Schuh gave rival's campaign $6,000 a day before he dropped primary challenge

Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh gave County Councilman John Grasso $6,000 the day before the Glen Burnie Republican filed for Senate instead of challenging Schuh. Grasso said the money was not the reason he chose to run for Senate, instead calling it a by-product of his decision. The fiery councilman is the same who Schuh “two-faced” after the two battled over proposed changes to county zoning laws. (Capital)

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Charter amendment on filling vacant Frederick County Council seats moves forward

A charter amendment allowing the party of a Frederick County Council member who vacates their seat to nominate that person’s replacement will get a public hearing. Councilman Billy Shreve (R-at large) explained his proposal Tuesday, saying: “What this does is, if a council seat is vacated, it allows the party of the member who vacated the seat to choose their replacement or to nominate their replacement. I think that’s the way it works for a lot of state offices. That’s why I brought it forward for the second time.” (News-Post)

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Baltimore Ravens head coach addresses National Anthem policy

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbough addressed the media Thursday and offered his thoughts on the NFL’s new National Anthem policy. “I believe in standing for the flag. To me, the flag represents the ideas and the ideals that make us America. I also believe in the freedoms the flag represents and that people can speak for themselves. I know this: Our players respect the flag and what it represents. And, we’re all proud at the Ravens of the work they do to make this community and country better.” (WJZ-TV)

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May 24 // Six at-large Montgomery County Council candidates boast six-figure war chests in run-up to primary

A half-dozen contenders in the crowded primary field for County Council at-large have $100,000 or more in their campaign treasuries as the June 26 primary approaches, according to disclosure reports that were due midnight Tuesday at the State Board of Elections. A majority of those six candidates are participants in the county’s new public campaign financing system. (Bethesda)

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Democrat Alec Ross, tech expert and author, says as Maryland governor he'll focus on 'what's next'

Alec Ross has been a lot of things: a night-shift janitor, a Baltimore school teacher, a technology expert in the Obama administration and a best-selling author. Now he wants to be Maryland’s governor. The Baltimore resident was unknown in Maryland politics when he launched his campaign last summer, but Ross says his eclectic career path will make him a more inventive governor than the six major Democrats he hopes to defeat in the June 26 primary. (Balt. Sun)

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Democrats running for Maryland governor pledging to support a state individual mandate for health care

The seven major Democrats running for Maryland governor have all signed a pledge to support a plan to shore up Obamacare if they are elected, health care advocates said Wednesday. Representatives from the campaigns were expected to announce their support for the plan at an 11 a.m. event Wednesday at the Episcopal Diocesan Center in Baltimore, according to Vincent DeMarco, president of Health Care for All. (Balt. Sun)

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AFL-CIO endorses Karen Toles and Gerron Levi in Prince George’s at-large race

Prince George’s County Council member Karen R. Toles and former state delegate Gerron S. Levi have been endorsed by the Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO in their bids for two new at-large seats on the county council. Toles, who has served two terms on the county council, and Levi, a federal lobbyist, are among 10 candidates vying for the two new at-large seats, which were created by a 2016 ballot measure. (Wash. Post)

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Democrats outspending Republicans in Baltimore County executive primaries

In the race to become the next Baltimore County executive, Democrats are raising and spending much more money than Republicans. As the June 26 primaries approach, Democratic candidate Jim Brochin has spent nearly $800,000 on television and radio ads, campaign finance reports filed Tuesday show. He had $61,000 in the bank. Brochin, a state senator from Cockeysville, began airing radio ads last week and TV commercials this week. (Balt. Sun)

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