Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan may vote for Biden

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is leaving open the possibility of crossing party lines this November to vote for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden over President Trump. "Like everybody else, I get to go into the voting booth and pull the lever for the person that I think is going to do the best job. And we’re going to figure that out in the next 100 days," the Republican chief executive said Monday in an interview with conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt. "I’m going to try to make that decision like everybody else in America." (Wash Examiner)

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A second $1,200 stimulus check is likely, but the IRS still hasn’t ironed out all the glitches from the first one

As Congress debates sending another round of stimulus payments to struggling Americans, let’s hope the distribution will be better the second time around. The initial rollout of stimulus money resulted in a number of glitches, including payments sent to dead people and wealthy foreign nationals not living in the United States. People thought debit cards loaded with stimulus money that arrived in the mail were a scam and tossed them, forcing the Treasury to send out letters explaining how to get a replacement card. (Wash Post)

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Lawmakers more responsive to working class in districts with strong unions, data show

It’s a truism of modern politics that Congress is not particularly responsive to the needs of its middle- and working-class constituents.The drivers of that dysfunction are legion, including partisan gridlock, electoral gamesmanship and even the structural elements of American democracy itself. But new research points to an overlooked reason Congress is often seen as out of touch with the needs of the non-wealthy: the decline of union membership. (Wash Post)

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As Congress fights, analysts warn economy needs help now

As Congress and the White House resume their efforts to agree on a new economic aid package, evidence is growing that the U.S. economy is faltering. And so is concern that the government may not take the steps needed to support hiring and growth. “We’re in a pretty fragile state again," warned Nancy Vanden Houten, lead economist at Oxford Economics, a consulting firm. “The economy needs another shot in the arm.” (AP/Times-News)

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John Lewis makes final journey across Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma

Fifty-five years ago, Alabama state troopers beat John Lewis and hundreds of protesters as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge. On Sunday, troopers saluted the late civil rights leader after he made his final journey across the span. The body of the 17-term congressman was carried on a horse-drawn caisson from Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church to the bridge, where rose petals had been scattered. (Wash Post)

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Maryland’s Republican senators back Gov. Larry Hogan on refusal to close businesses, attribute coronavirus spike to protests

The Maryland Senate Republican Caucus has thrown its support behind Gov. Larry Hogan’s refusal to reenact statewide restrictions on businesses, issuing a letter to him that claims Democratic officials are “scapegoating” businesses and casts blame for rising rates of COVID-19 positivity on young people who attended protests. (Aegis)

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Md. Joins Suit Seeking to Block Trump’s Latest Census Maneuver

Earlier this week, when the Trump administration announced it would not count undocumented immigrants for the purposes of congressional reapportionment following completion of 2020 U.S. Census, Del. Jheanelle Wilkins (D-Montgomery), who has worked to maximize the Census count in Maryland, expressed confidence that the measure would not hold up in court. (Md Matters)

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Hogan Opens Rent Relief Program as Protesters in Annapolis Demand More

Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) opened applications Friday for $10 million in relief funding for Marylanders living in state-financed rental units. The state’s “Assisted Housing Relief Program” will offer four-month rent rebate vouchers for residents living in rental units in multifamily projects financed by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development using state funds or federal resources, according to a news release. (Md Matters)

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