Lawmakers explain how 'you have to work the system' in Annapolis

Members of the District 1 legislative delegation said Friday they temporarily pulled their support from Gov. Larry Hogan’s Amazon incentive package during the recently-completed Maryland General Assembly session in an effort to secure annual funding for the State Lakes Protection and Restoration Fund. “This is how hard sometimes it is just to get things pushed through down there and how you have to work the system,” Del. Wendell Beitzel said during an annual legislative wrap-up breakfast hosted by the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce at the Cumberland Country Club. (Times-News)

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Teachers union endorses Ball for Howard county executive

The Howard County Education Association, the union that represents more than 5,000 educators in the county’s public schools, has endorsed Democrat Calvin Ball in the 2018 race for county executive. Ball, a member of the County Council, is running against Democrat Harry Dunbar in the June 26 primary and is the presumptive front runner to challenge incumbent Republican Allan Kittleman in November. “I am especially honored that our educators have endorsed me as the next Howard County Executive,” Ball said in a statement. “I will work tirelessly to serve all of our children, families and educators.” (Columbia Flier)

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Marilyn Mosby campaign adviser steps down to focus on charges filed against him in Baltimore

A top campaign adviser to Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby resigned Friday to focus on addressing charges alleging he harassed and assaulted two women he had dated. Mosby’s office assigned an outside attorney — Steven Kroll, coordinator of the Maryland State’s Attorney’s Association — to prosecute both cases against the adviser, Quincey Gamble. Gamble, 43, is a veteran Democratic operative in Baltimore who was the former executive director of the Maryland Democratic Party and advised numerous Democratic campaigns in the city — including former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s gubernatorial bid and Hillary Clinton’s presidential run. (Balt. Sun)

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Judge keeps convicted former state Sen. Nathaniel Oaks' name on ballot

An Anne Arundel County judge rejected an attempt by a group of Baltimore voters to remove the name of former state Sen. Nathaniel Oaks from the ballot after the Democrat pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges, the attorney general’s office and lawyers for the voters said Friday. Oaks faces prison time in the case but under state law he remains eligible to run until he is incarcerated. His sentencing isn’t until July, after the June 26 Democratic primary election. The judge told the lawyers he was not authorized to remove Oaks’ name because the long-time politician technically remains eligible. (Balt. Sun)

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Former governor Parris Glendening backs Rushern Baker in Maryland governor race

Former Maryland governor Parris N. Glendening on Thursday endorsed Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III in his bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, citing Baker’s record on the environment. “He understands that economic development and protecting the environment go hand in hand,” Glendening said in an interview. Baker unveiled an environmental plan Thursday that includes a committee chaired by Glendening and aimed at making Maryland the first state in the country to achieve 100 percent clean energy and zero waste. (Wash. Post)

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Democrats push Maryland Gov. Hogan to release correspondence between company and his administration

The Maryland Democratic Party called on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, his campaign and his administration Thursday to release all correspondence with the transportation company HNTB Corp., whose proposed contract with the state has come under ethics scrutiny this week. The move escalates an election-year controversy over how state transportation officials recommended a company to oversee one of Hogan’s signature initiatives to reduce traffic congestion in the Washington suburbs. (Balt. Sun)

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Leggett endorses Dang, Jawando in Montgomery County Council at-large race

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett endorsed this week former Obama administration official Will Jawando and community organizer Hoan Dang in the at-large race for County Council. Leggett's backing could help the two men further separate themselves from a field of more than 30 Democratic candidates hoping to win one of the four at-large seats up for grabs in the 2018 election. (Bethesda)

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Rep. Harris joins GOP letter calling for prosecution of Hillary Clinton, Comey

Rep. Andrew P. Harris (R-Md.) has joined 10 other House Republicans calling on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to prosecute former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former FBI Director James Comey and other law enforcement officials for a range of alleged crimes designed to shield Clinton from any investigation into her use of a private email server. In a letter to Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray and John Huber, the U.S. attorney for Utah, the lawmakers -- most of whom are members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus -- suggest there was a widespread conspiracy of law enforcement officials to protect Clinton. (Md. Matters)

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