Headlines from HJM: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Lawmakers, Veterans Affairs Secretary Distribute Toiletries at Veterans’ Home

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Top Maryland officials turned up at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in St. Mary’s County Monday to distribute toiletries and other sundries to the assisted living facility’s hundreds of residents.
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Maryland’s Mfume to be sworn in to Congress

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Maryland Democrat Kweisi Mfume is scheduled to be sworn into Congress after winning a special election to finish the term of the late Elijah Cummings.
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Opinion: Two Views on the Baltimore Mayoral Race

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
There are times when a city like Baltimore can afford to experiment with a new face in City Hall.
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Comptroller Joan Pratt faces first strong challenge in her political life

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
The six-term incumbent has spent next to nothing on running for office in the past. But in recent months, she’s used more than $100,000 to do battle against Councilman Bill Henry.
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Courts and COVID-19: Oaks Seeks Release, Glenn Sentencing Postponed

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Former state Sen. Nathaniel Oaks (D-Baltimore City) on Monday petitioned a federal judge for compassionate release from his 42-month prison sentence, citing the novel coronavirus.
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Hogan’s fiercest foes on pandemic policies — fellow Republicans

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Gov. Larry Hogan is under fire from some fellow Republicans who claim the governor is overstepping his bounds when it comes to executive orders imposed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
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Parrott, others file lawsuit over Hogan orders

Publisher Name : Herald Mail Media
Del. Neil Parrott is continuing to take issue with Gov. Larry Hogan's stay-at-home order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, saying he is worried how such actions by the executive branch could set a precedent in state government.
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After Maryland contract canceled, state lawmakers call for more oversight of emergency pandemic spending

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
After Maryland officials terminated a contract with a politically connected firm, lawmakers are calling for greater oversight of the millions of dollars the Hogan administration is awarding to companies through emergency purchases during the pandemic.
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Maryland businesses slated to receive $3.2B so far in second round of PPP

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
Maryland businesses will receive at least $3.2 billion in loans from the second round of the federal government's Paycheck Protection Program, with more than half of the funding now depleted.
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Logistical challenges mean nursing home residents and staff aren’t getting widely tested for the coronavirus yet

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Five days after Gov. Larry Hogan announced expanded coronavirus testing and other resources for Maryland nursing homes, the facilities are still waiting for the help.
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Here's how much Bank of America, Chase have loaned to Maryland businesses through PPP

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
More than half of the funding for the second round of the federal government's Paycheck Protection Program has been depleted and the rest could be gone by the end of the week.
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Dentists in the DMV: Virginia offices reopen, but restrictions remain in Maryland and DC

Publisher Name : WJLA News
It's official: dentist offices in Virginia are back open for non-emergency visits. The change comes after Governor Ralph Northam said that aggressive social distancing measures helped the Commonwealth avoid a surge in coronavirus cases that could have overwhelmed its hospital system.
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