Politics

  • Obama and Lierman wade into the midterms

    Michelle Obama is jumping into the 2018 campaigns with a voter registration initiative that will be strictly nonpartisan — exciting and frustrating top Democrats who'd like the popular former first lady to actively campaign for candidates. The initiative, scheduled to be launched Thursday, is the result of months of quiet conversations and planning full of false starts and uncertainty about whether to go forward. (Politico)Read Full Article

  • Del. Kathleen Dumais named to be House majority leader in next General Assembly

    District 15 Del. Kathleen Dumais of Rockville, renominated last month for a fifth four-year term in the Maryland House of Delegates, late Wednesday was named the next majority leader by House Speaker Michael Busch. Busch’s appointment presumes the House—which currently has a 91-50 Democratic majority—remains in control of that party following this November’s election. A continued Democratic advantage in that chamber is considered a virtual certainty. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

  • Following Maryland revelation, bills would ban election vendors from foreign control

    Maryland lawmakers have introduced two U.S. House bills seeking to better safeguard election systems following the disclosure that a state election software vendor had ties to a Russian investor. A measure by Democratic Rep. John Delaney and Republican Rep. Andy Harris would mandate that vendors associated with federal elections be owned and controlled by U.S. companies. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Blair petitions for recount in Democratic primary for county executive

    Potomac businessman David Blair has requested a partial recount in the Democratic Montgomery County executive contest that he narrowly lost to County Council member Marc Elrich. The decision will begin the next chapter in a post-primary saga that has already spanned several weeks, as election officials have been tallying final ballots and double-checking results in the tight race. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • 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

  • Delegate Sandy Rosenberg: A Vision to Keep the Preakness in Baltimore

    Legendary horse trainer Bob Baffert wants the Preakness to stay in Baltimore. He told the Baltimore Sun, “To me, it’s magical in here. There’s something about it. I’ve been watching it since I was 10, 11 years old…There’s so much history here.”Read Full Article

  • Joseph (Jay) A. Schwartz, III: Senate Bill 30 ‒ The Pundits and Perhaps the Most Extraordinary Vote In General Assembly History

    The just concluded General Assembly Session was one that none of the pundits saw coming. So they said: It is an election year; there will be a lot of bills filed but nothing of substance will be enacted; partisan wrangling will be the order of the day; blah, blah, blah.Read Full Article

  • Tami Howie: Protecting Innovation Protects Patients and Our Economy

    Innovation is at the heart of Maryland’s economy and the wellbeing of patients in our state. New, groundbreaking cures and treatments save and extend the lives of patients, pushing the bounds of modern medicine, for the benefit of all. Innovative companies are able to leverage Maryland’s combination of technology know-how, business-friendly climate, and highly-educated, highly-skilled workforce to produce these cures and provide hundreds of thousands of Marylanders with well-paying jobs.Read Full Article

Business

  • FCC questions public interest in Sinclair Broadcast's deal for Tribune

    The Federal Communications Commission questioned the public interest of approving Sinclair Broadcast Group’s $3.9 billion deal to take over Tribune Media in a document released Thursday. The agency said in the hearing order that Hunt Valley-based Sinclair might have tried to skirt federal broadcast ownership rules by misrepresenting buyers of TV stations it planned to shed to secure the deal’s approval. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Maryland officials approve $60 million expansion at BWI Airport over Franchot's objections

    Maryland officials on Thursday approved a $60 million renovation and expansion project at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport over the objections of Comptroller Peter Franchot and residents who live near the airport. The Board of Public Works voted 2-1 to fund the project — which airport officials say is needed to fix aging infrastructure — but the panel also voted to not allow the Linthicum airport to open more airline gates until they come back to the board for additional approval. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Hotel industry, Airbnb-style hosts clash as Baltimore City Council considers new regulations

    Dozens of people who host guests in Airbnb-style properties urged the Baltimore City Council Thursday to amend a bill that would impose new regulations and taxes on short-term rentals that hotel owners say have been unfairly exempt from the oversight applied to their businesses. The hearing pitted the interests of traditional bed-and-breakfasts and hotels against those of hosts who are increasingly renting out spare rooms in their homes — or even their entire properties — on online home-sharing platforms. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • Baltimore receives $30 million federal HUD grant for Perkins Homes, East Baltimore redevelopment

    Baltimore’s ambitious $889 million plan to transform a swath of East Baltimore got a boost Thursday when the city was awarded a $30 million federal grant for redevelopment that includes tearing down Perkins Homes public housing and moving residents to new affordable housing. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant is one of five being awarded to cities as part of the agency’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Education

  • School renovations funded in $10M bond

    Officials in Wicomico County this week approved a legislative bill that would provided for the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds to fund several construction projects. On Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council voted unanimously to issue and sell general obligation bonds in the amount of $10,504,500 to finance the cost of 10 capital improvement projects. More than $5.1 million will be used to fund eight renovation projects and one study for the Wicomico County Board of Education. (Dispatch) Read Full Article

  • Worcester County college-bound seniors trending up

    A school system survey of seniors revealed that close to three-quarters of Worcester County’s graduates planned to attend college. In a presentation to the Worcester County Board of Education this week, school system officials announced that that majority of graduating seniors at Stephen Decatur, Snow Hill and Pocomoke high schools reported on a senior survey that they planned to attend a college or university. (Dispatch)   Read Full Article

  • Parents of Maryland football player Jordan McNair hire prominent lawyer Billy Murphy

    The prominent Baltimore law firm that represented Freddie Gray’s family has been hired by the parents of a University of Maryland football player who died last month after collapsing during an outdoor team workout. Jordan McNair, a former McDonogh standout, was hospitalized May 29 and died two weeks later. While the university has not disclosed his cause of death, the website for a foundation launched by McNair’s family said the 19-year-old offensive lineman died of heatstroke. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Youth combine power of software and hardware at MAGIC camp

    It was midafternoon Tuesday and six young people were arrayed around tables in the Ting Makerspace, in Westminster, with lines of computer code displayed on monitors and lines of analog circuitry arrayed in front of them. Here and there, tiny fans began to whir. This was the Arduino Boot Camp, a project of both the makerspace and the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory, or MAGIC. (Carr. Co. Times) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Baltimore plans suit against oil and gas companies for their role in spurring climate change

    Baltimore officials are expected to announce Friday a lawsuit against top oil and gas companies for their role in global climate change. Mayor Catherine Pugh and city Solicitor Andre M. Davis are scheduled to discuss the complaint at an 11 a.m. news conference. The lawsuit follows more than a dozen similar complaints filed by governments around the country — some of which judges have quickly tossed. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Pugh’s chief of staff is leaving city government, sources say

    Kimberly B. Morton, a powerful behind-the-scenes player at City Hall, is leaving as Mayor Catherine Pugh's chief of staff, sources tell The Brew. She is the second to depart the post since Pugh became mayor 20 months ago. Tisha Edwards served as the mayor's chief of staff for four months before quietly resigning last year. (Brew) Read Full Article

  • Howard County petitions FAA to reduce flight noise at BWI

    The debate over flight patterns at BWI Marshall Airport continued Wednesday, with Howard County petitioning the Federal Aviation Administration to take immediate action to reduce noise in the area. Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said the sound of low-flying airplanes has disrupted the lives of people around the airport. (Ho. Co. Times) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore sent Baltimore County a $23 million water bill — and it hasn't been paid

    The Baltimore County government is refusing to pay a nearly $23 million bill for water supplied by the city’s Department of Public Works in a dispute both sides say they are working to resolve but has dragged on for years. A city consultants’ report says the bill — designed to make up the difference between what county residents pay for water and the actual cost of providing it — stems from the county undercharging its residents and businesses. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Catherine E. Pugh: Baltimore neighborhoods — and lives — reimagined

    Central to our efforts to “move Baltimore forward” is our obligation and determination to address the stark disparity that exists in neighborhoods of our city that have long experienced neglect. The cost of this neglect is incalculable, though it can surely be measured by the lives lost to violence borne out of hopelessness and the gradual decline of individual and communal economic prospects. A further result is the self-perpetuating “tale of two cities” most often told from the perspective of the harsh realities experienced by generations of Baltimore residents who have waited too long, and mostly in vain, for a new, more promising beginning — or just a fair chance. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Hogan should break with the NRA at Saturday's gun violence rally

    This newspaper has long been a moderate voice on gun control. We recognize the validity of the Second Amendment, while simultaneously acknowledging that reasonable measures are a good way to keep guns out of the hands of those who would do evil. We do not believe that gun control measures alone will prevent the next mass murder. As almost every police official will tell you, anyone can find a gun in this country without searching very far and without having to observe the niceties of permit requirements or waiting periods. Yet we are convinced more can be done. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Brian Griffiths: Jealous breaks the mold for Maryland Democrats, but ultimately will fail

    Maryland voters are about to experience a once in a generation election this fall. When the Maryland Democratic Party nominated Ben Jealous for governor during the Primary Election on June 26, the Democrats made a break from the past in a number of different ways. First, the Democratic tradition of choosing the establishment candidate was not followed. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Mira Wattal, Corey Payne, and Emeline Armitage: Hopkins must break with ICE — now

    Among the top 10 organizations in Maryland profiting from work with the controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), you won’t be surprised to find weapons manufacturers, IT firms or facilities operators. But you might be surprised to find Johns Hopkins School of Education. Starting in 2009, Johns Hopkins has had ongoing contracts with ICE worth millions of dollars for “training and educational programs” that, according to the school, “support the ICE mission” and “strategic goals” and “contribute to measurable outcomes and results.” But chief among ICE’s “measurable outcomes and results” is mass deportation. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article