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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Survey: Majority in Montgomery County favor wearing mask, large number report seeing incorrect usage

Montgomery County, Maryland, released results of a survey that finds most people support wearing a face covering during the pandemic, but a large portion of respondents said they have seen people wearing them improperly. The survey, which was shared through the county’s social media accounts along, with other applications such as WhatsApp and Nextdoor, found that 91% believe face coverings are “very important” to stop the spread of COVID-19. (WTOP)

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Prince George’s County to inspect school, park fields for COVID-19 compliance

A team of inspectors from Prince George’s County in Maryland will be visiting fields in county schools and parks over the weekend to make sure that people using them are following coronavirus guidelines. County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced Friday that the Ambassador COVID-19 Compliance Team, along with Prince George’s County police, will be checking sports fields owned by the county’s public schools and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to make sure users are not participating in high-contact sports, which are currently prohibited under a county executive order. (WTOP)

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