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Poll: Lierman leads Adams for comptroller, but Democratic voters mostly undecided

State Del. Brooke Lierman leads Bowie Mayor Tim Adams in the Democratic race for comptroller, according to a new survey from Goucher College Poll in partnership with The Baltimore Banner and WYPR. Of the 403 Democrats who said they were likely to vote, Lierman has 28% support while Adams has 14% support.

Nick Mosby’s tab for Ocean City conference in August is twice as much as Baltimore City Council colleagues’

Baltimore is paying $1,394 in travel expenses for each of four Baltimore City Council members to attend the Maryland Association of Counties annual conference in Ocean City for three nights in mid-August. The city’s paying twice as much, $3,008, for the City Council President Nick Mosby, who’s staying an extra night at a pricier place.

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Poll shows tight race between Cox, Schulz for GOP gubernatorial nomination

A new statewide poll shows a close race between two Frederick County contenders seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination this year. State Del. Dan Cox had 25% in a Goucher College poll, compared to 22% for Kelly Schulz, a former state secretary of labor and commerce. However, with a margin of error of about 4.8%, the results indicate a statistical tie between the two candidates.

Hogan’s former chief of staff faces new federal charge

Roy C. McGrath, Gov. Larry Hogan’s former chief of staff, is facing a new federal charge of allegedly falsifying and backdating a document that he said was from the governor about a large severance payment he received from his previous job. Federal prosecutors announced the new charge against McGrath, 52, of Naples, Fla., late Tuesday.

Franchot Won’t Debate Perez, Moore on Radio Show; Baker Endorsement is on Hold

Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot has declined an opportunity to debate his main rivals in the Democratic gubernatorial primary later this week — a decision that was immediately condemned by opposition campaigns. Franchot, former U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez and former non-profit CEO Wes Moore have all been invited to appear on the WYPR Radio program Midday on Friday. The trio have been the top-polling candidates for some time, consistently attracting more support than the six others seeking the nomination.

Prosecutors: Governor’s Former Chief of Staff Falsified Memo to Hogan About Severance Payment

A superseding indictment from a federal grand jury alleges that Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s former chief of staff forged a “memorandum” from the governor that “approved” a six-figure severance payment from a quasi-government state agency. The superseding indictment against Roy McGrath, 52, was announced by the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Tuesday evening. He was originally indicted in October 2021. McGrath’s tenure as Hogan’s top aide ended abruptly in August 2020, after just 11 weeks, following media reports that he received a $233,647 severance when he voluntarily stepped down as head of the Maryland Environmental Service to work for the governor.

Baltimore council passes police accountability board bill

Baltimore’s City Council passed a bill Monday to create a police accountability board. The bill passed with several amendments, news outlets reported. The amendments include allowing former officers to serve on the board and giving the police department two weeks to refer complaints instead of three days. A law passed by the General Assembly last year requires each Maryland jurisdiction in Maryland to have a police accountability board by Friday, July 1. The bill now goes to the desk of Mayor Brandon Scott, who is expected to sign it.

Baltimore City Councilmembers Pledge To Protect Women’s Rights Following Supreme Court Ruling
The Baltimore City Council pledged on Tuesday to protect the women residing in the city and across the country. Reproductive rights were protected in Baltimore and will not change due to the Supreme Court’s recent overturning of Roe v. Wade. While Maryland and Baltimore are areas where abortion is still legal, many states have now made abortion illegal due to the recent court ruling. Baltimore is aware that other state residents may come to the city seeking medical care. “Pound for pound, we are one of the scrappiest and most compassionate places in America,” City Councilman Zeke Cohen said.
Political Notes: Gardner Backs Perez, O’Malley Releases Ad, 4th District Endorsement News and More

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner came out in support of former U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez’s bid for governor on Monday. “Tom Perez has a proven track record of impressive accomplishment, understands the critical importance of working collaboratively with local leaders, and — maybe most importantly — has never forgotten where he came from or the challenges our families face,” Gardner (D) said in a statement endorsing Perez, who is also a former chair of the Democratic National Committee. “Put simply: he is ready to Get Stuff Done,” Gardner continued.


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2 Democrats running for Maryland attorney general locked in tight race, poll reveals

With less than one month to go before the primary, the two Democratic candidates running for Maryland attorney general are locked in a competitive race, with no clear frontrunner. Meanwhile, more than two-thirds of Republican likely voters are undecided about which candidate to support, according to the Goucher College Poll that was conducted in partnership with The Baltimore Banner and WYPR. Katie Curran O’Malley, a retired Baltimore district judge and former assistant state’s attorney in Baltimore County, was polling at 30% among 403 Democratic likely voters. U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown, who has represented Maryland’s 4th Congressional District that includes parts of Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties since 2017, was pulling in 29%.

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