Frosh, brushing off GOP critics, says anti-Trump suits protect Marylanders

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Wednesday defended as apolitical efforts to protect Marylanders his office’s legal challenges to President Trump’s restrictions on immigration from majority-Muslim countries, the marketing of the president’s Washington hotel and his administration’s rollback of regulations designed to protect the environment. (Daily Record)

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Maryland early voting eclipses 2014 turnout but many doubt it signals a 'blue wave'

Marylanders have cast early primary votes at a record clip so far this year. Three times as many Democrats as Republicans have turned out. Democrats see the increase as a sign of blue wave of opposition to President Donald Trump that they hope will defeat Gov. Larry Hogan and sweep the country in November. “Democrats are energized and they’re ready to send a message,” said Fabion Seaton, a spokesman for the Maryland Democratic Party. But analysts warn that predictions based on early voting patterns are fraught with risk. After all, if early voting reliably predicted final results, Anthony G. Brown would be governor, and Hillary Clinton would be president. (Balt. Sun)

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Jealous-Baker fight in Maryland exposes divisions over how Democrats can win

Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous has assembled a well-funded, left-wing coalition in hopes of becoming that rare Democratic insurgent who defeats an establishment-backed party rival, top state politicians and independent analysts say. The battle between Jealous, a first-time candidate, and Rushern L. Baker III, the two-term Prince George’s county executive, mirrors a national pattern: Activists inspired by the 2016 presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — and frustrated by recent Republican victories — are confronting more traditional candidates closer to the mold of Hillary Clinton, the party’s 2016 presidential nominee. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland Gov. Hogan, possible Democratic rivals expand voter outreach with technology

To get out the vote, Gov. Larry Hogan is getting into voters’ devices. The Republican governor — who effectively used Facebook to help him win the 2014 election — is now gaining traction with digital-savvy supporters through a new venue: a mobile app that rewards them for their mobilizing efforts. And two Democratic gubernatorial candidates hoping to challenge Hogan in November have been using some of the latest technology to help them expand their reach beyond physical glad-handing, phone-banking and median-waving. (Balt. Sun)

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California Sen. Kamala Harris set to stump for Ben Jealous in Prince George's County

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, a rising star in national Democratic politics, is scheduled to join Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous for a rally in Prince George’s County Wednesday evening. The California lawmaker, who was elected in 2016, is one of several stalwarts of the Democratic Party’s progressive wing who have appeared in Maryland to support Jealous’ bid to win the June 26 primary election against a crowded field of Democrats seeking to challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. Harris will join the former NAACP president in Langley Park for what is billed as an “early vote rally” that will also be a protest of President Donald J. Trump’s immigration policies. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland government retirees in an uproar over looming change to prescription drug coverage

Maryland government retirees are in an uproar over changes coming to their prescription drug coverage after receiving letters from the Hogan Administration that some say are politically charged. The Maryland Department of Budget and Management started sending letters to retirees last month to explain that their drug coverage shifts from a state plan to a federal Medicare Part D plan on Jan. 1. The letter blamed the General Assembly and the administration of former Gov. Martin O’Malley for the switch and some criticized Hogan for politicizing it as he seeks re-election. (Balt. Sun)

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Del. Mary Washington questions pace of investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Curt Anderson

Baltimore Del. Mary L. Washington on Wednesday questioned the pace of the ethics investigation into Del. Curt Anderson’s alleged sexual misconduct and challenged legislative leaders to explain why they kept the inquiry quiet for so long. Washington, who represents North Baltimore’s 43rd District alongside Anderson, wrote in a letter delivered Wednesday to top General Assembly leaders that their constituents were surprised to learn of the allegations published in The Baltimore Sun on Friday — and that an ethics inquiry had been underway for at least nine weeks. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore state's attorney candidate Thiru Vignarajah launches $200K radio, TV ad push

After sitting on his campaign cash for weeks, Baltimore State’s Attorney candidate Thiru Vignarajah on Wednesday launched a $200,000 ad buy for the final week before the June 26 Democratic primary election. Vignarajah announced he had spent $50,000 on two new radio spots and $150,000 on a network and cable television ad. In the TV campaign ad, titled “Enough is Enough,” Vignarajah offers up his own entry into the growing list of superlatives from state’s attorney candidates. “I’m the only candidate who’s tried tough cases and never lost at trial,” he says in the ad. (Balt. Sun)

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