The first Democrat enters the 2018 Anne Arundel County executive race

Davidsonville resident Steuart Pittman has announced his candidacy for county executive. Pittman, the owner of Dodon Farm Training Center, will run as a Democrat. He confirmed his plans to The Capital Thursday. He plans to focus on development as a core issue. He is the first Democrat to announce his candidacy for executive. First term County Executive Steve Schuh, R-Gibson Island, is the only candidate who has officially filed to run in the June primary. “I felt like he should be replaced, his policies should be challenged,” Pittman said. “It took me some time to be comfortable with the notion of being county executive. It is a very winnable race.” (Capital)

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McCray Challenges McFadden in 45th District

East Baltimore Del. Cory McCray (D-45) had a copy of the late Marion Barry’s book, “Mayor For Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.,” tucked under his arm as he sat down for an interview at the AFRO’sBaltimore headquarters recently. Perhaps McCray, who recently launched his bid to unseat Sen. Nathaniel McFadden (D-45), the venerable East Baltimore politician, hoped to understand some of Barry’s legendary grit by reading his autobiography. Yet, grit is an attribute McCray’s supporters argue he has already exhibited in abundance during his brief political career and his life before he entered politics. (Afro)

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Spending affordability: Deschenaux’s final show

Earlier this year, the Capital Debt Affordability Committee (CDAC) recommended an annual $995 million GO bond authorization level – the same level as the previous three years. The CDAC’s 2017 recommendation does not include an annual inflation adjustment, despite the fact that beginning in early calendar 2016 and through the first nine months of calendar 2017, construction inflation has risen significantly. DLS indicated that the State’s capital commitments made in the 2017 session exceed the levels of GO bonds currently programmed in the 2017 CIP and recommended by CDAC. (Conduit St.)

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Cardin, Van Hollen propose path to residency for temporarily protected immigrants

Three Democratic senators -- including Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen -- introduced legislation Thursday to allow certain immigrants with temporary legal status in the United States to apply for residency. Maryland has the sixth-highest number of residents benefiting from Temporary Protected Status in the country -- about 23,000 -- according to the Center for Migration Studies. The vast majority of those individuals in the state are from El Salvador. The 27-year-old program shields some immigrants from deportation during periods of conflict or national disaster in their home countries. (Balt. Sun)

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Del. Wendell Beitzel to seek re-election

Del. Wendell R. Beitzel will seek a fourth term as a representative in Maryland's General Assembly. "I have been honored to serve the people of Garrett and Allegany counties for the past 11 years," Beitzel, a Republican from Grantsville, said. "Though we've done a lot, there is much more to be done. The people of District 1 deserve and expect qualified and experienced representation." Beitzel represents District 1A, which is made up of Garrett County and a portion of Georges Creek in Allegany County. He said he filed necessary candidacy paperwork with the state's Board of Elections this week. (Times-News)

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Van Hollen bill would triple funding to protect Chesapeake Bay, other watersheds

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) on Thursday will introduce legislation to increase funding for a program that keeps pollutants from running off farms and into the Chesapeake Bay and other sensitive watersheds across the country. The bill, called the Chesapeake Bay Farm Bill Enhancements Act of 2017, would increase to $300 million a pot of money to help farmers build things such as manure storage and stream buffers that prevent harmful nutrients from flowing into sensitive watersheds. There is currently $100 million in the fund, part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. (Wash. Post)

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Jealous releases strategy on opioid crisis

Slamming Gov. Larry Hogan’s record on dealing with the crisis of heroin and opioid addiction, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous released his strategy Friday for bringing down Maryland’s soaring levels of overdose deaths. Jealous’ 12-page proposal is his first comprehensive policy position since he launched his campaign for the Democratic nomination to run against the Republican Hogan. The candidate said his strategy relies much more on treatment, and less on prison time, than Hogan’s approach over the past three years. (Balt. Sun)

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Rod Rosenstein reacts to killing of Baltimore detective

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein talked about the killing of a Baltimore homicide detective and crime in the city Thursday night at an appearance in Chicago. Speaking at the Chicago Crime Commission annual dinner, Maryland’s former top federal prosecutor said Detective Sean Suiter worked closely with his office. “Today, we are praying for Sean Suiter’s family and the Baltimore Police Department. But prayer is not enough,” Rosenstein said in remarks sent from the Department of Justice. “The Baltimore City mayor admits that crime is ‘out of control.’ If that is true, people should be held accountable,” Rosenstein continued. “Crime is not like the weather. If crime is out of control, it is because people failed to control it." (Balt. Sun)

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