Maryland attorney general appeals judges' order to redraw congressional districts, seeks Supreme Court ruling

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced Thursday that he is appealing a federal ruling that threw out the state’s congressional map for the 6th District after determining that Democratic officials unconstitutionally drew the boundary to diminish Republican influence. The Democratic attorney general, acting against the wishes of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, notified the U.S. District Court in Baltimore Thursday that he will contest last week’s order that the state redraw the map in time for the 2020 election. A Hogan spokeswoman criticized Frosh for an action that will further drag out debate over a district widely viewed as one of the most heavily gerrymandered in the nation. (Balt. Sun)

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Is Morgan State a presidential battleground?

The path to the Democratic nomination for president in 2020 may go through Morgan State University. The university announced Wednesday evening that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, would be its fall commencement speaker. The progressive lawmaker said last month that she was considering a challenge to President Donald Trump. But Warren is not the only potential Democratic candidate to have visited Morgan State. Former Vice President Joe Biden gave the university’s spring commencement last year. (Daily Record)

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Pittman rode early voting to victory, flipped precincts Schuh won easily in 2014

Anne Arundel County Executive-elect Steuart Pittman wooed areas that previously backed incumbent Republican Steve Schuh, flipping about four dozen different precincts on Election Day, precinct voter data shows. Schuh underperformed in precincts located in more conservative areas of the county — such as Council District 7 and District 3 — with Pittman even bringing some of those precincts to his side. Schuh won the majority of precincts on Election Day with 115 to Pittman’s 80 and garnered more overall votes on Nov. 6. But Pittman cruised with an about 11,000-vote lead in early voting. (Capital)

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Baltimore County's administrative officer to retire 'at the request' of Olszewski

The Baltimore County government’s top administrative official is being pushed into retirement by County Executive-elect Johnny Olszewski Jr. County administrative officer Fred Homan, who has overseen day-to-day government operations for more than a decade, will retire on Dec. 3, the day that Olszewski is sworn in. Homan’s retirement comes “at the request” of Olszewski, according to the county’s announcement Thursday. (Balt. Sun)

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Lt. Gov. Rutherford visits Carroll County for Rural Health Day in Maryland

Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford visited Carroll County on Thursday, meeting with county officials and the leadership of Access Carroll, in Westminster, to mark Rural Health Day in Maryland. It’s a day in recognition of the unique challenges Maryland rural communities face in meeting health needs, especially those of low-income people, according to a media release from Rutherford’s office. “Our administration is committed to improving health care issues facing rural communities,” Rutherford is quoted as having said in the release. “With 18 rural jurisdictions in Maryland, it is imperative to continue the conversation around rural health needs and obstacles throughout Maryland.” (Carr. Co. Time)

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Many questions, few answers on Maryland football scandal at General Assembly committee hearing

The day after it was announced that University of Maryland President Wallace Loh would retire in the wake of a football scandal — but that the football coach would remain in College Park — state lawmakers called for a hearing to investigate the matter. They seemed to be responding to a massive wave of public backlash against the university system’s governing body, which made these personnel decisions. “The tragic death of Jordan McNair and the unprecedented and unusual decision-making process of the University System of Maryland [Board of] Regents continues to raise more questions than answers,” Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch said on Oct. 31. (Balt. Sun)

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Incumbent Harford Del. Glen Glass anticipates defeat as challenger Steve Johnson's lead widens

Democrat Steve Johnson widened, by more than 100 votes, his lead over incumbent Republican Del. Glen Glass in the race for two seats in the Maryland House of Delegates from Harford County's Legislative Subdistrict 34A after a second post-election ballot canvass ended Wednesday afternoon. A final count of absentee ballots is scheduled for Friday morning, but Glass concluded that the race is "pretty much over" after seeing the results from Wednesday's canvass of more than 1,400 provisional and absentee ballots. (Aegis)

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Howard executive-elect picks advisers to lead transition

County Executive-elect Calvin Ball Wednesday morning announced a transition team that includes Howard County business, education and political leaders. One week after the three-term Democratic County Council member’s 5 percentage point win over incumbent Allan Kittleman, Ball has assembled an advisory team that will make a review of county policies and vet candidates for key management positions in his administration. (Ho. Co. Times)

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