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BALTIMORE (AP) - Federal judges reviewing Maryland's congressional redistricting map say there is convincing evidence the state's Democratic leaders drew the districts to gain a seat for their party.

A three-judge panel heard arguments Friday as part of a lawsuit.

The panel was divided about whether the 2011 redistricting plan directly caused former Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett to lose his seat and whether the map should be changed.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is meeting with constituents and campaigning for fellow Republicans during a three-day swing through western Maryland.

He spoke Thursday in Hagerstown at a fundraising breakfast for congressional candidate Amie (AH'-mee) Hoeber, followed by a cabinet meeting at the downtown Maryland Theatre.

Hogan says Hoeber's bid to unseat 6th District Rep. John Delaney reminds him of his own upset victory in the 2014 governor's race.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is starting a three-day swing through western Maryland a few weeks before Election Day.

His schedule includes breakfast Thursday in Hagerstown with Republican congressional candidate Amie (AH'-mee) Hoeber, followed by a cabinet meeting at the downtown Maryland Theatre.

Hoeber's bid to unseat Rep. John Delaney is considered the most competitive House race among Maryland's eight congressional districts.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland congressman is calling on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to say whether he would support Donald Trump, if he wins the GOP presidential nomination.

Rep. John Delaney, a Democrat, sent a truck with a large sign on the back to drive around the statehouse Wednesday. The sign includes a website address leading to a petition. It says residents deserve to know whether Hogan would support "Trump's hateful campaign," which is described as "antithetical to the values of our state." Hogan has not said if he would support Trump as the GOP nominee.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Ben Cardin and Rep. John Delaney are scheduled to discuss clean energy goals.

The Maryland Democrats will be meeting with reporters on Thursday to talk about the benefits of the country getting half of its energy from clean and non-carbon sources by 2030.

This week, lawmakers in Congress will introduce resolutions affirming the goal.

It is supported by 25 senators and 70 members of the House.

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BOONSBORO, Md. (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is coming to Washington County.

Vilsack is scheduled to attend a Western Maryland Agriculture Workshop in Boonsboro on Monday.

Democratic Rep. John Delaney is hosting the event.

The workshop will include a panel discussion and chances for Marylanders to talk with federal and local agency representatives one-on-one.

The workshop is being held at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The family of an American captive killed in a drone strike would welcome the creation of a hostage czar to coordinate government efforts to free those held.

Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., introduced legislation last week to create a "czar," soon after President Barack Obama apologized for a drone strike in January that accidentally killed Warren Weinstein of Maryland and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian citizen.

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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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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Dan Bongino says he's considering running for political office in 2016, but he says it's premature to say which one.
Bongino announced Wednesday he is launching a new political action committee called Battle Ground Resistance.
Bongino says in a telephone interview that it's too soon to say whether he will run for Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski's seat. She announced this week she would not seek re-election in 2016.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - U.S. Rep. John Delaney is asking the National Park Service to abandon its proposal to impose access fees along the entire, 185-mile length of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

The Maryland Democrat sent the letter Tuesday to agency Director Jon Jarvis. Delaney says the proposed fees would be a burden on his constituents. He says the park's financial challenges should be addressed through the budget and appropriations process.

The park currently charges entrance fees only at Great Falls Tavern in Potomac.