Headlines from HJM: Monday, January 4, 2021

Lawmakers’ Pre-Session Dash for Cash Now Underway, Via Zoom

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The days leading up to the start of the General Assembly session bring an endless stream of political fundraisers, as lawmakers rush to vacuum up campaign cash before a three-month ban on fundraising takes effect to coincide with the 90-day session ― and interest groups seek to curry favor with the powerbrokers who control legislation.
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While schools have reopened in much of the country, many Maryland students remain online

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
While about half of students in the country will be able to go back to their school buildings this week, those in Central Maryland will remain glued to computer screens in their bedrooms and kitchens with no clear idea of when they might get back to in-person classes.
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Will this be the year of Kirwan 2.0?

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Lawmakers returning to Annapolis in two weeks may undertake a reshuffling of priorities in an education bill vetoed by Gov. Larry Hogan.
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan decries GOP attempts to undermine presidential election results

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Gov. Larry Hogan on Sunday condemned an attempt by Republican senators to overturn the results of November’s presidential election by voting not to certify the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.
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Hough: GOP Agenda for Session Will Focus on Help for Small Businesses, Crime Reduction

Publisher Name : Maryland Reporter
MarylandReporter.com spoke with Senate Minority Whip Michael Hough (R-Frederick and Carroll) on Wednesday evening about his views on a series of police reform bills and his goals for the upcoming legislative session. Hough was elected to his leadership position in October.
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Anne Arundel legislators prefile flurry of bills ahead of 2021 session with focus on racial justice and the pandemic

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Though Anne Arundel County lawmakers are likely to spend significantly less time on the Capitol campus in Annapolis during the General Assembly’s upcoming session due to the coronavirus pandemic, a flurry of prefiled bills suggests they won’t be wasting any time when the bodies convene at noon on Jan. 13.
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Access to education, HBCU funding among higher ed priorities in 2021

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Between unexpected closures, shaky reopenings, salary cuts and more, Maryland universities have taken the force of the coronavirus pandemic head-on.
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As Democratic president arrives, Maryland’s Republican U.S. attorney has a decision to make

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
With the inauguration of a new president on Jan. 20, Maryland’s top federal prosecutor must decide if he will seek to become a political anomaly like his predecessor — a Republican U.S. attorney who stays on in a Democratic administration.
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