Baltimore health commissioner posts statement on ACA lawsuit

The health commissioner of Baltimore City made a statement Thursday in a Facebook post about the suit filed against the Trump administration for “intentionally and unlawfully sabotaging the Affordable Care Act. “I am gravely concerned for the wellbeing of my patients, my city and millions of individuals who are finding themselves unable to afford health care,” Dr. Leana Wen, city health commissioner, said. (WJZ-TV)

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Hogan announces funds, efforts to address human trafficking

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday new funding and efforts to crack down on human trafficking, which he described as one of the “most heinous” crimes. Hogan (R) signed an executive order creating a statewide anti-human trafficking director and said the state was allocating $5 million to provide trafficking victims with support services and $4 million to help counties target gangs and criminal networks. (Wash. Post)

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August 9 // Hogan, Jealous unveil dueling endorsements in battleground Baltimore County

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Democratic opponent Ben Jealous unveiled dueling endorsements from Baltimore County politicians during back-to-back announcements in Towson on Wednesday morning. Jealous started the day in a shaded park in Towson, where he accepted endorsements from half a dozen fellow Democrats, including U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes and a handful of members of the Maryland General Assembly. An hour later and a couple blocks away, Hogan stood in a public garden as he was endorsed by Democratic state Sen. Jim Brochin — perhaps the highest-profile Democrat to endorse the Republican governor so far. (Balt. Sun)

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Ben Jealous lays out his path to victory: He plans to get more than 1 million voters to the polls

Only one candidate for governor has ever received more than 1 million votes in the state of Maryland: Martin O’Malley in 2010. Ben Jealous thinks he will be the second man to do it. On Wednesday, Jealous’ campaign met with reporters in Annapolis and laid out a detailed strategy for how it plans to turn out voters in central Maryland’s solidly Democratic jurisdictions, hone his message, and cut into the GOP advantage in the rural parts of the state. (Balt. Sun)

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Jealous declines Maryland Association of Counties' invitation to appear back-to-back with Hogan

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ben Jealous has declined an invitation to appear back-to-back with Gov. Larry Hogan at the summer convention of the Maryland Association of Counties next week. Michael Sanderson, executive director of MACO, said Wednesday that the organization had extended an invitation to Jealous to appear Aug. 18, the Saturday when the group will conclude its annual gathering in Ocean City. Sanderson said the Jealous campaign cited a scheduling conflict. (Balt. Sun)

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The Republican Governors Association is pounding Ben Jealous with attack ads. Where are the Democrats?

The Republican Governors Association is pounding Ben Jealous with attack ads — and has no plans to stop. The deep-pocketed GOP organization, which is backing Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, spent about $1 million on television ads last month to brand the Democratic nominee “tax-and-spend Ben Jealous” who would “blow a Chesapeake Bay sized hole” in the state’s budget and “destroy our economy.” That’s more spending on media in a month than Jealous spent during his yearlong primary campaign. (Balt. Sun)

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Segal submits signature for new party

Jerome Segal, who lost his Maryland U.S. Senate primary bid, has filed signatures with the state elections board to form a new political party. Segal announced he submitted 19,500 signatures this week to establish a new Bread and Roses party, which he describes as a new socialist party. The elections board has 20 days to verify the signatures. Segal would need to have 10,000 verified signatures to form the new party. (AP)

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Lobbying reform bill needed to shine more light on City Hall, supporters say

Denouncing closed-door meetings – and the fact that lobbyist activity reports are still maintained on paper, not online – witnesses heaped praise on a bill to tighten restrictions on Baltimore lobbyists and modernize the regulation process. Lobbyists would have to identify themselves and their clients when engaging in lobbying activities, file quarterly rather than annual disclosure reports and could be banned from lobbying city government for up to three years for repeated infractions under the proposed “Transparency in Lobbying Act.” (Brew)

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