Judges named to fill vacancies on Montgomery County Circuit Court

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed two new judges to Montgomery County Circuit Court in Rockville. Magistrate James A. Bonifant will replace Judge Joseph M. Quirk, while Kevin G. Hessler will succeed Judge Mary Beth McCormick. Both of the outgoing judges retired earlier this year, Quirk in February and McCormick in May. (Bethesda)

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Progressives launch "listening campaign" in Howard County

A liberal advocacy group spent a Saturday afternoon knocking on doors to get Howard County residents talking about politics. Together We Will, a group founded in reaction to Donald Trump's election as president, held a door-to-door "listening campaign" June 10 in Owen Brown to ask residents what political issues mattered most to them. They began knocking on doors around Howard County in March and will continue through 2017, with the next outing in mid-July. (Howard)

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June 14 // Gov. Hogan hires campaign manager and general consultant

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has hired a campaign manager and a general consultant for his 2018 re-election bid, Maryland Matters has learned. The campaign manager, Ryan Reynolds, comes directly from Hogan’s long-time polling firm, Washington, D.C-based WPA Intelligence. He started full-time work for the Hogan campaign last week. The general consultant, Jim Barnett, specializes in aiding Republicans campaigning in Democratic-leaning states. He began work this week. (Maryland Matters)

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Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein says he sees no reason to fire Mueller

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Tuesday he's seen no basis for firing Robert Mueller, the former FBI director he appointed as special counsel to oversee an investigation into potential coordination between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia. Rosenstein repeatedly conveyed his support for Mueller's role at a Senate hearing, held the morning after a close friend of President Donald Trump was quoted in a television interview as saying he was considering dismissing Mueller. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland AG Brian Frosh, the unlikely Grateful Dead fan taking on President Trump

He’s taken on the powerful gun lobby, the deep-pocketed drug companies and the well-heeled bail-bond industry. And now Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) is picking a fight with the president of the United States. Frosh, along with D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine (D), sued President Trump on Monday, alleging that the president is violating anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution by not severing ties with his businesses. It is the latest example of how, with a Republican in the governor’s mansion, Frosh has jumped into the lead role of defending Democratic priorities in the blue state. (Wash. Post)

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Councilman calls for state of emergency on county race relations

Anne Arundel County Councilman Pete Smith, D-Severn, pledged to push for a state of emergency declaration on race relations in Anne Arundel County during Tuesday's Caucus of African American Leaders meeting. Smith likened the push to the state and county's opioid state of emergency and hoped to establish a task force on race relations as part of the declaration. He pointed to several events in the county over the last five years that were the result of or involved race issues: the discrimination against the deputy fire chief of the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, multiple accusations against the Annapolis Police Department and the death of 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III, a black Bowie State University student who was stabbed to death allegedly by a white man from Severna Park. (Capital)

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Former GOP delegate overcomes addiction to seek District 3 seat

A second Republican candidate will challenge Sen. Ron Young, D-District 3, in 2018. Mathew Mossburg, a 50-year-old “unwavering conservative” from Urbana, officially announced his candidacy Tuesday. It’s a marquee race in 2018, with District 3 targeted by the state Republican Party, which wants to flip the district in an effort to break the Democratic party’s supermajority in Annapolis. Republican businessman Craig Giangrande announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination last week; Young has said he intends to seek re-election. For Mossburg, it would be a return to the State House. (News-Post)

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Baltimore County Council bills target public meetings, ethics, developer contributions

The Baltimore County Council is considering four measures that members say would make county government more transparent, and could attract more public input. County Councilman Wade Kach, a Republican, is proposing a bill that would require the council to hold more meetings in the evenings, and another that would require additional public hearings on the county's annual budget. "There needs to be more public input, more openness and involvement," said Kach. Councilwoman Vicki Almond, a Democrat, has introduced legislation that would require ethics training for top county officials and would ban campaign contributions from developers during the county's rezoning process. (Balt. Sun)

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