Hogan Directs Maryland Elections Board To Open All Polling Places For 2020 General Election, Send All Voters Absentee Ballot Applications

Gov. Larry Hogan is directing the State Board of Elections to keep all polling places open for the general election in November despite the coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to the board’s chairman on Wednesday, Hogan also called on the state to send out absentee ballot application requests to all eligible voters and make every effort to promote absentee and early voting as well as voting during off-peak hours. (WJZ)

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Baltimore activists are still protesting police brutality, but they’ve refined their strategy to minimize violence

The injustices that fueled Baltimore’s unrest five years ago still exist, activists said during recent weeks of demonstrations, as do instances of police brutality and misconduct. But while much of the nation protested in ways that sometimes ended in violent clashes, Baltimore marchers kept violence and conflict to a minimum while still making sure their message was heard loudly and clearly. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland Gov. Hogan: ‘Time is probably right’ to retire name of Washington football team

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is jumping on board the movement to rename Washington’s professional football team — even though he previously supported keeping the “Redskins” name. “I think the time is probably right,” Hogan said Wednesday morning on the “Today” show on NBC. “I’m glad they’re having the discussion. I believe the name will be changed.” (Balt Sun)

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Annapolis delegate makes pitch to congressional delegation for federal anti-racism legislation

Annapolis’ Del. Shaneka Henson wants racism to be recognized as a public health barrier and is pleading with Congress to implement more supports for her constituents and all Black Americans. The effort she says will rehabilitate the impacts of racism includes making Social Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance available to African Americans regardless of age, disability or impairment, because, she said, “racial discrimination must be acknowledged for what it is – disabling.” (Cap Gazette)

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Maryland’s elected officials urge the state’s uninsured to take advantage of extended open enrollment period

Members of Maryland’s congressional delegation teamed up with state lawmakers and local officials on Wednesday to urge Marylanders that do not have health insurance to take advantage of the state’s extended open enrollment period which ends on July 15. Those who are interested in signing up for coverage can do so on the state’s health care exchange, (Md Reporter)

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Hogan eyes White House in 2024, not interested in Senate

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is weighing a bid for the presidency in 2024, embarking on a virtual book tour this month that will continue to elevate his national profile in Republican circles. Hogan, now in his second term, emerged this spring as a leading Republican voice for an aggressive response to the coronavirus pandemic. He delayed publication of his previously drafted memoir, “Still Standing,” by nearly two months because of the virus and added a section about dealing with the health emergency. (Wash Post)


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Maryland gets $45k to stop drug-impaired driving

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Association (MDOT MVA) has been awarded a grant aimed at reducing drug-impaired driving in the state. The nearly $45,000 grant — awarded by the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) in partnership with Responsibility.org — will be used to better prepare state law enforcement to recognize and respond to the signs of drug-impaired driving. (WTOP)

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Republican Delegate Seeks Stiffer Penalties For Defacing, Destroying Monuments

A Baltimore County Republican announced Tuesday he has pre-filed a bill that would institute harsher penalties for damaging a monument, memorial or statue. Del. Nino Mangione's draft legislation would call for six months to 10 years in prison and/or hundreds of dollars in fines for destroying, damaging, vandalizing or desecrating a monument, memorial or statue of historical significance anywhere in the state. (WBAL)

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