Maryland congressmen Brown and Raskin propose union-backed plan for Metro

It seems everyone has a plan to fix Metro. Up next, liberals and labor unions. Reps. Anthony G. Brown and Jamie B. Raskin, both Maryland Democrats, unveiled legislation Tuesday that would redirect federal transit funds to allow Metro to avoid cutting service or raising fares. The bill, drafted in coordination with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, would also require Metro to adopt a set of labor-backed initiatives such as a pilot program offering flat fares. (Wash. Post)

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Marylanders are days away from being able to legally buy medical marijuana

As they filed through the sleek waiting room of Rise Silver Spring, prospective patients — the old, the young, the sick and the curious — came upon deep glass cases that looked like they’d been designed for a high-end jewelry store. Soon those cases will be stocked with medicinal pot grown and processed in Maryland. The light-filled storefront on Fenton Street is among the first cannabis dispensaries set to open in Maryland, nearly five years after state lawmakers legalized marijuana for medical use. (Wash. Post)

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22 vie for open Hagerstown council seat

Nearly two dozen people — including two former council members and the president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce — have applied for the Hagerstown City Council seat recently vacated by Councilman Donald F. Munson, city Communications Manager Erin Anderson said Tuesday in a news release. The city clerk received 22 completed applications by Monday's deadline. (Herald-Mail)

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November 28 // Attorney Julian Haffner is latest entrant in crowded contest for County Council at-large seat

Julian Haffner, an attorney who has been treasurer of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC) since late last year, planned to file Monday as a candidate for County Council at-large. Haffner, a Gaithersburg resident, becomes the 29th candidate to file or publicly declare for one of four council at-large nominations at stake in next June’s primary. (Bethesda)

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Supreme Court won’t review Maryland’s law banning sales of ‘assault weapons’

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a Maryland law banning the sale of semiautomatic guns with certain military-style features, similar to weapons used in recent mass shootings. The justices in the past have passed up the chance to hear challenges to similar laws in a handful of other states. But attorneys general in 21 states had asked the court to hear the Maryland case, and the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups had joined the effort. (Wash. Post)

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Court of Appeals blocks Circuit Court order to investigate Hillary Clinton attorneys

The Maryland Court of Appeals has temporarily blocked a Circuit Court’s decision ordering an investigation into the alleged misconduct of attorneys working for Hillary Clinton. In a November 17 decision, the Court of Appeals granted the stay and review of the Circuit Court’s decisions against the Attorney Grievance Commission. That appeal was filed by the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, which is representing the commission in the case. (Capital)

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Bernie Sanders, Ben Jealous to hold Medicare-for-all rally in Baltimore

Democrat Ben Jealous will pitch his plan for a state-based universal health care program next Wednesday during a Baltimore rally with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has pushed a similar “Medicare for all” plan in Congress. Jealous, the former head of the NAACP who is running for governor, has promised a Maryland plan that would provide health insurance to every state resident. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland readies to use federal financing tool before GOP tax plan can end it

When Maryland officials announced last year they had secured funding for a $5.6 billion light rail project in the Washington suburbs, they touted the millions of dollars in private money that had been put up to offset the cost to taxpayers. Now, as construction on the Purple Line gets underway, some of those same officials — Republicans and Democrats — are warning that a provision of the tax overhaul moving through Congress would threaten similar projects by making it more difficult to lure that private investment. (Balt. Sun)

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