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Hogan ‘Pouring Gasoline’ on a Fire to Bolster His White House Hopes, Franchot Says

Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) accused Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) on Wednesday of using false and divisive rhetoric about law enforcement funding to propel his presidential hopes. Hogan, seated just inches away at the bimonthly meeting of the Board of Public Works, bluntly rejected the charges. The back-and-forth came out of nowhere, as police funding was not on the board’s agenda.

Andy Harris, congressman and anesthesiologist from Maryland, says he prescribed ivermectin for COVID

U.S. Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland, a practicing anesthesiologist, said on a radio show that he prescribed a medication typically used to treat parasites in livestock and humans as a treatment for COVID-19. Harris, a Republican who represents the state’s 1st District, made the comments during a call-in radio program that he and his wife, Nicole, co-hosted last month on WCBM, an AM radio station in the Baltimore area, The Washington Post reported. However, Harris said on the program that he couldn’t find a pharmacist who would fill it.

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Gov. Larry Hogan Encourages Marylanders To Comment On Draft Legislative & Congressional Maps

Gov. Larry Hogan is encouraging Marylanders to comment on the draft legislative and congressional maps, officials said Wednesday. The maps are published by the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission. The independent commission is the first of its kind in state history. It is challenged with drawing fair legislative and congressional maps for the 2022 elections.

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Chris Van Hollen renews call to build FBI headquarters in Maryland

Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen wants to restart the yearslong effort to build a new FBI headquarters after he says former President Donald Trump scrapped those plans for his own personal gain. “For the last four years, President Trump did all he could to block our efforts to construct a new FBI consolidated headquarters that meets the security and capacity needs of the bureau solely because it stood to hurt his personal financial interests,” said Mr. Van Hollen, a Democrat.

Senate GOP again blocks Democrats’ voting bill 

For the third time this year, Senate Democrats on Wednesday tried to pass sweeping elections legislation that they tout as a powerful counterweight to new voting restrictions sweeping conservative-controlled states. Once again, Republicans blocked them. But amid the ongoing stalemate, there are signs that Democrats are making headway in their effort to create consensus around changing Senate procedural rules, a key step that could allow them to muscle transformative legislation through the narrowly divided chamber.

After steering the billboard bill to passage, Costello is honored by Downtown Partnership

When Nick Mosby asked the City Council he heads to fast-forward Councilman Eric Costello’s digital billboard bill Monday night despite residents’ complaints that they hadn’t been notified about it, no reason for the unusual legislative maneuver was offered. The explanation for the speed up became clearer yesterday at the annual meeting of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore (DPOB), a festive evening of nibbles, networking and applause for efforts to boost an ailing central business district.

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Baltimore inspector general waives privacy rights ahead of scheduled closed-door meeting to review her performance

Baltimore Inspector General Isabel Mercedes Cumming is waiving her rights to privacy and confidentiality during her review process, according to a letter Cumming sent an oversight board as they plan to meet behind closed doors next week. The letter, dated Tuesday, states that Cumming has waived her rights “in keeping with the OIG’s commitment to transparency and accountability.” The letter notes that closed meetings are “discretionary” according to Maryland’s Open Meetings Act and requests that the meeting, scheduled for Oct. 28, be opened to the public.

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Two Days After Mandate Went Into Effect, The Vaccination Status Of Thousands Of City Employees Remains Unknown
Baltimore’s vaccine mandate for all city employees went into effect this week. Employees are required to show proof of vaccination or conduct weekly COVID-19 testing. The latest figures from the mayor’s office show that as of Wednesday morning, 56% of employees have uploaded proof of vaccination. That is a 3% increase from the previous day. But that leaves thousands of city employees whose status is still unknown. Of the city’s approximately 13,600 employees, about 5,900 of them have not provided proof that they have the shot.
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Van Hollen urges support for legislation to make health care enrollment easier

U.S. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Tuesday emphasized his support for legislation that aims to address disparities in health care coverage by making it easier for the uninsured to enroll in a qualified plan. The Easy Enrollment in Health Care Act is based on a Maryland law that was enacted last year. U.S. Rep. Ami Bera, D-Calif., is soon expected to introduce the bill in the House of Representatives. As of right now the legislation does not have any Republican co-sponsors, but it does have the support of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a conservative think tank, Van Hollen said in response to a question from MarylandReporter.com at the virtual news conference.

Gov. Hogan announces federal approval of Small Business Administration disaster declaration for Tropical Storm Ida

Gov. Larry Hogan has announced the approval of a U.S. Small Business Administration disaster declaration for areas affected by Tropical Depression Ida. The declaration, which makes low-interest disaster loans available, covers Anne Arundel, Cecil and Montgomery counties, as well as the adjacent counties of Baltimore, Baltimore City, Calvert, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, and Prince George’s. “I want to thank the federal administration for acting swiftly on our request for this disaster declaration, which will make more assistance available to businesses and homeowners affected by the storm,” Hogan said in a news release.

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