Hogan provides another $250M in relief to small businesses while comptroller says it's 'not enough'

Gov. Larry Hogan announced $250 million in funding for small businesses on Thursday, doubling the state's relief efforts as the number of positive Covid-19 cases in the U.S. continues to rise. Hogan, a Republican, said Maryland's metrics "remain low and stable." Despite moving Maryland into the last stage of his economic reopening plan, Hogan said small businesses continue to feel the impact of the pandemic. He called for Congress to pass another round of federal stimulus funding but said the state could not sit back and wait. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Baltimore Mayoral Candidates Make Their Pitch To Voters At Virtual Forum Ahead Of Election

Thursday marked one of the last opportunities for voters to hear from Baltimore’s mayoral candidates. Community leaders submitted questions as part of a virtual forum that was hosted by the NAACP Baltimore branch. (WJZ)

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Gov. Larry Hogan Calls On Remaining Counties, Baltimore City To Move To Third Phase Of Coronavirus Recovery Plan

Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday called for all 24 jurisdictions in Maryland to move to the third phase of the state’s coronavirus recovery plan, which several counties have not yet done. Anne Arundel, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, as well as Baltimore City, remain in the second phase of the recovery plan, according to the governor’s office. (WJZ)

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More Howard residents request mail ballots than any other county in Baltimore area, second most in Maryland

More Howard County residents are voting via mail ballot in the 2020 general election than almost any county in the state, according to data from the Maryland State Board of Elections. A little more than 47% of Howard’s registered voters have requested mail ballots for the Nov. 3 election amid the coronavirus pandemic, which is more than any county in the Baltimore area and only trailing Montgomery County in the state. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore elections officials scale back plans to temperature check every voter

Baltimore City election officials no longer plan to check the temperature of every voter who chooses to cast a ballot in person this fall, but may still do so with voters at higher risk for COVID-19 exposure. That decision, which was based on advice from state and city health officials, comes just days before early voting is set to begin across the state. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland’s most powerful Black politician targets the nation’s strongest police protections

Adrienne A. Jones felt helpless. A police officer had pulled her over for a broken taillight, placing his hand on his gun holster when she asked if it “was really necessary” for four police cars to surround her vehicle. “We don’t know if you have a weapon,” Jones, then an aide to then-Baltimore County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D), was told. (Wash Post)

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Baltimore County Adding 31 Ballot Drop Boxes For 2020 General Election

Baltimore County is adding 31 ballot drop boxes around the county for the 2020 General Election. In early October, the county provided 13 ballot drop boxes. There is one at each Early Voting location, the Board of Elections office and Hereford High School. The county’s Board of Elections received over 230,000 mail-in ballot requests, and due to that high demand is installing the 31 additional boxes to be ready by October 23. (WJZ)

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Baltimore IG report faults officers for allowing ex-deputy comptroller inside City Hall, where she shredded papers

A review by Baltimore’s inspector general found the former deputy comptroller, who was discovered this summer to be shredding documents in City Hall, did not destroy paperwork relevant to an ongoing federal Department of Labor investigation of the comptroller’s office. But Inspector General Isabel Cumming’s report Wednesday faulted Baltimore Police officers manning City Hall’s entrance for letting B. Harriette Taylor into the building without asking her for any city identification. The building is supposed to be mostly closed to outsiders because of restrictions intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus. (Balt Sun)

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