Prince George’s County exec says Gov. Hogan mocked her residents in letter accusing county of voter suppression

Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks is criticizing Gov. Larry Hogan’s assertion this week that county officials are attempting to disenfranchise and suppress the vote of Maryland’s minority residents, accusing the governor of mocking the residents of her county for their concerns about COVID-19. In a statement issued late Wednesday, Alsobrooks said Hogan’s “disingenuous assertion” that the county’s election plan for November was an attempt to stop voters from participating in the election “flies in the face of the facts, and he knows it.” (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore City Council overrides mayor’s veto of charter amendment creating city administrator

The Baltimore City Council unanimously voted Thursday to override Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s veto of a charter amendment that would create a city administrator position to oversee day-to-day operations. The proposed charter amendment became a sticking point between the outgoing mayor and his likely replacement, City Council President Brandon Scott, who defeated Young in June’s Democratic primary. (Balt Sun)

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On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, a county school superintendent is under fire for supporting Black Lives Matter

An email message that Andrea Kane, the superintendent of schools in Queen Anne’s County, sent to parents at the end of the 2019-2020 school year started out unremarkably, listing achievements for the year and the dates of coming events. Then it pivoted into less familiar terrain, at least on Maryland’s largely conservative Eastern Shore. Kane called for more and better dialogue on racism in the county and voiced support for Black Lives Matter. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Baltimore Police ask legislature to help bring about police reform, more accountability in the wake of George Floyd

Baltimore Police leaders, citing the death of George Floyd that sparked protests across Maryland and the country, are joining a chorus of voices lobbying for substantial changes in how police officers in Maryland are investigated and held accountable for misconduct. Baltimore’s leadership is asking lawmakers to change the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights, a decades-old law that grants Maryland police officers the right to due process and protects them against unnecessary investigation or prosecution. (Balt Sun)

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Gov. Larry Hogan warns Maryland State Board of Elections against ‘wholesale’ closures of polling places

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has warned the State Board of Elections against the “wholesale” closure of polling places across the state to accommodate an election judge shortage. In a letter delivered on the eve of the board’s Friday meeting when it is slated to consider nearly a dozen proposals to consolidate poll locations, Hogan said he would not interfere with the board’s authority to make such decisions, but he cautioned that large-scale consolidations could disenfranchise voters. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland elections officials poised to offer new November election format to governor as time runs short

The Maryland Board of Elections considered a recommendation that would again change the format of the November election, but ultimately delayed a final decision — days after being chastised by the governor for “two months of delay and deflection.” The board was scheduled to consider nearly a dozen proposals from local election boards Wednesday for the consolidation of polling places as a result of a statewide election judge shortage in the midst of a pandemic. (Balt Sun)

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Trump issues executive orders against TikTok and WeChat, citing national security concerns

President Trump issued two executive orders late Thursday against China-based TikTok and messaging app WeChat, citing national security concerns in a sweeping order that could prevent the companies from doing most business in the United States. The orders take effect in 45 days and prohibit any U.S. company or person from transacting with ByteDance, TikTok’s Chinese parent company, or WeChat. While the nature of the banned transactions are not specific, it may mean the companies would not be able to appear on Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play Store in the United States. It also could make it illegal for U.S. companies to purchase advertising on TikTok. (Wash Post)

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Franchot renews call for state to provide $500M in relief to small businesses

Comptroller Peter Franchot called on Gov. Larry Hogan to spend $500 million from the state's rainy day fund to provide grants to small businesses impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, saying they "need more than rhetoric." Under Franchot's plan, the state would distribute $500 million from its rainy day fund to small businesses in the form of $10,000 grants that could be used to help cover operating costs. The state would partner with local chambers of commerce and the Maryland Retailers Association to vet applications. (Balt Bus Journal)

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