Attorney General Frosh appeals to U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Maryland's law curbing drug price-gouging

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh on Friday appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court an earlier decision by a federal court that struck down a Maryland law to curb unreasonable price increases for generic drugs. The General Assembly passed the so-called “price-gouging” law in 2017 at the urging of Frosh and health care advocates, and over the objections of the pharmaceutical industry. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Senate president presses mayor for answers on crime strategy after Baltimore sets record homicide rate

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller is pressing Mayor Catherine Pugh for answers about her strategy for reducing violent crime in Baltimore, saying the city's murder rate is unacceptable. Miller told Pugh that with the recent news that Baltimore has the highest murder rate among large U.S. cities, the General Assembly will have to revisit the issue during next year’s legislative session. (Balt. Sun)

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Amie Hoeber’s husband pumps another $1.2M into ‘Super PACs’ supporting her candidacy

Mark Epstein, a telecommunications executive married to District 6 Republican congressional nominee Amie Hoeber, in recent weeks has made a total of $1.2 million in contributions to two “Super PACs” promoting Hoeber’s campaign, according to new filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Added to prior such donations by Epstein, he so far has given a total of $1.6 million during the current election cycle to the two groups. (Bethesda)

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Larry Hogan: Pragmatic Republican wants four more years as Maryland's governor, but critics call for change

Shortly after Donald Trump became president, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan met him in the White House. Hogan, the unlikely Republican governor of a state Trump lost by nearly 30 points, was doubtful the president knew who he was. But Trump is a close watcher of polls. “I can’t believe how popular you are in that deep blue state,” Trump said as the men shook hands in a receiving line of governors from across the country. “You know how badly I lost that state?” For nearly four years, Hogan has done something almost unthinkable for a Republican in Maryland: maintain sky-high job approval ratings. (Balt. Sun)

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Ben Jealous: Democrat has ambitious plans for Maryland as he runs for governor, but some fault cost

Jealous worked as a reporter for an African-American newspaper in Mississippi and as an organizer and human rights advocate. In 2008, he became president of the national NAACP, based in Baltimore. At 35, he was the organization’s youngest-ever leader. Ben Jealous won the Democratic primary for Maryland governor by scoring an overwhelming margin in the Baltimore region and posting a strong performance in the Washington suburbs where his chief rival, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, was expected to perform well. (Balt. Sun)

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Can Md. Republicans ride Gov. Larry Hogan’s coattails to key gains in the Senate?

Maryland Republicans have mounted an unprecedented effort to break Democrats’ supermajority in the state senate, hoping to capi­tal­ize on the popularity of Gov. Larry Hogan at a time when much of the nation is focused on a possible “blue wave.” Republicans, who lag in voter registration in Maryland by a margin of more than 2-to-1,must flip five seats to break the veto-proof majority that Democrats have held for nearly 50 years. The state GOP has poured more than $100,000 into mailers and Facebook ads for candidates in the main targeted races, all of which are in districts Hogan (R) won in 2014. (Wash. Post)

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In pivotal Baltimore County Council race, GOP hopeful faces questions over 2007 police report

In a Baltimore County Council race that’s being closely watched for its potential impact on the county’s political leadership, the Republican challenger is facing questions about a 2007 police report that details an alleged physical altercation with his then-girlfriend, now his wife. Republican Ryan Nawrocki, who is running against incumbent Democrat Cathy Bevins in the November election for a council seat representing areas including Parkville, White Marsh and Middle River, was never charged with a crime in the incident, and says the claims in the report that he struck his girlfriend, pushed her down and choked her were an exaggeration to police. (Balt. Sun)

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Air wars rev up in Trone-Hoeber race

The candidates vying to succeed U.S. Rep. John K. Delaney (D) in Maryland's 6th District are hammering one another with a new series of ads. Republican Amie Hoeber's spot, hitting airwaves in Western Maryland Thursday, makes use of a quote from Democratic candidate David J. Trone, who told The Washington Post in 2016, "I sign my checks to gain access," a reference to his efforts to influence policy in state legislatures where the business he founded, Total Wine & More, has stores. (Md. Matters)

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