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How might U.S. Supreme Court cases on emergency abortion care impact Maryland?

Two U.S. Supreme Court cases involving states with near total abortion bans could allow emergency rooms to refuse to provide emergency abortions even in the case of severe, life-threatening pregnancy complications. While pro-abortion rights advocates have sounded the alarm on what the case could mean for patients and providers living in states with restrictive abortion laws, the Supreme Court decision on the matter could also create complications for Marylanders if they need emergency abortion care.

 

Md. Democrats hoping to compete with Larry Hogan face off in first debate

In their first televised primary debate, Rep. David Trone and Prince George’s County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks each sought to position themselves as the Democratic Party’s best chance of defeating the state’s popular, two-term former Republican governor in November. With similar stances on key issues such as education and reproductive rights, the leading Democrats in the race for U.S. Senate emphasized contrasting experience in making their pitch to primary voters — all while agreeing on the stakes.

How Johnson came to embrace Ukraine aid and defy his right flank

The day after Iran attacked Israel, House Speaker Mike Johnson was on the phone with a man who suddenly held the keys to his legislative agenda and potentially his own future: House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries. In a phone call that has not been previously reported, Johnson said he was ready to act on foreign aid, even though that would enrage Republicans who did not support additional assistance to Ukraine and could potentially cost him his job, a source familiar with the conversation told CNN.

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Selection process for Democratic convention delegates irks some lawmakers

Del. Robbyn Lewis (D-Baltimore City) has never been to a Democratic National Convention before. So when the call came for candidates interested in serving as delegates to this summer’s convention in Chicago, Lewis went to the State Board of Elections office and signed up to run in the May 14 Democratic primary as a delegate from the 7th congressional district pledged to President Biden.

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Maryland local election boards to get early start Monday on mail-in ballots

Mail-in ballots are starting to roll in across the Baltimore region as Maryland’s May 14 primary election draws near, with some jurisdictions preparing to process ballots as soon as Monday. According to the Maryland State Board of Elections, approximately 558,000 ballots have been sent to voters statewide for a primary with two presumptive presidential nominees — incumbent President Joe Biden, a Democrat, and former Republican President Donald Trump — at the top.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Mosby, Cohen and Sneed spar in City Council president TV debate

The three Democratic candidates for the Baltimore’s City Council president clashed in a televised debate Wednesday, with incumbent Nick Mosby taking the offensive against both of his challengers. Councilman Zeke Cohen, former Councilwoman Shannon Sneed and Mosby took turns in the debate hosted by WBAL-TV, WBAL Radio and Maryland Public Television staking their positions on issues ranging from a proposed ballot measure to slash the city’s property tax rate to enforcement of low-level crimes to controversial plans for the redevelopment Harborplace.

Endorsement game intensifies in Democratic Senate primary

With mail-in voting already under way, and the election less than a month from now, the number and pace of high-profile endorsements is intensifying in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. On Thursday, two powerful Black women officeholders from Prince George’s County announced they were backing U.S. Rep. David Trone (D-6th) over their own county executive, Angela Alsobrooks (D), who is bidding to become the first Black woman to win statewide office in Maryland, and just the third elected to the U.S. Senate.

Fact-checking Brandon Scott’s claims about Sheila Dixon’s record on crime

Mayor Brandon Scott’s latest television campaign ad on Baltimore’s mayoral race makes two assertions about his opponent former Mayor Sheila Dixon’s record on crime that are deserving of scrutiny. According to polls, Scott, who is seeking a second term, has opened a lead over Dixon, his chief competition in the Democratic primary that begins with early voting beginning May 2 and Primary Day on May 14.

Youth advocates call on governor to veto Juvenile Reform Act

Youth advocates held a rally Thursday night calling on Gov. Wes Moore to veto House Bill 814, otherwise known as the Juvenile Reform Act. The Maryland Youth Justice Coalition, which works to try and stop children from being involved in the legal system, spearheaded the rally. “It expands jurisdiction for our youngest kids, 10 to 12-year-olds.

Read More: WBALTV
‘Maryland’s win’? Gov. Moore assesses record of 2024 General Assembly session

Gov. Wes Moore has bragged about “going 26 for 26” in passing his bills through the 2024 Maryland General Assembly session, a display of bipartisan achievement he called “Maryland’s win.” With his second legislative session now in the rearview mirror, Moore has been touting bipartisan support for his agenda the past two sessions since he took office in 2023.

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