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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to create a commission to monitor federal actions that could affect health care in Maryland has cleared the General Assembly.
 
The Senate voted 32-14 on Wednesday for the bill, sending it to Gov. Larry Hogan.
 
The measure forms a commission to monitor federal actions and provide recommendations to protect access to affordable health coverage. The commission would submit a report on its findings and recommendations at the end of each year.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- A Maryland measure that would direct state funds to continue family planning services provided by Planned Parenthood has been approved by the legislature.
    
The Senate voted 32-15 for a bill that already has cleared the House.
    
The bill would direct $2 million in the state's Medicaid budget to family planning services provided by Planned Parenthood, as well as another $700,000 from the state's general fund, if funding were cut by the federal government.
    

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is renewing his push to expand Medicaid coverage, saying state Republicans have no excuses left after President Donald Trump's failed bid to repeal Obamacare.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former President George W. Bush is set to host a fundraiser for Virginia Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie.

The Roanoke Times reports that the former president and wealthy businessmen will host Gillespie at a Dallas fundraiser Wednesday.

Gillespie was White House counselor under Bush, who donated $25,000 to Gillespie's political action committee last year.

Tickets for the Wednesday luncheon range from $1,000 to $25,000.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed legislation banning localities from restricting the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

McAuliffe, a Democrat, announced his veto Monday, saying the measure would stoke fears among the state's immigrant communities. He had promised to veto the measure when it passed the GOP-controlled General Assembly in February.

Republicans said the bill is needed to show that Virginia respects the rule of law and undocumented immigrants are not entitled to special privileges in sanctuary cities.

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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie has won a straw poll in Fairfax County in the race for the GOP nomination for Virginia governor.

Gillespie took about 56 percent of the vote Saturday in a straw poll at Robinson Secondary School during a candidate event hosted by the Fairfax County Republican Committee.

Gillespie will face off in a June 13 primary against state Sen. Frank Wagner and Corey Stewart, a former Virginia chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Students and parents whose Maryland high school has been dragged into the national immigration debate declined to comment about an alleged rape case involving a 14-year-old girl and a suspect authorities say came to the U.S. illegally from Central America.

Thursday evening in the parking lot of Rockville High School, one mother would only point to a sign of red plastic cups in a ballpark fence that read "Rockville Strong."

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GLOUCESTER POINT, Va. (AP) - President Trump's budget proposal would slash funding by 25 percent at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

Associate Dean Mark Luckenbach says the impact would be felt throughout the Tidewater region.

For instance, VIMS gives guidance to communities trying to comply with Chesapeake Bay pollution standards. It also provides significant support to the growing oyster industry, including its breeding program.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A political newcomer running for Virginia governor in a populist style similar to President Donald Trump's has suspended his campaign.

Republican Denver Riggleman announced Thursday that he had no choice but to stop campaigning because of "resource shortages" and other considerations.

A distillery owner with no previous political experience, Riggleman had struggled to raise money.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie says he's going to make cutting taxes a centerpiece of his campaign.

Gillespie said Thursday he would trim state income tax rates for all tax brackets in Virginia. The plan would lower taxes on income over $17,000 a year from 5.75 percent to 5.15 percent.

Gillespie says the move would grow the economy. He says he would pay for the tax cuts with a portion of expected state revenue growth, not with cuts to state spending.

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(AP) A federal judge in Greenbelt, Maryland, has blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel ban targeting six predominantly Muslim countries.

Judge Theodore Chuang ruled Thursday in a case brought near the nation's capital by the ACLU and other groups representing immigrants, refugees and their families. The groups argued that the underlying rationale of the ban was to discriminate against Muslims, making it unconstitutional. Chuang granted a preliminary injunction nationwide basis.

It was the latest ruling against Trump's revised travel ban.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's attorney general is supporting Hawaii's lawsuit against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban.

Attorney General Mark Herring said in a statement Tuesday that he joined 13 other attorneys general in filing an amicus brief Monday in the District Court for Hawaii.  Hawaii has asked for a temporary restraining order blocking the enforcement of the revised travel ban. A hearing in the case is scheduled for Wednesday.

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GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - A Maryland judge is scheduled to hold a hearing on a lawsuit stemming from President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Several individuals and groups including the American Civil Liberties Union originally filed the lawsuit in February over the initial ban, which was blocked in court and later revised. On Wednesday, the groups will be asking a Maryland judge to issue an order that would keep the revised ban from taking effect. It's scheduled to take effect Thursday.

A federal judge in Hawaii has also scheduled a hearing Wednesday on the revised ban.

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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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Despite the cold around 50 supporters of President Donald Trump were out along Route 50 in West Ocean City on Saturday as tourists flooded into the resort to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

They carried Trump campaign signs along with homemade ones reading “Law and Order on the Border” and “America First”.

During an interview with the Salisbury Daily Times rally organizer Steve Lind accused opponents of the President of being “haters”.

The rally was organized by the national group called Main Street Patriots.

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Congressman Elijah Cummings says he told President Trump that his language has been “hurtful” and “insulting” the African American community.

The Baltimore Sun reports that he also urged the president to take a look at voter suppression as well as election fraud.

The paper reports that the conversation occurred during an Oval Office meeting in which the Maryland Democrat provided the President and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price with a plan to allow the federal government to negotiation drug prices under the Medicare program.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The youngest son of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's running mate in her 2016 presidential bid, was one of six people arrested during a counter protest at a rally in support of President Donald Trump in Minnesota.
 
The protesters clashed with hundreds of Trump supporters gathered at the State Capitol rotunda in St. Paul last Saturday, a scene that played out during rallies in other cities around the country.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has voted to nullify four previous calls to the U.S. Congress to hold a constitutional convention.

The Senate voted 34-13 Monday night for the resolution. One Republican joined 33 Democrats to support the resolution. Thirteen Republicans opposed it.

The Maryland General Assembly has passed four calls for a convention since the 1930s to amend the U.S. Constitution. The last one in the 1970s called for an amendment that requires a balanced federal budget.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland health care advocates are highlighting the need for a new state commission to monitor potential changes to the Affordable Care Act.
    
They are scheduled to gather Wednesday before a hearing on the Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Act.
    
It is part of a package of bills that Democrats are backing out of concern for how policies supported by President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress could hurt Maryland.
    

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Senator Ben Cardin blasted the Trump administration on a broad range of foreign policy issues.

They ranged from a failure to take a tough stand on Russia and building a wall along the U.S./Mexico border to trying to impose a travel ban on seven Muslim majority countries.

The Maryland Democrat made his remarks during an appearance at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy on the eve of the President’s address to a joint session of congress tonight.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - President Donald Trump plans to speak Thursday at a Virginia shipyard that builds aircraft carriers and submarines.

Monday's news of the president's visit to Newport News came as the White House said it would propose a $54 billion increase in defense spending.  

Huntington Ingalls Industries spokeswoman Christie Miller confirmed Trump's visit. She said the president will speak on the soon-to-be completed USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier.

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Delaware Democrats retrained control of the state senate this weekend with the election of Stephanie Hansen in the 10 District.

She swept easily to victory over her Republican rival John Marino with 58 percent of the vote.

Hansen replaces Bethany Hall-Long who vacated the seat to become Lt. Governor.

The special election drew national attention with the Wilmington News Journal reporting nearly a million pouring into the race which was seen as an indicator in the wake of President Trump’s election last year.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Two economists say a hiring freeze on federal workers may negatively impact the Hampton Roads region.

The professors from Old Dominion University in Norfolk say in a press release that the area is still struggling to regain jobs after the recession. The Trump Administration's plans to limit hiring and possibly reduce the federal workforce through attrition could hamper growth.

Hampton Roads is home to about 46,000 federal workers and several military installations, including the U.S. Navy's largest base.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney is taking some time away from Delaware to make the rounds in the nation's capital.

Carney was scheduled to join other governors from around the country and meet with President Donald Trump on Monday as part of the National Governors Association Winter Meeting.

After meeting with Trump, Carney planned to attend a briefing with the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, followed by separate health care briefings with congressional Republicans and congressional Democrats.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Activists opposed to President Donald Trump are calling on Gov. Larry Hogan to take a stand against his policies.

Three women interrupted the Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday to ask why the Republican governor wasn't speaking out against Trump.

In video recorded by a Baltimore Sun reporter, Samantha Easton asked Hogan "to speak up against the current administration's agenda." She specifically noted concerns about repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly have approved legislation banning localities from restricting the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

The Senate voted along party lines Wednesday to approve the measure after a contentious debate about what kind of message it would send.

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Several hundred protesters showed up in front of city hall in downtown Salisbury on Saturday.

The principle rally was called by opponents of President Donald Trump’s policies in particular on immigrant rights and the travel ban that affects seven Muslim majority countries.

City council member and former Mayor Jim Ireton told the crowd that people must “…rise up against this Muslim ban and this ridiculous wall.”

That latter refers to President Trump’s promise to build a wall along the U.S./Mexico border.

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Delaware’s two Democratic senators have gotten an earful from constituents when it comes to President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees.

Senator Chris Coons told the Wilmington News Journal that he has gotten dozens of calls in a day.

He said, “They have been ringing off the hooks in Dover and Wilmington and Washington."

Delaware’s senior Senator Tom Carper told the paper his constituents don’t want them to be timid in opposing some of Trump’s nominees.

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Salisbury will be the scene of two demonstrations Saturday reflecting the divisions in the country.

One will be led by Molly Likovich called “No Ban, No Wall, No Registry Rally.

Likovich a recent Salisbury University Graduate told the Salisbury Daily Times that the protest is aimed at reflecting opposition to President Trump’s policies ranging from immigration to the proposed travel ban on seven Muslim majority countries.

But they will be met by a conservative counter protest led by the Somerset Central Republican Committee.

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The Day Without Immigrants protest found 27 percent of students in the Indian River School District were absent yesterday.

In addition, WBOC reports that the North Georgetown Elementary school where over 60 percent of the students are Hispanic 47 percent were absent.

In addition, Georgetown saw two of his Hispanic restaurants were closed for the day.

Meanwhile, in Salisbury the manager to Plaza Tapatia… decided not report to work in solidarity with the protest even though his restaurant stayed open for business.         

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