Frosh appeals redistricting ruling, order to Supreme Court

Maryland’s attorney general on Monday urged the Supreme Court to review and overturn a lower-court decision that a western Maryland congressional district was so severely drawn to ensure a Democrat’s election as to violate the GOP voters’ constitutional right to political association. In papers filed with the high court, Brian E. Frosh wrote the three-judge panel which struck the Sixth Congressional District and ordered it redrawn failed to apply a “limited and precise test” for determining when redistricting has been so partisan as to violate the First Amendment. (Daily Record)

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Federal, state governments to close Wednesday in honor of former President George H.W. Bush

Governor Larry Hogan announced Monday that Maryland state government agencies and offices will be closed Wednesday in honor of former President George H.W. Bush’s “lifetime of service and unwavering dedication to our country.” Bush died Sunday at age 94. His memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. Hogan said in a news release he plans to attend. “This is just one small way the citizens of an eternally grateful state can pay tribute to a truly great American,” Hogan said of the closures in the release. (Balt. Sun)

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Angela Alsobrooks takes office vowing to boost and unite Prince George’s County

Angela D. Alsobrooks took the helm of Maryland’s second-largest jurisdiction on Monday, calling on residents and elected officials to take pride in oft-maligned Prince George’s County and work with her to build a better future there. Following her swearing-in, Alsobrooks (D) laid out her vision for her first term — which included increased accountability in the county’s struggling school system, renewed focusing on quality of life issues like litter and ensuring that economic development continues, but does not displace older residents. (Wash. Post)

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Elrich promises change, ‘more just society,’ as he becomes Montgomery executive

Five minutes into his term, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich admitted to being a little nervous. But the longtime legislator pressed on, using his inaugural speech before a packed audience at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda on Monday to outlinean expansive — and expensive — to-do list. Elrich, 69, sounded many of the same notes as he did during his campaign, leading with his promise to expand early-childhood education in Maryland’s most populous jurisdiction, where mostly wealthy suburban communities increasingly include deep pockets of poverty. (Wash. Post)

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Olszewski Announces Panel To Help Overhaul Baltimore Co. Budget Process

Hours after taking his oath of office, Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski Jr. issued an executive order to establish a commission tasked to improve the county's budget process. “Given current economic concerns, this group of fiscal and policy experts will put fresh eyes on the County’s budgeting process and priorities in a way that follows national best practices and opens up financial decision-making to public input like never before,” Olszewski said in a statement. (WBAL)

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Pittman sworn in as 10th Anne Arundel County executive, lays out 'ambitious' agenda

Steuart Pittman, the Democrat from Davidsonville who won Anne Arundel’s top elective office in his first political campaign, was sworn in Monday at noon as the 10th Anne Arundel County executive. After taking the oath administered by new county Clerk of the Clerk Scott Poyer, Pittman thanked his family and said he would model his style on former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday. “I will seek the wise counsel from both sides," he said. (Capital)

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Glassman launches second term as Harford County executive with call for unity, compassion

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman opened his second term on Monday with a call for unity among Harford residents in the face of local and national tragedies and political polarization. In his address Glassman, a Republican who was elected last month to a second four-year term, cited the parable of the lost sheep — in which a shepherd with 100 sheep loses one, then searches for it diligently until his entire flock is restored. He said residents must do the same — help a neighbor dealing with unemployment, homelessness, hunger or other issues. (Aegis)

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December 3 // Maryland Democrats elect Maya Rockeymoore Cummings as state party chair

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, a onetime candidate for governor in Maryland, was elected chairwoman of the state Democratic Party on Saturday, ousting incumbent Kathleen Matthews after a debate over the party’s future. In a decisive 438-319 vote, Democratic activists meeting in Prince George’s County chose Rockeymoore Cummings to lead the party as it tries to reclaim the governorship in 2022. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) defeated Democratic nominee Ben Jealous by double digits in November, leading to soul-searching among Democrats, who hold a significant edge over Republicans in voter registration. (Wash. Post)

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