Pot legalization could be on November ballot

Maryland lawmakers are once again considering legislation to legalize marijuana. The bill being introduced this week in the House will put the question on this November's ballot, letting voters decide. Wednesday was Cannabis Lobbying Day in Annapolis. For those in attendance, legalizing marijuana in Maryland is no longer a pipe dream. (WBAL-TV)

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GOP files complaint against Ball's campaign finance reporting

Howard County’s Republican Central Committee has filed a complaint with the State Board of Elections against Democrat Calvin Ball’s county executive campaign, claiming Ball’s team made intentional errors in campaign finance reports from January 2017 and January 2018. Jared DeMarinis, director of the candidacy and campaign finance division at the elections board, confirmed that his department received the complaint on Tuesday. (Ho. Co. Times)

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‘I was touched without permission’: Former Annapolis staffer details harassment

For nearly six minutes, the former legislative staffer sat before a panel of female lawmakers in the Maryland House Office Building, describing how male lawmakers and their aides had propositioned her, rubbed against her, stared at her body. Nina Smith paused at times to collect herself. When Del. Susan K. McComas (R-Harford) delicately asked how many lawmakers had “caused you problems,” Smith hesitated, and began to cry. The answer, she said a minute later, was six. (Wash. Post)

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Larry Hogan, despite facial scars, declares second victory over cancer

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who said he had surgery Saturday to treat a non-life-threatening form of skin cancer, posted on Twitter that he’s defeated cancer a second time. He did admit one cost of the procedure: His face “is a little rough-looking,” he said Wednesday. “I should say, ‘you should see what the other guy looks like,’ ” he quipped. (Balt. Sun)

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Salisbury mayor Jake Day vetoes salary increases for mayor, council

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day has vetoed a measure to raise the salaries of city elected officials. City Council members last month gave final approval to salary increases for the mayor and council following recommendations from a review committee. Day said he vetoed the ordinance because he plans to run again for mayor in the 2019 election, and didn't want to approve his own pay raise. (Daily Times)

 

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Two attorneys who sued over Anne Arundel judicial selection running again

Two attorneys who sued the state following unsuccessful bids for Anne Arundel County judge in 2016 are running again. Claudia Barber of Laurel and Rickey Nelson Jones of Glen Burnie, African-American attorneys who both ran as Democrats, have filed to run for a single position on ballot this year, according to state records. (Capital)

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February 7 // Early presidential candidate John Delaney is already running two ads in Iowa

Maryland Rep. John Delaney, the first Democrat to announce a presidential bid against Donald Trump, is now running two TV ads in the early-voting state of Iowa. Delaney, a three-term congressman and former financial services executive, launched his presidential campaign last July in a Washington Post op-ed, more than a year and a half earlier than candidates typically jump in the race to become their party's nominee. This weekend, he also became the first candidate to buy airtime. (BuzzFeed News)

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Maryland Senate passes bill to save taxpayers $1.2B in first response to Trump tax reform

In the first of what is expected to be a series of moves in reaction to President Donald Trump's tax plan, the Maryland Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to prevent state taypayers’ bills from rising $1.2 billion next year. The legislation would ensure that Marylanders can continue to take personal exemptions on their tax returns even though a new law Trump signed in December eliminates that break on federal tax returns. (Balt. Sun)

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