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Kagan says video shows evidence of inappropriate touching

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State Sen. Cheryl Kagan (left) and lobbyist Gil Genn.  FILE PHOTOSCheryl Kagan (left) and Gil Genn (right). FILE PHOTOSNewly-released security camera footage of an interaction between State Sen. Cheryl Kagan (D-17th District) and lobbyist Gil Genn is leading to different explanations from both parties roughly two weeks after Kagan accused Genn of touching her inappropriately.

The footage from a March 1 event at Castlebay Irish Pub in Annapolis shows shows Genn, a former state delegate and Kagan greeting one another with Genn putting his hand on Kagan’s back and whispering something to her before sliding his hand off her back, after which both spend the rest of the video in conversation. The footage does not make it clear how exactly Kagan reacted to Genn’s touch, as both continued talking in the crowded Annapolis bar.

Kagan – who in a March 2 statement accused Genn of touching her inappropriately by placing his hand on her back and then “[sliding] it down” – claimed the video validates her accusations.

“I was really uncomfortable,” Kagan said in a press conference Tuesday. “I wanted the incident to end. I wanted the interaction to end. He kept talking.”

However, Genn’s lawyer said the video exonerates Genn of any inappropriate behavior.

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Rockville takes in second annual anti-Trump fest

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ROCKVILLE — Until Donald Trump took the oath of office to become the 45th President of the United States, Nina Liakos never considered herself someone who would ever be politically active.

Like most, the long-term Gaithersburg resident never had an interest in being involved in politics besides voting, and in fall of 2016 during the presidential election, she said she could have never imagined changing that.

“The one thing that has been good for me this year is that I became more active than I was before,” Liakos said. “Before, I used to vote and that was pretty much it, now I do a lot more…he [Trump] inspired me to become a better citizen.”

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Kagan briefs Gaithersburg on legislature

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GAITHERSBURG Senator Cheryl C. Kagan (D-17) came to Gaithersburg City Hall Tuesday night to brief Mayor Jud Ashman and the City Council on the issues she would prioritize in the upcoming session of the Maryland General Assembly.

“I have had two constituents die when 911 failed,” Kagan said. She said she would pursue legislation to improve and modernize 911 service. “In a lot of the country, you can text 911. In Gaithersburg, you can’t. If there’s a bad guy in your house, you should be able to text 911. Currently, Frederick County is the only jurisdiction in Maryland where you can text 911. Montgomery County is moving in that direction, but I don’t think they’re moving fast enough.”

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Democratic vets mull convention changes

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MP1 8953President Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER The role and scope of women participating in the Democratic National Convention changed considerably from the time state Sen. Cheryl Kagan (D-17) first attended in 1980.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) capped that change as the dean of the Senate women formally nominated Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic nominee, the first woman to lead a major party presidential ticket.

“Every convention is different and every convention is exciting and truly a privilege to experience and be a part of history,” said Kagan last week during a phone call from Philadelphia.

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Kagan claims District 17 race

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Cheryl KaganCheryl Kagan won the Democratic bid for District 17 state Senate in Tuesday’s primary election. In the tight competition, former delegate Kagan secured 54.43 percent of the votes with a total of 4,335 votes. Her opponent Delegate Luiz Simmons received 45.57 percent with 3,629 votes. Republican candidate Steve Zellers, an insurance expert, ran unopposed.

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