Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby releases her first TV commercial, "Fighter"

A day before early voting in the Democratic primary election is set to begin, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby on Wednesday released her first television ad, called “Fighter.” Longtime Baltimore Rep. Elijah Cummings narrates the 30-second ad. He touts Mosby’s 92 percent felony conviction rate and says she has convicted every Public Enemy No. 1. The ad shows Mosby walking down the steps of the Baltimore War Memorial building three years ago to announce charges against six officers in the death of Freddie Gray. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore state's attorney race heats up morning radio during second debate

The three candidates for Baltimore state’s attorney began their second debate Wednesday with calm, measured comments on their humble upbringings, community roots and plans for a safer city. But it didn’t take long for the three Democrats to pivot from civility to hostility during their hourlong debate on Larry Young’s morning radio show. “Mrs. Mosby’s record is terrible,” said Thiru Vignarajah, a former city prosecutor and Maryland deputy attorney general. “Mr. Bates’ record is even worse.” (Balt. Sun)

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House approves opioid bills, but not the one Baltimore health commissioner says 'we desperately need'

The House of Representatives, considering a legislative package to combat the opioid epidemic, won’t vote on the bill that Baltimore’s health commissioner says is “what we on the frontlines desperately need.” The bill would provide $100 billion over 10 years for services to combat substance use disorders. It is sponsored by Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat. (Balt. Sun)

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Hogan touts bipartisanship in Maryland Municipal League address

Maryland has made strides over the past four years to strengthen ties between Annapolis and local municipalities. That was the message Gov. Larry Hogan delivered to the hundreds assembled at the 2018 Maryland Municipal League Summer Conference on Tuesday at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City. “Working together with all of you, we have made incredible strides over the past four years,” Hogan said. (Daily Times)

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Easy being green: Candidates embrace clean energy; LCV neutral in primary for governor

More than 250 candidates for state Senate and House seats have embraced the Clean Energy Jobs Act, legislation to boost Maryland's Renewable Portfolio Standard to 50 percent electricity by 2030. The Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Initiative and CCAN Action Fund, the advocacy arm of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, on Tuesday released the names of 253 candidates who agreed to support the measure when it is introduced in the 2019 General Assembly session. (Md. Matters)

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Waiting for Leggett: Longtime leader has not endorsed in county executive’s race

Will he or won’t he? Although Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) has endorsed candidates for everything from county council to clerk of the circuit court to Prince George’s county executive, he has yet to throw his support behind one of the six Democrats seeking to replace him in the top elected post in Maryland’s most populous jurisdiction. And in a crowded, heavily contested race, what Ike thinks could matter. (Wash. Post)

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Reformer or 'bully,' competing narratives drive Anne Arundel state's attorney's primary

Four years ago, Wes Adams was elected Anne Arundel County state’s attorney after campaigning as a reformer. But instead of reforms, a number of former employees say the Severna Park Republican fostered a damaging work environment that led scores of experienced attorneys and other employees to leave. During a three-month investigation of those claims, The Capital reviewed employee rosters and found 45 of the office’s 117 employees have either been fired or quit since Adams took office — a significant shift in an office previously known as a place where attorneys often worked until retirement. (Capital)

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June 13 // Widow of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says politics intruded on family's mourning

The widow of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says her family was caused “additional emotional pain” by a political consultant who she says sought her support for a county executive candidate as the family was mourning his death. In a statement released to The Baltimore Sun, Jill Kamenetz said political consultant David Heller came to her home while the family was sitting shiva and sought her support for state Sen. Jim Brochin, a Democrat running for county executive. (Balt. Sun)

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