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Heather Mizeur will be showing up on the ballot next year. She is reentering politics to challenge incumbent Republican Congressman Andy Harris. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush caught up with her at a local Democratic pary meeting in Salisbury to talk about why she decided to run in such a deeply Red district.

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Another Democrat has decided to challenge incumbent Republican Andy Harris in Maryland's First Congressional Seat. Dave Harden who served in the U.S. Agency for International Development told Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that he believes he can pull together a coalition of Democrats, Republicans and Independents to ultimately bring the seat back into the Democratic fold.

Democrats have already announced primary campaigns to face off against Rep. Andy Harris. But, Democrats specifically drew the district to be solidly Republican. Delmarva Publc Media's Don Rush looks at how Democrats assess their chances. (part 2)

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With the storming of the Capitol Building and the challenge to the results of the Electoral College, Democrats are already lining up to challenge Rep. Andy Harris. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush takes a look at the effort and the Democratic candidates . (Part 1)

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Representative Andy Harris has drawn national attention with his effort to overturn results of the electoral college and the storming of the Capitol building. Salisbury City Council Vice President Muir Boda, who quit the GOP to rejoin the Libertarian Party, is now considering a challenge to the Eastern Shore Republican. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with him about Harris and what may lie ahead. (Part 2)

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The takeover of the Capitol Building and the subsequent certification of Joe Biden as the next president has produced turmoil within the Republican Party as Trump administration officials resign over the clash. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with former Eastern Shore Republican congressman Wayne Gilchrest about what has happened to his old party.

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The Trump Administration budget would slash the Chesapeake Bay Program from $85 million in 2020 down to $7.3 million.

This is part of its decision to reduce Environmental Protection Agency budget by 27 percent.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the budget statement say it is targeting or eliminating low-value programs as well as “wasteful spending on mandatory programs.”

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Congressman Andy Harris has announced a half million dollar federal grant to protect coastal communities, watershed and the Chesapeake Bay.

The money will be used by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences in Cambridge.

The National Science Foundation which is providing the funds says it is aimed at problems like sea level rise and the impact of storms faced by urban and rural communities along the bays and estuary.

In addition, the research will look for ways to protect marshes, oyster reefs and sand dunes.

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President Donald Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives last night on two articles that included abuse of power and obstruction of congress.

The vote went along party lines with all Republicans opposing impeachment including Eastern Shore Congressman Andy Harris opposing impeachment who called it a partisan stunt.  

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SECRETARY, Md. (AP) - A wastewater treatment plant on Maryland's Eastern Shore has received a $5.8 million federal grant for an upgrade.

Rep. Andy Harris made the announcement Wednesday.

The Twin Cities wastewater treatment plant is shared by the towns of Secretary and East New Market in Dorchester County.

The grant will be accompanied by a loan of about $1.1 million.

The money will be used to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant for enhanced nutrient removal.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be dredging the inlet in Ocean City, Maryland.

Rep. Andy Harris announced that a dredge vessel arrived on Tuesday.

The vessel is scheduled to dredge for five days over the coming week, starting Wednesday.

The dredging is being done to address sediment accumulation in an important navigation channel used by commercial fisherman and recreational boaters.

Harris says the fishing and maritime industry is critical to the local economy and community, and that the dredging is a high priority.

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Congressman Andy Harris along with fellow Republican Phil Roe of Tennessee was seen meeting with a Chuck Johnson who has been described as an alt-right figure and Holocaust denier.

The Huffington Post reports that they were seen by their reporter walking with Johnson.

The online website reports that a picture of them was then tweeted out.

Johnson was with Breitbart and has denied the magnitude of the Holocaust expressing doubt about the gas chambers.

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Maryland Congressman Andy Harris said no to an $867 billion reauthorization of the farm and food nutrition aid legislation.

While the measure got strong support from agricultural officials and environmentalists on Delmarva the Eastern Shore Republican said he opposed the measure because he could not support some of the changes in the final compromise.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan won re-election last night the first Republican to do so since 1954.

He beat out Democratic candidate Ben Jealous in a state in which Democrats have a 2-to-1 majority.

Hogan has taken a moderate political stance emphasizing bipartisanship and distancing himself from President Trump.

Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Ben Cardin won a third term easily defeating Republican and independent challenges.

It was a charged up atmosphere as voters cast their ballots.

Here are some voters in casting their ballots in Wicomico County.

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It was a record turnout in Maryland for early voting.

The state’s total was just over 661-thousand.

The number of Democrats casting their ballots was nearly 424-thousand compared to just over 155-thousand Republicans.

Incumbent Republican Governor Larry Hogan is being challenged by Democratic candidate Ben Jealous.

In Wicomico County 10-thousand people cast their ballots according the Anthony Gutierrez, the county’s elections director.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that this is twice the number cast in 2014.

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Early voting begun yesterday and local officials say turnout has been strong.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports…that line were already forming in Salisbury and Berlin.

By 10 a.m. Wicomico County elections director Anthony Gutierrez told the paper 73 people were already in line to vote.

Similar scenes played out in Somerset and Worcester counties with more than 200 showing up by noon at the office in Princess Anne.

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GOOCHLAND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Republican has drawn criticism for a tweet suggesting he could gun down pro-marijuana protesters who stormed Rep. Andy Harris' Capitol Hill office and assaulted the congressman.

Goochland County supervisor Manuel Alvarez Jr. tweeted Tuesday: "With one reload, I can take 34 of them."

Local Democratic Party committee co-chair Tina Winkler told The Washington Post she asked Alvarez to tone down his "rage tweets" a few weeks ago, saying "that kind of politics" isn't welcome in Goochland.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Capitol Police say two people have been arrested outside of Maryland Rep. Andy Harris' office during a protest, and the congressman's office says Harris bruised his wrist as protesters tried to force a door open.

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The Democratic Party has identified the congressional seat of Maryland Republican Andy Harris and a potential target that could be flipped this election cycle.

Ben Ray Lujan, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, noted that candidate Jesse Colvin has put together a strong campaign operation.

He added makes it a race to watch.

Colvin raised nearly $700-thousand in total contributions as of the end of June.

Over the same period Harris took in just over $753-thousand.

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At least three crab houses in Dorchester County are looking for crab pickers.

The shortage is the result of the decision by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to issue H2-B worker visas through a lottery system.

WBOC reports that has left Russel Hall Seafood with no Mexican crab pickers.

Owner Harry Phillips told the television station that right now it’s a struggle and that it is expected to get tougher as more crabs come in this fall.

Congressman Andy Harris had said he would try to get more visas by early August.

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