DaJuan Gay launches write-in campaign for Annapolis Ward 6

A candidate disqualified from Tuesday’s Ward 6 primary ballot will launch a write-in campaign ahead of the general election, hoping to secure enough votes to win the typically low-turnout race. DaJuan Gay, a college student and community activist, unveiled his platform Tuesday night at a party atop Metropolitan Bar & Kitchen, Mayor Gavin Buckley’s West Street restaurant. Gay, 22, said Buckley was not involved in the launch, but delegates Heather Bagnall and Shaneka Henson, who Gay is running to replace, attended the event. (Balt. Sun)

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Kacoyianni, Gallagher win Ward 6 primary in Annapolis

Residents of Ward 6 in Annapolis selected Democrat Yiannes Kacoyianni and Republican George Gallagher as the candidates to run for City Council in the upcoming general election. Tuesday night, voters ultimately decided on Democratic candidate Kacoyianni, with 44 votes, over former Alderman Kenny Kirby who had 13 fewer votes. Gallagher, who ran unopposed as a Republican, received 12 votes. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Gov. Hogan makes closing argument for toll lane projects ahead of key vote

Governor Larry Hogan fought back Tuesday against opponents of his plan to add toll lanes on the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270, pitching the project ahead of a crucial Board of Public Works vote Wednesday. The vote “will determine the quality of life for Marylanders for decades to come,” Hogan said at the Maryland Free Enterprise Foundation’s annual State of Business Address. Hogan said the new lanes will relieve traffic congestion in Maryland’s D.C. suburbs. (Balt. Sun)

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Hogan blasts Dems, urges business leaders to join him in 'battle' for Maryland's future

Gov. Larry Hogan blasted Democrats in the Maryland General Assembly and urged business leaders to help him stop lawmakers from implementing "failed policies of the past" during a scathing speech on Tuesday. Hogan, a Republican in his second term as governor, highlighted his administration's efforts to make Maryland more business friendly and to create jobs. But he also used to the speech to attack Democrats on issues like state spending, the minimum wage, transportation infrastructure investments and education. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Federal judge blocks Trump abortion regulation in Maryland

A federal judge has granted Baltimore’s request to block a federal regulation that would prohibit clinics receiving federal funds from referring patients for abortions. U.S. District Court Judge Richard D. Bennett last week granted the city a preliminary injunction covering the entire state of Maryland. He is the third federal judge to block the Trump administration’s changes to the federal Title X program, changes opponents contend amount to a “gag rule” that prevents them from advising patients about all of their available options. (Daily Record)

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Worcester County approves property, income tax increases for FY 2020

Worcester County residents will pay more in real property and local income taxes under the fiscal year 2020 budget approved Tuesday by the county commissioners. The commissioners approved a $201 million operating budget for 2019-20, the county said in a news release. The $201,285,552 operating budget reflects an increase of $11,254,833 or 5.9% over the FY19 budget while reducing the requested expenditures of $202.6 million by $1.5 million, it said. (Delmarva)

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Baltimore mayor proposes using boxing to curb street violence. Here's how one gym owner thinks it could work.

Marvin McDowell is a fan of Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s idea to have Baltimore residents solve their differences with boxing rather than firearms. In fact, the owner of West Baltimore’s UMAR Boxing says he thought of it first. On Sunday, Young proposed a rather unorthodox solution to the increase in Baltimore’s violence: Let those who would look to kill one another face off in a boxing ring instead. “If they want to really settle them, we can have them down at the Civic Center [now called Royal Farms Arena], put a boxing ring up, let them go and box it out, those kind of things,” Young said at a rally against gun violence. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore chosen for federal crime-fighting program after being shut out previously for immigration policy

Baltimore has been selected to participate in a federal law enforcement initiative targeted at lowering violent crimes — a program it was shut out of previously because of a Maryland immigration enforcement policy. The city was listed Monday among 10 locales selected to join the National Public Safety Partnership initiative, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release. “The Public Safety Partnership is a successful program that directs federal law enforcement resources to the cities where they can have the greatest impact,” Attorney General William Barr said in a statement. (Balt. Sun)

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