October 17 // Trone gives his campaign $749K as he starts congressional bid, election reports show

Potomac businessman David Trone—who spent a record $13.4 million from his own pocket in an unsuccessful bid for Congress last year—is again relying heavily on personal assets as he gears up for a second try to make it to Capitol Hill. With the June 26 primary more than eight months away, Trone has given $749,000 to his campaign, according to reports filed late Sunday with the Federal Election Commission for the third quarter of 2017. (Bethesda)

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John Delaney gets financial boost from close to home in presidential bid

Rep. John Delaney’s announcement in late July that he would pursue a longshot bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination—forsaking an expected run for governor next year—was largely met with stunned silence by Maryland’s Democratic political establishment. But Delaney is getting by with more than a little financial help from his friends close to home, as he spends increasing amounts of time wooing voters in Iowa and New Hampshire—where the first delegates to the 2020 Democratic nominating convention will be chosen. (Bethesda)

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Council invites state transportation leader to discuss governor’s highway widening plan

The Montgomery County Council’s transportation committee wants state Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn to explain a new plan pitched by Gov. Larry Hogan to add toll lanes to Interstates 495 and 270. The state has released few details about how the estimated $9 billion project would be completed; Hogan announced it with little advance notice last month. The proposal includes acquiring and widening the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. (Bethesda)

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Baltimore councilman seeks to require restaurants to post health inspection results

Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott on Monday proposed requiring restaurants to prominently post their latest health inspection reports on the outside of their shops — potentially affecting thousands of businesses. The bill is the latest attempt in what’s been a four-year effort by Scott to let Baltimore customers know more about the cleanliness of the restaurants in which they eat. Unlike previous failed attempts, this version of the bill does not contain a letter grading system. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore council members propose ban on new crude oil facilities

Two members of the Baltimore City Council want to ban new crude oil terminals from the city as part of an effort to limit the number of oil trains traveling through the area. Council members Mary Pat Clarke and Ed Reisinger introduced a proposed change to the city’s zoning laws Monday that would add the oil terminals to a list of banned facilities, ranking them alongside nuclear power plants and incinerators. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland to defend Hillary Clinton lawyers Cheryl Mills Heather Samuelson David Kendall

Maryland officials appear to have begun to circle the wagons in defending Hillary Clinton’s lawyers, according to the lawyer trying to get them punished by the state bar. Ty Clevenger, who last month won a court order demanding the state’s attorney grievance commission investigate David E. Kendall, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson over accusations of destruction of evidence, says the state is now refusing to divulge the progress of the probe, breaking its usual rules. (Wash. Times)

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Sterling represents Green Party in Washington County commissioners race

Sterling R. Sanders said he started thinking about running for the Washington County Board of Commissioners when he began listening to what people were saying about plans for the former Fort Ritchie military base in Cascade. A lifelong Cascade resident, he organized a protest at the former Army base in the summer of 2016. Elected officials weren't communicating properly to constituents about that project and other things, Sanders said. (Herald-Mail)

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Ron Bateman files for a fourth term as Anne Arundel sheriff

Anne Arundel County Sheriff Ron Bateman officially filed for re-election on Monday. The incumbent sheriff made his announcement in a statement released Monday afternoon that detailed the success during his tenure as well as his goals for the year 2018. Bateman already had publicly stated he would be seeking re-election. (Capital)

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