Election law’s mandates kept Oaks’ name on ballot, high court says

The State Board of Elections remains bound by the requirements of Maryland’s election law even when the statutory demands prevent the removal of a candidate’s name at his or her request, the state’s top court said Tuesday. (Daily Record)

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I. Robert Goodman, advertising exec who crafted ads for governors, senators and congressional campaigns, dies

I. Robert Goodman, a former Baltimore advertising executive who turned Spiro T. Agnew into a nationally known household name and whose specialty was promoting Republican candidates for local and national office, died July 18 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at Stella Maris Hospice. The Cross Keys resident was 90. “Bob was a great human being and always a pleasure to be around,” said former Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott Sr. in a telephone interview. “He was never eaten up by ego and was just a great guy. He was an artist and imaginative.” (Balt. Sun)

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July 31 // Hogan lands endorsement of another labor group that normally backs Democrats

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s reelection bid has picked up the endorsement of a third labor group that traditionally backs Democrats in Maryland’s statewide races. Leaders from the International Association of Firefighters on Monday said the union was endorsing Hogan because of his accessibility to firefighters and legislation he helped enact to exempt $15,000 of their retirement income from state taxes. The group said it represents 10,000 current and retired firefighters in Maryland and more than 300,000 worldwide. (Wash. Post)

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Trump’s intervention in plotting a new FBI headquarters has left the project in limbo, officials say

President Trump has become personally involved in plotting a new FBI headquarters in downtown Washington, an interest that for now has left the project in limbo and the agency stranded in a building that no longer suits its needs, according to officials and people familiar with the administration’s deliberations. For years, FBI officials have raised alarms that decrepit conditions at its current headquarters, the J. Edgar Hoover Building, constitute serious security concerns. A year ago, federal officials had finally decided on three finalist locations in Maryland and Virginia, and Congress appropriated $913 million toward a project expected to cost more than $3 billion. (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore Mayor Pugh signs off on two charter amendments for November ballot

Baltimore voters will decide this fall whether the city should allow public funding of local election campaigns and create an independent inspector general’s office. Mayor Catherine E. Pugh signed the two charter amendment proposals on Monday. Voters will be asked whether they support the measures at the polls in November. The City Council voted unanimously this month to place the amendments on the ballot. Supporters say the public financing amendment would limit the influence of wealthy donors and special-interest groups on Baltimore politics. If voters support it, the city will create a Fair Elections Fund and a commission to control it. (Balt. Sun)

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MD officials won't keep quiet about gag rule

Democratic state officials are asking to expand the public comment period for a proposed rule that could affect low-income women and their health. On Friday, multiple Senators, Congressmen, and members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation came together to write a letter requesting an extension for the public comment period for the proposed Title X gag rule. “We are writing to request that you extend the public comment period for the gag rule proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Title X National Family Planning Program,” the Members wrote. (WMAR)

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July 30 // Bipartisan agreement from Hogan, Jealous on climate control

The candidates in the race for governor discussed their views on climate change Thursday and how to address it locally. Maryland is ahead of the curve when it comes to addressing climate change. About a decade ago, the state established a commission to make recommendations. It is one issue both Gov. Larry Hogan and Ben Jealous recognize as a serious problem. (WBAL)

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Ben Jealous endorsed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Md. race

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ben Jealous received support from another well-known national progressive on Friday, picking up an endorsement from Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Warren (D-Mass.), a prime antagonist of President Trump who is often mentioned as a potential 2020 presidential candidate, said Jealous “has spent his life winning big battles on behalf of the working poor and middle-class. He will be a governor with the courage to fight back against Donald Trump’s extreme agenda.” (Wash. Post)

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