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‘I’ve been very clear and transparent,’ Maryland gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore says about his Baltimore ties

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore, dogged the past week by questions over whether he cultivated misperceptions about his biography or embellished his childhood ties to Baltimore, defended his record Friday and said he stands behind his words in a decade of media appearances and a bestselling autobiography. Moore rejected claims he’d fed a false narrative about his upbringing by not correcting interviewers or others who incorrectly described him as having been born and raised in Baltimore.

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Federal Judge Rejects Mosby’s Motion to Dismiss Charges Against Her

The attorney representing Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby argued in federal court on Thursday that high-profile fraud charges against her flow directly from the lead prosecutor’s personal, race-tinged animosity against her. As a result, defense attorney A. Scott Bolden told a judge, charges against Mosby must be dismissed — or, at a minimum, the court must force the U.S. Department of Justice to remove Assistant U.S. Attorney Leo Wise from the case.

As Her Final Legislative Session Ends, Sen. Delores Kelley Celebrated as a Mentor and a History Maker

From the back of the Senate chamber on Friday stood Sen. Charles E. Sydnor III (D-Baltimore County). ​​His eyes welled with tears as he clutched his desk microphone in his hand. “She’s always been a mentor — always giving you tasks to make certain that you were learning things along the way,” Sydnor said, his voice breaking. “She was always looking out for people like me in Baltimore County to make certain that our communities had leaders,” he said of Senate Finance Committee Chair Delores G. Kelley (D-Baltimore County).

Baltimore County executive says county ‘on solid financial footing,’ touts school construction, pay raises in budget address

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. is proposing a spending plan that includes record funds for schools, investments in parks and raises for employees, saying the county is “on stable financial footing” two years into the pandemic. The Democrat on Thursday also pledged to address the inequities exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. He wants to fund a summer food program for kids in need, create an affordable housing fund and ensure modern classrooms for “every child, regardless of ZIP code.”

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Political Notes: Jazz Lewis Abandons Congressional Bid; Will Seek Re-Election to Md. House and More

Democrat Jazz Lewis, a former top aide to U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, has withdrawn from the 4th District congressional primary and will seek re-election to the House of Delegates instead. The 33-year-old Lewis launched his bid for the U.S. House in October, following Rep. Anthony Brown’s decision to run for Maryland attorney general. He was part of a four-candidate primary field that included former congresswoman Donna F. Edwards, former county prosecutor Glenn F. Ivey and former state delegate Angela Angel.

Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby’s annual ethics disclosure lists no donations to her legal defense fund

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby filed her latest state ethics disclosure Wednesday, reporting no gifts to a legal defense fund established for her and her husband, Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby. The fund, which opened for donations in mid-2021, was created so the power couple could defend themselves against a federal criminal tax investigation. Prominent supporters and community leaders have encouraged contributions, posting on Facebook and appearing at news conferences.

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Olszewski seeks to spend $90M more on education in FY2023 budget proposal

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski is making big commitments toward education, public safety and public transportation. On Thursday morning, the county executive presented his $4.8 billion budget proposal for fiscal year 2023. The plan would include hiring bonuses and recruitment incentives for county police officers and would create a wellness director position within the department.

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Review finds Safe Streets program lacks oversight; Baltimore mayor pledges $10 million to expand ‘violence intervention ecosystem’

An internal review of Baltimore’s Safe Streets anti-violence initiative found the program lacked oversight, and half of the workers described their training as inadequate. City officials announced the findings Wednesday, along with a $10 million investment to improve program operations and establish a “community violence intervention ecosystem.” Experts have raised significant questions about whether Baltimore should rethink its approach to curbing gun violence after three Safe Streets workers were killed within about 18 months, with the most recent death in January.

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Political Notes: Elrich Backs Perez, Brandon Scott’s High Ratings, Mosby’s Video and More

The leader of vote-rich Montgomery County has endorsed former Maryland and U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez in the race for governor. County Executive Marc Elrich (D) made the announcement on Tuesday. “Tom has shown he has a heart and mind that understands justice and equity, and he clearly has the experience to actually implement and govern,” Elrich said in a statement. “That’s exactly the combination we need in our next governor — and it’s why I am proud to endorse him today.”

Commanders Cast Long Shadow at Hogan-Alsobrooks Funding Celebration

Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. and Prince George’s County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks went before a bank of cameras at the Largo Town Center Metro station on Wednesday to tout the latest fruits of their unlikely partnership. The two talked at length about their shared vision of a resurgent Largo/Landover area brimming with new facilities and the legislation they co-championed during this year’s General Assembly session to make some of it possible. They also expressed confidence that the U.S. General Services Administration will decide later this year to build a new FBI headquarters in Prince George’s.

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