad on Tuesday attacking County Executive Marc Elrich’s record on land use. Montgomery County residents Eric Saul and Adam Jentleson registered the Affordable Maryland PAC last week, motivated, they said, by rising home prices that determine who can afford to live in a place they say has allowed them to live the “American Dream.”

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