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An upstart is taking on a City Council heavyweight in the 11th District

Central and South Baltimore’s 11th District is home to this primary’s most expensive council race between an incumbent and a challenger. Councilman Eric Costello, the powerful chair of the budget committee who is consistently among the council’s highest fundraisers, faces Zac Blanchard, a political newcomer who is running through public financing.

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New poll for Maryland US Senate race released days before primary election

A recent poll from Emerson College shows a statistical tie between the leading Democratic candidates in the Maryland U.S. Senate race, Angela Alsobrooks and David Trone. The poll, which surveyed more than 1,100 Maryland voters between May 6-8, shows Alsobrooks leading Trone 42% to 41%, with 12% undecided. The 1% difference, while well within the margin of error, is showing Alsobrooks ahead of Trone for the first time.

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Moore signs protections for judges’ personal information in wake of fatal shooting

Gov. Wes Moore on Thursday signed into law new privacy protections for judges and their families, which the legislature passed unanimously after Washington County Circuit Judge Andrew Wilkinson was shot to death outside his home in October. The late judge’s wife, Stephanie Wilkinson, and their two children sat front row for a bill signing ceremony at the State House in Annapolis.

Md. US Senate race causing division among Prince George’s Co. leaders

The increasingly negative U.S. Senate primary race between David Trone and Angela Alsobrooks is leading to greater division and hard feelings in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Most of the elected leaders at the county and state level have endorsed Alsobrooks, but those who haven’t are increasingly vocal about it.

 

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Mayor Scott promised to change Baltimore. The job has changed him.

Mayor Brandon Scott rubs his temples from behind the mayor’s desk as Baltimore Police Commissioner Richard Worley runs through the week’s shootings and homicides.

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Maryland early voting ends quietly ahead of Tuesday’s primary election

The trickle of voters who kicked off early in-person voting last week seemed to continue Thursday as the last day to cast a ballot in person before Tuesday’s primary drew to a close. By Thursday afternoon, almost 150,000 Marylanders had cast early in-person votes, compared to the 178,000 who voted early in the 2022 primary, according to Jared DeMarinis, Maryland’s election administrator.

 

Trone and Alsobrooks speak to WTOP about issues facing Maryland and the Senate

There’s less than a week to go before primary day in Maryland — and the top two candidates in a crowded Senate race to succeed retiring Sen. Ben Cardin could be locked in a closer race than many public polls indicate. And while early voting is already underway, both leading candidates — Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and U.S. Rep. David Trone — acknowledge there are still many Democrats undecided about who they ultimately want to vote for.

Judge dismisses federal lawsuit seeking to halt Maryland’s elections

A federal judge in Baltimore dismissed a lawsuit seeking to halt the 2024 election in Maryland. The lawsuit filed earlier this year by two organizations alleged that the Maryland State Board of Elections violated state and federal election law as well as the Maryland Public Information Act.

Carroll officials to discuss using state cannabis sale proceeds for local agencies

During the Board of County Commissioners’ regular weekly meeting Thursday, officials are expected to decide on how to use tax revenue from the sale of recreational cannabis. Maryland imposes a 9% state sales tax on adult-use cannabis, and per a state statute, 35% of the proceeds are allocated to the Community Reinvestment and Repair Fund, which is intended to support communities disproportionately affected by the enforcement of laws banning cannabis.

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The whole world is watching

All of a of a sudden, the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in Maryland — plus the prospect of a juicy general election featuring former Gov. Larry Hogan (R), who is catnip to national pundits — is the most interesting story in U.S. politics. For national political reporters, the story has irresistible if obvious elements — namely the historic nature of Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks’ candidacy, along with the jaw-dropping spending of U.S. Rep. David Trone. Not to mention the primary has become decidedly snippy, with undeniable implications for the fall, as Democrats become increasingly panicked about the prospects of holding the Senate.

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