Headlines from HJM: Monday, August 17, 2020

Pelosi calls House back into session to vote on Postal bill

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling the House back into session over the crisis at the U.S. Postal Service, setting up a political showdown amid growing concerns that the Trump White House is trying to undermine the agency ahead of the election.
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Hogan aide, agency defend severance payout

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
The new chief of staff for Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and an independent state environmental agency are defending a $234,000 payout he received as he left his previous post.
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Md. Democrats Close Their Eyes and Imagine They’re at the Convention

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
In an alternate universe, one not completely upended by COVID-19, the dozens of Maryland delegates to the Democratic National Convention and their families, along with countless Free State politicians, lobbyists and other hangers-on, would be in Milwaukee right now, preparing for the start of the convention on Monday.
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Frank DeFilippo: Hogan Aligns Himself With Trump on Voting By Mail

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
At another time and space, political bosses would welcome inclement weather as nature’s way of tamping down voter turnout. It was called “organization weather.”
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Dems Seeking to Spotlight Postal Service Breakdown in Advance of Election

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Amid growing public alarm over the actions of the United States Postal Service’s new leader, Maryland Democrats moved over the weekend to spotlight how those actions have slowed mail delivery — including the processing of ballots this November.
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AG: General Assembly Faces Legal Risks if it Meets Remotely or Offsite

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The Maryland General Assembly could hold virtual committee hearings with little fear of violating the state’s Constitution, the Attorney General’s office told the legislative leaders on Friday.
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Tawes Crab Feast, Already Delayed, Is Canceled for 2020

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Alas, the Crisfield Chamber of Commerce’s experiment with an autumnal clam bake was not to be.
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Maryland presiding officers call special hearing to look into severance package given to Hogan’s top aide

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
A special joint legislative hearing is being called to examine how and why Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s top aide received a six-figure severance package when he left a quasi-state agency to take a key position in the Hogan administration, the state’s presiding officers announced Friday.
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Young Democrats of Maryland president found dead on Sunday, party says

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
The president of the Young Democrats of Maryland, Joseph Kitchen, was found dead Sunday afternoon after being reported missing for several days, according to Twitter posts from party accounts and his brother.
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The Purple Line has already created value. Don’t blow it up now.

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
The troubled development of Maryland’s Purple Line entered yet another dark period in May, when the construction consortium announced it was stepping away from the project because of disagreements with the state over payment for cost overruns and delays.
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