Baltimore candidate miscarried at 6 months pregnant. Now she’s campaigning in honor of child she lost.

As Dea Thomas knocked on doors in South Baltimore, her growing belly took center stage. She’d tell voters she wanted to make the city a better place for the son she was expecting this spring. Although Thomas had launched her candidacy before the baby was on the way, her pregnancy quickly became integral to her campaign for the House of Delegates — a way to connect with people and a symbol of hope for the future. This week, her miscarriage became a central part of her campaign, too. (Balt. Sun)

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Sen. Edwards presents bills to preserve lakes, sell seized weapons

Sen. George Edwards presented legislation Tuesday to provide funding to protect and restore state-owned lakes and to allow sheriff's offices in Western Maryland to sell confiscated weapons to licensed firearms dealers. Edwards, R-Washington/Allegany/Garrett, told the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee that the sheriff's offices in Maryland's five westernmost counties asked for a bill to allow them to sell the weapons. State law currently allows these agencies to keep the forfeited property for official use, destroy it or sell it to another unit for its use. (Herald-Mail)

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Trump's proposed Chesapeake Bay cleanup cuts face Hill battle

President Donald Trump’s plan to slash 90 percent of Chesapeake Bay cleanup funding, which could dismantle several decades of environmental restoration, met resistance from Maryland’s Democratic congressional delegation. The cuts, which would drop the budget for Chesapeake Bay programs from $73 million to $7.3 million, are nestled in a proposed 33.7 percent decrease in funding for the Environmental Protection Agency. (Capital News)

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February 14 // Hogan signs bill allowing Maryland courts to revoke rapists' parental rights

Gov. Larry Hogan signed legislation Tuesday that would allow rape victims to terminate the parental rights of their assailants — a proposal that took more than a decade to make it through the Maryland General Assembly. The Republican governor was flanked by the two Democratic leaders of the legislature — Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch — as he signed a measure that passed both the House of Delegates and the Senate unanimously. (Balt. Sun)

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Wine magnate David Trone is throwing his support and money behind Rushern Baker’s bid for Maryland governor

Maryland wine magnate ­David Trone, members of his family and his wine company have donated $39,000 to the 2018 gubernatorial campaign of Prince George’s County executive Rushern L. Baker III (D), according to filings with the State Board of Elections. Trone, who is running as a Democrat in the crowded race for the state’s 6th Congressional District seat, has used his fortune to support many Democratic campaigns, including his own. In 2016, he spent $13.4 million on a failed bid to win the Democratic primary for the 8th District, which Rep. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Md.) ultimately won. (Wash. Post)

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State Del. Lam to run for Senate seat

Del. Clarence Lam will run for the District 12 seat in the Maryland legislature being vacated by longtime state Sen. Edward Kasemeyer. The decision to run, Lam said, was made in collaboration with the other two delegates who represent the district, Terri Hill and Eric Ebersole. “What was a priority to us was to make sure the district would be well-represented and well-served in the future, and that we continue to function as a collaborative team,” Lam said. Lam, 37, a Democrat and a physician from Columbia, has served as a state legislator since 2014. (Balt. Sun)

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Proposed delay in Md. sick leave law gets frosty House reception

The House Economic Matters Committee proved to be a tough crowd for one Maryland senator Tuesday. Sen. Thomas M. “Mac” Middleton, D-Charles and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, found himself sitting before a committee many believe are eager to kill his bill to delay the state’s new paid sick leave law. (Daily Record)

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Baltimore committee passes bill barring restaurants from serving kids soda

A Baltimore City Council committee voted Tuesday morning to support a bill that would bar restaurants from including sodas and other sugary drinks in kids meals, a move supporters say could improve children’s health. Under the proposed measure, city restaurants would be required to offer water, milk or real fruit juice on children’s menus. They would still be allowed to serve soda to children if accompanying adults order it. An advocacy group called Sugar Free Kids said the measure could help reduce the amount of sugar in childrens’ diets. (Balt. Sun)

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