October 12 // SEIU labor union endorses Ben Jealous for Maryland governor

Service Employees International United, a labor union with 45,000 members in Maryland, will support former NAACP CEO Ben Jealous in the Democratic primary race for governor. SEIU leaders plan to formally endorse Jealous during an event on Thursday, according to his campaign. “Ben Jealous is speaking to all of the issues that our members are interested in, not just the work issues, but the social justice issues and health care issues,” said Lisa Brown, executive vice president of SEIU 1199, the D.C.-Maryland chapter of the union. (Balt. Sun)

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Maya Rockeymoore Cummings joins Democratic race for Maryland governor

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings might lack name recognition, political experience and money as she jumps into the crowded Democratic race for governor. But one thing she has in abundance is confidence. The 46-year-old consulting firm owner, who plans to announce her candidacy Thursday via a web video, said she has the experience required to take the reins of state government from Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. “I have a Ph.D. in political science with an emphasis on public policy,” she said. “I am confident on mastering any minutiae when it comes to government and policy.” (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland AG urges SCOTUS to uphold weapons ban

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm a decision upholding the constitutionality of the state's ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Frosh argued in court papers filed with the high court Tuesday that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was correct when it ruled in February that the 2013 Maryland Firearm Safety Act does not violate the Second Amendment's right to keep and bear arms. He also agreed with the 4th Circuit that the ban on high-powered guns and ammunition quantity does not even implicate the Second Amendment due to a legal ferocity "most useful in military service." (WMAR-AP)

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Kittleman, Guzzone awarded Community Action Council’s Humanitarian Award

County Executive Allan Kittleman and state Sen. Guy Guzzone will share the Howard County Community Action Council’s 2017 Humanitarian Award for their work to help secure a new location for the Howard County Food Bank earlier this year. The two will be honored at this year’s 22nd annual Community Action Council’s 2017 Holland Awards Dinner on Oct. 19. “These two individuals put politics and partisanship aside and came together to give support to a cause that helps the most vulnerable individuals in our community,” said Community Action Council president Bita Dayhoff. “And we felt a sense of responsibility to acknowledge that partnership and bring light to it.” (Columbia Flier)

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A positive Trump effect for Hogan?

As the state gets closer to the 2018 election, observers are watching to see how President Donald Trump will affect the re-election effort of Gov. Larry Hogan. Typically, a midterm election tends to hurt the party of the president. Observers in Maryland last year said Trump's victory could work against Gov. Larry Hogan, a fellow Republican. (Daily Record)

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October 11 // Jean Roesser, last Republican to represent Montgomery County in state Senate, dies at 87

Funeral services will be held Saturday for Jean Roesser, a longtime state legislator who was the last Republican to represent Montgomery County in the state Senate. A Potomac resident for 56 years, Roesser died at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda on Oct. 2 due to complications from leukemia, her son, Eugene Roesser Jr., said. She was 87. (Bethesda)

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Inaction in Congress threatens Maryland medical marijuana

Maryland’s medical marijuana program, finally about to launch, could remain grounded if Congress fails to extend limits on federal prosecutions for using and selling the drug. Under pressure from the anti-cannabis Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the House of Representatives is balking at preserving an Obama-era provision that gives the states space to decide their own approaches to regulating the drug. (Balt. Sun)

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Judge warns Baltimore criminal justice council could shut down after Hogan reassigned funding

Baltimore’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council — which has met since 1999 — could be forced to cease operations after Gov. Larry Hogan stripped the panel of its state funding. Baltimore Circuit Judge Charles J. Peters, chairman of the body, sent a letter to the group stating that Wednesday’s meeting of the body could be its last. (Balt. Sun)

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