Supreme Court Knocks Down Barrier to Legalized Sports Betting; Ervin Encouraged To Join Gubernatorial Contest

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Supreme Court strikes down law against sports betting

A Supreme Court ruling on Monday could open a way for legalized sports betting across the nation, including in Maryland's casinos. Now, states can decide whether to permit sports betting. Maryland casinos have lobbied for the ability to offer wagering on sports. Gov. Larry Hogan's spokeswoman said the governor supports giving states the right to determine the legality of sports betting and said the issue will likely come up in the next legislative session. [Baltimore Sun]

Edwards encourages Ervin to run for Maryland governor

Donna Edwards, a former Maryland congresswoman, is urging Valerie Ervin to enter the gubernatorial race following the sudden death of candidate Kevin Kamenetz. Ervin, a former Montgomery County Council member, had been the running mate for Kamenetz in his bid to become governor. Edwards wrote in a tweet that there is "no one better to carry on Kevin's legacy" than Ervin. Ervin has until Thursday to decide whether to compete in the June 26 Democratic primary, choose someone else to run or dissolve the campaign. [Washington Post]

Amazon officials weigh housing affordability in HQ2 search

Housing affordability is one factor on the minds of Amazon officials as they seek a site for the company's second headquarters. Montgomery County, D.C., and Virginia are three of the 20 finalist jurisdictions in the search process. The addition of 50,000 Amazon employees could drive housing costs upward in an area where rents and home values are already high. But some economists say there are too many variables to predict exactly how HQ2 would affect housing costs. [WAMU]

Rice searches for student to serve on County Council for a day

Montgomery County Council member Craig Rice is again looking for a student to serve as one of his colleagues for a day. Students in grades eight through 11 have until June 15 to submit a video or essay on public policy issues facing young people and suggestions for dealing with them. The winner will shadow Rice for a day, be the guest of honor at a council breakfast and participate in a full council meeting. [Montgomery Community Media]

Rains, high temperatures expected for Tuesday

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon, with highs approaching 90 degrees. The overnight forecast calls for fog and temperatures in the upper 60s.

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