Maryland congressional races: Meet the incumbents and their challengers

All eight congressional incumbents in Maryland are looking to hang on to their seats for another term, and all eight are expected to pull off reelection on Nov. 3 with little trouble. Still, several challengers have mounted aggressive campaigns despite the long-shot odds. In the 7th District, Kimberly Klacik, a Republican vying for Democratic Rep. Kweisi Mfume’s seat, managed to snag a slot at the Republican National Convention after one of her campaign ads went viral. (Wash Post)

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Regulators Tell Lawmakers of Telehealth Growth, Benefits, Pitfalls

Fewer Marylanders are having virtual appointments with their doctors than during this spring’s peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, but telehealth remains very popular, accounting for the vast majority of all visits, state insurance officials said Thursday. Not only are physicians and patients finding electronic visits more convenient — and in most cases, just as beneficial — as face-to-face encounters, such interactions are helping slow the spread of the coronavirus to medical staff and the general public, by reducing the need for infectious people to travel. (Md Matters)

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Trump caravan in Baltimore County draws flag-waving, honking supporters

They came with their large pickup trucks, cars, and even a trailer with a boat, but no matter what the mode of transportation, the vehicles seemed dwarfed by their dozens of large Trump flags and signs. After saying the Pledge of Allegiance at a noon gathering Sunday at the Eastern Regional Park in Baltimore County, participants jumped into at least 100 cars and drove down Eastern Avenue honking and waving flags along the way to the Boulevard Diner in Dundalk, where President Donald Trump once had a bite to eat in 2016. (Balt Sun)

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House Police Reform Panel Recommends LEOBR Repeal, New Accountability Measures

The House Workgroup to Address Police Accountability in Maryland voted to recommend full repeal of the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights at its final meeting Thursday. “I was on a police reform group 20 years ago and we were not able to repeal [the LEOBR], so the idea that I’m here 20 years later actually getting it done — thank you,” Del. Debra Davis (D-Charles) said to workgroup Chairwoman Vanessa E. Atterbeary (D-Howard) after voting for repeal. (Md Matters)

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Republican’s ads draw Trump’s aid in deep blue Maryland race

The social media savvy of a Republican in a heavily Democratic Maryland district has raised her profile and drawn the support of President Donald Trump. Kimberly Klacik says her social media ads blaming Democrats for Baltimore’s woes helped to secure a speaking role for her at the Republican National Convention in August. Rep. Kweisi Mfume defeated her with 74% of the vote in an April special election. (AP)

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Baltimore Women’s March pushes message of ‘dissent’ ahead of presidential election

In the final days of a historic election season, young women linked arms Saturday with their mothers and matriarchs for the 2020 Women’s March through downtown Baltimore. About 200 people gathered outside the federal courthouse in the 100 block of W. Lombard St. for the event, which has been held annually for about three years. Conceived during the presidency of Republican Donald J. Trump, the progressive grassroots movement has transitioned its battle cry of “resist” in 2017 to “dissent” in 2020 — emphasizing the role of women voters in the Nov. 3 election. (Balt Sun)

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Citing Purple Line woes, Montgomery Co. officials continue skepticism over highway widening

Montgomery County’s top elected officials implored Maryland’s transportation secretary Thursday night to scale back the plan to add four lanes to Interstate 270 and the Capital Beltway — and to adopt a more conservative approach to financing the project. They said the collapse of the Maryland Department of Transportation’s contract to build the Purple Line transit project illustrates the risks of government’s use of “public-private partnerships” on big-ticket projects. (WTOP)

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Maryland’s 4th District: George McDermott runs again for sixth time, challenges Rep. Anthony Brown

Prince George’s native George E. McDermott is making his sixth bid for Congress this fall, challenging Rep. Anthony Brown, the two-term incumbent in Maryland’s 4th District. The two have faced off before — in 2018, Brown received 78% of the vote, defeating McDermott, who received 20%. In 2016, Brown received 74%, and McDermott received 21%. McDermott, 75, of Forest Heights, worked for many years in contracting and development. He is also an advocate for judicial transparency and accountability. (Capital)

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