Maryland governor names new chief legislative officer

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has named a new chief legislative officer to work with the General Assembly. The Republican governor named Keiffer Mitchell to the post on Wednesday. Mitchell is a Democrat and former legislator who represented a Baltimore district. He served in the House of Delegates from 2011 to 2015. He has been working in the Hogan administration as a senior adviser since the start of the administration in 2015. (Wash. Post)

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Joint Panel to Defer Action on Legalizing Marijuana

The Maryland legislature is unlikely to seriously consider the legalization of marijuana next year. Leaders of the General Assembly’s Marijuana Legalization Workgroup said Wednesday that they need more time to sort through an issue that is complex and still relatively new. The delay — legislators were expected to consider legalizing marijuana in 2020 — will also give policymakers the opportunity to learn from the dozen or so states currently dealing with the ins and outs of legalization. (Md. Matters)

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Former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says she won’t run for U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings’ seat

Former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Thursday she will not run for the congressional seat previously held by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings. Rawlings-Blake, who had been considering a run, said she made the decision after thinking about the legacy of her father, Democratic Del. Pete Rawlings, who was the powerful chairman of the House of Delegates’ Appropriations Committee. (Balt.Sun)

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AP source: Second US official in Kyiv heard Trump call

A second U.S. Embassy staffer in Kyiv overheard a cellphone call between President Donald Trump and his ambassador to the European Union discussing a need for Ukrainian officials to pursue “investigations,” The Associated Press has learned. The July 26 call between Trump and Gordon Sondland was first described during testimony Wednesday by William Taylor, the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. (AP)

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MTA police violated Fourth Amendment, appeals court says

The Maryland Transit Administration violated the constitutional rights of light rail passengers when MTA officers put on a show of force in conducting a sweep of the train cars to ensure fares were paid, the state’s second-highest court held Thursday in overturning the gun- possession conviction of a passenger caught in the sweep. (Daily Record)

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Bid to rename Baltimore courthouse for Elijah Cummings moves forward

A move by local leaders to rename a portion of the city's courthouse complex in memory of the late Rep. Elijah E. Cummings moved one step closer to reality Thursday. Baltimore's Planning Commission unanimously voted to endorse legislation to change the name of the Courthouse East Building to the Elijah E. Cummings Courthouse. (Wash. Bus.)

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Van Hollen, Beyer propose surtax on millionaires

The richest 1% of Americans control more wealth than the entire middle class combined, according to the Brookings Institution – a striking sign of income inequality that has accelerated since the Great Recession. A bill introduced last week by Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, and Rep. Don Beyer, D-Virginia, aims to narrow the wealth gap by adding a surtax on millionaires. (Daily Record)

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Baltimore Reaches 300 Murders In 2019; Fifth Year In A Row

Baltimore recorded the city’s 300th murder Thursday morning after a man and woman were shot in the southwest part of the city. Crews washed the blood off the pavement in front of a convenience store. A Shot Spotter device across the street alerted authorities to the gunfire. (WJZ-TV)

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