Ben Jealous calls for Maryland football coach, athletic director to be suspended

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous on Saturday called for the University of Maryland to suspend its football coach and athletic director after explosive ESPN reporting into the team’s toxic culture and offensive lineman Jordan McNair’s final practice. McNair, 19, a former McDonogh standout, died June 13 after collapsing during practice in College Park about two weeks earlier. His family has said the cause of death was heatstroke. (Balt. Sun)

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State Board of Elections to beef up cyber protections

The Maryland State Board of Elections plans to spend about $7.4 million to improve election security, though a report states that no major overhauls are needed before November’s general election. After questions arose in April about the 2016 election and whether Maryland’s election systems were hacked, the Board of Elections received approximately $7 million in federal funds to make election security improvements. (News-Post)

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Larry Hogan, Maryland governor, avoids Democrats' Trump trap

Maryland Democrats are hoping voters are so dismayed by what is happening across the border in the District of Columbia that they will take it out on Gov. Larry Hogan in this year’s elections. Mr. Hogan is among the most popular governors in the country despite being a Republican in deep-blue Maryland, and Democrats are desperate to try to ruin the relationship. One of their chief weapons is President Trump. (Wash. Times)

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Chesapeake Bay Program keeps Hogan as chairman

Gov. Larry Hogan hosted the 2018 annual meeting of the Chesapeake Executive Council of the Chesapeake Bay Program, where he was unanimously elected as chairman for a second consecutive term. Hogan was joined by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, Delaware Gov. John Carney, acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Chesapeake Bay Commission Chairman Frank Wagner. (Star-Democrat)

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Harris fields questions on marijuana, wind energy at town hall

U.S. Rep. Andy Harris and a marijuana activist got into a heated debate that prompted police officers to hover nearby during a town hall in Fruitland. Adam Eidinger of Maryland Marijuana Justice pressed the Republican congressman Friday night on why he supported a federal budget rider that restricts the District of Columbia’s ability to loosen restrictions on marijuana. (Daily Times)

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August 10 // Jealous campaign asks TV stations to stop running Republican attack ads, calling them 'false'

Objecting to a new attack ad, a lawyer for Democrat Ben Jealous’ campaign for governor said Thursday that he is sending letters to local TV stations asking them to pull the ad he says was deceptively edited to paint Jealous as a “socialist.” The ad, paid for by the Republican Governors Association, includes an edited clip of an interview Jealous did with MSNBC to make it look like Jealous was embracing socialism, not rejecting it. (Balt. Sun)

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Hogan wins endorsement of construction union that backed his opponent in 2014

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has won the endorsement of a union that four years ago supported his Democratic opponent and financed a $500,000 last-minute push against him. The Laborers’ International Union of North America is the fourth union that traditionally backs Democrats but is supporting Hogan (R) this year. LIUNA, a construction trades union, did not endorse the Republican governor during the primary season. (Wash. Post)

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Hogan sends letter to Maryland corrections officers defending record on prison system

Gov. Larry Hogan, seeking to counter what he called “misinformation,” has sent a letter to thousands of Maryland correctional officers defending his record on managing the state prison system. Officials said the three-page letter was either read aloud by supervisors or given to the state’s more than 4,700 correctional officers at roll call last week. Amid complaints of understaffing and hazardous conditions, Hogan wrote that his aim was to “set the record straight.” (Balt. Sun)

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