Howard council rejects plan to kill tax on mobile homes

A proposal to repeal a 40-year-old Howard County mobile home tax failed to clear the County Council Tuesday night. Co-sponsored by council members Calvin Ball and Jen Terrasa, both Democrats, the proposal would have provided relief for 1,100 county mobile home residents who pay an average of $45 a month in mobile home taxes. (Ho. Co. Times)

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September 5 // Gov. Hogan renews call for more oversight of Maryland schools; Ben Jealous says they need more money

Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday renewed his call for accountability in Maryland’s local school systems, but Democratic challenger Ben Jealous said that what they really need is more funding. With two months to go before the Nov. 6 election, the two candidates both staked out education as their main issue on the first day of classes for most of Maryland’s public school students — except for many in the Baltimore region whose buildings lack air conditioning. At a State House news conference, the Republican governor pointed to a series of scandals in local school systems around the state while vowing to submit legislation for the second straight year creating an “investigator general” in the Maryland State Department of Education. (Balt. Sun)

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County Council votes down abortion resolution

The Anne Arundel County Council voted down an abortion resolution that would have recognized the rights of “preborn” children after an hours long testimony from dozens of residents. The council voted 4-3 against the resolution. Republican and Democrats split the vote with Councilman John Grasso, R-Glen Burnie serving as the swing vote. County police and fire officials were on hand to control the crowd of more than 200 people. A sign was placed at the front of the meeting room that detailed the allowable number— 200 — and the rules for letting people in and out of the room. (Capital)

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Maryland lawmakers press CSX for more details on Howard Street Tunnel

Members of Maryland's Congressional delegation are disappointed in the lack of information coming from CSX Corp. about the Howard Street Tunnel. The railroad surprised state and federal officials when it decided last fall not to move forward with a project that would have reconstruct the 120-year-old tunnel to allow shipment of double-stacked containers. Government officials have been pushing the project for years because it would help the fast-growing Port of Baltimore. (Balt. Bus, Journal)

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Despite skepticism, Hogan says no homes will be razed for I-270 widening

Gov. Larry Hogan has promised residents that the state has no plans to take homes using eminent domain as part of the widening of Interstate 270 and the Capital Beltway. At a news conference in Annapolis on Tuesday, the governor repeated what he told a group of concerned citizens at a Labor Day parade in Kensington: “The state has no plans that show anybody’s houses being taken,” he said. (WTOP)

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Former Prince George’s County State Delegate Sentenced 4 Years For Accepting Bribes, Conspiracy

Former Maryland State Delegate Michael Lynn Vaughn, 60, of Bowie, Md., was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for a bribery conspiracy in connection with a scheme where he accepted bribes in exchange for influencing the performance of his official duties. A federal jury convicted Vaughn of conspiracy and four counts of bribery on March 1. The government also presented evidence during Tuesday’s sentencing hearing that Vaughn stole campaign funds from early 2005 through 2016, totaling over $100,000. (WJZ-CBS)

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What Towson-area council candidates are raising and spending

Towson-area council candidates are reporting a wide range of fundraising and spending in their first campaign finance reports since the June 26 primary. Local residents will vote in one of two council races in the Nov. 6 general election. The campaign finance reports, which were due Aug. 28, show both Republican incumbents — David Marks and Wade Kach — spending thousands more than their opponents, with Marks of District 5 spending $34,770 to his opponent’s $24. Meanwhile, on the fundraising side, District 3 challenger Colleen Ebacher has garnered in excess of $5,000 more than Kach during the reporting cycle. (Balt. Sun)

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September 4 // Family, friends say final goodbye to McCain

Sen. John McCain’s final journey ended on a grassy hill at the U.S. Naval Academy within view of the Severn River and earshot of midshipmen present and future, and alongside a lifelong friend. A horse-drawn caisson carrying the senator’s casket led a procession of mourners from the academy’s chapel to its cemetery Sunday following a private service. The senator’s widow, Cindy, and his children were among those who walked behind the caisson. (AP)

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