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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.


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.


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.


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.

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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The money race has already begun in Maryland First Congressional district with incumbent Republican Andy Harris leading his Democratic challenger Jesse Colvin. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics which tracks campaign contributions.

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The House of Representatives has approved an amendment that would keep the Environmental Protection Agency from spending any money to impose penalties on states that did not meet goals for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay.

Eight years ago the EPA set up a framework for the amount of pollution allowed into the bay – known as the “Total Maximum Daily Load”.

Alan Girard with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation told the Salisbury Daily Times that the bay restoration effort under the plan has provided accountability for bay restoration.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's congressional delegation has asked President Donald Trump to consider awarding the nation's highest civilian honor to a woman credited with saving lives in the newspaper shooting that killed her and four others.

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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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Congressman Andy Harris says that the proposed wind projects off the shores of Ocean City could harm marine life.

The Eastern Shore Republicans says it needs more study and is sponsoring legislation that would require the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to carry out a two year research project to look at the potential impact.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports he noted that once the project is up and running there is no turning back.

There are two proposed projects.

One by Deepwater Wind and the other by U.S. Wind which were approved last year.

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The Department of Homeland Security has authorized another 15-thousand H-2B visas which have become important for the seasonal work on Delmarva.

During a stop in Worcester County on Monday Representative Andy Harris (R-MD) said that he felt the Department should not have waited this long to approve them.

The Eastern Shore Republican told WBOC that he had been working with the administration for weeks to get the okay as well as creating rules and regulations in place for the new visas.

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told a senate panel that it was unlikely the Maryland coastline would see offshore drilling.

During an exchange with Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen Zinke said there are no known oil reserves off the Maryland shores.

In addition, he said that the president has maintained his administration would take local concerns into consideration.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Maryland officials have been strong opponents of such drilling after the Trump administration announced it would be opening up the offshore areas for exploration.

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The National Rifle Association has been a big supporter of Congressman Andy Harris with a total of over $25-thousand since his 2008 campaign.

His Democratic colleagues have not taken any money from gun rights or gun safety groups so far this year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that so far he has received nearly $2-thousand so far this year according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

The paper reports that Harris’s office did not respond for comment.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Rep. Andy Harris says he doesn't support offshore drilling off Maryland's coast.

Harris, the only Republican in Maryland's congressional delegation, was asked about his position at a recent town hall.

Harris says he supports the concept of offshore drilling, but he opposes it where local jurisdictions don't want it. Harris, who represents the Eastern Shore, said: "since Ocean City and the local jurisdictions do oppose it in Maryland, I oppose it off the coast of Maryland."

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Congress Andy Harris defended the proposed tax cut package now on Capitol Hill saying that it would ensure a vast majority of the middle class would get tax relief.

In addition, the Salisbury Daily Times reports Harris said he favored eliminating all deductions and moving to a flat tax.

The Eastern Shore Republican also defended the proposed cuts in the corporate tax rate saying that domestic corporations that compete in the international market are now at a disadvantage.

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A third Democratic candidate has entered the race to unseat Republican incumbent Congressman Andy Harris. Jesse Colvin, a former Army Ranger and business consultant has decided to enter the race. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush sat down with the candidate to talk about the race and the issues.

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Republicans in the House are moving to cut as much as $1 dollar for every $6 dollars that are now slated to help restore the Chesapeake Bay

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte has also authored a measure that would keep the Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing the cleanup plan.

The legislation has been approved along party lines but Eastern Shore Republican Andy Harris and 12 other Republicans voted against his amendment.