‘He Was Loved by All’: Friends in Baltimore Mourn Elijah Cummings

A tall man in a winter coat took off his hat and bowed his head just outside the office of Representative Elijah E. Cummings on Thursday. He stood for a minute, eyes closed, then turned and walked away. A bouquet of white tulips lay on the ground near the door. Four musicians from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra came to play some music, including an improvisation of “Amazing Grace,” one of Mr. Cummings’s favorites. (NYT)

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Former State Delegate Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud

A former Maryland state lawmaker has pleaded guilty to illegally using campaign funds for her personal benefit. Tawanna Gaines faces a sentence of up to 20 years, following her plea Thursday to one count of wire fraud. U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang is scheduled to sentence her Jan. 3. Chuang says guidelines call for eight to 33 months in prison, depending on the court's calculation of her criminal history. (WBAL)

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City Civilian Review Board Leaders Press for More Power to Investigate Police

Two leaders of Baltimore’s Civilian Review Board told a state commission investigating police corruption Thursday that changes are needed to create more robust civilian oversight and to avoid Baltimore Police Department influence in internal investigations. “We all know the history of police departments investigating themselves. I think we can all agree that they don’t do the best job,” George Buntin, chairman of the review board, said to the Commission to Restore Trust in Policing in Annapolis on Thursday. (Md. Matters)

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Cummings' Seat To Remain Vacant Until At Least February

A special election will be held to fill the seat held by U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, who died early Thursday from complications of a series of recent health issues. However, the seat will remain empty until at least February. State law gives Gov. Larry Hogan 10 days to issue a proclamation declaring that a special primary election and a special general election will be held to fill the vacancy. (WBAL)

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Eastern Shore Remembers Congressman Elijah Cummings

U.S. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-7) died early this morning at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Born on January 18, 1951, he was 68. Cummings may be most remembered for his work as the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, the main investigative committee in the House of Representatives. Since the Democrats took control of the House in the 2018 mid-term elections, Cummings has been front and center of Trump Administration investigations. (Ches. Spy)

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Governor ‘Taking Action’ On Bridge Nightmare, Including Removing All Toll Booths

A frustrated Gov. Larry Hogan this week expressed anger over the growing “unbearable” traffic back-ups related to the multi-year Bay Bridge re-decking project and vowed to take immediate action to alleviate some of the issues. Earlier this summer, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) announced a major two-year rehabilitation project on the westbound span of the William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge, or simply the Bay Bridge, would begin this fall. (Dispatch)

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House Observes Moment Of Silence For Rep. Elijah Cummings

The House has observed a moment of silence in honor of Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, who died Thursday. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a fellow Maryland Democrat, said Cummings was a quiet man who did not seek the limelight but “was not afraid to step out into the arena and fight hard for the causes in which he believed strongly.” (WJZ-TV)

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Hogan Has Second-Highest Approval Rating Of US Governors, New Poll Finds

Marylanders on both sides of the political aisle seem to like the job Governor Larry Hogan is doing running the state. A new Morning Consult poll shows 70 percent of Marylanders approve of his job performance, making him the second-most popular governor in the country. Hogan’s approval rating is up slightly from last year, when 68 percent of those surveyed approved of his leadership. In early 2017, Hogan’s approval rating was as high as 73 percent, according to Morning Consult. (WJZ)

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