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WYE MILLS, Md. (AP) - People attending a town hall meeting by Representative Andy Harris cannot have signs with sticks attached to them, set up tables inside or outside and must not approach anyone to hand them informational handouts, according to a code of conduct issued by the venue.

Harris, the only Republican in Maryland's congressional delegation, will conduct a hour-long town hall Friday at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills.

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BEL AIR, Md. (AP) - Maryland's only congressional Republican is telling constituents that he supports efforts underway in Congress to reform the health care system.

Rep. Andy Harris, a physician who represents Maryland's Eastern Shore and parts of the greater Baltimore region, met Saturday with small groups of constituents during "office hours" in Bel Air.

Harris has not yet held a formal town hall meeting constituents since President Donald Trump took office, though on Friday he announced one scheduled for March 31.

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Some cancer patients and survivors showed up outside the Salisbury office of Representative Andy Harris (R-Md).

Their message: Any changes in the Affordable Care Act must maintain adequate and affordable coverage.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the group chanted, ”Keep us covered. Don’t cut our lifeline.”

Of special concern was keeping the provision that would not allow insurance companies to discriminate on the basis of a pre-existing condition.

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Around 100 people showed up for a town hall on Friday in Salisbury centering on the question of what will become of the Affordable Care Act under the new administration.

The organization Together We Vote Delmarva had invited Eastern Shore congressman Andy Harris to attend.

Michelle Schlehofer with Together We Vote Delmarva which put on the event said they had contacted Harris’ office numerous times asking that he attend.

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EASTON, Md. (AP) - The only Republican in Maryland's Congressional delegation says he will hold an in-person town hall to discuss Congress' plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

First District Rep. Andy Harris' office said in a news release Thursday that the in-person town hall will be held on March 31, when it is expected a new plan will be available by the end of March.

Harris, who conducted a teleconference town hall last week, will hold two more, on Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. and Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.

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BEL AIR, Md. (AP) - Constituents of Maryland's lone Republican in Congress took part in one of several town halls planned to provide information on the future of the Affordable Care Act.

About 180 people attended a town hall Tuesday night at Harford Community College. A spokeswoman for Citizens for Health Care says Rep. Andy Harris was invited to the event, but he did not attend.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - After seeing disruptions at town hall meetings held by his fellow Republicans, Rep. Andy Harris says he's moving to virtual town halls.

The Cockeysville Republican said Tuesday during WBAL-AM's "The C4 Show" that he doesn't put stock in angry crowds at the meetings, blaming an organized group that opposes President Donald Trump and "wants to cause trouble."

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Congressman Andy Harris will probably stay in his current position.

The Eastern Shore Republican told the Salisbury Daily Times that he would probably turn down an offer to head the National Institutes of Health.

The journal Nature reported yesterday that the current NIH director Francis Collins was asked to stay in his job for the time being.

Harris has pushed for reforming NIH as a member of a House Appropriations subcommittee.

He told the paper that he was in a better position get reforms those reforms as a member of congress.

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There is a report that Eastern Shore Congressman Andy Harris is under consideration to head the National Institutes of Health.

CQ Roll Call quoted a statement from one of the Republican’s aides.

In a statement the Maryland congressman said he would be very willing to take a job in the Trump administration including a post at NIH or the Food and Drug Administration.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a spokesperson for his office would only confirm that he is being considered.

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It’s now President-elect Donald Trump who swept to victory with 289 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 218.

But, the states of Maryland, Virginia and Delaware did go blue giving the Democrat their electoral votes.

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Maryland Eastern Shore voters told Delmarva Public Radio’s Savanah Hatch there were mixed feeling:

On the Eastern Shore Trump overwhelmingly carried the three Lower Shore Counties of Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset.

Trump campaigned in Worcester County in April of this year.

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Congressman Andy Harris says that FBI Director James Comey has some explaining to do.

Almost two weeks ago the nation’s top law enforcement official announced the review of emails found on the computer of Anthony Wiener in connection with the investigation into the emails of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Then, just days ago Comey announced that the FBI found nothing that would cause the reopening of the investigation into Clinton.

WBAL reports that the Eastern Shore congressman said he doesn’t know what to make of it.

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Maryland's First Congressional District will see incumbent Republican Andy Harris seek a fourth term in this year's election after being swept into office during the Tea Party wave of 2010. His rival is Harford County Democrat Joe Werner who won a surprising victory over former Salisbury Mayor and now council member Jim Ireton. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with the congressman to talk about the issues and the possibility that Washington could once again see divided government.

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With the general election just days away voters on the Eastern Shore will decide whether they will reelect incumbent Republican congressman Andy Harris or go with his Democratic Challenger Joe Werner. The Democrat won a surprise victory in the primary, but his odds against the incumbent are long. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with the challenger about national issues as well as those facing the First District.

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Tonight Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump will give the police speech of his life as the Republican National Convention comes to a close. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with Eastern Congressman Andy Harris at the convention to talk about what he expects from the party's nominee and the divisions that have appeared within the GOP.

*Our interview with Congressman Andy Harris took place before the address to the convention by Ted Cruz in which the Texas Senator failed to endorse Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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Congressman Andy Harris says he will not only support presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump he will campaign for him.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that during a town hall meeting in Fruitland on Wednesday he told the crowd that he particularly likes Trump’s choices for the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Eastern Shore Republican’s endorsement follows on the heels of a decision by the top GOP official in the state Governor Larry Hogan who said he would not endorse or vote for Trump.

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The voting is over and the presidential front runners came out the winners last night.

Donald Trump swept the primary states while Clinton won four including Maryland and Delaware.

In Maryland Clinton overwhelmed Senator Bernie Sanders 63 percent to 33 percent while Trump trounced his rivals picking up 54 percent of the vote.

In Delaware Clinton beat Sanders by 60 percent to 39 percent while Trump won 61 percent of the vote.

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Jim Ireton made it official kicking off his campaign for Maryland’s First Congressional District in Crisfield this morning.

Fresh off his victory for the Salisbury City election after concluding two terms as the city’s Mayor the Democrat emphasized what he described as the incumbent’s failure to come to the aid of local governments on the Eastern Shore.

"We need a congressman who will go to Washington to make a difference not a point," he declared.

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Senator Chris Coons called for a bipartisan discussion about taking in Syrian refugees.

During an interview with MSNBC the Delaware Democrat said that the discussion should include the refugee screening policy, an exploration of its weakness and the terrorist threats.

In addition, he said, there must be adequate funding and support for vetting them.

Fellow Democrat Congressman John Carney says he wants to suspend taking in Syrian refugees who are of military age.

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We could see one of the more interesting congressional races on Delmarva next year. Mayor Jim Ireton who has just been elected to the Salisbury City Council is contemplating a run against Representative Andy Harris in Maryland's First District. In part 2 of our interview with Ireton we talk with him about the issues and his chances in this conservative district.

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Fresh off his victory in Salisbury’s District 4 municipal election Mayor Jim Ireton appears to be eyeing another political job.

This time it’s a challenge to Representative Andy Harris in the Eastern Shore’s First District.

Just a few hours after winning his election on Tuesday he told WBOC that he might just take a shot at the Maryland Republican.

He told the television station that his voice would best be suited in Washington.

At Harris’s congressional office the reaction was not so subtle.

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A dispute has arisen between Congressman Andy Harris and the Easton facility for Planned Parenthood.

The Eastern Shore Republican claimed that the facility was denying women’s health care by keeping its doors open only two days a week.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the group says that at one time the facility operated part-time.

However, currently it said the site is now open five days a week.

The dispute arose when Harris charged that federal dollars were pay for an empty clinic that does not delivery comprehensive care.

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Pickets showed up at the Easton Planned Parent office in the wake of efforts to defund the organization.

There were nearly 100 who were in front of the facility Saturday afternoon after a number of undercover videos were released involving the use of fetal tissue from abortions.

Congressman Andy Harris joined the protest.

The Eastern Shore Republican told WBOC that he opposes funding the organization because it is receiving money for providing the tissues.

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Eastern Shore Congressman Andy Harris pledged to ensure that homeless veterans are taken care of.

He hosted a conference in Cambridge on Saturday for veterans who face the possibility of becoming homeless again.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that it will no longer support the Veterans Support Center of America in Quantico that assists vets in finding transitional and permanent housing.

The VA spokesperson at the conference said that the contract with the center will expire at the end of September.

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Senator Ben Cardin reacted to the new nuclear agreement with Iran by reminding his congressional colleagues they must do a judicious review of the deal.

The Maryland Democrat said congress must ensure that the agreement if variable, comprehensive and long lasting.

He added if Iran breaks the agreement it must also provide for the sanctions to snap back.

Congressman Andy Harris noted that Israeli Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denounced the deal which could make for difficulties in congress.

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Congressman Andy Harris will be facing a former Delegate in the next year’s Republican primary.

He’s Michael Smigiel who believes that Harris has become to open to compromise in Washington.

Smigiel describes himself as a libertarian conservative but touts his time in Annapolis as someone who worked across the aisle with Democrats.The Republican was elected to the House of Delegates from 2003 until his loss last year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and members of Maryland's congressional delegation say they are unified in their efforts to draw a new FBI headquarters to the state.

Hogan and congressional members held a news conference Monday in Annapolis after a meeting. Maryland's congressional delegation is comprised of Democrats, except for Republican Rep. Andy Harris.

Hogan and Democratic leaders are pledging to work closely together to bring the headquarters from Washington to Prince George's County.

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With Senator Barbara Mikulski’s retirement the political scramble is on and Representative Chris Van Hollen says he will be running for her seat in 2016.

Van Hollen, who has been a key leader in the House Democratic leadership has nearly $1.7 million in campaign funds on hand.

The Maryland Democrat announced his plans in an email to supporters Wednesday. His email was sent two days after Mikulski announced she would not run for re-election in 2016.

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A measure by Congressman Andy Harris that challenges Washington D.C.’s legalization of marijuana has made it into a must pass spending bill to keep the federal government open.

The provision would stop the District from spending money to enact laws or rules that legalize or reduce penalties for marijuana possession for recreational purposes.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Harris’ staff believes the legislation would keep the ballot measure approved last month from going into effect.

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Congressman Andy Harris is seek a third term in the November’s mid-term election.

And, he has been described as a true conservative   

Harris defeated the Republican incumbent Wayne Gilchrest in the 2008 primary only to be defeated by Democrat Frank Kratovil in presidential election that swept Barak Obama into the presidency.

But, Harris came back in the 2010 mid-term elections to defeat Kratovil. He now faces Democratic challenger Bill Tilghman. 

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In Maryland's First Congressional District incumbent Andy Harris is not expected to have any trouble winning over his conservative constituency in Tuesday's mid-term election.  However, Democratic challenger Bill Tilghman has been campaigning to thwart a third term for the Republican. We sat down with Tilghman to talk about the issues and the campaign.

(The campaign manager for Harris says she expects the congressman will be available later today for an interview that would be broadcast during All Things Considered.)

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