Montgomery’s Marc Elrich has a huge mandate — but there are rifts to repair

Marc Elrich has some work to do. He was elected with a decisive mandate Tuesday to lead Montgomery County, Maryland’s most populous — and one of its most economically powerful — jurisdictions. But his progressive campaign drew attacks and sharp criticism from business and development leaders in the liberal suburb, who rallied around Nancy Floreen, a longtime Democrat who dropped her party affiliation to challenge Elrich as an independent. Floreen said Elrich, like herself a veteran County Council member, would be a “disaster” as county executive. (Wash. Post)

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With two races too close to call, Frederick County Council majority still up in air

Which way the Frederick County Council will lean politically remains up in the air with three council seats in two races still too close to call. As of Thursday afternoon, Kai Hagen (D) and Phil Dacey (R) are the two leaders in the council at-large race, with 43,002 and 42,781 votes respectively. Both would be elected if results hold. Danny Farrar (R) is behind those two with 42,531 votes. (News-Post)

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Carozza scores decisive win for Shore Senate seat; Mathias win streak snapped at 10 elections

With a clear mandate in the district, Republican challenger Mary Beth Carozza beat previously undefeated Democratic incumbent Jim Mathias for the District 38 State Senate seat in one of the most-watched elections across the state. When the final votes were tallied, Carozza had collected 24,441 total votes, or 53 percent, in the district, which includes Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset Counties, while Mathias finished with 21,597, or about 47 percent. (Dispatch)

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After 'Year of the Woman,' female victories dominate Anne Arundel County elections

Charles Carroll, a revolutionary and Declaration of Independence signer, served in the Maryland Senate more than 230 years ago. Looking out at a crowd of supporters Tuesday night, state Senator-elect Sarah Elfreth thanked supporters, family friends, Maryland Speaker of the House Mike Busch and retiring state Sen. John Astle. But then she invoked Carroll, her predecessor in representing Anne Arundel County. Tuesday night, the county voters sent two Anne Arundel County women — Elfreth and Del. Pam Beidle — to the Senate, the first since Janet Greenip served District 33 between 2003 and 2009. (Capital)

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Maryland AG among 18 attorneys general calling on Whitaker to recuse from Mueller probe

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is among 18 other state attorney generals asking new acting Attorney General Whitaker to recuse himself from the special counsel probe. “As chief law enforcement officers of our respective states, we ask that you recuse yourself from any role in overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election," the letter reads to Whitaker. (WJZ-TV)

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Ficker will seek to place property tax limit measure on 2020 ballot

Republican Robin Ficker says he won’t run for elected office again, but when the next election rolls around in 2020, he will attempt to get another charter amendment on the ballot. This one, he said, will prevent property tax hikes above the rate of inflation. Ficker was in good spirits Wednesday afternoon, despite having lost the Montgomery County executive race the day before to Democrat Marc Elrich. (Bethesda)

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Elijah Cummings gets ready for his close-up

On the day after voters handed Democrats control of the House of Representatives, President Trump said members of the opposition party can work to strike bipartisan deals on policy or they can use their newfound power to investigate him – but they can’t do both. The likely future chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee doesn’t see it that way. “We have a duty to look into government and to try to figure out what might be wrong, and try to correct it and make things better,” said Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), currently the ranking member of the panel. (Md. Matters)

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Waiting for the redistricting dominoes to fall

A federal court decision forcing Maryland to redraw its congressional district lines in the next six months — in time for the next round of elections — has thrust state leaders into a redistricting process that most weren’t expecting to deal with until after the next federal Census. It has also generated a host of questions about how, exactly, the state should proceed to satisfy the conditions the court established. (Md. Matters)

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