MOORE ENDORSES ALSOBROOKS AS DO JAWANDO, BALL: As was easily predictable, Gov. Wes Moore gave his full-throated backing to Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks in the Democratic contest for U.S. Senate, endorsing the woman whose support in her home county he has credited with helping clinch his own primary victory last year. Len Lazarick/MarylandReporter.com.
- Moore said, “We need to rally behind a person with vision and intention. We need to rally behind a person who shares both empathy and the track record to meet this moment. And I know who that person is.” This helps to create a “stonewall of endorsements.” Scott Broom/WUSA9.
- Moore is perhaps the most impactful in a long list of high-profile endorsements for Alsobrooks as she faces U.S. Rep. David Trone, a wealthy congressman from Montgomery County who has already outspent her 10-1. Sam Janesch/The Baltimore Sun.
- Alsobrooks’s chief opponent in the 2024 Democratic primary is Rep. David Trone, a business executive who has spent his political career largely operating outside of the state’s political infrastructure and who poured his own fortune into the race. Erin Cox/The Washington Post.
- One person didn’t wear a T-shirt, but still came to support Alsobrooks on Monday: Montgomery County Councilmember Will Jawando (D), who announced Friday he would no longer compete in next May’s Democratic primary for the open Senate seat. William Ford/Maryland Matters.
- During a 20-minute speech, Alsobrooks laid out priorities ranging from ensuring access to abortion and protecting voting rights to investing in education and promoting public safety. She touted her record as Prince George’s County executive and, before that, as state’s attorney for that county. She also noted the significance of Baltimore in her life; the Duke University graduate attended law school at the University of Maryland. Pamela Wood/The Baltimore Banner.
- “It’s time now for Democrats to coalesce for the strongest candidate, who I know will fight for residents with every bone in her body,” said Jawando, who dropped out of the Senate race Friday, stating that he “cannot remain in a race I do not believe I can win.” Ginny Bixby/MoCo 360.
DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKERS AREN’T CHEERING CAMDEN YARDS DEAL: The Camden Yards applause rose in a crescendo when the scoreboard screen showed Gov. Wes Moore pumping his fist and Orioles CEO John Angelos clapping to celebrate a stadium deal described as keeping the Orioles in Baltimore “for at least the next 30 years!!” There hasn’t been so much as a chirp since from leading state Democrats, particularly those who may have to grapple in the next General Assembly session with a proposal to make additional funds available to the team. Jeff Barker/The Baltimore Sun.
OPINION: LAWMAKERS WILL HAVE TO STRUGGLE WITH JUDGE’s KILLING: Maryland senators and delegates will have to confront the shooting death of Judge Andrew Wilkinson when they return to Annapolis. It’s not clear how an assassin found the Washington County Circuit Court judge’s house Friday night and shot him to death in his driveway. Maybe he followed him home, or maybe he stalked him on the internet. Law enforcement officials believe the judge was killed because of his ruling in a child custody dispute hours earlier. State lawmakers knew this kind of violence was a threat. Rick Hutzell/The Baltimore Banner.
PROGRAM WOULD AID ESSENTIAL WORKERS WHEN FEDERAL GOVT SHUTS DOWN: With another government shutdown deadline less than a month away and no end in sight to the feuding over who House Republicans will elect speaker, Maryland officials are setting up a new lifeline for some federal employees who may soon be forced to work without pay. Sam Janesch/The Baltimore Sun.
B’MORE REGION DESIGNATED NATIONAL TECH HUB: The Baltimore region has been awarded a federal designation as a national tech hub, which could generate hundreds of millions of dollars of investment and create tens of thousands of jobs. Lorraine Mirabella/The Baltimore Sun.
MD HEALTH GETS $2.5M GRANT TO INCREASE ALZHEIMER’s AWARENESS: The Maryland Department of Health is receiving a $2.5 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to increase the general understanding and awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias and to help the state government implement its Alzheimer’s roadmap. Scott Maucione/WYPR-FM.
MOSBY FEDERAL PERJURY TRIAL TO START NEXT WEEK: Baltimore’s former top prosecutor, Marilyn J. Mosby, faces the start of her federal perjury trial next week after a judge today rejected a last-minute request by her attorney for a postponement – the fourth since her indictment nearly two years ago. Mark Reutter/Baltimore Brew.
BROTHERS SENTENCED IN COVID SCHEME: A judge sentenced a former state corrections employee and his brother to one year in prison on bribery charges related to a coronavirus pandemic equipment procurement scheme that netted them millions. Cassidy Jensen/The Baltimore Sun.
MARYLAND MAN WHO PLOTTED ISLAMIC STATE INSPIRED ATTACKS RELEASED: A federal judge on Monday ordered the release of a Maryland man who has been imprisoned for more than four years on charges that he plotted Islamic State group-inspired attacks at an airport and at a shopping and entertainment complex in the Washington, D.C., area. Michael Kunzelman/The Associated Press.
STATE’S ATTORNEYS CLEARED OF WRONGDOING: Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Allan Culver and former Deputy State’s Attorney Edward Coyne have been cleared of wrongdoing by the Maryland State Prosecutor’s Office, according to a news release from Carroll County State’s Attorney Haven Shoemaker. Sherry Greenfield/The Carroll County Times.
FREDERICK MOTZ, FEDERAL COURT JUDGE, DIES AT 80: J. Frederick Motz, a senior jurist for Maryland’s federal court in Baltimore who golfed before work and coached youth baseball on weekends, died Monday at his home in Roland Park. The Baltimore native was 80. Dan Belson and Dillon Mullan/The Baltimore Sun.