Sheriff's deputies endorse GOP nominee Redmer in Baltimore County executive race

In his quest to become the first Republican Baltimore County executive in more than 20 years, GOP nominee Al Redmer Jr. has picked up an endorsement from the county sheriff’s deputies. Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 25 endorsed Redmer in the county executive matchup against Democrat Johnny Olszewski Jr. It’s the first time that the sheriff’s deputies have endorsed a Republican candidate, according to the FOP. (Balt. Sun)

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Mayor Pugh to sign off on racial equity fund charter amendment

Mayor Catherine Pugh on Monday moved Baltimore one step closer to the creation of a fund aimed at promoting racial equity across the city. Pugh’s spokesman confirmed that she plans to sign off on the legislation sponsored by City Councilman Brandon Scott and unanimously approved by the rest of the council. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore City Councilwoman will introduce legislation to improve lactation accommodations

A Baltimore City Councilwoman introduced legislation Monday designed to improve lactation accommodations and ease new mothers’ transitions back into the workplace. Councilwoman Shannon Sneed — who often brings her young daughter to public hearings and council meetings — said all working mothers “deserve the ability to lactate if they return to work by choice or by necessity.” Mothers, she said, shouldn’t have to choose between their careers and their child’s wellness. (Balt. Sun)

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Hogan ready to push neighboring states to do more for restoring the Bay

Leaders from six states will meet Tuesday in Baltimore to discuss improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will be urging other states to do more. Gov. Larry Hogan, the current chair of the Chesapeake Executive Council, said he’ll use part of Tuesday’s meeting to press other states to “step up” their efforts to cut pollution that affects the Bay. (WTOP)

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Barr, McKinley get enough signatures to be on November ballot

Washington County Commissioner John F. Barr has gathered enough signatures to appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot as an unaffiliated candidate, as he seeks re-election. Former commissioner Bill McKinley squeaked by with enough signatures in his attempt to get back into office as an unaffiliated candidate, a county election official said Monday. (Herald-Mail)

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August 6 // Fear the Russian Connections

“The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming!” No, not the goofy but lovably hilarious 1966 Cold War comedy about a Soviet sub that runs aground on a Cape Cod-like beach in the height of summer season (stars included Jonathan Winters, Alan Arkin, Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint and Theodore Bikel). This time the Russian threat is all-too serious — and Maryland could become Ground Zero in the Putin regime’s quest to disrupt and disillusion Americans when they go to the polls Nov. 6. Yet the panic has not set in. (politicalmd)

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Maryland leaders respond to Capital Gazette call for gun violence legislation

It’s been only a month since the Capital Gazette Editorial Board called on elected leaders to make Annapolis the last location of a mass shooting, and elected leaders and candidates have responded. No legislation has been introduced, but some leaders are hopeful the death of five Capital Gazette staff members can lead to change. Others, like U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, are frank about the uphill battle against politicians that fear retribution from gun supporters and the National Rifle Association. Cardin visited the temporary Capital Gazette newsroom Friday where he advocated for universal background checks, stronger mental health services and preventing access to 3D-printed gun blueprints. (Capital)

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Maryland Democratic Party launches coordinated campaign

A long white folding table in a union hall — a makeshift command center for Maryland Democrats on Saturday — brimmed with clipboards, water bottles, cartons of energy bars and satellite maps of Baltimore neighborhoods. Ken Maxfield, one of three organizers for the Maryland Democratic Party, handed out the supplies and gave nearly two dozen volunteers their marching orders, along with a how-to guide on encouraging strangers to vote for Democrats up and down the ballot in November. Before the volunteers set out, several Democratic elected officials, including U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ben Jealous, tried to fire them up. (Wash. Post)

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