County executive, council to consider moving confederate monument

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and the county council are discussing the possibility of removing a Confederate monument from outside the county's Circuit Court building in Ellicott City. Council Chairman Jon Weinstein said that the monument is likely to be moved to the Howard County Historical Society Museum nearby. The monument was originally dedicated in 1948, and bears the names of 92 Confederate soldiers from Howard County. Weinstein said they are not discussing destroying the monument, but instead finding a more "appropriate" place for it. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Baltimore City Council gives preliminary OK to weakened gun bill

The Baltimore City Council voted 8-7 Monday to give preliminary approval to weakened legislation originally designed to impose a mandatory one-year jail sentence on people who illegally carry guns. After dozens rallied outside City Hall to oppose the legislation, Councilman John Bullock cast what was seen as the deciding vote in favor of the bill. Bullock spoke at length of the wrongheadedness of mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders. But, he said, guns are a different matter. “They are inherently tools of violence that result in the loss of life,” Bullock, who represents West Baltimore, said of firearms carried illegally. (Balt. Sun)

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August 14 // Maryland Working Families endorses Ben Jealous for Maryland governor

Ben Jealous picked up an endorsement Friday from Maryland Working Families, a statewide progressive group, in his 2018 bid for Maryland governor. The support from the grass-roots group is the third endorsement the former president of the NAACP has received from a progressive organization since he launched his campaign at the end of May. (Wash. Post)

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McAuliffe, Hogan and Bowser to meet Aug. 28 to try to narrow differences over Metro

The District’s mayor and the governors of Virginia and Maryland will meet Aug. 28 to discuss Metro amid hopes that they will start to narrow the wide gap that separates them over how to fund the transit system. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and District Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) will hold their first regional summit on Metro in 10 months and may discuss other issues as well, officials said. (Wash. Post)

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Hogan says he'll meet with judges, prosecutors to discuss jailing more violent offenders

Gov. Larry Hogan says he plans to meet with Baltimore judges, prosecutors and politicians to discuss why more violent offenders aren’t being held in jail longer. The governor called it “outrageous” that 60 percent of gun offenders convicted in Baltimore have more than half their sentences suspended — a frequent complaint of the police department. (Balt. Sun)

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Andrew Friedson announces run for District 1 County Council seat

The field for Bethesda-based County Council District 1 is continuing to grow. On Friday, Democrat Andrew Friedson, a Bethesda resident and senior adviser to Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, announced he will pursue the seat, which incumbent Roger Berliner must vacate due to term limits in 2018. Berliner, the council president, is running for the Democratic nomination for county executive in the June 26 primary. (Bethesda)

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Maryland gubernatorial candidate defends voting in D.C. while a Maryland resident

Maryland gubernatorial candidate Krishanti Vignarajah maintained on a radio show Friday that she is eligible to run, despite having voted multiple times in Washington, D.C., while also registered to vote in Maryland. Vignarajah's concurrent voting registrations in Maryland and D.C. were examined in a Bethesda Beat story posted online Wednesday and was a prominent topic when she was interviewed Friday on "The Kojo Nnamdi" radio program. (Bethesda)

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Former prosecutor, lifelong Wicomico resident Dykes announces run for state's attorney

After two years in private practice, a former Wicomico County prosecutor is planning her return to public service with a run for state's attorney. Jamie Dykes, who served as an assistant state's attorney for nearly nine years, announced her candidacy Friday, Aug. 11, on the steps of the Wicomico County circuit courthouse. (Daily Times)

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