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(AP) The son of a powerful Republican congressman has lambasted his father on Twitter for "ruining" the career of a recently fired FBI agent.

Bobby Goodlatte targeted his father, Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte, on Twitter after Monday's news that the FBI fired Peter Strzok. The agent had sent anti-Trump text messages during the Russia investigation.

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Richard Byrne and Patricia Coluzzi have won two seats on the Rehoboth Beach commission.

Byrne received 660 votes while Colluzi picked up 583.

Gary Glass came in third with 515.

WBOC reports that there were a total of just over a thousand votes cast on Saturday – including absentee ballots.

The two will be sworn in on September 21st at a regular commission begin.

And they will serve three year terms.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Ben Jealous, who is running for governor of Maryland, has apologized for using an expletive when responding to a reporter's question.

Jealous used the word Wednesday after he was asked whether he identified with the word "socialist." His opponent, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, has used the word "socialist" to describe Jealous.

When asked at a news conference whether he identified with the word, the Democrat asked, "Are you (expletive) kidding me?"

The exchange was recorded on camera.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Jerome Segal, who lost his Maryland U.S. Senate primary bid, has filed signatures with the state elections board to form a new political party.

Segal announced he submitted 19,500 signatures this week to establish a new Bread and Roses party, which he describes as a new socialist party.

The elections board has 20 days to verify the signatures. Segal would need to have 10,000 verified signatures to form the new party.

Segal would not be able to run in this year's U.S. Senate race as a new party nominee, because he ran in the Democratic primary.

President Larry Hogan?

Aug 6, 2018
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It may be only 2018 but presidential politics are in the area.  

Maryland’s Republican governor Larry Hogan made a visit to Montgomery County where he kept open possibilities for himself as a candidate.

The Washington Post reports he said, “You never say never,” noting that he is one of the most popular governors in the nation.

His approval rating in the polls hovers around 70 percent despite being governor in an overwhelmingly Blue state.

He adds that he has not given a presidential bid much thought focusing more on issues that face the state.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A campaign consultant helping a Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Virginia has attacked the NAACP and cities with large African-American populations.

News outlets report that Rick Shaftan, who is working for Corey Stewart's Senate campaign, has posted disparaging comments about African Americans on social media in past years. He also said that the NAACP is "more violent" than the KKK.

Shaftan used an expletive in January when discussing Baltimore replacing a confederate statue. He was also critical of New Orleans and Ferguson, Missouri.

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The FBI says that Maryland elections officials should be concerned about a company called Bytegrid LLC.

The company manages part of the state’s voting system.

WBOC reports that federal officials say a Russian investor with ties to Moscow is a part owner of the company.

Governor Larry Hogan has asked Homeland Security for help in looking into the system’s security to make sure election returns and voter information have not been compromised.

A statement from the company said that their investors play no role in its operations.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Former Vice President Joe Biden urged Maryland Democrats to unite and end intra-party fighting ahead of this year's general elections.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Biden spoke to at a Camden Yards fundraiser Saturday evening.

The event raised money for Ben Jealous, who won the Maryland Democratic nomination for governor on Tuesday. The former NAACP president beat Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker in a crowded primary.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Ben Jealous says he's ready to climb what some describe as the state's political Mount Everest: Defeating Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

It just might be that tall a task, even for a Democrat in a blue state where Republicans are outnumbered 2-1. That's because Democrats throughout the state like Hogan.

Primary Day in Maryland

Jun 26, 2018
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland voters are choosing candidates Tuesday for all 188 state legislative seats, governor and members of Congress.

The Democratic primary for governor is one of the major races. Polls show Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker and former NAACP President Ben Jealous in a tight race in a crowded primary. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is unchallenged for his party's nomination.

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