State Roundup: Maryland joins coalition defending nationwide emergency abortion care; Blair files for recount

State Roundup: Maryland joins coalition defending nationwide emergency abortion care; Blair files for recount

Maryland joins 19 other states and the District of Columbia to defend doctors and patients rights to emergency abortion care. Image by Sasin Tipchai from Pixabay

MARYLAND JOINS COALITION TO DEFEND EMERGENCY ABORTION CARE: Maryland joined a multistate coalition supporting the federal government’s moves to prevent Texas and Idaho from exempting abortion from a law requiring hospitals to provide emergency care, Attorney General Brian Frosh said Tuesday. Cassidy Jensen/The Baltimore Sun.

  • The attorneys general also wrote that “emergency abortion care is necessary to avoid serious harmful outcomes (including death) in numerous situations such as when a patient presents with an ectopic pregnancy, severe preeclampsia, complications from abortion including self-induced abortion, and other medical conditions for which immediate medical attention is needed.” Jennifer Shutt/Maryland Matters.

BLAIR FILES FOR RECOUNT: Potomac businessman David Blair on Tuesday filed a request for a recount in his Democratic primary race against incumbent Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. Karina Elwood/The Washington Post.

  • With Montgomery County elections officials gearing for a recount in the race for county executive, incumbent Marc Elrich expressed confidence that his win over fellow Democrat David Blair will hold. Elrich said he’s looking forward to tackling the county’s challenges — and working with an almost all-new county council — in his second term. Bruce DePuyt/Maryland Matters.

DI COLA WON’T APPEAL JUDGE’s RULING; BACKS ANOTHER CANDIDATE: After maintaining a one-vote election win after a recount Tuesday, Frederick County Council candidate Jazmin Di Cola announced in a Facebook post that she will not appeal a judge’s decision that disqualified her from the race. Instead, she is endorsing Tarolyn Thrasher, who has applied to the Frederick County Democratic Central Committee to fill the vacancy. Jillian Atelsek/The Frederick News Post.

  • Nearly a month after the primary, Frederick County Democrats who live in County Council District 3 still don’t know who their nominee for the fall campaign will be. And due to a bizarre set of circumstances that the head of the county’s Democratic Central Committee called “unique,” it may be several days more before a nominee emerges. Bruce DePuyt/Maryland Matters.

NONBINARY CANDIDATES ELECTED TO DCC: After months of campaigning, and then breaking barriers as the state’s first openly nonbinary candidates elected to the Democratic Central Committee, Tia Hopkins and Antonio Bowens both know that now the real work begins. John John Williams/The Baltimore Banner.

SINCLAIR GROUP HELPS FUND TWO B’MORE BALLOT QUESTIONS: Two ballot questions supported with an infusion of cash from the chairman of Sinclair Broadcast Group may be put to voters this fall in Baltimore. City election officials are reviewing petition signatures for two potential questions for voters: Do they want to establish recall elections for city politicians who fail to live up to standards? And would they impose a limit of two terms on the city’s mayor, City Council and comptroller? Emily Opilo/The Baltimore Sun.

HAPPENINGS AT MACo: MACo, which starts today, will be a bit of a farewell tour for term-limited Gov. Larry Hogan (R), who has always been a popular figure at these Ocean City confabs. Traditionally, the governor’s speech is the final event of the four-day conference, on Saturday, but this year the late morning Saturday time slot is reserved for a conversation with four of the six candidates for statewide office: Del. Dan Cox (R-Frederick), the GOP gubernatorial nominee; Glassman; Del. Brooke Lierman (D-Baltimore City), Glassman’s opponent in the general election for comptroller; and U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown, the Democratic nominee for attorney general. Josh Kurtz/Maryland Matters.

MASKS NOT REQUIRED BUT APPRECIATED AT SCHOOLS : The large cardboard boxes came one after another off the U-Haul truck. They were filled with 40,000 donated KN95 masks destined for teachers, staff and students in Baltimore City schools in preparation for the coming school year. “Masks are going to be a constant need, like composition books and pencils,” said Christina Duncan Evans, teacher chapter chair for the Baltimore Teachers Union, who helped unload the boxes. Lillian Reed and Meredith Cohn/The Baltimore Sun.

SOME DEMS SWITCH PARTIES TO VOTE FOR CASSILY: Several Perryman residents switched political parties and registered as a Republican this year, mainly to vote for state Sen. Bob Cassilly for Harford County executive. Cassilly currently represents District 34. He previously served on the County Council, the Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners and the county’s Republican central committee. Jason Fontelieu/The Aegis.

ATTORNEYS GENERAL SUE BA CO-BASED LENDER: A Baltimore County-based lender deceived its loan customers by selling them insurance policies they didn’t ask for or know about in many cases, the attorneys general of a handful of states claimed in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Pennsylvania. Staff/The Associated Press.

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Cynthia Prairie

Contributing Editor Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor since 1979, when she began working at The Raleigh Times. Since then, she has worked for The Baltimore News American, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Prince George’s Journal and Baltimore County newspapers in the Patuxent Publishing chain, including overseeing The Jeffersonian when it was a two-day a week business publication. Cynthia has won numerous state awards, including the Maryland State Bar Association’s Gavel Award. Besides compiling and editing the daily State Roundup, she runs her own online newspaper, The Chester Telegraph. If you have additional questions or comments contact Cynthia at:

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