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Bernie Sanders Joins Jealous at College Debt Rally

Jim Shea and running mate Brandon Scott released their state and federal tax returns.

May 7, 2018, 10:21 a.m.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will join former NAACP President Ben Jealous (D) at a rally in Prince George’s County on Monday as Jealous releases “his plan for debt free college, tuition-free community colleges, re-financing of existing student loan debt, and charting a path towards making all public colleges and universities tuition free.” (release)

A TAXING QUESTION. Attorney Jim Shea (D) and running mate Baltimore City Council member Brandon Scott (D) released their federal and state tax returns, the first joint ticket to do so. State Sen. Richard Madaleno (D) released six years of tax returns in April.

Former state Department official Alec Ross (D) and Jealous “have each said through spokesmen that they plan to release their tax documents. A spokeswoman for” former White House adviser Krish Vignarajah (D) “called the release of tax forms ‘an election stunt’ but said Vignarajah would be ‘more than willing to make a similar release when all the other candidates do, as well.’ A campaign spokesman for Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz (D) indicated that Kamenetz does not plan to release his tax returns. He said that the candidate’s public financial disclosures, which he files annually as an elected official, ‘speak for themselves.’ Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) took the same position during a recent radio interview.” Gov. Larry Hogan (R) did not respond to requests for comment. (Washington Post)

ENDORSEMENT. NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland PAC, “an organization that defends women’s reproductive rights and their access to health care,” endorsed Madaleno Friday. PAC Chairman Mark Stover said “the decision wasn’t an ‘easy’ one, considering ‘all of the qualified candidates, but [Madaleno] has a track record and we thought it was the best way to go.’” (Washington Post)

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