Trone Donated Another $1.5 Million in Personal Funds During Closing Weeks of Campaign

U.S. Rep.-elect David Trone contributed another $1.5 million out of his own pocket in the final three weeks of his successful congressional bid in District 6, according to post-election disclosure reports filed late Thursday with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Trone’s 11th hour infusion of cash—which included a $400,000 donation the day before the Nov. 6 election—brings his total of direct personal contributions during the course of the campaign to nearly $14.25 million, a national record for a self-funded congressional candidate. It surpasses the previous record of $13.4 million—set by Trone himself two years earlier in an unsuccessful run for the Democratic congressional nomination in neighboring District 8. (Bethesda)

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‘We have a structural problem in the Democratic Party’: Maya Rockeymoore Cummings takes helm of Maryland party

Maryland Democrats had a largely successful election performance this November, gaining seats in the state House of Delegates and upsetting some prominent Republican county executives. But the Democratic Party got shellacked in the competition for the state’s top prize: the race for governor in which Republican Larry Hogan easily cruised to re-election. In the wake of Hogan’s victory, Democrats ousted state party Chairwoman Kathleen Matthews on Dec. 1 and elected Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, a public policy consultant, to lead them as they attempt to take back the governorship in four years. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. lawmakers to weigh mandate, drug prices in 2019

Maryland legislators in the 2019 General Assembly session will consider several measures aimed at reducing health care costs and protecting the Affordable Care Act in Maryland, but it appears unlikely they will focus on a long-term plan to stabilize the state’s individual insurance market. Lawmakers will consider a state-level individual mandate, ensuring health insurance for patients with pre-existing conditions, and will address the price of prescription drugs. They may also seek to guarantee long-term funding for the reinsurance program enacted last year. (Daily Record)

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Guyton Begins Journey From State Board of Education to State Lawmaker

Maryland State Board of Education member Michele Jenkins Guyton read her resignation letter at the end of a marathon meeting on Tuesday. She read, she said, because speaking from the heart might have made her too emotional. Her resignation is officially dated Jan. 1, but Guyton has already moved into her new role as an incoming delegate representing Baltimore County’s District 42B in the General Assembly. Guyton (D) was in Annapolis at the end of this week for freshman orientation. (Md. Matters)

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Maryland Republican Party votes on leadership positions

The Maryland Republican Party voted on leadership positions at its fall conference at the Hotel at Arundel Preserve on Saturday. Incumbent Dirk Haire, a D.C.-based construction law attorney, retained his chairmanship. Brandon Cooper was elected first vice chairman. Tony Campbell won second vice chairman. Matt Adams won third vice chairman. Incumbents Mark Uncapher and Chris Rosenthal retained their respective secretary and treasurer positions. (Balt. Sun)

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Krimm, Hough elected to lead Frederick County delegation

Delegate Carol Krimm (D-District 3A) was elected chair of Frederick County’s delegation to the state legislature on Saturday afternoon after tense opening moments of the delegation’s first meeting. Within minutes of the meeting opening, Delegate Karen Lewis Young (D-District 3A) and Sen. Ron Young (D-District 3) accused Republicans in the delegation of selecting Krimm behind the scenes to lead, instead of in front of the public. “When you determine in advance who the leadership will be, and start individually calling delegates and senators one by one to line up support, it’s not transparent,” Lewis Young said. “I cannot support a process that is not transparent and supports one individual’s addiction for control.” (News-Post)

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Carroll's state Senate delegation assigned to same Senate committee

All three state senators representing Carroll County in the Maryland General Assembly have been assigned to a senate committee tasked with reviewing legislation relating to legal matters. Incumbent Senators Justin Ready, R-District 5, and Michael Hough, R-District 4, were reassigned to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee after serving on it over their last terms. Sen. Katie Fry Hester, D-District 9, which covers Howard County and a small sliver of Southern Carroll, narrowly unseated incumbent Republican Gail Bates in the November midterm election. While her predecessor served on the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, Hester was assigned to the judicial committee. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Maryland marijuana panel approves ban on cannabis advertising on billboards, radio, TV and other media

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission voted unanimously Thursday to ban billboard, radio, TV and most online advertising by marijuana companies — a move that representatives for the firms said they would fight in the General Assembly when it convenes next month. The new rules also prohibit advertising in print publications such as newspapers and magazines that cannot prove that 85 percent of their audience is over 18 years old, and bans the use of leaflets or flyers in most public and private places. (Balt. Sun)

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