Politics

  • Maryland must ensure Preakness stays in Baltimore, Senate minority leader says

    Making sure the Preakness Stakes stays in Baltimore must be one of the top goals for the General Assembly this year, Sen. J.B. Jennings told a group of regional business leaders on Monday.Jennings, a Republican who represents Harford and Baltimore counties, has spoken candidly about Baltimore City's crime issues during each of the last two years at the Greater Baltimore Committee's annual legislative forum. The Senate minority leader again spoke about crime — basically saying that nothing has changed and that something needs to be done to address the issue — but he also wanted make sure the effort to save the Preakness was not forgotten. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Democratic Del. Terri Hill of Howard County seeks to bring health care lens to examine issues in Congress

    As a state legislator, Del. Terri Hill has parlayed her medical experience into legislative action. During last year’s session, the Harvard University and Columbia University -trained physician shepherded a bill to expand HIV prevention efforts for minors. And her legislation aimed at reducing youth sports injuries, although ultimately unsuccessful, sparked an ongoing conversation in Annapolis about the dangers of contact sports for children. Now, Hill, 60, hopes to put that experience to work on Capitol Hill. The Howard County Democrat is among those vying to replace the late Elijah Cummings, who represented Maryland’s 7th Congressional District. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Mayoral Candidate Miller Releases Outline Of Crime Plan

    Mary Miller, a late entry into the mayoral race, released a crime plan Monday. The plan focuses on reviewing law enforcement spending, overhauling police data collection and meeting the demands of the federal consent decree. Miller, a former U.S. Treasury official and T. Rowe Price executive, said she left her time in the Obama administration energized. "And it really inspired me for public service. So I came back to Baltimore and have devoted myself to working on problems in Baltimore's neighborhoods, particularly looking at the disinvestment we have in certain areas of the city, which is so afflicting those residents. And I see how crime, in particular, can hurt a neighborhood in moving forward." (WBAL) Read Full Article

  • No Surprise: Biden Is Dem Establishment Choice, Convention Filings Show

    Several leading Maryland Democrats are lining up behind the presidential campaign of former vice president Joe Biden, according to the roster of candidates trying to become delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee this summer. The emergence of Biden as the establishment choice in Maryland is hardly surprising, and matches the national trend. The filing deadline for candidates interested in appearing on the April 28 Democratic primary ballot to become convention delegates was Friday; but just because they’ve filed to run doesn’t mean they’ll actually be on the primary day ballot. The presidential campaigns must designate their delegate candidates by Feb. 3; those not on the approved list won’t appear on the ballot. Md. Matters) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Archdiocese ‘for’ Baltimore highlighted at Center Stage event

    If Ray Kelly can turn things around, so can Baltimore City. That was among the takeaways Jan. 15 at Center Stage, when the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Catholic Charities of Baltimore were host to a “Faith in Baltimore” program that highlighted the impact of Catholic institutions in the city, with Archbishop William E. Lori noting, in a play on words, that “we are the Archdiocese for Baltimore.” Kelly, vice chair of the Executive Committee at St. Peter Claver in Sandtown and lead community liaison for the Consent Decree Monitoring Team, was the inaugural recipient of the Faith in Baltimore Award. (ArchBalt)Read Full Article

  • New tech tool to expose the influence of big business in politics

    Everyone talks about how big business has too much influence over our political process, and sadly, many of us have witnessed it firsthand. Through meeting after meeting, I’ve watched CEOs and their lobbyists make demands to elected officials that were not in the best interest of their customers. Something was misaligned. Shouldn’t corporations be pushing political agendas that benefit their customers, the people who buy their products and keep them in business?  The problem is that consumers haven’t had an easy way to access information about company policies and practices, so we keep supporting them, and corporations have no reason to change. What we’ve been waiting for is an easy, trackable way to vote with our dollars.  Enter Tribe.  Read Full Story

  • ‘It Makes Me Feel Great’ | Marylanders Work To Give Back During Giving Tuesday

    This time of year, there’s a lot to do at the Maryland Zoo. There are tons of leaves that need to be raked, and that takes a lot of people, but most of those do not work for the zoo. “We have a very small horticultural team, so they rely on volunteers to get a large amount of work done in a short amount of time,” Allison Schwartz, of the Maryland Zoo, said. Most days, Rob Starr drives a desk at Bank of America, but he said he makes a habit of giving back whenever he can. (WJZ-TV)Read Full Article

  • Conference Reading: Poll: Affordable Housing Shortage Worries Montgomery Co. Voters

    How big a problem is the lack of affordable housing in Montgomery County? It’s so significant that a recently-completed poll of county residents listed affordable housing as the issue they’re most concerned about other than education. The poll of 425 county residents, taken Oct. 16-Nov. 2 for the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington, showed 16% of Montgomery County residents listed the scarcity of affordable housing as their No. 1 issue (29% listed education). (Md. Matters)Read Full Article

Business

  • Cool Digs: This company is using part of its South Baltimore office to showcase local artists

    Morris & Ritchie Associates Inc. opened an additional office in the Baltimore region last year, as the architecture, engineering and planning firm looks to grow its presence in the city. Now, the company is taking that effort a step further and dedicating a portion of its Riverside office to serve as a small gallery for local artists. The company will host its first reception on Feb. 27 in the 5,564-square-foot office at 1414 Key Highway. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Get a look inside this Columbia hospital's new $48M addition

    Starting Tuesday, residents who visit the emergency department at Johns Hopkins' Howard County General Hospital will get a new view, and a new patient experience. The Columbia hospital has completed a $48 million, 50,000-square-foot addition that has been under construction for more than two years (Wash. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Kimsey estate in McLean sells for $45M — a new record for the region

    There’s a new record home sale in Greater Washington. The 3.2-acre McLean estate that belonged to Jim Kimsey, the late co-founder of AOL, sold for $45 million on Friday, according to listing agents Mark Lowham and Russell Firestone of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. The buyer was not disclosed. Lowham and Firestone declined further comment. The sale price is significantly less than the $62.95 million the Chain Bridge Road home initially listed for in 2018, but it still marks the most expensive home sale ever for the region. (Wash. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore Council bill would require union agreements before contractors win major city projects

    Baltimore would require collective bargaining agreements for major city projects under a proposal introduced Monday before the City Council. Councilwoman Shannon Sneed and Council President Brandon Scott are heading a push for the legislation. They said it would lead to more local workers earning wages that could sustain their families. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Education

  • University Of Maryland Alumus Tracy Young Makes Grammy History

    Producer Tracy Young made history at the 62nd Grammy Awards on Sunday. Young became the first woman to win the Grammy for Best Remixed Recording. She was also the first female to be nominated in that category. The University of Maryland alumus won for her remix of the song “I Rise” originally by Madonna. (WJZ) Read Full Article

  • UM School of Nursing, UMBC to launch clinical nurse leader seat partnership

    The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) have launched a Guaranteed Seat Partnership for UMSON’s Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Option, which prepares students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than nursing. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

  • Students Rally In Support Of Kirwan Commission Education Funding Plan

    Dozens of Maryland students rallied in Annapolis Monday, calling on lawmakers to provide additional funding for education recommended by a state commission. The group’s chants could be heard from a mile away as they weighed in on the Kirwan Commission’s recommendation to spend an additional $4 billion annually on education. Among the rallygoers was Antwain Johnson from Baltimore. “As a Baltimore City graduate, I didn’t feel adequately prepared,” he said. (WJZ) Read Full Article

  • 101 Johns Hopkins faculty members continue calls for university to abandon private policing plan

    A group of 101 Johns Hopkins University faculty members have signed a letter to the board of trustees opposing the plan to create an armed school police force. The faculty members sent the letter to the university’s board members Jan. 13, laying out six detailed objections to what they call a “misconceived” plan. Among the grievances, signers were concerned the police force could reduce accountability and transparency to the public and reinforce an image of Hopkins as a “gated community.” (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Thirteen state lawmakers from Montgomery seek Democratic convention delegate slots

    Thirteen state legislators from Montgomery County  hope to be chosen for a trip to this summer’s Democratic National Convention. A half-dozen of them filed with the State Board of Elections just hours before Friday night’s deadline. The group comprises 41 percent of the county’s 32-member legislative delegation in Annapolis. The 11th-hour filers included three state senators, each committed to a different candidate for their party’s presidential nomination. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

  • With Coronavirus Cases Growing, Johns Hopkins Specialized Unit Prepared To Take Patients

    At least 17 people have died from the rapidly spreading coronavirus. China is now quarantining 11 million people to keep the virus from spreading as five airports across the United States have started screening travelers coming from China. Back in Baltimore, inside the bio-containment unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital, high boot covers, surgical gowns and portable respirators are all being used by the doctors and nurses to minimize the contamination- preparing for the possibility of a highly contagious virus such as the coronavirus. (WJZ) Read Full Article

  • Harrison: Homicide Clearance Rate Up, Arrests Being Made

    Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the homicide clearance rate is up thus far in 2019, even as the homicide rate itself remains high. Police have made 13 homicide arrests since the start of January and cleared 48% of homicide cases. There have been 23 homicides so far in 2020. Baltimore saw 348 fatal shootings in 2019, with police clearing just 32% of cases. Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young reiterated his commitment to making sure Harrison has what he needs. (WBAL) Read Full Article

  • LifeBridge taps new presidents at Carroll, Northwest hospitals

    LifeBridge Health announced new presidents at two more of its hospitals Monday, meaning all four of the health system's hospitals will have new leaders in 2020. Craig Carmichael, previously at the University of Maryland Medical System, will become president and chief operating officer at Northwest Hospital in Randallstown. He takes over for Leslie Simmons, an executive vice president with LifeBridge, who has led the hospital on an interim basis since June when Faraaz Yousuf left to join the Bon Secours Mercy Health System. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Weeldreyer: Maryland can deliver paid family leave this year

    There’s nothing quite like starting off the week with a good cry. That’s what I did while reading about new paid family leave for federal workers. The families I read about found themselves in dire or unexpected circumstances, needing to care for aging parents, for children with special medical needs or for a baby on the brink of entering the foster-care system. The stories were deeply emotional, and yet I related to them not just with sadness but also with joy — each of the situations involved families blessed with paid family leave. (Wash. Post)Read Full Article

  • Editorial: Let’s hear from McDonogh School graduate John Bolton on Ukraine aid and what Trump said

    Since its founding in 1873 as a “school farm” for disadvantaged city youth, the McDonogh School has made honesty and integrity a core part of its mission. That is as true today — as 13-year-old students are required to sign a pledge promising to “tell the truth in all situations, [and] present work that is truly their own” — as it was in 1966, when the graduating class included a Baltimore firefighter’s son named John Robert Bolton. Standing in contrast is Donald John Trump, the son of privilege who attended the New York Military Academy (Class of 1964), where he lost his rank of captain his senior year (an action classmates attributed to a hazing incident that Mr. Trump has denied). (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • Buchanan: Hillary puts Bernie into her basket of deplorables

    “Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician.” So says Hillary Clinton of her former Senate colleague and 2016 rival for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders. Her assessment of Sanders’ populist-socialist agenda? (News-Post) Read Full Article

  • Turly: The revelations about Bolton’s book may not be so devastating for Trump

    It was the seeming Perry Mason moment of President Trump’s impeachment trial. Just after the White House team presented its defense denying any quid pro quo over Ukrainian aid, former national security adviser John Bolton jumped up from the gallery to scream, “He did it!” Not really, but close. A few hours after the start of the president’s defense, details from Bolton’s forthcoming book leaked, including his account of Trump asserting that $391 million in military aid would be withheld until Ukraine announced investigations into the 2016 election and the Bidens. (Wash. Post)Read Full Article