Democrats see higher turnout as key to victory

Democratic Party leaders see increasing turnout as the key to victory in the fall. That’s the focus of the Howard County party headquarters that opened on Friday with seven paid local staff and an additional six field staffers the state party will be sending. “I have never seen us more organized and together,” Sen. Guy Guzzone told the crowd of about 100 attending the ribbon-cutting in downtown Columbia. With no opponent in the primary or general election, Guzzone is acting as the county party’s top organizer, and helped raise the money to hire the local staff. (Md. Reporter)

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Md. governor's race could prove pivotal in Republicans' drive for five Senate seats

As Republicans continue to focus on flipping five state Senate seats to end a supermajority for Democrats, the governor’s race could prove influential in how possible that is. Change Annapolis PAC, which dubs itself a bipartisan organization, is targeting seven races in hopes of winning five, which one political expert said would be a “heavy lift” but still realistic. “The fact that we’re realistically exploring five seats flipping [to Republican] in a year where Donald Trump is in office, it’s a midterm [election] and everyone is saying a blue wave is coming, is amazing to me,” said Todd Eberly, a political science professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. (News-Post)

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Hogan says he won't curtail Light Rail in Anne Arundel despite calls by politicians

The Hogan Administration said Monday that the Maryland Transit Administration will not cut Light Rail service in northern Anne Arundel County, rejecting calls by politicians and some residents who blame it for what they say is increased crime, despite police data to the contrary. “The administration has provided additional law enforcement support to the county to help ensure that light rail stations are safe,” Hogan spokeswoman Amelia Chasse wrote in an email, “but we are not planning any service cuts." (Balt. Sun)

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August 13 // A surprising grass-roots upheaval is shaking Maryland’s Democrats

A grass-roots upheaval in Maryland’s Democratic Party has made it an unexpected showcase for national efforts by liberal activists and unions seeking to revitalize the party and push it to the left. Primary victories by progressives in three premier races — governor and county executive in Montgomery and Baltimore counties — have created a prominent testing ground for a new brand of Democratic politics, featuring ambitious and potentially expensive policy proposals and greater outreach to the working class. (Wash. Post)

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General Assembly to consider banning 3D-printed guns in Maryland

The Maryland General Assembly will consider legislation next year to ban access to 3D-printed guns after the federal government gave a Texas-based company the OK to distribute weapon blueprints. Majority Leader Kathleen Dumais, D-Montgomery County, is drafting legislation that would ban the possession of 3D-printed guns and “ghost” guns, firearms that don’t have serial numbers. (Balt. Sun)

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Ben Jealous can demand TV stations pull ads he calls deceptive — but it seldom happens

In demanding that Baltimore TV stations stop running a Republican Governors Association ad he considers deceptive, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous is seeking an outcome he’s unlikely to get. As of Friday evening, none of the four Baltimore broadcast stations running the ad attacking Gov. Larry Hogan’s challenger had agreed to pull the ad portraying Jealous as a socialist. One of them, WJZ, reported that it would keep running the spot. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. corruption under scrutiny -- from academics this time, not the feds

Maryland is one of the more corrupt states in the nation, according to a survey of journalists who cover statehouses across the country. The General Assembly pulled in the worst score possible, a 5 ("extremely common") on the Corruption in America survey's scale of 1-5. The executive branch wasn't far behind, rating a 4 ("very common"). (Md. Matters)

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Hogan, Jealous issue statements condemning Unite the Right rally in D.C.

Gov. Larry Hogan and Democratic challenger Ben Jealous both issued statements Friday condemning the plans of white supremacists to hold a Unite the Right rally this weekend centered on Washington. Hogan put out a statement early in the morning calling the rallies “despicable” and offering the District of Columbia and Virginia the assistance of Maryland agencies including the Maryland State Police. (Balt. Sun)

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