House Republicans Rally in Support of Police, Blast Democrats Who Call for Defunding

Nearly 100 people gathered outside of the Maryland House of Delegates building in Annapolis Thursday in a call for their representatives to maintain funding and support for state and local law enforcement officers. Hosted by Dels. Sid Saab (R-Anne Arundel) and Haven C. Shoemaker (R-Carroll), Republican lawmakers and police officials showed their support for officers in the field who have faced loud and very public criticism following the death of George Floyd at the feet of Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (Md Matters)

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Del. Chisholm supports decision to let local jurisdictions decide how to reopen schools

Del. Brian Chisholm (R-Anne Arundel) praised Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon’s recent decision to allow local jurisdictions flexibility in deciding how and when they wish to reopen for the upcoming school year. “I welcome anytime you put it back at a local level because the closer you are to the situation the better the decisions you’re gonna make,” Chisholm told MarylandReporter.com in a phone interview on Thursday. (Md. Reporter)

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Commission to Decriminalize Md. Seeks ‘Serious Transformation’ of Justice System

After completing their first six months of work, advocates from the People’s Commission to Decriminalize Maryland on Wednesday announced their intention to combat state and local laws that target marginalized populations. Their eyes are locked on generating policy that’s inclusive for every stakeholder in the criminal justice system. “Everyone who is a member of the commission is someone who has had direct lived experience with the issues that we’re tackling, or they are family members of folks, or they are advocates who have dedicated their lives and their careers to lifting up civil rights and human rights,” said Tara Huffman, the director of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program at Open Society Institute-Baltimore, which is spearheading the campaign. (Md Matters)

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Many people who run Maryland’s polling places are 60-plus. With the coronavirus, they’re scared to work Election Day.

Dorothea Townes always loved going to the polls. As a little girl, she’d join her mother in the voting booth to watch her pull the lever and ensure that her voice was heard. They’d walk out past a group of ladies, smiling from behind a row of tables. It stuck with Townes how welcoming the election judges were as they oversaw a democratic process that Townes had been taught to treasure. “I’ll be back,” she remembers thinking. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby asks Inspector General’s Office to investigate her travel, businesses

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby this week asked the city Inspector General’s Office to investigate her travel and financial disclosures. It’s unusual for an official to seek an investigation of themselves, but the move comes as Mosby weathers criticism of her trips and business arrangements. “The reality is that I have always been transparent and fully disclosed all information in accordance with my ethical obligation,” Mosby said in a letter this week to Inspector General Isabel Mercedes Cumming. (Balt Sun)

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‘I don’t know what they would do if they came,’ Maryland Gov. Hogan says of Trump possibly sending federal officers to Baltimore

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday he doesn’t understand why President Donald Trump would send “more federal law enforcement” officers to Baltimore and that “I don’t know what they would do if they came” since the city’s protests have been largely peaceful. Hogan, a Republican, addressed the issue after Comptroller Peter Franchot expressed concern during a Board of Public Works meeting about camouflaged federal agents — many with no name tags or markings to identify their agency affiliation -- who clashed with demonstrators in Portland, Ore. (Balt Sun)

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Md. Gov. Hogan urged to reconvene General Assembly to deal with pandemic, police reform

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is being urged to reconvene the General Assembly, or be forced to do so by lawmakers, in order for the state to take new action on coronavirus relief and police reforms. The calls are coming from state Del. Julian Ivey, a Democrat who represents part of Prince George’s County. (WTOP)

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‘I want to keep my momma alive': Protesters call on Gov. Hogan to reverse course on in-person election

In the months since the coronavirus pandemic gripped the country, the Rev. Lennox Yearwood has done everything he could to protect his 79-year-old mother against the deadly virus. Grocery trips, doctor’s visits and computer lessons, Yearwood has tried to shield her from potential exposure. But with the Maryland general election just months away, one thing he can’t do for her is vote. (Balt Sun)

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