A candidate promises less “mansplaining” in Congress if she’s elected

A female Democratic candidate hoping to succeed U.S. Rep. John Delaney says in a new television ad that she is running because Congress has “too many multimillionaires and politicians ‘mansplaining’ health care.” The ad by Nadia Hashimi, a Montgomery County pediatrician and novelist, highlights that she would be the only woman doctor in Congress if voters in Maryland’s 6th District elect her in November. Even as she takes a swipe at wealthy lawmakers in the ad, Hashimi herself is also affluent, reporting in a recent financial disclosure statement that she earned $351,000 last year from her medical practice, book sales and speeches and has more than $1 million in investments. (Wash. Post)

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Trump abandoned his promise on prescription drug prices, Elijah Cummings says in report

As President Donald Trump laid out a plan Friday to reduce prescription drug prices, U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings accused him of abandoning a campaign proposal to allow Medicare to directly negotiate lower prices with drug companies. “I think very expensive champagne will be popping in drug company boardrooms across the country tonight,” said Cummings, a 12-term representative from Baltimore who is the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (Balt. Sun)

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Challengers to Baltimore senators could bring energy — but also a loss of clout for city in Annapolis

Challengers to Baltimore’s incumbent state senators are promising to bring change and new energy to the city’s representation in Annapolis. But Democratic leaders warn that such an outcome could further diminish the city’s political clout in a General Assembly where power has been shifting for decades to other parts of Maryland. The five city senators facing serious challenges in the June 26 Democratic primary together have a combined 96 years of legislative experience in Annapolis. Their challengers, including three members of the House of Delegates, cumulatively have 16. (Balt. Sun)

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Steve Schuh: Overtime error could lead to $5 million in unpaid time, employees to be reimbursed

Anne Arundel County unintentionally underpaid overtime possible for two decades, meaning the county could owe up to $5 million to current and former employees, County Executive Steve Schuh said Friday. “This problem has been ongoing for 10 to 20 years over successive administrations and internal auditors and outside auditors,” Schuh said. “It wasn’t caught until a new payroll vendor saw the error. We are going to identify each person and reimburse them fully.” The scope and cost of the payments have not been determined. An investigation is underway but will take months as forensic auditors track down each person who was underpaid. (Capital)

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For Baltimore County during Kevin Kamenetz years, much change

In 1994, thousands still worked at Sparrows Point in Baltimore County, which shipped nearly 3 million tons of steel products that year, helping Bethlehem Steel post its first profit in years. As city residents continued a decades-long flock to the suburbs, county schools bulged at their aging seams, and used trailers to capture the spillover. After the closure of Hutzler’s, Finkelstein’s and other homegrown stores, the county seat of Towson was trying to revitalize its downtown retail and nightlife offerings. Also in 1994, voters elected a young Democrat named Kevin Kamenetz to the County Council, launching a 24-year career culminating in two terms as the county executive. (Balt. Sun)

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May 11 // Kevin Kamenetz's sudden death ends steady rise in Baltimore County, Maryland politics

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz spent nearly three decades building a close-knit family, a successful legal career and a formidable political machine — all from the comfort of his native Baltimore County. And for the past year, Kamenetz had taken his no-nonsense brand of Democratic politics on the road, traversing the state to amass a $2 million war chest to finance his bid to be Maryland’s next governor. Then — suddenly — he was gone. The death of the 60-year-old immediately reshaped the political landscape in Baltimore County and Maryland. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County administrative officer to serve as acting executive after Kevin Kamenetz's death

Fred Homan, Baltimore County’s veteran administrative officer, will serve as acting county executive until the County Council chooses a permanent replacement to succeed Kevin Kamenetz. Homan, who has worked in county government since 1978, assumed the post after Kamenetz’s death Thursday. As administrative officer, Homan already was responsible for much of the day-to-day operation of Maryland’s third most populous county, which has about 830,000 residents and a government workforce of 7,500. (Balt. Sun)

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ATF can’t save bump stock owners from Maryland ban

The state of Maryland has stumbled across a novel way to satisfy gun-control opponents: create a licensing process that cannot be put into practice. Maryland lawmakers had sought to ban bump stocks, the controversial rifle accessory used in last year’s Las Vegas massacre. But in writing the law, a clause allowing some gun owners to keep them may have backfired. The new law allows bump stocks and other “rapid-fire trigger activators” to be owned by people who get special dispensation from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). But the federal agency has no process or authority to offer that dispensation and, indeed, was never even told of the Maryland law, the ATF told ABC News. (WTOP-ABC)

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