County Executive urges residents to ask for mail-in ballots now, no need to wait for state to send request form

Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks is urging residents to request mail-in ballots now and will invest $2 million to address a drop in child care availability caused by the pandemic, as county officials keep an eye on an increase in hospitalizations and new cases of coronavirus. County Health Officer Ernest Carter said they have been seeing the number of new COVID cases in the county increase since July 4. (Balt Sun)

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Trump’s pitch to delay election is ‘absurd,’ suggests he could try to hold job if he loses, Maryland Dems say

President Donald Trump’s pitch to delay the Nov. 3 presidential election “reeks of desperation” and is an ill-conceived attempt to smear the sort of mail-in voting that Maryland employed in its June primary, Democratic members of the state’s congressional delegation said Thursday. Trump should “cease his attempts to delegitimize mailed ballots and stop sowing discord over the integrity of our elections,” said Rep. John Sarbanes, a Baltimore County Democrat. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland State Sen. Andrew Serafini Resigns From Office

State Senator Andrew Serafini is resigning effective August 1, the state’s Senate Republican Caucus announced Thursday. Serafini, 58, took office in 2015, representing District 2 in Washington County. Prior to that, he served in the House of Delegates from 2008 to 2015. In a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan, Serafini wrote that “after much prayer and contemplation, it has become clear to me that it is time to resign from the Senate of Maryland.” He also thanked Hogan for his “service, leadership and wisdom in guiding our State through such trying and challenging times.” (WJZ)

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People ‘Trying To Find Loopholes’ To Avoid Wearing Masks, Face Coverings, Baltimore Officials Say

Baltimore city leaders continue to urge people to wear masks amid the coronavirus pandemic. At a news conference Thursday, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said city residents need to commit to wearing face coverings “instead of trying to find loopholes.” “I keep seeing people complaining about masks and asking for exceptions to be made,” Young said. “Let me be clear: COVID is not making exceptions.” (WJZ)

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Former Presidential Candidate Herman Cain Dies From Coronavirus At Age 74

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has died from coronavirus, according to a post on his website. The businessman and right-wing media personality was 74 years old. "Herman Cain – our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us — has passed away," Dan Calabrese, the editor for Cain's website, wrote in a post on Thursday morning. (CBS)

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For November election, Carroll County officials plan to cut voting centers by about half

Under election officials’ current plan, Carroll County voters will have less than half the typical number of polling places when they go to cast their ballots in November. The five-member Carroll County Board of Elections unanimously voted Wednesday to consolidate polling places from 36 to 17 for the Nov. 3 election, according to Paula Troxell, deputy election director. “We’re doing the best to carry out the orders we’ve been given,” she said. (Balt Sun)

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Sen. McCray: If Congress does not pass the stimulus Maryland could be forced to make budget cuts

If Congress cannot come to an agreement on the $1 trillion coronavirus stimulus package they considering than Maryland lawmakers may be forced to consider making cuts to the state budget, according to a member of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. Negotiations on Capitol Hill over the legislation have stalled. One of main areas of contention is a proposal by Senate Republicans to reduce the enhanced unemployments benefits many Americans have been receiving since the beginning of the pandemic from an extra $600 a week to an extra $200 a week. Democrats have said the proposal is a non-starter. (MD Reporter)

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Maryland’s Reopening ‘Paused’ Due To Latest Increases In COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations, Hogan Says

Further reopening plans for Maryland amid the coronavirus are “paused” in place, Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday. The governor made the comments at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. Maryland will not move into the third phase of the Roadmap to Recovery plan “until it is safe, prudent and thoroughly backed by the data and medical science,” Hogan said. (WJZ-TV)

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