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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers will be working to finalize measures aimed at fighting crime and improving school safety on the last day of the legislative session.

The 90-day session is scheduled to end Monday at midnight.

The school safety measure includes statewide initiatives relating to training school resource officers, safety drills and identifying mental health concerns that could threaten safety.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Democratic candidate in the Maryland governor's race has vowed not to air ads on stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group until the company stops requiring anchors across the country to recite statements criticizing "fake" news stories.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Democratic National Committee is giving the Maryland Democratic Party funds to help stimulate voter turnout this November.

News outlets reported Wednesday the $85,000 grant is meant to target voters who are young, black or in rural areas as part of the state party's efforts to unseat Gov. Larry Hogan and other Republicans in Maryland.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Democrat who's running for governor has picked up his third endorsement from a U.S. senator in addition to key progressive groups' backing.

The Washington Post reported Friday that California's Kamala Harris joins New Jersey's Cory Booker and Vermont's Bernie Sanders in endorsing former NAACP president Ben Jealous. Jealous is one of seven Democrats vying to challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure requiring presidential hopefuls to make their tax returns public in order to appear on Maryland's ballot has passed the state Senate.

The bill was approved on a 28-17 vote Monday night. It would require presidential and vice presidential candidates to release the preceding five years of their tax returns to appear on the ballot. It was introduced after President Donald Trump bucked tradition and didn't release his tax returns during his 2016 campaign. The bill now goes to the House of Delegates.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The only Republican to announce his intention to run for Delaware attorney general so far has withdrawn from the race.

The Delaware State News cites a Wednesday statement from attorney Thomas Neuberger, who referenced his "loyalty" to clients and decision to soon file a lawsuit on behalf of the Wilmington firefighters killed and injured in a 2016 blaze. He plans to sue the city of Wilmington for understaffing the fire department.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Krish Vignarajah has named her running mate.

The former policy director for first lady Michelle Obama said Tuesday that Sharon Blake will accompany her on the ticket. Blake is former president of the Baltimore Teachers Union.

Vignarajah and Blake filed their candidacies at the state elections board on Tuesday, hours before the 9 p.m. filing deadline.

Vignarajah is running in a crowded Democratic primary to challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

The primary is June 26.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Democrats in Maryland appear to be largely unified as the political party faces an uphill battle in ousting the state's Republican governor.

The Baltimore Sun reports that a lack of infighting among Democrats appears to be one of few bright spots for the party as a Nov. 6 gubernatorial election approaches.

The Sun says that Gov. Larry Hogan's robust approval ratings show little sign of crumpling. He hopes to become the first Republican governor re-elected in Maryland since 1954.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has made it official: he's running for re-election.

Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford filed their candidacies together at the state elections board on Thursday in Annapolis.

The Republican governor included a video of them entering the elections board offices on his Facebook page. He says he's going to continue to focus on working for the people of Maryland.

The filing deadline for candidates is Tuesday at 9 p.m.

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Salisbury City Council President Jack Heath now has enough signatures to qualify to run for Wicomico County Executive as an independent.

He handed in over 800 signature to local election officials that goes beyond the 651 needed to get on the ballot.

The requirement is 1 percent of the total registered voters in the county.

Health told the Salisbury Daily Times that he looks forward to the general election in November when he is expected to run against the incumbent Republican Bob Culver.

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