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State prosecutor calls $100,000 loan to Pugh campaign 'unlawful'

The Maryland State Prosecutor is accusing a political slate funded by former Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. of making an "unlawful" loan to Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh during her primary campaign.

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As women march in D.C., Cardin co-sponsors new Equal Rights Amendment

As women and their supporters marched in Washington and cities around the world Saturday, Sen. Ben Cardin joined with Senate Democrats to reintroduce the Equal Rights Amendment.

“Many Americans would be shocked to find out that the U.S. Constitution still lacks a provision ensuring gender equality,” the Maryland Democrat said in a statement.

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Maryland General Assembly ethics committee hires special counsel to review Morhaim's cannabis work

The General Assembly ethics committee that's investigating Del. Dan K. Morhaim's work with a medical cannabis company has hired a lawyer to assist with the review.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, who on Friday disclosed the hiring of the special counsel, said the action underscores the serious nature of the investigation.

"It's very, very unusual," Miller said.

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Baltimore lawmakers vow 'any means necessary' to regain state funding

Infuriated Baltimore state lawmakers vowed Thursday to reverse Gov. Larry Hogan's budget cuts that revoked money for programs passed last year to help the city's poorest residents.

"This is a watershed moment," said Sen. Bill Ferguson, a Democrat on the Budget and Taxation Committee. "We are prepared to take any means necessary."

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Hogan proposes Maryland government ethics reforms

Following allegations of ethical lapses by state lawmakers, Gov. Larry Hogan proposed a broad package of reforms Thursday, saying, "We cannot allow a culture of corruption to take root."

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In Baltimore County executive race, Democrats raise big money

Three Democrats who may vie to replace Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in 2018 have combined to raise more than $1.2 million in the past year, according to new campaign finance reports.

County Councilwoman Vicki Almond raised $244,000 to bring her available cash to more than $483,000, the most of any candidate who has said they're considering a run for county executive in 2018.


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