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Wednesday, Jul 4, 2018 at 9:21 PM

Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer, 79, Hospitalized With Pneumonia

Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer, 79, Hospitalized With Pneumonia

Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland is being treated at a Washington hospital for pneumonia but is expected to recover quickly, a spokeswoman said. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 3, 2018 at 7:12 PM
Maryland Gubernatorial Candidates Offer Competing Visions

Maryland Gubernatorial Candidates Offer Competing Visions

Gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous and Gov. Larry Hogan offer competing visions for Maryland. Jealous has a progressive vision and aims to pass universal Medicare and free college tuition legislation. Incumbent Watch »

Sunday, Jul 1, 2018 at 3:54 PM

Biden Joins Maryland Democrats to Urge Unity

Biden Joins Maryland Democrats to Urge Unity

Former Vice President Joe Biden urged Maryland Democrats to unite and end intra-party fighting ahead of this year's general elections. Read »

Sunday, Jul 1, 2018 at 9:02 AM

Virginia GOP Chairman Announces Resignation

Virginia GOP Chairman Announces Resignation

The chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia has resigned. Read »

Sunday, Jul 1, 2018 at 8:40 AM

MVA Confident Fewer Voters Affected by Error Than Announced

The head of Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration says she's confident the number of voters affected by a programming error will be less than the nearly 80,000 announced the day before the primary. Read »

Sunday, Jul 1, 2018 at 6:30 AM
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By Erica Jones

New Laws Go Into Effect in Maryland Sunday

New state laws going into effect Sunday will allow students to use sunscreen at school, increase minimum wage in Montgomery County and educate school employees on how to recognize child sex abuse.View gallery »

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  • sunscreen in schools
  • montgomery county minimum wage
Sunday, Jul 1, 2018 at 6:31 AM
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By Erica Jones

New Laws Take Effect in Virginia on July 1

New state laws going into effect Sunday will create a program for abducted adults, prohibit lunch shaming in schools and establish 14 new ABC laws.View gallery »

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  • ABC Laws Va
  • drone spying
Thursday, Jun 28, 2018 at 6:28 AM

A Look at Potential Candidates to Replace Justice Kennedy

A Look at Potential Candidates to Replace Justice Kennedy

The search for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's replacement has begun. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he'll choose a replacement from "an excellent list" of 25 candidates. Kennedy on Wednesday... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 27, 2018 at 8:53 PM

Maryland's Jealous Ready to Climb Political 'Everest'

Maryland's Jealous Ready to Climb Political 'Everest'

Ben Jealous says he's ready to do what some say is Maryland's political equivalent of climbing Mount Everest: Defeating Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 27, 2018 at 5:45 PM

Virginia Gov. Grants Paid Parental Leave to State Workers

Virginia Gov. Grants Paid Parental Leave to State Workers

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is granting eight weeks of paid leave for new parents who work in state government. Read »

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