DEFENDING TRUMP, COX SAYS HE WOULD USE STATE POLICE, GUARD AGAINST PRESIDENT: Maryland Republican gubernatorial nominee Dan Cox on Tuesday called the FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s residence “criminal” and said if elected he would use the full force of government — including the state police and Maryland National Guard — to oppose President Biden. Ovetta Wiggins and Erin Cox/The Washington Post.
- In light of the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago on Monday, Dan Cox has abandoned any pretext of focusing on Maryland to instead focus on Donald Trump. Cox said that he would weaponize the state government to resist the federal government. Brian Griffiths/The Duckpin.
- In a series of Facebook posts late Monday and Tuesday, Cox said “this FBI raid of Trump’s home is nothing short of communist stasi police state tactics.” Josh Kurtz and Jacob Fischer/Maryland Matters.
- Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, in a statement Tuesday, said the country “was already dangerously divided” before FBI agents searched Trump’s Florida home. “These are unprecedented circumstances that require unprecedented transparency and accountability from our government institutions,” Hogan wrote in a statement on his social media channels.” Bryan Sears/The Daily Record.
THREE COUNTIES PREP FOR RECOUNTS IN TIGHT RACES: Three weeks after Maryland’s primary elections, officials in three counties are preparing for recounts in unresolved contests. There are too-close-to-call races in Montgomery, Prince George’s and Frederick counties. The search for the trained personnel needed for potentially time-consuming recounts is on, an elections official said. And the longer races remain up in the air, the tougher it will be for elections boards to meet critical deadlines for the general election in November. Bruce DePuyt/Maryland Matters.
FREDERICK COUNCIL PREZ FILES LAWSUIT: Frederick County Council President M.C. Keegan-Ayer has filed a lawsuit alleging that challenger Jazmin Di Cola — who won the Democratic nomination for the District 3 council seat by three votes — does not live in District 3 and should be disqualified. Jill Atelsek/The Frederick News Post.
- In a related situation, a batch of mail-in and provisional ballots that may have been scanned twice is expected to lead to a rare decertification of Frederick County’s election and a re-tabulation of ballots critical to local contests. Dwight Weingarten/The Hagerstown Herald Mail.
MD ATTY GEN JOINS OTHERS IN BACKING POULTRY RULE: The attorneys general of 10 states, including Maryland, are backing a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that is meant to get poultry growers fair agreements with meat processors, but they want stronger oversight. Jared Strong/Maryland Matters.
BA CO PROPOSES TO EXEMPT WATERFRONT BUSINESS FROM STATE REGS: Hospitality businesses that want to build or expand construction on their Baltimore County waterfront properties could soon be exempt from state waterway protection regulations, per legislation under the County Council’s consideration. Taylor DeVille/The Baltimore Banner.
HO CO TO FORM COMMISSIONS FOR LGBTQIA+, LATINO RIGHTS: Howard County will be forming two new commissions to protect the civil rights of LGBTQIA+ and Latino communities throughout the county, according the County Executive Calvin Ball. Ball announced this week that legislation introduced to implement a LGBTQIA+ Commission and a La Alianza Latina Commission has been approved by the Howard County Council. Liv Barry/Baltimore Fishbowl.
ANGELOS FAMILY BACK IN COURT OVER LAW FIRM OWNERSHIP: Georgia Angelos on Tuesday not only entered the fray but has chosen sides in the legal battle between her two sons over the future of their storied and ailing father’s Baltimore firm, the Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos PC, and his majority ownership of the Baltimore Orioles. In a filing in Baltimore County Circuit Court, Georgia, 80, praised her elder son John, 55 and the Orioles’ chief executive officer, while accusing her son Lou – an attorney at the law firm – of bitterness and elder abuse by trying to sell the practice to himself. Steve Lash/The Daily Record.