Headlines from HJM: February 5, 2020

Baltimore Convention Center expansion plans scaled back amid financial hurdles

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
Plans for an upgrade to the Baltimore Convention Center are headed back to the drawing board after officials discovered an expansion would cost more than $1.5 billion to complete as envisioned.
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How Kweisi Mfume steamrolled the opposition

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
Former congressman wins 43% of the vote in the special 7th District Democratic primary. Jill Carter supporters in shock.
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Six lessons from Maryland’s 7th Congressional District special primary election

Publisher Name : Baltimore Sun
Kweisi Mfume, a former U.S. congressman and NAACP leader, and Kimberly Klacik, who sparked President Donald Trump’s tweets vilifying Baltimore last summer, were the respective winners in the Democratic and Republican special primary elections Tuesday to replace Rep. Elijah Cummings, who died in October.
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What happens next in the 7th District race? Democratic candidates vow a rematch against Kweisi Mfume.

Publisher Name : Baltimore Sun
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings speaks after losing the special primary election for the 7th District seat. She will continue to campaign for the April election.
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Democrats offer their anti-crime plans on eve of Hogan speech

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
House and Senate Democrats Tuesday, in advance Gov. Larry Hogan’s State of the State address, rolled out nearly a half dozen legislative proposals they said will drive down violent crime across the state.
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Preakness bill reveals last-minute fixes, new provisions

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Backers of a proposal to secure the Preakness Stakes’ future in Baltimore and build a year-round horse racing venue at Laurel Park were altering the bill until just before it was introduced.
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Comeback Kid

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Former Rep. Kweisi Mfume (D) addresses an enthusiastic crowd Tuesday night after declaring victory in a special Democratic congressional primary. He's almost certainly returning to Congress.
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Officials to Road-Test Same-Day Registration During Special Congressional Primary

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Tuesday’s special primaries to select nominees to replace the late Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) have several unique features, but most noteworthy is the fact that this will be the first test of the state’s new Election Day voter registration law.
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Race Track Bill Eyes Gaming Proceeds, Not Education Funds

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Sensitive to the backlash that could occur if tax revenues were used to prop up a distressed industry, backers of a measure to finance horse track improvements in Maryland have opted to use gaming proceeds — and not the state’s general fund.
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Redskins Pledge to Partner With Minority-Owned Firm to Run Sports Betting at Stadium

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
As Maryland lawmakers move closer to legalizing sports betting in the state, a representative for the Washington Redskins, which is shopping for a new stadium somewhere in the region, pledged Tuesday that the team would partner with a minority-owned operator if it is granted permission to have a sports gaming operation at FedEx Field.
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