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Maryland Congress members speak out against Trump in Silver Spring town hall

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SILVER SPRING – Members of Congress representing Montgomery County appeared at a town hall meeting to express their concerns Sunday about President Donald J. Trump’s choices on various issues, from healthcare to Syrian refugees. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D) and Ben Cardin (D) as well as Congressmen John Delaney (D-6), Jamie Raskin (D-8) and John Sarbanes (D-3) spoke on a number of topics before taking questions from constituents in the audience. They said they did not believe Trump’s decisions and remarks on current challenges facing the U.S. coincided with community interests. 

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Former MoCo Council President Tom Perez elected DNC Chair

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Former MoCo Council President Tom Perez elected DNC Chair

New DNC Chairman Tom Perez. COURTESY PHOTO Former County Council President Tom Perez has been elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Upon his election, Perez named Congressman Keith Ellison, a runner-up in the DNC election, to be deputy chair. This story will be updated in this week's edition of The Sentinel.  

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“Held Back Reform Too Long”

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Delaney proposes massive changes in the way Metro conducts business   A local representative said he has the legislative medicine to cure Metro’s ills. “This legislation removes the brakes that have held back reform for too long,” said Rep. John Delaney (D-6), sponsor of the “WMATA (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) Improvement Act of 2017.”

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Power to the Attorney General

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Democrats look to expand attorney general powers to sue the federal government   The General Assembly passed a bill Wednesday that will give the state’s attorney general more power to sue the federal government on the state’s behalf. After several executive orders from President Donald J. Trump alarmed Democratic leaders in Annapolis, members of the General Assembly, along with Attorney General Brian Frosh, have crafted a bill to expand the attorney general’s powers in the state. The bill passed the House of Delegates Wednesday after passing the Senate last week. The bill does not require the governor’s signature. “Frankly, the need for this arises from the, I would say, erratic and implosive and you might even say reckless nature of what’s going in the past few weeks,” Frosh said in a committee hearing on the bill. “There’s been blizzard of executive orders, many of which are ill-advised.”

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Maryland House debates safety commission as FTA cuts funding

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ANNAPOLIS – A Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) union member said at a bill hearing that he was concerned about the future of due process for employees if Maryland legislators pass a bill to create a new safety commission. The commission would serve as WMATA’s state-level safety oversight agency, which Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are required to set up by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The FTA has been acting as Metro’s temporary state-level safety oversight agency since October 2015 after it determined the previous oversight agency, the tri-state oversight commission, failed to fulfill its safety oversight role effectively. The Metro Safety Commission would take over from the FTA.

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Hogan, O’Malley agree on gerrymandering reform

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Maryland’s two most recent governors agree on one of the most divisive issues in the state – gerrymandering. Gov. Larry Hogan had faint praise for his predecessor, former Gov. Martin O’Malley, after getting wind of remarks O’Malley made at a speech at Boston College. In his speech, which O’Malley published online in January, O’Malley called for a nonpartisan commission to draw congressional districts, a reform that Republicans in Maryland are in support of. “America needs non-partisan redistricting commissions not only for drawing Congressional districts every ten years, but for state legislative districts as well,” O’Malley said. “This simple reform, already being adopted in some states, must become the new norm of American democracy.”

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The White House incident - again

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The White House incident - again

  I left for one hour. The early Friday morning White House show had been inconsequential and uncharacteristically dull. The highlights? Kellyanne walked by outside after giving a speech at CPAC. President Trump flew back from his visit to CPAC on Marine One. A television technician yelled “Get to the chopper” in his best Arnold impersonation.

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The case of the growling dog

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The case of the growling dog

When approaching a growling dog wagging its tail, which end do you believe?That’s the conundrum facing reporters in the White House press corps as the new administration works its way into a second month in office.On the one hand we have a president calling the media the enemy while Tuesday press secretary Sean Spicer told assembled reporters the president has a “Deep respect for the First Amendment and the press.”

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Spicer's suit isn't the problem

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Spicer's suit isn't the problem

  So much has gone on in the first three weeks of President Trump’s first term it makes one wonder whether or not he will need to run for a second term.He apparently intends to implement all of his campaign promises as quickly as possible. He’s told us there’s a new sheriff in town. He’s told us he intends to keep his word. He’s told other members of government to get on his side – because it’s his way or the highway.

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Prep Mourns Michael Boland

The Georgetown Prep community is mourning the death of former two-sport star Michael Boland who passed away recently at the age of 23.

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Rockville looks for police chief opportunity

New Rockville City Manager Rob DiSpirito said he intends to seek input from the Rockville community about police in the city prior to a national search for candidates to fill the vacant police chief position. DiSpirito said he intends to become familiar with the interests and needs of the city, including residents, police officers and city employees, so he can be informed on what needs the chief should be able to address. “I need to take time, as any manager would,” DiSpirito said.

Juggling and ballet at Strathmore equal harmony

Juggling and ballet at Strathmore equal harmony

Gandini Juggling performed both ballet and juggling in their act. COURTESY PHOTO BETHESDA — At Strathmore, Gandini Juggling, a British juggling group held a performance titled “4x4: Ephemeral Architectures.” Juggling and ballet, two traditionally separate art forms, were combined to create a performance of both balance and precision as a live orchestral ensemble timed music to each movement.

Bethesda business hosts ‘A Toast to Art’ showcase

BETHESDA — Two entrepreneurs held an open house art exhibit in their own Bethesda office entitled “A Toast to Art” on Tuesday. Sean Saidi and Sabine Roy helm Saidi-Roy Associates, or SR/A, a private business that is partly architectural and partly interior design. SR/A is contracted to design new multifamily homes and renovate old ones in the area. Saidi and Roy’s art exhibit showcases local work from artists they know personally. “We talk to local artists to help Bethesda because there’s not enough exhibits, and the ones available are very expensive,” said Saidi.

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