State Roundup: $7 million in equipment to Ukraine; Schulz’s staff slam rival Cox; Pelosi supports Edwards

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MARYLAND SHIPS $7M OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT TO UKRAINE: Bandages, body armor and breathing apparatus are on their way from Maryland to a beleaguered Ukrainian port city. Gov. Larry Hogan announced the shipment, part of a $7 million effort that will arrive in the port city of Odessa — a sister city of Baltimore — in the coming days. This is the second such shipment announced by Hogan since March. Bryan Sears / The Daily Record.

  • Hogan announced on Tuesday the dispatch of a multimillion-dollar aid package to Odessa, including medical supplies and bulletproof vests. Russian troops pounded the vital Ukrainian port on Tuesday, Ukrainian officials said, in an apparent effort to disrupt supply lines and Western arms deliveries critical to kyiv’s defense. The Associated Press.

SCHULZ SLAMS LE RIVAL COX STAFF: In the race for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, Hogan-backed Kelly Schulz is finally taking the gloves off against Trump-backed conspiracy theorist Dan Cox. Although the candidate herself rarely mentions him by name, her side began slamming Cox with flying colors. Bruce DePuyt/Maryland Matters.

PELOSI SUPPORTS EDWARDS IN 4and CONGRESS RACE: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is backing Donna F. Edwards in the Democratic primary for Maryland’s 4th congressional district, where Edwards is mounting a bid back to win her former seat. In arguably the most-watched congressional primary in the state, Edwards is in a competitive race in the entrenched district of Prince George’s County against Glenn Ivey, the former Prince George state attorney. Meagan Flynn/The Washington Post.

MOONEY WINS W.VA. PRIMARY; THE EFFECT CAN REACH FREDERICK: In West Virginia, Representative Alex Mooney won a Republican primary against fellow Congressman David B. McKinley – a victory for Trump, who endorsed Mooney and campaigned for him. Mooney served in the Maryland Senate from 1999 to 2011 and is also a former chairman of the Maryland Republican Party. David Weigel/The Washington Post.

  • Mooney, 50, once a central figure in Maryland politics, is heavily favored to win a fifth term this fall and is seen as very likely to challenge controversial Democratic Senator Joe Manchin in 2024. The main result is also good news for Maryland State Senator. Michael J. Hough (R-Frederick), who in his day job works as Mooney’s chief of staff. Hough is giving up his Senate seat to run for Frederick County executive this year. But with Mooney guaranteed another term in Congress, Hough has an alternative in case he loses his county leadership race this fall. Josh Kurtz/Maryland Matters.

PRIMARY DEBATES: Please join The Maryland Reporter’s Len Lazarick as he moderates online virtual debates for Maryland Attorney General candidates. Republicans Michael Peroutka and Jim Shalleck debate Tuesday, May 24, 7 p.m. Sign up here to get the link. Democrats Anthony Brown and Katie Curran O’Malley debate Wednesday, May 25, 7:30 p.m. Register here. Maryland Matters’ Josh Kurtz is moderating the debate for Democratic Controller candidates Tim Adams and Brooke Lierman on Tuesday, May 31. Register here. Here is the flyer. The League of Women Voters is the lead sponsor along with MarylandReporter.com, MarylandMatters.org, Maryland Nonprofits, Maryland Latinos Unidos and the Schaefer Center for Public Policy at the University of Baltimore, the online host.

GRUMBLE LEAVES UNDER THE CLOUD: Ben Grumbles, criticized for ignoring growing pollution problems at the Back River sewage treatment plant, has announced his resignation as Maryland’s environment secretary. “I’m glad there’s accountability,” said Rep. Robin L. Grammer Jr. (R-Middle River), who had called on Gov. Larry Hogan to remove Grumbles. The lawmaker’s request followed reports in March of massive releases of semi-treated sewage into the Back River from the plant operated by the city of Baltimore. Mark Reutter/Baltimore Brew.

28,000 BA CO KIDS ONLINE FOR GROCERY BENEFITS: Nearly 28,000 children in Baltimore County could receive increased food benefits to help their families get groceries this summer as part of a major local expansion of a nationwide hunger relief program. Alison Knezevich/The Baltimore Sun.

CONGRESS POLL: EMERGING HID QUALITY CONTROL ISSUES: Executives at Baltimore-based contract vaccine maker Emergent BioSolutions covered up quality control issues that led to the destruction of more than 400 million doses of coronavirus vaccines, congressional investigators said Tuesday. in a report. The Associated Press.

  • The federal contract with Emergent BioSolutions was terminated in November 2021 under the Biden administration. The company had received $330 million in public funds. The original contract was for $628 million. Hannah Gaskill/Maryland Matters.

ELRICH RESERVES $1M FOR ABORTION AND REPRODUCTIVE CARE: Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich announced Tuesday that he would allocate $1 million to help nonprofit providers and other organizations provide abortion and reproductive health services in the county. Steve Bohnel/Bethesda Beat.

ARUNDEL, B’MORE HEALTH WORKERS ENCOURAGE MASKING: Health workers in two major Maryland jurisdictions — the city of Baltimore and Anne Arundel County — are encouraging a voluntary return to mask use as COVID-19 cases recur. Bryan Sears / The Daily Record.

  • Dr. Letitia Dzirasa, Baltimore’s health commissioner, said Tuesday she strongly recommends everyone wear a mask indoors, regardless of their vaccination status, given a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases. 19 in the city. She stopped short of recommending a mask mandate. Meredith Cohn/The Baltimore Sun.

27 TEST POSITIVE IN PRIMARY SCHOOL: Twenty-seven people at Worthington Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, according to an email from the school principal sent to parents. The school, located in Ellicott City, had 446 students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade as of September. Alana Haynes/Baltimore Sun Media.

ARUNDEL, ANNAPOLIS APPOINTED ACTING CHIEF OF CLIMATE: Anne Arundel County and Annapolis have named an interim executive director for their Climate Resilience Authority, a new agency that will invest in projects to address climate change. Dana Munro/The Capital Gazette.

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