State roundup: Trump to host Mar-A-Lago fundraiser for Md. GOP gubernatorial nominee Dan Cox

State roundup: Trump to host Mar-A-Lago fundraiser for Md. GOP gubernatorial nominee Dan Cox

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TRUMP TO HOST FUNDRAISER FOR COX: Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Cox will get a fundraising boost from former President Donald J. Trump, with Trump hosting a fundraiser with Cox at the former president’s Mar-A-Lago Club in Florida on Oct. 17. Pamela Wood/Baltimore Banner

  • The private cocktail reception will cost donors $1,776 per person to enter and $25,000 for a single photo with Trump and Cox, according to the invite. Sam Janesch/Baltimore Sun
  • Cox had just $130,000 to spend as of late August, a sum that Republican operatives say is not enough to finance a statewide mail campaign. Erin Cox/The Washington Post

STUDENTS PROTEST HOPKINS POLICE FORCE PLAN: A large group of student protesters who oppose plans to create an armed, private Johns Hopkins University police force disrupted a public meeting scheduled for Thursday evening by occupying a campus auditorium stage and chanting, “No justice, No peace! No Hopkins police!” Jessica Calefati/Baltimore Banner

  • Dozens of Hopkins students took over the stage at Shriver Hall in protest of the university’s plans to start a private police force. The protesters were so loud that the in-person meeting was canceled and moved to virtual. Khiree Stewart/WBALTV

MOBILE SPORTS BETTING COULD BE EXPEDITED WITH NEW PROCESS: State gaming officials hope to expedite mobile sports betting in Maryland with a rolling approval process. The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a proposal that opens the door to a rolling approval of applications for retail and the coveted mobile licenses. The decision leaves open the door for mobile sports betting in Maryland before the end of the year. Bryan Sears/The Daily Record

MOSBY AND FROSH CLASH ON SYED CASE: Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby says Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh sat on evidence in the Adnan Syed case for seven years and that he did not uphold Syed’s right to a fair trial, in a further back and forth between the two officials on the case featured in the “Serial” podcast. C4 and Bryan Nehman/WBAL NewsRadio

  • It could be difficult to determine who’s correct between Frosh and Mosby. Syed’s defense attorney at trial, Cristina Gutierrez, died in 2004. A series of lawyers have represented Syed since then in post-conviction matters. Lee Sanderlin and Alex Mann/Baltimore Sun

STATE LAWMAKERS WANT TO PREVENT FURTHER ISSUES AT TROUBLED WASTEWATER PLANT: The state Senate Budget and Taxation Committee took a tour of the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant on Wednesday, where state inspectors found serious maintenance problems earlier this year that allowed excess discharges of nutrients and bacteria into Back River. Baltimore City’s Department of Public Works operates the plant for city and county residents but significant state funding has been earmarked for the plant. Joel McCord/WYPR 

BALTIMORE CITY TRAVEL EXPENSE APPROVED WITHOUT ADVANCED NOTICE: A $9,000 travel request was retroactively approved this week for Nick Mosby’s chief of staff, even though the request did not follow new rules created for travel expenses. Mark Reutter/Baltimore Brew

STATE ED DEPT STEPPING IN FOR HERITAGE ACADEMY ABUSE CASE: The Maryland State Department of Education has instructed the administration of Heritage Academy, a private Christian school near Hagerstown, to provide information on its policies regarding the reporting of abuse and neglect, background checks and other information. Tamela Baker and Julie Green/Hagerstown Herald-Mail

COLLEGE FUNDS FROZEN AS A RESULT OF AUDIT FINDINGS: Parents are complaining that the Maryland Prepaid College Trust has frozen their funds just as they need to make fall tuition payments, as the trust looks into a glitch related to interest calculations revealed in an audit. Bruce DePuyt/Maryland Matters

LOOKING BACK IN HISTORY: BLACK HERO OR SERVANT? Samuel Neale was one of the few Black men who served in the Maryland Militia during the War of 1812, helped tend to wounded soldiers at two major battles and suffered a gunshot wound, but decades later, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs says he isn’t eligible for a free tombstone because he did it under nonmilitary rank. As an African American, he was on the battlefield as a “servant.” Jonathan Pitts/Baltimore Sun

RETIRING SEN. GEORGE EDWARDS HONORED IN WESTERN MD: Over 300 people attended a retirement dinner for State Sen. George C. Edwards last week at the Wisp Resort, honoring the former town councilman of Grantsville, the former county commissioner of Garrett County, the former Maryland state delegate and soon-to-be-former Maryland state senator who championed Garrett County and Western Maryland. Brenda Ruggiero/The Garrett County Republican

FREDERICK COUNTY EXECUTIVE CANDIDATES DEBATE: Frederick County Councilwoman Jessica Fitzwater defended the county’s progress during eight years of charter government, while state Sen. Michael Hough advocated for a course correction, as the two county executive candidates sparred during a forum on Wednesday. Jack Hogan/Frederick News-Post

About The Author

Meg Tully

Contributing Editor Meg Tully has been covering Maryland politics for more than five years. She has worked for The Frederick News-Post, where she reported during the General Assembly session in Annapolis. She has also worked for The (Hanover) Evening Sun and interned at Baltimore Magazine. Meg has won awards from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association for her state and county writing, and a Keystone Press Award for feature writing from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. She is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. If you have additional questions or comments contact Meg at:

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