Maryland just made it law to fund Planned Parenthood

  • On Thursday, Maryland became the first state to formalize its commitment to funding Planned Parenthood, with a law that says the state will use its own spending to reimburse clinics if the federal government slashes their funding.
  • According to the Washington Post, Gov. Larry Hogan allowed the bill to pass into law without his signature, along with 14 other measures. Read more. (4/7/17, 10:42 AM)
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Maryland, DC attorneys general to file lawsuit against Trump for breach of constitutional oath

  • United States attorneys general from Maryland and Washington, D.C., plan to file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump Monday. 
  • They will file on the grounds that Trump violated anticorruption clauses in the Constitution during his time in office by accepting payments from foreign governments through his vast hotel empire.
  • According to a report from the Washington Post, the lawsuit — the first of its kind to be brought by government entities — hinges on the idea that Trump’s promise to shift his assets to a blind trust managed by his sons doesn’t go far enough in severing his business ties.
  • A signed copy of the lawsuit provided to the Post accuses Trump of “unprecedented constitutional violations,” and says that the integrity of the U.S. political system has been undermined by a president “deeply enmeshed with a legion of foreign and domestic government actors.” Read more (6/11/17)

Maryland will remove bust of Supreme Court justice who said slaves weren’t citizens

  • Maryland will remove the 90-year-old bust of a racist Supreme Court justice from the grounds of the Frederick City Hall this weekend, officials said in a statement on Thursday.
  • The statue of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney, who once declared that slaves were not citizens, is scheduled for removal at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 18. 
  • In life, Taney was best known for his infamous ruling against Dred Scott, the slave who sued for his freedom in 1857. Read more (3/16/17 5 PM)