Ben Jealous releases plan aimed at curbing prescription drug costs

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous on Monday released a plan aimed at curbing prescription drug costs in Maryland. Called a “New Rx For Maryland,” Jealous’ plan proposes creating a prescription drug affordability board to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for rising costs and “ensure Marylanders are not subject to sharp increases.” (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland is taking the EPA to court over air pollution coming from upwind states

Maryland plans to take the Trump administration to federal appeals court now that the Environmental Protection Agency has rejected the state's demands that it do more to limit coal power plant emissions in upwind states. The EPA on Friday finalized a decision it had proposed in May denying a Maryland petition under a section of the federal Clean Air Act known as the “good neighbor” provision. (Balt. Sun)

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Goucher poll: Marylanders give high marks to Hogan but back some key Jealous plans

Marylanders continue to give Republican Gov. Larry Hogan high marks for his management of the state, but they also support several key initiatives of his Democratic challenger Ben Jealous, according to a new Goucher College poll. In a survey the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center conducted Tuesday to Sunday, more Marylanders than not say they think the state is headed in the right direction and they’re doing better financially than in the past. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland's U.S. senators call sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh 'very serious' and 'credible'

Maryland’s U.S. senators on Monday called the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh “credible” and “very serious” and said the Senate must take the time to allow them to be aired before voting. “They need to be fully vetted,” Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin said in an interview. “It means the hearing schedule — which was unrealistic from the beginning — needs to be postponed.” (Balt. Sun)

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Annapolis attorney disputes government meetings on religious holidays

A prominent city attorney has taken issue with meetings scheduled on religious holidays after requesting the City Council Rules and Government Committee postpone a Tuesday meeting abutting Yom Kippur. Alderwoman Sheila Finlayson, the committee chair, canceled the Rules and Government meeting after attorney Alan Hyatt informed the committee he’d be celebrating Yom Kippur, a Jewish holiday beginning at sundown Tuesday and ending at sundown Wednesday. The meeting was scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. (Capital)

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Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh introduces new ethics reforms

It was another full Anne Arundel County Council meeting Monday night as members debated proposed changes to the county’s ethics laws, legislation that would benefit a medical marijuana business in Annapolis and were warned “blood” is on some of their hands after voting against an abortion resolution at the last meeting. Residents stood at the back of the room as they waited their turns to discuss business before the council. (Capital)

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Herald-Mail Media reporter vetoed from gubernatorial debate panel

Herald-Mail Media plans to send a panelist to next week's gubernatorial debate, despite having its veteran State House reporter rejected Monday. The campaigns of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and his Democratic challenger, Ben Jealous, announced this month that they agreed to a single one-hour debate on Sept. 24, to be hosted by Maryland Public Television. Both sides agreed that they could veto any of the representatives from the news outlets. (Herald-Mail)

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September 17 // In Md. governor’s race, Jealous releases his first ad since primary

Ben Jealous released his first advertisement since clinching the Maryland Democratic gubernatorial nomination in late June, a 60-second spot that will air in the Baltimore market for about a week. The ad highlights Jealous’s work as a former president of the NAACP, where he turned around the beleaguered civil rights organization, and as a venture capitalist at Kapor Capital, where he helped grow several small businesses. The ad, which cost $109,000, is the first response from the Jealous campaign to Gov. Larry Hogan’s advertising blitz. Hogan (R), who had $9.4 million on hand in late August, has already spent about $2 million on ads. (Wash. Post)

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