Buckley campaign leader joining Pittman run for Anne Arundel County executive

The man who ran Gavin Buckley’s grassroots, resident-focused campaign for mayor in Annapolis will be taking his skills to the Anne Arundel County executive’s race. Scott Travers, an experienced field organizer who managed Buckley’s successful campaign, will join Davidsonville resident Steuart Pittman’s 2018 campaign to challenge County Executive Steve Schuh. Pittman is the only Democrat to announce his candidacy but has not yet filed. Schuh announced his campaign several months ago. (Capital)

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Russian ads placed in Maryland might have been precursor to broader campaign

The simple advertisement betrayed little about its intent or origin. It pictured Freddie Gray and two other African Americans who died in encounters with police alongside the words “never forget.” Analysts say the ad — and hundreds more aimed by Russia at Facebook users in Maryland following the Baltimore riots of 2015 — might have been a dry run for the broader, national social media campaign that followed in the presidential election campaign months later. Of the 3,000 Russian-linked ads Facebook turned over to Congress this fall, more than 250 were targeted at Maryland — a blue state with little sway in the national election that nevertheless remained in the spotlight because of the unrest. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland’s top Democratic lawmakers want to ban ‘bump stocks’ for firearms

Maryland’s top legislative leaders are backing a proposal to expand the state’s automatic-weapons ban in 2018 by prohibiting the sale of bump stocks, a device used to accelerate the firing of semiautomatic weapons, including during last month’s Las Vegas mass shooting. Legislative aides for Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) and House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) said Wednesday that the lawmakers would support prohibiting sales of such mechanisms, a development first reported by the Baltimore Sun. “There is no reason that bump stocks should exist,” Busch said. “Think of the number of people who could have been saved in Las Vegas if there wasn’t a bump stock.” (Wash. Post)

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Curlett drops out of Baltimore State's Attorney's race

Attorney Charles N. “Chad” Curlett Jr. said he is dropping plans to run for Baltimore State’s Attorney in next year’s Democratic primary. In January, Curlett was the first to announce an intention to challenge Marilyn Mosby, who is presumed to be running for re-election but has not formally disclosed her plans. Curlett said in a statement posted to his website that he has been “unable to marshal the necessary resources” for a campaign. (Balt. Sun)

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Hogan appoints 2 to Prince George’s bench

Gov. Larry Hogan appointed an assistant attorney general and a family magistrate to fill two vacancies on the Prince George’s County Circuit Court bench. Peter K. Killough has been with the Maryland Office of the Attorney General since 2009 and Judy Lynn Woodall has been a magistrate with the court since 2002. (Daily Record)

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November 29 // Jealous names Susan Turnbull, a former vice chair of the DNC, as his running mate

Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous has chosen Susan W. Turnbull, a Democratic stalwart who has held local, state and national positions in the party, as his running mate in the crowded June 26 primary. The former NAACP president is the first of the eight Democratic candidates to announce his pick for lieutenant governor. He said he selected Turnbull, a former vice chair of the Democratic National Committee and former chair of the state Democratic Party, because the two share a commitment to bringing people from diverse backgrounds together to address the major problems facing the state, including health care, the opioid crisis and gun violence. (Wash. Post)

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Hogan unveils new paid sick-leave measure in hopes of avoiding veto override

Maryland’s battle over requiring businesses to offer paid sick leave entered a new phase Tuesday, with Gov. Larry Hogan (R) proposing a less-generous alternative to a bill approved this spring by the Democratic-controlled state legislature. Hogan vetoed that bill, which would require businesses with at least 15 employees to provide five paid sick days a year and was vocally opposed by parts of the business community. Democratic leaders say lawmakers will override the veto when the legislature reconvenes in January. (Wash. Post)

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U.S. House panel convenes in Baltimore to assess opioid epidemic

At a congressional field hearing on opioids held Tuesday in Baltimore, Republicans, Democrats and health care officials agreed about the scope of the problem, but there appeared to be little agreement about who should do what. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee came to Baltimore, where opioids have been a particular scourge, at the behest of Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, its ranking Democrat. (Balt. Sun)

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