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Maryland analysts: Single-payer health care, proposed by Jealous, could cost state $24 billion a year

State-sponsored health insurance for all Marylanders such as the single-payer plan proposed by Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ben Jealous could cost $24 billion a year, forcing lawmakers to significantly raise taxes, according to a nonpartisan analysis.

Such a cost would increase the state’s $44 billion operating budget by more than half.

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State investigates Russian investor's ties to Maryland elections software

Maryland officials are investigating a Russian investor’s ties to a local software vendor that maintains part of the State Board of Elections’ voter registration system, legislative leaders said Friday.

At a hastily called news conference, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch said the FBI informed them and Gov.

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Russian hacking indictment includes Twitter account @BaltimoreIsWhr

The federal indictment charging 12 Russian agents on Friday with hacking Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign includes an allegation that a Twitter account, @BaltimoreIsWhr, to invite people to join a “flash mob” and to post images using the hashtag “#BlacksAgainstHillary.”

It is the latest revelation of how social media was used locally and nationally in an attempt to influence the election.

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Thousands of Maryland voters may have skipped primary because of MVA election error

Thousands of Marylanders may have skipped voting in the June primary after they were warned at the last minute that they would have to cast provisional ballots because of a computer glitch.

State elections officials told lawmakers at an Annapolis hearing Thursday that turnout among those voters affected by the glitch was less than half that of the electorate as a whole.

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Will Ben Jealous pull Maryland Democrats together or apart?

The day after Ben Jealous won Maryland’s Democratic nomination for governor, he appeared on a left-leaning MSNBC talk show and was asked the question roiling establishment Democrats.

Was he so liberal that he will help a Republican win? Break apart the Democratic Party?

Jealous largely dodged the premise of the question.

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Republican Amie Hoeber and Democrat David Trone to face off for Maryland's only open House seat

Republican Amie Hoeber and Democrat David Trone will face off in November for Maryland’s only open House seat — a race likely to be one of the most expensive in the country.

Both wealthy candidates are making their second runs for Congress in the expensive Washington television market.

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