Maryland Working Families endorsed former NAACP President Ben Jealous (D) on Friday. Maryland Working Families Executive Director Charly Carter: “Ben’s bold progressive vision for our state is exactly what we need to ensure new opportunities reach working families in every corner of our state.” (release)
He also spoke at Netroots Nation’s conference in Atlanta, where laid out his policy platform. He also claimed the RGA has a tracker following his campaign. (release)
NOT THE ROLLOUT SHE WANTED. “The Maryland State Board of Elections on Friday asked [state] Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) to weigh in on whether” former White House policy aide Krishanti Vignarajah (D) “is a Maryland registered voter, which is a requirement for running for governor.”
“Vignarajah registered to vote in the District in 2010 and has voted there multiple times, including during the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 election cycles. … Vignarajah also is registered to vote in Maryland. She has voted once in the state — in the 2016 general election — since she registered in 2006.”
“State records show that the Baltimore County Board of Elections sent a request to Vignarajah’s Catonsville address in February 2015 asking her to confirm her registration status. Because she did not reply, she was listed as inactive. If she had not voted last year, the state would have canceled her registration after the 2020 election.” (Washington Post)
Vignarajah repeatedly declined to say why she voted in D.C. when asked Friday but insisted she was qualified to run. (WAMU)
“Steve Rabin, a spokesman for Vignarajah, [said] that she voted in D.C. multiple times because she was working long hours in the White House and at the State Department and couldn’t get back to Catonsville, where she was registered to vote in Maryland.” (Bethesda Magazine)
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"House Republican leaders are further delaying a vote on a compromise immigration bill, planning to make changes to the legislation for a vote next week. The news comes after a two-hour Republican Conference meeting Thursday, in which authors of the bill walked through its contents and members raised concerns about issues the bill doesn’t address, multiple GOP lawmakers said. Many members requested the addition of a provision to require employers to use the E-Verify database to cheek the legal status of their employees."
After a conservative-backed immigration bill failed in the House, 193-231, leaders "postponed a vote on a 'compromise' immigration proposal until Friday. ... GOP leaders, however, are under no impression that they'll be able to secure the 218 votes needed in the next 24 hours to pass the text. Rather, the delay is to give members more time to read the bill."