Congress members, Luke Mill owner scheduling meeting to discuss Western Maryland paper factory's closure

Federal lawmakers from Maryland and West Virginia have demanded a meeting with the owner of the Luke Mill, a Western Maryland paper factory shutting down this month. A Verso Corp. spokeswoman said CEO Les Lederer “expects to have a conversation” with the members of Congress and officials are working on scheduling the meeting. The Luke paper mill, an economic engine in Western Maryland for 131 years, will close by June 30, owner Verso Co. announced Tuesday. The shutdown means 675 people spread across Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia will lose their jobs, the company said. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Reps. Cummings, Hoyer stop short of calling for Trump impeachment inquiry, but Raskin does

Maryland’s highest-ranking U.S. House members expressed growing frustration Tuesday at President Donald Trump’s “stonewalling” of Congress, but they continued to stop short of calling for an impeachment inquiry. “I think what the president has done has put us in a position where we cannot get any information to do the oversight that we need to do,” Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat, said in a statement to The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday night, echoing an interview he gave on CNN. (Balt. Sun)

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Conservative group accuses Maryland's Rockeymoore Cummings of IRS violations; she calls complaint 'lies'

Maryland Democratic Party chairwoman Maya Rockeymoore Cummings on Tuesday defended herself against accusations from a conservative watchdog group that a non-profit she runs violated the Internal Revenue Code. The National Legal and Policy Center on Monday filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service against the Center for Global Policy Solutions, a non-profit organization headed by Rockeymoore Cummings. In the complaint, the group argued her non-profit operates “almost as a single entity” with a for-profit firm she also runs named Global Policy Solutions LLC. (Balt. Sun)

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Marylanders Rally Against New Abortion Laws Passed Across US

Separate rallies throughout the state Tuesday gave a unified message aimed at responding to the wave of new abortion laws recently passed in states across the U.S. “It shouldn’t be a thing that my daughter or any of her children have to worry about,” said women’s rights advocate Barbara Fink. Fink joined protestors in Towson at the first of six rallies scheduled in Maryland on Tuesday, aligning with a nationwide day of action in support of reproductive rights- a movement fueled Alabama’s new strict anti-abortion law signed into effect by its Republican governor last week. (WJZ-TV)

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Maryland Among States Suing Federal Government Over Rule Allowing Clinicians To Refuse Abortions

Nearly two dozen states and municipalities are suing the federal government to stop a new rule letting health care clinicians object to providing abortions and other services that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court asks a judge to block a rule by the Department of Health and Human Services that is scheduled to take effect in July. The department has said the rule requires hospitals, universities, clinics and other entities that receive federal funding to certify compliance with some 25 federal laws protecting conscience and religious rights. (AP)

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Six Maryland rallies planned to oppose bans and restrictions on abortions

Supporters of abortion rights plan rallies Tuesday in Maryland as part of a national movement against abortion bans. The rallies, which are using the social media hashtag “#stopthebans,” are aimed at raising awareness of state laws being passed around the country that restrict or ban the medical procedure that ends a pregnancy. Dozens of organizations are supporting and promoting the rallies. “The idea is that having an organized, 50-state response should deliver a very firm message about how people feel about this issue, that no matter what state you live in, access to abortion care is a human right,” said Diana Philip, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Republican Party asks Del. Impallaria to resign from legislature, calls him 'unworthy of the title'

The Maryland Republican Party is calling on Del. Rick Impallaria to resign, following a controversy over a campaign robocall, a history of traffic violations and a lawsuit against party officials. At the party’s convention in Ocean City, members approved a resolution that says Impallaria is “unworthy of the title Delegate,” according to the author of the resolution. Impallaria, who has represented a district that includes parts of Harford and Baltimore counties since 2003, said Monday he was not bothered by the resolution. “I have no concern about it and it has no meaning to it whatsoever,” said Impallaria, who lives in Joppa. (Balt. Sun)

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Citing health concerns, Kenny Kirby drops out of Annapolis special election

Former alderman Kenny Kirby dropped out of the special City Council election in Annapolis on Monday, just days after another candidate was disqualified. The rapid succession of developments appears to create a two-way race for the Ward 6 vacancy on the council between Democrat Yiannes Kacoyianni and Republican George Michael Gallagher. Kirby, who held the Ward 6 seat for two terms before retiring in 2017, was one of three candidates in the Democratic primary on June 4. (Balt. Sun)

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