Former Bethesda Resident Gets Supreme Court Nod; Retired Montgomery County Judge Martha Kavanaugh in Spotlight; Red Line Shutdown Looms

Former Bethesda Resident Gets Supreme Court Nod; Retired Montgomery County Judge Martha Kavanaugh in Spotlight; Red Line Shutdown Looms

News, announcements and other helpful links for Tuesday morning

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Chosen by Trump, Kavanaugh's local connections – and much more – in the public eye 

After President Trump's prime-time announcement Monday that he's chosen Bethesda native Brett Kavanaugh as his pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, the conservative judge from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will face more scrutiny than ever. WAMU offers up some key details about Kavanaugh's history – and his continuing ties to Montgomery County: his childhood in Bethesda, education at Georgetown Prep, his mother's work as a county judge, and his wife Ashley's current title as Chevy Chase Village Section 5 town manager.  [WAMU]

Son's thanks propels former Montgomery County judge Martha Kavanaugh into spotlight  

"My introduction to the law came at our dinner table when she practiced her closing arguments," Brett Kavanaugh said at the White House ceremony. "Her trademark line was 'use your common sense, what rings true, what rings false.' That's good advice for a juror and for a son." Martha Kavanaugh was a prosecutor at the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office from 1978-1984. She became a Montgomery County District Court judge in 1993 and joined the Circuit Court bench in 1995. [CBS] 

With another shutdown ahead, previous Red Line work had enduring effect on traffic 

As another Red Line shutdown looms, planners say the number of cars that crossed from Maryland to D.C. increased and speeds slowed during previous track work surges. A six-week shutdown of the Red Line between Fort Totten and NoMa-Gallaudet is set to begin July 21. Researchers in the Federal Transit Administration found that during 2016 track work surges, drivers crossing between Maryland and D.C. saw 1.8-percent increases in traffic on interstates and major collector roads, 2-percent on minor arterial roads and 2.8-percent on principal arterial roads. Despite the slowdowns, not all commuters returned to rail after the shutdowns, the researchers concluded. [WTOP]

Lawmakers want answers on voter registration glitch

State lawmakers will press officials from the Motor Vehicle Administration and State Board of Elections for an explanation of a computer glitch that failed to process more than 83,000 voter registration changes. Montgomery County Del. Anne R. Kaiser (D), chairwoman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D-Baltimore), chairwoman of the Senate Health, Education and Environmental Affairs Committee, have called for the resignation of Motor Vehicle Administrator Christine E. Nizer. The joint committee hearing is Thursday at 2 p.m. in Annapolis. [Maryland Matters]

Temperatures continue to climb 

Expect slightly higher than normal temperatures on Tuesday, with a high reaching about 93 degrees. Skies will be sunny during the day, with some clouds moving in overnight, when the low could reach 72 degrees.  

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