GOP county chair touts Hogan’s prospects for nearly half of MoCo vote next year

Even with Democrats outnumbering Republicans more than 3-1 in Montgomery County, the county’s new GOP chairman can see Gov. Larry Hogan capturing up to 45 percent of the vote here in next year’s re-election bid. Hogan garnered 37 percent of the Montgomery County vote in 2014, close to the high-water mark for a statewide Republican candidate in Maryland’s most populous jurisdiction over the past two decades. (Bethesda)

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Congress barreling toward shutdown deadline

Republican leaders were scrambling Tuesday to reach an agreement on a short-term funding measure to avert a government shutdown at week’s end and address a host of high-profile issues — including a simmering battle over immigration — that have languished for months. At stake for Maryland are a number of initiatives President Donald J. Trump’s administration has threatened to cut, including federal funding for the Chesapeake Bay’s recovery and money for a Department of Homeland Security laboratory housed at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County. (Balt. Sun)

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Fact-finders in state-union talks recommend employee wage increases

Fact-finders brought into collective bargaining talks between the state and its employee unions have recommended wage increases for the union members — and rejected the Hogan administration’s proposal to make raises contingent upon the state exceeding revenue projections. Documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun show independent arbitrators have made nonbinding recommendations to negotiators for the state and two union bargaining groups whose contracts expire Dec. 31 — AFSCME Council 3 and the combined Maryland Professional Employees Council/American Federation of Teachers. (Balt. Sun)

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Former Peroutka campaign manager sues state over Maryland registered voter list

Dennis Fusaro, a former campaign manager for Anne Arundel County Councilman Michael Peroutka, has filed a federal lawsuit seeking access to the Maryland voter registration list, saying denial of that list violates his free speech rights. The lawsuit was filed Monday in the United States District Court with help from the Pillar of Law Institute and the Garza Law Firm. The pillar is a free speech advocacy group that represented Fusaro when he was on trial for robocalls made during Peroutka’s campaign for County Council. (Capital)

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Protesters stage mock town hall on GOP tax bill outside Rep. Harris' Bel Air office

Julia Karll, of Abingdon, held protest signs, waved at traffic and chanted with other protesters Monday afternoon in Bel Air to make known their displeasure with First District Congressman Andy Harris and his Republican congressional colleagues’ support of tax cut legislation. Protesters expressed concerns over the tax cuts, which have been championed by Republican President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans, saying they could harm working and middle-class Americans and enrich wealthy individuals and large corporations while adding more than $1 trillion to the national debt. (Balt. Sun)

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Hans Riemer elected Montgomery County Council president

At-large County Council member Hans Riemer was unanimously elected by his colleagues Tuesday morning to serve as president of the legislative body for the next year. Riemer, who served as vice president the past year, took over for Roger Berliner immediately. The council members Tuesday also selected District 4 Council member Nancy Navarro as vice president. (Bethesda)

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Worcester County Commissioners Elect Purnell As President

The Worcester County Commissioners unanimously selected Diana Purnell to serve as their president this week. On Tuesday the commissioners approved the selection of Purnell, the first African American woman to serve as a commissioner in Worcester County, to take the role of president of the board. Ted Elder was voted vice president. (Dispatch)

 

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Lawmakers give Washington County Chamber of Commerce a legislative preview for 2018

Washington County's state lawmakers tailored their remarks about the upcoming legislative session for the business community during a Tuesday morning meeting with the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Bottom line? A veto override on last year's paid sick leave bill would be very, very bad for business. A few of them also used the time to campaign a little for the re-election of Larry Hogan, the governor who vetoed the bill in May. (Herald-Mail)

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