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BALTIMORE (AP) - Democratic candidates for governor of Maryland are scheduled to endorse a plan to help protect the Affordable Care Act in Maryland.

The Maryland Health Care for All Coalition is announcing the candidates who support the plan on Wednesday at a news conference in Baltimore.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - With less than 50 days until the Democratic primary, a former NAACP president has become the first gubernatorial candidate in a crowded field to buy television ad time in Baltimore.

The Washington Post reports that a 60-second commercial from the campaign of Ben Jealous will debut Tuesday, highlighting his family history, professional accomplishments and endorsement from Maryland's largest teachers union. His campaign says the ad cost nearly six figures.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Democratic candidate for governor has released six years of state and federal tax returns, and he's calling on other candidates to do the same.

State Sen. Richard Madaleno is the first candidate in a crowded Democratic primary to make his returns public.

Madaleno criticized President Donald Trump for failing to release his tax returns in the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump's decision not to release them broke with decades of precedent in presidential campaigns.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's largest teacher's union is officially endorsing Ben Jealous for governor.

The Maryland State Education Association is announcing the endorsement Tuesday in Baltimore.

Jealous is running in a crowded Maryland Democratic primary.

The former NAACP president is scheduled to attend. Betty Weller, the MSEA's president, also is scheduled to attend.

There are 74,000 public school educators who belong to the union.

Maryland's primary is June 26.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Democratic candidate in the Maryland governor's race has vowed not to air ads on stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group until the company stops requiring anchors across the country to recite statements criticizing "fake" news stories.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Democrat who's running for governor has picked up his third endorsement from a U.S. senator in addition to key progressive groups' backing.

The Washington Post reported Friday that California's Kamala Harris joins New Jersey's Cory Booker and Vermont's Bernie Sanders in endorsing former NAACP president Ben Jealous. Jealous is one of seven Democrats vying to challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Krish Vignarajah has named her running mate.

The former policy director for first lady Michelle Obama said Tuesday that Sharon Blake will accompany her on the ticket. Blake is former president of the Baltimore Teachers Union.

Vignarajah and Blake filed their candidacies at the state elections board on Tuesday, hours before the 9 p.m. filing deadline.

Vignarajah is running in a crowded Democratic primary to challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

The primary is June 26.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has made it official: he's running for re-election.

Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford filed their candidacies together at the state elections board on Thursday in Annapolis.

The Republican governor included a video of them entering the elections board offices on his Facebook page. He says he's going to continue to focus on working for the people of Maryland.

The filing deadline for candidates is Tuesday at 9 p.m.

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The Democratic field in Maryland's gubernatorial race has gotten crowded. But, the first to enter the contest was Alec Ross, formerly with the State Department under President Obama. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with him during a visit to the Eastern Shore and talked about the issues, incumbent Republican Governor Larry Hogan and his own Democratic party.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A group that advocates for stricter gun laws says it will pump at least $1 million into state races in Virginia.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund is donating $450,000 to the campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam. It also plans to spend another $250,000 on campaign mailers to support him.

The group is also giving $300,000 to Attorney General Mark Herring for his re-election bid. The Democrat is facing attacks ads from the National Rifle Association.

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