Current Maryland voting plan ‘dangerous mistake’; coalition calls for vote by mail

A coalition of health experts and civic organizations is calling on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to pivot from an in-person election to a vote-by-mail process for the general election in November. Joanne Antoine, executive director of Common Cause Maryland, said the coalition members of “Everyone Votes Maryland” feel the coronavirus pandemic poses serious obstacles for the upcoming election. (WTOP)

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Glenn Sentenced to Two Years for Accepting Bribes

Former state Del. Cheryl D. Glenn and her lawyer told a U.S. District Court judge on Wednesday that she accepted bribes from two businessmen and an “associate” not out of a thirst for the trappings of luxury, but because she needed money to fix a leaky roof on a modest home, dig out of debt and pay her mounting medical bills. (Md Matters)


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Advocates Urge Gov. Hogan To Adjust Plan For In-Person Polling Centers Ahead Of General Election

A panel of agency leaders and state organizations is continuing to call on Gov. Larry Hogan to implement mail-in ballots instead of in-person polling places for the general election in November. The push comes as more polling places in the state opt out of hosting voters due in part to a lack of staff. The Maryland Association of Election Officials held a teleconference Wednesday, during which they urged Gov. Hogan to backtrack on a plan that would keep all polling places open. (WJZ-TV)

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Montgomery County Council approves measures on housing, health and voting by mail

The Montgomery County Council held a marathon legislative day Tuesday with action on more than 19 items, including a plan for the Maryland county to pump funding into a health initiative aimed at tackling the spread of COVID-19 and calling for a vote-by-mail election in November. The council approved $72 million in cuts to the fiscal year 2021 budget, part of the impact of the financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. (WTOP)

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Howard voters to see referendum questions in November on redistricting commission, discrimination, citizen boards

Howard voters will see three county referendum questions on their ballots for the general election in November. Earlier this month, the County Council approved two ballot questions, rejected eight and tabled two. In its last legislative vote of the session Wednesday, the council revisited the two tabled questions and approved adding a third to the ballot. (Balt Sun)

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Montgomery Chief Administrative Officer Andrew Kleine fined for ethics violation, but officials want more action

Montgomery County lawmakers are calling for greater disciplinary action against Chief Administrative Officer Andrew Kleine, who earlier this month admitted to violating an ethics law by using public dollars to promote a book he wrote and maintaining business relationships with two companies that landed county contracts shortly after he took his job. (Wash Post)

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Public Health Chief Retiring in Midst of Pandemic; Hogan Tightens Rules on Masks

Fran Phillips, state government’s top public health officer, who has helped lead Maryland’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, announced Wednesday that she is retiring. In her 33-year public health career, Phillips has moved back and forth between the Anne Arundel County Health Department and the state’s Department of Health and tackled epidemics like SARS in 2003 and H1NI1 “swine flu” in 2009. (Md Matters)

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Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh Calls For Extension Of Executive Orders Preventing Evictions

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is asking Gov. Larry Hogan to extend several executive orders to help keep people in their homes amid the coronavirus pandemic. Among the protection orders they want to expand further are eviction, debt collection and utilities. The COVID Task Force for Justice says it’s critical to extend the orders since so many people are without work due to the pandemic. (WJZ-TV)

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