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Maryland Gov. Hogan continues to own a stake in dozens of real estate companies

In addition to buying a new mansion last year, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s interests in a handful of business entities were shuffled, according to his latest financial disclosure filing. The Republican governor operated his real estate firm, Annapolis-based Hogan Cos., for years before first winning election as governor in 2014. He was reelected to a second and final four-year term in 2018.

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WINNER: Delegate Jessica Feldmark MD-12

Back by popular demand, we’re continuing to highlight the winners of the 2021 Maryland legislative session.

Delegate Jessica Feldmark, representing Maryland District 12 in Howard and Baltimore Counties, took on the challenge of a virtual session with the same dedication she’s known for in her district. This session, Feldmark is claiming victory on several fronts. From securing the Job Creation Tax Credit (HB 278) and community college funding (HB 173), to achieving the Building Out Broadband Act (HB 1328) and ensuring HBCU representation on the TEDCO Board (HB 6), Feldmark delivered for her constituents in a big way.

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Less urgency, more searching for impact in Baltimore’s planning to spend $670 million in latest federal COVID relief aid

When Baltimore received its first federal aid to help deal with the effects of the coronavirus, the city was in the grip of the worst of the pandemic-fueled crisis. The funds were quickly doled out in dozens of directions, paying for protective gear, aid for businesses and COVID-19 testing efforts. Now, nearly two months after it was announced the city would receive $670 million from the American Rescue Plan, Democratic President Joe Biden’s economic relief effort, city officials have yet to announce a plan to distribute it.

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Will Maryland lawmakers get what they want from sports betting?

The bill to legalize sports betting that passed both the Maryland House and Senate last month was significantly different from the initial legislation introduced, most notably for how many licenses it ultimately allowed for – 60. It’s far more than other states allow — except for Tennessee which doesn’t have a limit — and was done that way to give smaller companies a chance to get a piece of what’s expected to be a very large pie.

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Anne Arundel police unions question how to implement Maryland standard on when to use force

After the state legislature passed major police reforms, police unions say the legislation creates practical uncertainties that will need revision next session. State police representatives were heavily involved in drafting landmark police reform bills this session about how, and what kind of laws, can make police departments safer for the communities they serve and hold officers accountable in new ways. But police representatives said their concerns about amorphous policies were swept aside in the final marathon days of the legislative session.

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Marilyn Mosby files latest ethics disclosure, notes new home in Florida and reports receiving fewer gifts

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby filed her annual ethics disclosure Friday, confirming that she bought a half-million-dollar Florida home and that the IRS filed a lien on all property she owned. Mosby noted the Internal Revenue Service lien on her Baltimore home, the second property she bought last year, and her receipt of $1,200 worth of travel and lodging to speak at a criminal justice symposium at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. She reported the lien, second home and gifts in annual financial disclosures filed with the State Ethics Commission. Disclosures for 2020 were due Friday by midnight.

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Advocates petition Hogan to temporarily halt evictions

After tenant relief efforts failed to pass in the Maryland General Assembly, a broad coalition of fair housing advocates, faith organizations and community groups are urging Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) to put a temporary halt on evictions in the state. In an April 23 letter to Hogan, the Community Development Network of Maryland-led coalition warned that the $400 million in federal rent relief and current state and federal eviction orders won’t be enough to prevent a surge of evictions in the coming months.

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11. Colm O’Comartun on the State of American Reform

On episode 11 of The Conference Call, Damian is joined by a long-time friend and ally, Colm O’Comartun, Principal at 50-State and former Executive Director of the Democratic Governors Association. Join us for a conversation about Colm’s Irish roots, the road to American politics, and the Maryland Gubernatorial roadmap. Afterward, the guys discuss the goals of state politics, where they intersect with national interests, and the value of localizing national conversations.

The Maryland State of Reform conference is coming up on May 13th. Details and registration can be found here:

Music by Dillion O’Brian

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‘You guys are role models’: VP Kamala Harris thanks people getting COVID vaccine at Baltimore stadium

Declaring “Today is a good day, Baltimore,” Vice President Kamala Harris marked the 100th day of the Biden administration by visiting a bustling vaccination site and saying the nation is beginning to emerge from the coronavirus crisis, even as significant economic and health challenges remain. The Democratic vice president, joined Thursday by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Democratic Mayor Brandon Scott, toured the mass COVID-19 vaccination site at M&T Bank Stadium, where she celebrated the patients and vaccinators as “heroes.”

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Wes Moore Creates Fundraising Committee Ahead of Possible Run for Governor

Wes Moore, the Baltimore-based nonprofit executive, is one step closer to entering the 2022 Democratic primary for governor. Moore created a campaign fundraising committee with the State Board of Elections on Wednesday, Wes Moore for Maryland, which enables him to begin raising money for a possible bid. Sources said that Moore, who disclosed in late February that he was “seriously considering” a run for governor, isn’t quite ready to announce his candidacy yet. But the new fundraising entity is another sign that he is preparing to become a candidate, with a final decision likely within the next few weeks.

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