Natural-gas pipeline foes target Maryland governor

Ahead of a protest Thursday, opponents of a proposed natural-gas pipeline criticized the Hogan administration Tuesday. "There are significant hazards" to the pipeline plan, Brent Walls, an upper Potomac riverkeeper with a river protection group, said during a telephone news conference. He said the Maryland Department of the Environment "has done a deplorable job in reviewing and assessing" the pipeline application. Columbia Gas Transmission LLC, part of TransCanada, plans to extend an 8-inch-diameter pipe from a facility in Pennsylvania through Maryland and under the Potomac River, just west of Hancock, to link with a new Mountaineer Gas Co. line. (Herald-Mail)

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February 13 // Sierra Club issues endorsements in primary battles for open legislative seats in Montgomery County

The Maryland Sierra Club on Monday issued its endorsements for two state Senate and seven House of Delegate seats up for grabs in this year’s Democratic primary thanks to an incumbent retiring or seeking another office. The organization’s latest selections include Del. Jeff Waldstreicher of Kensington in the hotly contested race for the District 18 seat now held by Sen. Richard Madaleno, who is running for governor. (Bethesda)

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Elrich, Trone announce new endorsements

Montgomery County executive candidate Marc Elrich received the endorsement of Progressive Maryland this week. The nonprofit statewide advocacy group promotes liberal policies such as increasing police transparency, raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour and removing corporate and special interest donors from elections. Elrich, an at-large County Council member, was a founding member of Progressive Montgomery, a precursor group to Progressive Maryland. (Bethesda)

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Hogan's visit to Baltimore County touches on both government and politics

Gov. Larry Hogan and top aides took the capital to Baltimore County on Monday, holding a “regional cabinet meeting” and then fanning out to make dozens of stops across the county. The governor said the day was intended to forge connections with county residents, but political analysts say it also served as a way to keep Hogan’s name in front of an important voting bloc. (Balt. Sun)

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Federal prosecutors ask General Assembly to pause probe into misconduct by Sen. Nathaniel Oaks

Federal prosecutors preparing to try state Sen. Nathaniel Oaks on charges he took money from an FBI source and obstructed justice have asked the General Assembly to pause its own investigation into potential Oaks misconduct until after his trial in April. The legislature’s Ethics Committee had been probing allegations against Oaks since last month, after Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller referred the matter to the body. (Balt. Sun)

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Trump budget would have major impact in Maryland

The $4.4 trillion budget proposed Monday by President Donald Trump reinforced his administration’s desire to slash money for the Chesapeake Bay and drastically reduce the federal workforce while maintaining research funding at the National Institutes of Health. The spending plan called for eliminating earth science projects tied to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, zeroing out grants on which cities such as Baltimore rely for redevelopment and proposing cuts to programs that help low-income families pay their rent. (Balt. Sun)

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In rare break from Trump, Rep. Andy Harris opposes Maryland offshore drilling

 

Andy Harris, the Eastern Shore of Maryland's congressional representative, has repeatedly stood by the Trump administration's policies during the president's first year in office. Overhauling the federal tax code, not recertifying the Iran nuclear deal, dismantling Obamacare — Harris has vocally supported those and other presidential priorities. But a rare gulf between the two politicians developed recently over an initiative that has long drawn strong opposition from coastal Maryland jurisdictions: expanding offshore drilling. (Daily Times)

 

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Bill would give all Maryland law enforcement officers injured in line of duty same disability retirement pension

A bill has been introduced to the Maryland General Assembly that will give all law enforcement officers in Maryland a 66 2/3 percent disability retirement pension following a line of duty injury if they’re no longer able to work. House Bill 971 is sponsored by Del. Mary Ann Lisanti, who represents District 34A and worked with Sandi Easton, of Aberdeen, whose husband, Jason Easton, was shot in the eye Dec. 4, 2015 while responding to a call on Ohio Court in Aberdeen. (Aegis)

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