‘Trump Effect’ is biggest threat to Hogan in November, Ehrlich says

Former Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) said the biggest threat Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) faces in his bid for a second term is the "Trump Effect" — a higher-than-normal turnout among Democrats and independents fueled by intense anger at the current occupant of the White House. Anti-Trump sentiment caused a scare for Virginia Republicans in November, when Democrats picked up 34 seats in the House of Delegates, a performance no one predicted. (Md. Matters)

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How Democrats running for governor have been raising money

A crowded field of Democrats are elbowing for position before June’s primary, pulling in millions of dollars in hopes of being the party’s nominee to take on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. Some candidates are forming networks of small donors, while others are focusing more on checks from large contributors — including celebrities like Dave Chappelle, Domonique Foxworth and Ashley Judd. Capital News Service analyzed the candidates’ campaign finance report data for 2017. Here’s what we found. (Capital News)

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Maryland outlaws ‘sextortion’

“Sextortion” will become a crime in Maryland as of Oct. 1. The state has made it misdemeanor — punishable by up to 10 years in prison — to compel someone to perform a sexual act by threatening to accuse them of committing a crime or other disreputable act, to cause them economic damage, or to damage their property. Maryland’s current rape law prohibits coercing sex by a threat of force. (Daily Record)

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Berliner, Hucker block Leggett’s plan to reform stormwater project contracting

A proposal by County Executive Ike Leggett to reform how the county awards contracts for stormwater management projects ran into County Council opposition Friday and now Leggett is pushing back. The council’s environment committee chair Roger Berliner was joined by fellow council member Tom Hucker to block Leggett’s proposal to change the current contracting method. (Bethesda)

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Gov. Larry Hogan visits Mount Airy

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan visited Main Street Mount Airy on Wednesday afternoon, his tour taking him to the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company, Wagner’s Meats and Moxley’s Wooden Bowls during his time in town. At the fire company, Hogan shook hands with volunteers and staff, was shown equipment and took pictures with members of the fire company. (Carr. Co. Times)

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May 9 // There’s A Cheap And Effective Way To Reduce Gun Violence. Why Aren’t More States Doing It?

Maryland enacted a wide-reaching package of gun violence prevention laws last week, becoming one of just a handful of states to get behind little-known measures that could save hundreds of lives and millions of dollars. The measure, the Public Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2018, was designed to address urban violence, an issue that gets relatively little attention in the U.S. gun debate — it’s the mass shootings like Newtown, Las Vegas and Parkland that make the headlines — despite accounting for most of the 13,000 firearm homicides and 60,000 nonfatal shootings that take place across the nation each year. (Huff. Post)

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Maryland Gov. Hogan signs education, sexual assault and harassment bills pushed by Democrats

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday signed 213 bills passed by Maryland’s Democrat-dominated General Assembly, including several measures to enhance education, provide free community college and help victims of sexual assault or harassment. Thousands of Maryland students will get free community college under one bill signed by Hogan. Under another, prosecutors may have an easier time convicting serial rapists. More than $500 million more could be pumped into education each year under another measure. And thanks to a new law inspired by the #MeToo movement, state lawmakers accused of sexual harassment will face inquiries from independent ethics investigators, not their colleagues. (Balt. Sun)

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Democratic attorney generals, including Maryland's Frosh, pushing on after New York scandal

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and his Democratic counterparts in other states vowed to continue their legal actions against Trump Administration policies despite the shocking resignation of one of the coalition’s leading litigators: former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Schneiderman resigned Monday hours after several women were quoted in a New Yorker magazine article saying he had abused them during their relationships, a charge he has denied. “I expect that New York will continue its efforts and so will all the other states involved in the coalition,” Frosh said in an interview. (Balt. Sun)

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