Lawsuit Promised To Challenge Md. General Assembly-Approved Congressional Maps

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“Aggressive legal action” is being planned against a Congressional redistricting map passed by the Maryland General Assembly. Fair Maps Maryland describes itself as a nonpartisan grass roots organization. Spokesman Doug Mayer said the General Assembly ignored the will of the overwhelming majority of Marylanders and is violating state and federal law. The maps have also…

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Questions Arise About Public Comment Ahead Of Md. Special Session On Redistricting

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Marylanders have the opportunity to testify during a General Assembly special session next week, but one group says the process of submitting comment is not very inviting. Governor Larry Hogan Thursday encouraged support for the fair maps┬áhe has transmitted to the Maryland General Assembly on behalf of the┬áMaryland Citizens Redistricting Commission. ÔÇťGerrymandering has rightly been…

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Md. Addresses Concern About Omicron COVID-19 Variant

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With growing concern about the Omicron Variant, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said Monday that the state’s COVID-19 Response Team is monitoring the situation. “While there is still much unknown about the Omicron variant and how it will spread, the most important thing Marylanders can do right now is to get vaccinated or get a booster…

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Md. Legislative Redistricting Panel Approves Congressional Map Proposal Redrawing 1st District

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The Maryland Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission has selected a proposed map of congressional districts for the 2022 elections, just over two weeks before a special session of the General Assembly. The panel Tuesday voted along party lines in favor of one of four maps that were released last week. The First District, currently Represented by…

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Thousands Turn Out For 50th Waterfowl Festival In Talbot Co.

Governor Larry Hogan examines some of the artwork at the 50th Waterfowl Festival in Easton Sunday (photo courtesy of Governor Larry Hogan's office)
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Big crowds came out Sunday for the 50th Waterfowl Festival in Easton, a showcase of wildlife art which also included a sportsman’s expo. A nonprofit organization presents the annual festival as it continues to advocate for protecting the wildlife and habitat of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Games and contests for kids included the kids’ fly fishing…

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Md. Legislative Commission Releases Draft Congressional Maps

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A set of four draft maps of congressional districts has been released by the Maryland Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission. The panel was appointed by Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne Jones. Two draft maps reportedly redraw the First District to include portions of Anne Arundel County, across Chesapeake Bay from its current boundary.…

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Md. Rolls Out Program To Offer COVID-19 Vaccinations To Children

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About 515,000 more children in Maryland are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Governor Larry Hogan said Wednesday that schools, health departments, pediatricians and pharmacies will receive allocations of the Pfizer vaccine for children. The state’s vaccine equity task force will work to ensure that families in underserved communities will have access to the…

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Md. Citizens Redistricting Panel To Vote On Final Maps

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The Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission is getting set for its final meeting, at which it’s expected to vote on proposed maps of congressional and legislative districts. The commission said more than 4,100 people took part in one of its 35 hearings that were held virtually and over social media. Final maps are already available at…

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Del., Md. Advance COVID-19 Vax Booster Programs

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Delaware and Maryland providers of COVID-19 vaccines can start providing booster shots for vaccines made by Moderna and Johnson and Johnson, to certain populations that have been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. The Pfizer vaccine received booster authorization last month. Delaware Public Health officials issued this guidance Friday: Based on CDC recommendations for…

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Hogan: Keep Comments Coming On Redistricting

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Marylanders are being encouraged to comment on draft maps of legislative and congressional districts produced by the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission. Governor Larry Hogan said Wednesday that final map recommendations can be expected from the commission by early November. Hogan appointed members to the Citizens Commission in an effort to reduce the influence of politics…

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Longtime Md. State Treasurer Nancy Kopp To Step Down

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Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp plans to step down at the end of the year, nearly two decades after she was first elected. Kopp informed members of the General Assembly of her decision in a letter sent Monday. The Senate President and House Speaker under Maryland state law will appoint a committee to review candidates…

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Maj. Gen. Linda Singh Honored In Md.

A painting of Md. National Guard Maj. Gen. Linda Singh was unveiled over the weekend (photo courtesy of the office of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan)
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The Maryland National Guard Freedom Readiness Center will get a new name, under a proposal to be introduced by Governor Larry Hogan to the Board of Public Works. Hogan said over the weekend that he will seek to name the Sykesville facility in recognition of Major General Linda Singh, the first African-American and the first…

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Caroline County’s Crystal Steel Partners With ├śrsted To Build Turbine Parts

├śrsted and Crystal Steel of Federalsburg announced a partnership Thursday (photo courtesy of Md. Gov. Larry Hogan's Office)
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├śrsted and Crystal Steel of Federalsburg will be partners in Maryland’s first offshore wind steel fabrication center. A plan was announced Thursday for Crystal Steel to build wind turbine foundations for ├śrsted. The deal is worth $72-million, and Crystal Steel’s workforce would grow by about 30-percent. “The entire mission of my administration has been to…

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Gov. Hogan Announces Major Laptop Contribution To Eastern Shore Nonprofits

Governor Larry Hogan visited Crisfield Wednesday to announce a donation of laptop computers for Eastern Shore nonprofits (photo courtesy of Governor Larry Hogan's office)
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More than 200 laptops have been contributed to 11 local nonprofit organizations on the Maryland Eastern Shore. Governor Larry Hogan made the announcement Wednesday in Crisfield before the J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake. The Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, Department of General Services and non-profit PC’s for People made the contribution possible. ÔÇťThe…

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Md. Looks To Fill School Bus Driver Vacancies

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Maryland is trying to get more school bus drivers tested, credentialed, hired and on the roads. Governor Larry Hogan said Friday he is directing the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration to take steps to work with school systems to streamline the process. Saturday September 25th, several MVA branches including Easton will host Bus…

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Md. Accepts Applications For Project Restore Grants

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Governor Larry Hogan announced Thursday that Project Restore, the State of MarylandÔÇÖs $25 million economic recovery initiative to revitalize vacant retail and commercial spaces across the state, is now accepting applications. Applicants can apply on the Project Restore website now through Friday, Oct. 8 at 5 p.m. The application portal may close sooner if grant…

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