Politics

  • Candidate's relationship with talk radio station raises questions about campaign finance

    Nino Mangione’s family owns talk radio station WCBM 680. He is the station’s web manager. Until April, he even hosted a weekly, hourlong talk show. But Mangione, a Parkville Republican, is also running to be District 42B’s state delegate — a situation one of his opponents said is problematic. “On his radio show, Nino Mangione would shame the news media for what he perceived as biased coverage,” said Republican Justin Kinsey, one of Mangione’s opponents in the upcoming June 26 primary. “Yet, he’s using his family-owned media platform to promote his own candidacy, and doesn’t seem to understand the conflict of interest involved.” (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Maryland Democratic contingent backs CARE Act

    The six Democrats who represent Maryland in the House of Representatives, and the state's two Democratic Senators, announced their joint support of the Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency Act in a joint statement Monday. Also known as the CARE Act, the bill would provide $100 billion in long-term funding to address the opioid crisis, helping prevent and treat substance use disorders. In particular, Baltimore and 16 other counties, the hardest hit parts of the state when it comes to opioid abuse, will receive $50.4 million as dictated by the funding formula in the bill. First responders and other stake holders can access $500 million in discounted naloxone, an overdose reversal drug. (WMAR) Read Full Article

  • Republican Rep. Andy Harris calls for more 'family facilities' on Southwest Border, criticizes Obama policy

    Rep. Andy Harris, the only Republican in Maryland’s congressional delegation, said Monday he was working with colleagues to increase “family facilities” at the Southwest border so immigration authorities can stop separating children from parents. As Maryland Democrats denounced the practice of detaining children and parents separately, Harris criticized an Obama administration immigration policy and said he was pushing for more border resources. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Md. Senator Bashes Trump Administration After Touring Detention Facilities Housing Children Of Illegal Immigrants

    The Trump Administration is not backing down amid growing outrage over migrant children being separated from their parents at the U.S. border. “This is not working in terms of stemming the folks who are fleeing for their lives from violence,” said Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen, who toured facilities in southern Texas. “We talked to one of the moms there who’d been separated from her daughter,” Van Hollen said. “The mom and daughter had come from Guatemala. They asked for asylum, but now the mom’s being prosecuted as a criminal and will be separated form her daughter. This is a deliberate and inhumane policy, and we’re here to say to President Trump: End it. End it today.” (WJZ-CBS) 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

  • City seeks $102.3M TIF for massive redevelopment in East Baltimore

    Baltimore officials are seeking a tax increment financing package totaling $102.3 million to help pay for a nearly $900 million redevelopment of a blighted area between Harbor East and Johns Hopkins Hospital. The TIF would pay for some of the redevelopment of Perkins Homes, a public housing complex, the former Somerset Homes site, a new City Springs Elementary and Middle School, two new public parks, infrastructure and a network of roads and sidewalks in the community. (Balt. Bus. Journal)Read Full Article

  • Baltimore biotech company raises $32.5 million to continue pursuing cancer immunotherapy treatment

    A Baltimore company in the second phase of a clinical trial for a cancer immunotherapy treatment, one that taps the body’s own immune system to fight disease, has secured $32.5 million in financing to continue developing its products. WindMIL Therapeutics, a Johns Hopkins spinoff company based in Hopkins’ Fast Forward incubator, said it completed a Series B financing round led by Qiming Venture Partners USA, the U.S. arm of a Chinese-based venture capital firm. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • June 18 // Nike drops clothing line after US Naval Academy claims trademark infringement

    Nike is ditching a clothing line that featured a logo many claimed was a ripoff of the US Naval Academy's coat of arms. The company also apologized to "anyone who was offended" in a statement shared with CNNMoney on Saturday. The move comes after the Naval Academy addressed Nike and its collaborator on the clothing line, Los Angeles-based Undefeated, in a tweet. The Naval Academy called the similarities between its crest and the logo on the clothing "undeniable." (CNNMoney) Read Full Article

  • Maryland adds 4,600 jobs in May, employment rate unchanged

    Maryland added 4,300 jobs in May while the unemployment rate held steady for the second consecutive month. In May, Maryland reversed course from April, when the state lost 4,600 jobs. The public sector saw the biggest gain, adding 2,400 jobs. Within the private sector, leisure and hospitality experienced the most growth with the addition of 1,300 jobs. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

Education

  • Morgan State's economic impact on Maryland is nearly $1B, report shows

    Morgan State University has an annual financial impact of about $574 million on Baltimore City, according a new report commissioned by the school. The study was conducted by Econsult Solutions Inc., an independent Philadelphia-based economics firm. The report was based on provided data spanning fiscal year 2014 to fiscal year 2019, examining seven key areas: operations, capital investments, student and visitor spending, wage premium, commitment to community, innovation and economic opportunities to local and diverse populations. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • June 18 // Baltimore Teachers Union files grievance over potential loss of spring break days off

    The Baltimore Teachers Union has filed a grievance against the school system arguing that next year’s academic calendar threatens to violate its contract. The 2018-2019 calendar designates the first two days of spring break as potential “inclement weather recovery days.” The union contract requires that teachers get a vacation of five consecutive days each spring. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Letters reveal Baltimore County school board members' attempts to block White's appointment as superintendent

    One week after the Baltimore County school board voted to give interim superintendent Verletta White a four-year contract, two dissenting members rebelled. In an unusual move, Ann Miller and Kathleen Causey wrote letters to Maryland State Schools Superintendent Karen Salmon in late April, urging her to reject the decision of the board majority. In Maryland, the appointment of local superintendents is subject to the approval of the state superintendent. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Three local institutions sign agreement to promote cybersecurity job growth

    The presidents of three local higher education institutions signed an agreement to facilitate transitioning between their schools at the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday afternoon. The agreement between Frederick Community College, Mount St. Mary’s University and Hood College aims to provide students with a smooth pathway into the cybersecurity field by offering courses that transfer to each subsequent school, a press release said. (News-Post) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Sea-level rise puts 68,000 homes at risk in MD

    Rising sea levels, primarily accelerated by climate change, puts 68,000 homes and $21 billion worth of property in danger, according to a new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The study is part of a comprehensive national study that projects the overall warning across the control at more than 2.4 million homes, 107,000 businesses, and $1 trillion worth of property exposed to potential climate change risks by the end of the century. (WMAR) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore Police call on federal agents to target 'baddest of the bad' to fight summer crime surge

    In an effort to control violence over the summer, the Baltimore police plan to lean on federal law enforcement agencies to target a list of offenders that Commissioner Gary Tuggle called the “baddest of the bad.” Tuggle and Mayor Catherine E. Pugh held a news conference at City Hall Monday to lay out what was billed as a “summer surge” to tackle crime. But officials provided few details about what form the aid from federal agencies would take. “We understand what the summer months look like, as the days get longer, more people on the street, we want to make sure that we’re in front of the violence,” Pugh said. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • Development group picked for new Howard courthouse

    Howard County has selected a development consortium to spearhead the design, building, financing and operation of a 237,000-square-foot courthouse on county-owned land on Bendix Road in Columbia. Edgemoor-Star America Judicial Partners was one of three finalists for the public-private partnership to build the $140 million project that will replace the county’s 175-year-old courthouse in Ellicott City, the county executive’s office announced Monday. Nine groups had expressed interest in the work, one of the largest government buildings planned in the county this decade. (Ho. Co. Times)Read Full Article

  • Annapolis City Council apologizes for historic lynchings

    The City Council passed a resolution Monday night apologizing for historic lynchings of African American men and other racial injustices that took place over the history of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Following this spring’s opening of a museum and memorial to lynchings in America, Alderwomen Elly Tierney and Rhonda Pindell Charles wrote the resolution apologizing on behalf of the city for those that took place in the city. Five other members of the council, including Mayor Gavin Buckley, signed on as co-sponsors. (Capital) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • J. Stephen Cleghorn: Maryland Catholic Conference needs to a take a position on clean energy

    Monday marked three years since Pope Francis released his path-breaking ecological encyclical “Laudato Si’ — On Care for Our Common Home.” It was a clarion call to Catholics like me, but really to all peoples and faiths, to take decisive action on creating a future based on clean, renewable energy. Pope Francis implored us to do so not only as a matter of being good stewards of God’s creation and ensuring human (and other species’) survival, but as a matter of present-day mercy and justice for the poor, who are suffering first and most from climate disruptions caused by human activity. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Jennifer Rubin: On gerrymandering, the Supreme Court decides . . . not to decide

    The Post reports that the Supreme Court wriggled out of deciding two cases contending partisan gerrymandering can be unconstitutional: In the Wisconsin case, the court said that the challenges must be brought district by district, with voters in each proving that their rights had been violated. The challengers asked the court to consider the state map as a whole. The Maryland case was still at a preliminary stage, and the court in an unsigned opinion said the lower court had not been wrong when it decided not to make the state redraw the maps in time for the 2018 election. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • June 18 // In courthouse race endorsements, Crooks for Circuit Court, Fredericks for sheriff, no pick in GOP state's attorney race

    Our endorsements for this year’s primary elections, which draw on our reporting and on candidate interviews with our editorial board, begin with three of the hardest-to-evaluate races. In two, for sheriff and state’s attorney, avowedly partisan candidates try to convince voters they are the best choices to handle key parts of the county’s judicial and law-enforcement systems — jobs that, in theory, are nonpolitical. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Ann Bristow: Md. moving in the wrong direction on energy

    Maryland is at a significant choice point looking toward our energy future: Aggressively build clean renewable electricity generation or lock electricity generation into 30 and more years of fossil fuel-fed utilities — notably the dirty fuel with the clean-sounding name, natural gas. The first offers public health benefits, reduction of greenhouse gasses and thousands of sustainable jobs, and the second offers air pollution, public health and safety risks, and fewer and less healthy employment opportunities. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article