Md. community leaders hold virtual rally calling on Gov. Hogan to release rainy-day funds for coronavirus aid

Maryland leaders are calling on the governor to use rainy-day funds to assist with pandemic relief. Comptroller Peter Franchot said Maryland has the funds to help those struggling with food and rent and that money needs to be made available now. “I’m just kind of at the end of my rope because we thought the feds would come through,” Franchot said. With state and local aid blocked by Congress in the recent stimulus package, community leaders from the Maryland United for COVID Relief NOW Coalition held a virtual rally on Sunday to call on Governor Larry Hogan to release aid from the Rainy Day Fund. (WTOP)

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan faults Trump for Capitol raid, won’t call on Rep. Andy Harris to resign

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Sunday that President Donald Trump bears responsibility for the group of rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol building last week, threatened members of Congress and ransacked the seat of the legislative branch. His words come amid a groundswell of support among Congressional Democrats for a second impeachment. (Balt Sun)

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Advocacy Groups, Political Leaders Ramp up Pressure on Lawmakers, Hogan for More Relief

As Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) prepares to unveil his latest COVID-19 relief package Monday and with the annual General Assembly session set to begin Wednesday, several groups and political leaders are pressuring officials to make robust state funding available to those who have suffered the most during the pandemic. On Sunday, the Maryland United for COVID Relief NOW Coalition, which has been organized by state Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) and Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker (D) held a virtual rally to call on Hogan to use state rainy day funds to assist with pandemic relief. (Md Matters)

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In transformed State House, Md. lawmakers will debate how much pandemic aid — and for whom

A maze of plexiglass booths occupy the floor of the Maryland Senate. The House of Delegates has been cleaved in two, with half of the lawmakers assigned to an annex across the street. The Maryland General Assembly convenes for its 442nd session on Wednesday under unprecedented circumstances, physically distanced because of the coronavirus and facing a complex and wide-ranging set of health, economic and racial crises that the months-long pandemic has laid bare. (Wash Post)

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After ‘traitor’ tweet, Maryland state Del. Cox denounces ‘mob violence’ at Capitol

Following calls for his expulsion from the General Assembly, Del. Daniel L. Cox (R-Frederick) issued a statement Friday denouncing the violent Trump rally that he attended earlier in the week. “I am one of the most pro-life, pro-rule of law legislators in the Maryland General Assembly,” said Cox. “This is why I have never supported, and I also denounce, all mob violence including those who broke into the U.S. Capitol.” (WTOP)

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Mayor Brandon Scott, Nashville Mayor John Cooper Place Friendly Wager On Ravens-Titans Game

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced a friendly wager on the outcome of Sunday’s playoff game between the Ravens and Titans. Mayor Cooper’s wager consists of baked goods from D’Andrews Bakery, hot sauce and merchandise from 400 Degrees Hot Chicken, an assortment of products from Batch Nashville, a T-shirt from Swett’s Restaurant and a postcard from Hatch Show Print. (WJZ-TV)

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Calls for President Trump’s removal grow among Maryland congressional delegation following riot at Capitol

Much of Maryland’s Congressional delegation began pushing for the removal of President Donald Trump from office Thursday, issuing calls for his impeachment or the use of the 25th Amendment in the wake of a violent occupation of the U.S. Capitol that left four people dead. U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Democrat representing Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, led the charge locally for impeachment, retweeting a message Thursday from Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline, announcing they were circulating articles of impeachment along with California Rep. Ted Lieu. (Balt Sun)

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As some Trump supporters stepped back after Capitol violence, Maryland U.S. Rep. Andy Harris stepped up

The wave of Republican lawmakers seeking to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory began to shrink after a mob supporting GOP President Donald Trump violently stormed into the U.S. Capitol in a melee in which four people died. Some Republicans, such as U.S. Sens. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, reversed course. (Balt Sun)

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