Politics

  • Attorney General Frosh appeals to U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Maryland's law curbing drug price-gouging

    Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh on Friday appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court an earlier decision by a federal court that struck down a Maryland law to curb unreasonable price increases for generic drugs. The General Assembly passed the so-called “price-gouging” law in 2017 at the urging of Frosh and health care advocates, and over the objections of the pharmaceutical industry. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Maryland Senate president presses mayor for answers on crime strategy after Baltimore sets record homicide rate

    Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller is pressing Mayor Catherine Pugh for answers about her strategy for reducing violent crime in Baltimore, saying the city's murder rate is unacceptable. Miller told Pugh that with the recent news that Baltimore has the highest murder rate among large U.S. cities, the General Assembly will have to revisit the issue during next year’s legislative session. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Amie Hoeber’s husband pumps another $1.2M into ‘Super PACs’ supporting her candidacy

    Mark Epstein, a telecommunications executive married to District 6 Republican congressional nominee Amie Hoeber, in recent weeks has made a total of $1.2 million in contributions to two “Super PACs” promoting Hoeber’s campaign, according to new filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Added to prior such donations by Epstein, he so far has given a total of $1.6 million during the current election cycle to the two groups. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

  • Larry Hogan: Pragmatic Republican wants four more years as Maryland's governor, but critics call for change

    Shortly after Donald Trump became president, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan met him in the White House. Hogan, the unlikely Republican governor of a state Trump lost by nearly 30 points, was doubtful the president knew who he was. But Trump is a close watcher of polls. “I can’t believe how popular you are in that deep blue state,” Trump said as the men shook hands in a receiving line of governors from across the country. “You know how badly I lost that state?” For nearly four years, Hogan has done something almost unthinkable for a Republican in Maryland: maintain sky-high job approval ratings. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Eric Gilbert: Redeveloping America’s Brownfields, A Modern Industrial Revival

    Everyone who has ever worked in, lived in, or even traveled to a major U.S. city has seen them – forlorn, abandoned plots of land sporting an unsightly mix of rotting industrial equipment and crumbling buildings – fenced off and clearly too contaminated for occupancy or use of any kind. Read Full Article

  • Chris West: Single-Payer Healthcare – Another View

    On August 6, my good friend, State Delegate Kirill Reznik, posted a blog on Center Maryland (“Single Payer Healthcare”) in which he took aim at a Baltimore Sun analysis of Ben Jealous’s proposed single-payer healthcare plan. Delegate Reznik criticized the Baltimore Sun and launched a pretty bitter partisan attack on Governor Hogan and all Maryland Republicans because they are not swooning at the prospect of socialized medicine in Maryland. Read Full Article

  • Kirill Reznik: Single Payer Healthcare

    There’s a lot of controversy over a Baltimore Sun article that says single-payer healthcare costs $24 billion, and Larry Hogan is having a field day with that misinformation.  This is what happens when you Govern by polls and slogans.  But the truth is not scary, and in fact, quite commonplace. Read Full Article

  • Aaron Tomarchio: How Kevin Kamenetz Steered Sparrows Point Toward The Future

    In 2010, during his first campaign for Baltimore County Executive, Kevin Kamenetz said something about Sparrows Point that seemed politically risky at the time: Maybe it’s time to think about a future beyond steel production. His words seemed prescient two years later when, after cycling through five owners in a decade, the steel mill closed, putting 2,200 men and women out of work.Read Full Article

Business

  • Horseshoe Casino, Ravens announce marketing agreement — the 2nd-ever partnership between NFL team and casino

    Horseshoe Casino Baltimore announced a multi-year marketing deal with the Baltimore Ravens on Friday that will allow the casino to use team trademarks and logos and is expected help it take advantage of its proximity to M&T Bank Stadium. It’s the second-ever partnership between an NFL team and a casino, and more are likely on the way in the wake of the NFL’s decision in September to allow its teams to enter such casino marketing agreements. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Md. health exchange puts another $1M into marketing, targets uninsured ahead of open enrollment

    The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange is putting its efforts and $1 million in new funding behind getting more Marylanders to sign up for insurance coverage under Obamacare. The exchange, which operates the state's Obamacare marketplace Maryland Health Connection, is looking to increase enrollments by at least 5.8 percent this year. Michele Eberle, executive director of the exchange, said this will be a "pivotal year," as consumers will see the first decreases in premium prices since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect in 2014. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Tradepoint Atlantic to scale back request for gov't financing in redevelopment of steel mill site in Baltimore County

    Executives with Tradepoint Atlantic, the industrial and logistics campus being developed on the former site of Bethlehem Steel in Sparrows Point, say they plan to pare down a request for millions of dollars in government-assisted financing for infrastructure and other needs at the site. Aaron Tomarchio, a senior vice president at Tradepoint Atlantic, said the financing request submitted to Baltimore County — initially estimated to be up to $150 million — could end up being revised to less than $100 million. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Port Covington TIF bonds to go to market by mid-2019, developer says

    The first set of a $660 million tax increment financing bond package for infrastructure at Port Covington is expected to go to market by mid-2019, Weller Development officials said. The bonds will help move development of the first phase of the $5.5 billion project, which got a boost Thursday by a commitment from three Maryland companies to relocate to Port Covington to create a hub for cybersecurity at the 235-acre waterfront development. That hub is expected to open by 2021. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

Education

  • Plaintiffs respond to request by UMBC police chief to dismiss claim against him in sex-assault lawsuit

    Five women alleging a broad conspiracy by Baltimore County authorities and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to suppress reports of rape and sexual assault are asking the U.S. District Court to reject a motion by the campus police chief. In a court filing Friday, lawyers for the plaintiffs say Paul Dillon was part of a group of officials who “created the illusion that the assaults did not occur and ensured that they received minimal attention.” And so, Dillon’s attempt to have a claim against him in the class-action lawsuit dismissed should be denied, lawyers Rignal W. Baldwin V and Stephen C. Rigg wrote in the 16-page document. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Goucher College president stepping down in June

    Goucher College's President José Antonio Bowen said on Friday in an email to students, faculty and staff that he will leave his post at the end of the academic year. Bowen became Goucher's 11th president in July 2014, making some some major changes in his time at the Towson liberal arts college, including launching a new video application process and eliminating math and physics majors. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Lawsuit alleges Prince George’s school board candidate does not live in the district where he is running

    Arun Puracken, a Prince George’s County school board candidate, was sued Friday by a woman alleging that he resides outside the district he is running to represent and has falsely claimed he lives in a Brandywine property that she owns. Rhonda Pugh, a Clinton resident, said Puracken listed his address as a house she owns when he filed for candidacy, even though she has “never received any payment” from him and they have no “relationship, business or personal,” according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Prince George’s Circuit Court. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Howard schools will pursue specialty programs to address crowding

    The Howard County school board has approved expanding several specialty academic programs in an effort to shift students from crowded high schools and avert the need for a broader redistricting. By moving students from crowded schools to those with space, and offering the programs as an enticement, the school system believes it can delay or avoid a more controversial redrawing of school attendance areas. (Ho. Co. Times) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Fort Worth police chief has interviewed for Baltimore commissioner job, but hasn't accepted any offers

    Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald is a contender to be Baltimore's next police commissioner, officials in Texas confirmed, marking the first name to emerge from the city's secretive selection process. Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh said she was still vetting candidates and would not confirm Fitzgerald's candidacy, saying she was on track to name the new commissioner by the end of the month. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Critics slam Baltimore police commissioner search, saying secrecy spurs confusion

    After reports surfaced in Texas on Friday that Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald had been selected as Baltimore’s next police commissioner, Mayor Catherine Pugh quickly refuted the story and said her administration was still vetting candidates. But she declined to answer additional questions. That left many in Baltimore confused as to where the city stood in the search for its next chief — which was sadly nothing new, critics said. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Howard legislation would require electric-vehicle friendly new homes

    Howard County is considering a proposal to require new single-family houses and apartments to have infrastructure to support charging stations for electric vehicles. “We are concerned about the environment and we think electric vehicles will help,” said Jen Terrasa, a Democratic member of the County Council who introduced a bill to require the necessary wiring and other infrastructure. (Ho. Co. Times) Read Full Article

  • State studying possibility of Route 3 and Ritchie Highway widening

    At the Anne Arundel County’s urging, the Maryland Department of Transportation is studying the feasibility and costs of widening Route 3 and Ritchie Highway, two of the most congested corridors in the area. In an Oct. 11 letter to County Executive Steve Schuh, Secretary of Transportation Pete Rahn said his department has initiated a “high-level feasibility study to determine preliminary costs and impacts” of widening the two roadways. (Capital) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Todd Eberly: 57% isn't enough for Jealous to win

    In a recent call with reporters, the Ben Jealous campaign said that they expect Democrats to make up 57% of voters in the gubernatorial election. That would be noticeably better than 2014 when Democrats accounted for only 54.5% of voters. The last time Democrats made up 57% of the electorate was in 2006 when Martin O'Malley defeated Republican incumbent Bob Ehrlich. So would 57% be enough for Jealous to defeat Hogan? Probably not. (FreeStater)   Read Full Article

  • Hogan deserves another four years as Maryland's governor

    Republican Larry Hogan has done what he told voters he would do four years ago on the day he was sworn in as governor of Maryland: govern from the middle. He has accomplished this even as his national party is drawn down a well of outrage widening under Washington in the era of President Donald Trump. By comparison, Hogan in Annapolis continues to impress us with a reasonable tone and realistic approach to governing. It is for this reason and others we are endorsing Hogan for governor again this year. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Daily Times Editorial Board endorses Larry Hogan for Maryland governor

    Maryland voters can choose between two well-qualified candidates for governor. Both are knowledgeable, attuned to business as well as government issues, and both are pleasant in demeanor, approachable and thoughtful individuals. Republican Larry Hogan is the incumbent and is finishing his first term in office. He hit the ground running the day he was inaugurated by putting the brakes on an unpopular phosphorus management bill passed during the Martin O'Malley administration until he could gather stakeholders around the negotiating table to work out a compromise. Hogan's most notable trait is his desire to seek consensus or compromise, to bring all parties to the table to work toward a resolution that works for everyone. (Daily Times) Read Full Article

  • Laurie-Anne Sayles: A Gaithersburg City Council member answers her mayor’s endorsement of Gov. Hogan

    As a member of the Gaithersburg City Council, I am supporting Ben Jealous for governor. Ben Jealous offers a vision for Maryland in which our teachers are valued and our public schools are fully funded. Ben Jealous offers a plan to unleash our state’s untapped entrepreneurial energy and grow our small businesses, and his Medicare-for-all plan will ensure that affordable health care becomes a reality for all Marylanders. (Md. Matters) Read Full Article