Former governor Parris Glendening backs Rushern Baker in Maryland governor race

Former Maryland governor Parris N. Glendening on Thursday endorsed Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III in his bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, citing Baker’s record on the environment. “He understands that economic development and protecting the environment go hand in hand,” Glendening said in an interview. Baker unveiled an environmental plan Thursday that includes a committee chaired by Glendening and aimed at making Maryland the first state in the country to achieve 100 percent clean energy and zero waste. (Wash. Post)

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Democrats push Maryland Gov. Hogan to release correspondence between company and his administration

The Maryland Democratic Party called on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, his campaign and his administration Thursday to release all correspondence with the transportation company HNTB Corp., whose proposed contract with the state has come under ethics scrutiny this week. The move escalates an election-year controversy over how state transportation officials recommended a company to oversee one of Hogan’s signature initiatives to reduce traffic congestion in the Washington suburbs. (Balt. Sun)

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Leggett endorses Dang, Jawando in Montgomery County Council at-large race

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett endorsed this week former Obama administration official Will Jawando and community organizer Hoan Dang in the at-large race for County Council. Leggett's backing could help the two men further separate themselves from a field of more than 30 Democratic candidates hoping to win one of the four at-large seats up for grabs in the 2018 election. (Bethesda)

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Rep. Harris joins GOP letter calling for prosecution of Hillary Clinton, Comey

Rep. Andrew P. Harris (R-Md.) has joined 10 other House Republicans calling on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to prosecute former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former FBI Director James Comey and other law enforcement officials for a range of alleged crimes designed to shield Clinton from any investigation into her use of a private email server. In a letter to Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray and John Huber, the U.S. attorney for Utah, the lawmakers -- most of whom are members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus -- suggest there was a widespread conspiracy of law enforcement officials to protect Clinton. (Md. Matters)

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Democrats to hold annual conference aimed at energizing western Maryland party members

Hundreds of Democratic Party devotees will descend on Allegany County this weekend to hear from the party’s congressional and governor candidates — and try to push an anticipated “Blue Wave” into the western, Republican parts of the state. The Western Maryland Democratic Summit is expected to draw more than 300 people to the Rocky Gap Casino on Friday and Saturday, chairman Robin Summerfield said. (News-Post)

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Montgomery County employee union passes over three incumbent state legislators in latest endorsements

Another large local union unveiled its endorsements for the Maryland General Assembly late Wednesday—and while it is supporting most of the incumbents seeking another term in the Montgomery County’s legislative delegation, it pointedly passed over three current state legislators running for re-election. UFCW Local 1994 MCGEO—which represents a majority of the county government’s 9,000-member workforce—declined to endorse state Sen. Cheryl Kagan of Rockville and Dels. Kathleen Dumais and Kirill Reznik of Germantown. (Bethesda)

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Aruna Miller receives national teachers union endorsement

State Del. Aruna Miller got another boost Thursday for her 6th District Congressional campaign when the National Education Association's political arm announced it was endorsing her. The endorsement also nets Miller (D-Darnestown) the backing of the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA), which counts about 74,000 educators in the state among its members. (Bethesda)

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Rushern Baker pushes for 100 percent clean energy, defends school system CEO

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker unveiled a statewide environmental policy Thursday, saying he would make Maryland the first state to achieve 100 percent clean energy and zero waste if he is elected governor. The announcement was part of a wide-ranging discussion with the Capital Gazette Editorial Board, in which he also defended his embattled school system CEO, Kevin Maxwell. (Capital)

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