Thu April 2, 2015
McAuliffe Investigation

Email: Virginia gov. rebuffed interviews by federal agents

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An email obtained by The Associated Press shows that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office rebuffed interview requests with a federal agent investigating the U.S. government's investor-visa program.

The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General twice asked McAuliffe for an interview in the summer of 2014 but said in a recent report that the efforts were "unsuccessful."

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Thu April 2, 2015
Death Penalty

Bill to abolish Delaware death penalty set for Senate vote

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state Senate is set to vote on a bill to abolish Delaware's death penalty.

The legislation, which cleared a Senate committee last week, mirrors a bill that passed the Senate in 2013 by only one vote before dying in a House committee.

The legislation removes execution as a possible punishment for first-degree murder, leaving life in prison without the possibility of parole as the only sentence.

The bill, which faces opposition from the law enforcement community, would not apply to inmates currently on death row.

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Wed April 1, 2015
Religious Objections-Maryland

Md. lawmaker urges governor to enact travel ban to Indiana

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland state senator is urging the governor to enact a ban on state-funded travel to Indiana because of a new law that critics fear could discriminate against gays and lesbians.

A spokesman for Gov. Larry Hogan called the letter a political stunt on Wednesday.

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Wed April 1, 2015
Maryland Senate-Fundraising

Md.'s Van Hollen flexes fundraising muscles in US Senate bid

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen is flexing his fundraising muscles.

The Democratic congressman reported Wednesday that he has raised more than $1 million in the four weeks since Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced she won't seek re-election in 2016. Maryland's primary is set for April of next year.

Van Hollen is reporting that he raised more than $1.15 million in the first quarter of 2015. That brings his cash-in-hand total to more than $2.5 million.

Van Hollen was quick to announce his candidacy for the Senate seat.

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Wed April 1, 2015
Blue Alert

Sen. Ben Cardin to discuss 'Blue Alert' legislation

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin is scheduled to discuss new legislation he is sponsoring to create a nationwide alert system to catch violent criminals who have injured or killed police officers.

Cardin is scheduled to discuss the measure Wednesday in Crownsville.

The measure also would initiate alerts when imminent or credible threats of harm are made against law enforcement officers.

Cardin is scheduled to discuss the measure with Anne Arundel County law enforcement officers.

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