Sen. Thomas "Mac" Middleton: Thank you, Charles County

Now that all of Charles County’s primary election ballots have been counted, I would like to sincerely thank the voters for allowing me to serve as your state senator for the past 24 years. Charles County has been my lifelong home. My family has been here for hundreds of years, and I care deeply about this community. I am proud to have led efforts to move Charles County and the state of Maryland forward during my tenure. Whether it was ensuring full funding of our public schools, fighting for desperately needed transportation projects for Southern Maryland, securing economic development opportunities, preserving our environment or building a robust healthcare system, I have always worked hard to represent my constituents to the best of my ability. (So. Md. News)

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Two gubernatorial candidates. One clambake. No interaction.

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and his Democratic challenger, Ben Jealous, stood inside the iron gates of the marina in Somerset County, barely 50 feet from each other at the 42nd annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake, Maryland’s premier summer political event. The candidates have never met. And they didn’t speak on Wednesday, focusing instead on trying to secure votes in what is expected to be a heated gubernatorial race. “This is the best event that there is statewide, as far as politics and getting out and meeting people, not only people from the Lower Shore but thousands of people from around the state,” said Hogan, who has attended since he was a politician’s kid growing up in Prince George’s County. (Wash. Post)

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Andy Harris becomes last Maryland congressman to support Wendi Winters' Medal of Freedom nomination

After the Maryland congressional delegation urged President Donald J. Trump to award a Capital Gazette reporter and editor the Presidential Medal of Freedom, U.S. Rep. Andy Harris has pledged his support. Harris, a Republican representing District 1, has sent private communication to the White House in support of the effort, spokeswoman Jacque Clark said Wednesday. Maryland’s congressional delegation is urging the president to consider the nation’s highest civilian honor for a Capital Gazette shooting victim who spent her last moment rushing a rampaging gunman. (Capital)

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Ben Jealous gets warm welcome from Rushern Baker, his vanquished party rival

Former NAACP chief Ben Jealous and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III bickered throughout their battle in the Maryland Democratic gubernatorial primary. Jealous denounced Baker’s handpicked schools chief and questioned his top rival’s efforts to reform the state’s second-largest public school system. Baker shook his head in disbelief as Jealous outlined plans for expansive new government programs at debates, noting that he — not Jealous — had experience managing bureaucracies and government spending. On Wednesday, the two politicians traded compliments and said they had patched things up. (Wash. Post)

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Leggett says he plans to back Democratic nominee Elrich over Floreen

Outgoing Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) says he plans to back party nominee Marc Elrich as his successor — even though the decision of another longtime Democratic ­council member to seek the job as an independent is making it a “tough choice.” “At this point in time, as a loyal Democrat, I follow the party,” Leggett said Tuesday, a day after the Montgomery County Board of Elections approved at-large Council Member Nancy Floreen’s declaration that she would wage an independent campaign to lead the state’s most populous jurisdiction. (Wash. Post)

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Hogan, Jealous campaigns disagree over debate schedule

The campaign of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan campaign said Wednesday that the governor will debate Democratic challenger Ben Jealous twice in September — but the Jealous camp says it has not agreed to a debate schedule. Hogan’s campaign announced that the governor would engage in one-hour televised debates on Sept. 17 and Sept. 24. Jealous’ team said it has not committed to those dates. “We haven’t agreed to any debates, so I’m not sure what the Hogan campaign is referring to,” said Kevin Harris, a senior adviser to the Jealous campaign. (Balt. Sun)

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Attorney general challenger likes Day Reporting Center, accuses Frosh of 'politicizing'

He's been a prosecutor in Allegany County and in the U.S. Department of Justice. Craig Wolf also has been an attorney for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, a judge advocate for the U.S. Army Reserve and the president and CEO of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America. Come November, Wolf, a Republican, wants to add Maryland attorney general to his résumé. (Herald-Mail)

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July 18 // Former senator Oaks’ bribery, corruption case ends in 3 1/2-year prison term

Nathaniel Thomas Oaks, the disgraced former Democratic state senator from West Baltimore's 41st District, was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison Tuesday for taking $15,300 in bribes from an FBI undercover source in a political corruption probe. Oaks, 71, was sentenced in Baltimore by U.S. District Court Judge Richard D. Bennett, who imposed a term less than the eight to 10 years recommended in the federal sentencing guidelines -- between the 18 months recommended by the defense and 60 months sought by prosecutors. (Md. Matters)

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