Politics

  • Six at-large Montgomery County Council candidates boast six-figure war chests in run-up to primary

    A half-dozen contenders in the crowded primary field for County Council at-large have $100,000 or more in their campaign treasuries as the June 26 primary approaches, according to disclosure reports that were due midnight Tuesday at the State Board of Elections. A majority of those six candidates are participants in the county’s new public campaign financing system. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

  • Democrat Alec Ross, tech expert and author, says as Maryland governor he'll focus on 'what's next'

    Alec Ross has been a lot of things: a night-shift janitor, a Baltimore school teacher, a technology expert in the Obama administration and a best-selling author. Now he wants to be Maryland’s governor. The Baltimore resident was unknown in Maryland politics when he launched his campaign last summer, but Ross says his eclectic career path will make him a more inventive governor than the six major Democrats he hopes to defeat in the June 26 primary. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Democrats running for Maryland governor pledging to support a state individual mandate for health care

    The seven major Democrats running for Maryland governor have all signed a pledge to support a plan to shore up Obamacare if they are elected, health care advocates said Wednesday. Representatives from the campaigns were expected to announce their support for the plan at an 11 a.m. event Wednesday at the Episcopal Diocesan Center in Baltimore, according to Vincent DeMarco, president of Health Care for All. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • AFL-CIO endorses Karen Toles and Gerron Levi in Prince George’s at-large race

    Prince George’s County Council member Karen R. Toles and former state delegate Gerron S. Levi have been endorsed by the Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO in their bids for two new at-large seats on the county council. Toles, who has served two terms on the county council, and Levi, a federal lobbyist, are among 10 candidates vying for the two new at-large seats, which were created by a 2016 ballot measure. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • 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

  • ERIC DEAN: Promote Policies that Nurture Innovation and Jobs to Produce Cures

    The Pharmaceutical Industry Labor-Management Association (PILMA), a coalition of companies in the biopharmaceutical industry and building construction trades unions, is committed to dual goals of fostering innovation of life-saving cures and securing high-quality union construction jobs. Read Full Article

Business

  • Barbara Mikulski's advice to an ailing Baltimore: 'Stop whining'

    The best way to move Baltimore forward from its blight, unemployment and horrific three-year cycle of violent crime and record homicide rates is to stand up to it with gusto. "Stop whining and start winning," retired U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski told a group of about 75 business leaders at an informal panel Wednesday afternoon downtown. The event was sponsored by Venable LLP and held at 750 E. Pratt St. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Franchot reverses position, wants alcohol sales in Maryland grocery stores

    Comptroller Peter Franchot wants Maryland to join a majority of the U.S. and allow beer and wine sales in all grocery stores, marking a reversal from a previous stance he had on the issue as recently as last fall. The Democratic comptroller said in an interview this week with the Business Journal that the move to legalize alcohol sales in supermarkets would "provide a shot in the arm" to local craft brewers, an industry he has been seeking to reform for more than a year. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Activists join forces against D.C.-area bids for Amazon’s second headquarters

    Activists are organizing against the Washington region’s bids for Amazon.com’s second headquarters, saying governments shouldn’t offer tax subsidies to a wealthy company when they haven’t devoted enough money to public schools, mass transit and the poor. In a meeting Tuesday night, about 100 activists from more than a dozen social justice and workers’ rights groups gathered in a Northwest D.C. church calling for more transparency in the bids submitted by the District, Maryland and Virginia. The groups say no public financial incentives should be included in the offers. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore Community Foundation creates $6 million 'impact' fund to target city's ills

    Patti Baum envisions a Baltimore where the economy is "thriving for all people." That's the reason Baum and other board members of the Baltimore Community Foundation decided they had to change the way the foundation does business. BCF on Wednesday introduced an investment pool that will fund community groups already targeting issues like affordable housing and blighted neighborhoods in the city and Baltimore County. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

Education

  • Hyper-local summer jobs program ramps up in Fells Point and Canton

    A hyper-local summer youth jobs program is getting ready to start its second year in the Fells Point and Canton neighborhoods. "This is Working" is a program endorsed by City Councilman Zeke Cohen for large and small businesses in his 1st District that encompasses southeast Baltimore's communities from Fells Point to Highlandtown. Some of the summer jobs will even be located at City Hall as aides in city council offices. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Howard poised to double funds for school security

    Following a closed-door meeting Friday on security in Howard County schools, County Executive Allan Kittleman and three County Council members have added an additional $1.4 million to the county’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year. Democrats Mary Kay Sigaty and Jon Weinstein and Republican Greg Fox co-sponsored an amendment to add the one-time funds to the county’s proposed capital budget, which is used for construction and similar projects. (Ho. Co. Times) Read Full Article

  • Frederick County school board makes tough cuts to close budget shortfall

    The Frederick County Board of Education closed its shortfall Wednesday night and is set to vote on the budget at its meeting next month. The board voted to cut $200,000 from the salary resource pool, but the district’s chief financial officer assured the board it could still fund the pay scale transition for all three units of employees — teachers, administrators and support staff. (News-Post) Read Full Article

  • HCC Foundation reaches $10 million in net assets

    As Harford Community College celebrates its 60th anniversary this academic year, the Harford Community College Foundation also reached a significant milestone in 2018 — $10 million in net assets. Established in 1989, the Foundation has one purpose — to secure community and individual support for Harford Community College by raising funds for student scholarships, enhancing student programs and offering grant funds to the campus community for innovative projects that benefit both students and faculty. (Aegis) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Gov. Larry Hogan makes E-ZPass devices free for Maryland motorists

    The electronic E-ZPass devices that speed motorists through Maryland toll collection plazas will now be given free to new customers, Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday. At a news conference at the Bay Bridge, the Republican governor said the Maryland Transportation Authority will no longer charge the $7.50 fee for the transponders drivers attach to their vehicles. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore County Council meets to pass budget — and possibly select a county executive

    The Baltimore County Council will meet Thursday to adopt a $3.3 billion budget — and possibly appoint a new county executive. The 10 a.m. meeting initially was scheduled to pass a series of spending bills that will lay out the government’s budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1, as well as to consider other policy issues, such as whether county employee health plans should cover 12 months of birth control. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Consent decree reforms progressing despite leadership shake-up, Baltimore Police officials say

    Despite back-to-back command shake-ups in the last four months, the Baltimore Police Department is holding to a reform schedule set forward under its consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, police officials said Monday. “We’re still moving ahead,” said Chief Michelle Wirzberger, who heads the department’s consent decree compliance office. “There’s been no change. There’s been no delay. There’s been no let-up whatsoever in terms of our work.” (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore launches program helping residents pay for cleanup after some sewage backups

    Baltimore will now pay up to $2,500 toward cleanup costs associated with some basement sewage backups. The city launched the reimbursement program last month under a federally supervised program to modernize its aged, leaky sewer system. Only sewage backups caused by heavy rain are eligible for the program, and the backups must be reported within 24 hours. Claims for reimbursement of cleanup costs must be submitted to the city within 90 days of the incident. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • The death of a Baltimore County police officer is terrible, but it's not reason to question the idea of the juvenile justice system

    There’s plenty of reason to question the series of decisions by the justice system that allowed 16-year-old Dawnta Harris to be in Perry Hall Monday when police say he drove a stolen Jeep into Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio, fatally injuring her. We are still learning more details about his history, but it isn’t merely the benefit of hindsight that leads to the conclusion that he should not have been on home detention — or, as it turned out, AWOL from it — on the day of Officer Caprio’s death. That said, we should resist the urge to use this case to call the whole concept of the juvenile justice system into question. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Rochelle “Rikki” Spector: Baltimore mayor knows she can't fix city alone, she needs our help

    The benefit of long experience — not to mention accumulated years — is the ability to put things in context, to have perspective. Like others of my generation, I began my career at a time when phones were only attached to walls, “texting” was not yet a word, and mail was delivered by a Postal Service employee (in my case, named Earl) every Monday through Saturday, and mostly at the same time of day. Were those better days? I’m not so sure. Certainly for some, but most definitely not for all, and certainly not for African Americans in our city and in most cities across our country. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Climate change lessons — town by town

    Last week, a congressman from Alabama who serves on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology suggested in a public hearing that sea level rise may be caused by erosion — a possibility experts rate somewhere between absurd and laughable (on par with a grain of sand causing your bathtub to flood). But it’s hardly surprising. The willingness of climate change skeptics to grasp onto any alternative other than a warming planet fueled by greenhouse gas emissions (along with melting ice and oceans expanding as they warm) is commonly observed. Closer to home, the Chesapeake Bay is surrounded by towns and villages where the politically conservative residents refuse to accept scientific evidence of global warming even as the tides rise and their waterfront properties are consumed. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Time to let Anne Arundel Medical Center set up its long-delayed cardiac surgery program

    Anne Arundel Medical Center’s application to set up a cardiac surgery facility hasn’t been taking long at all — if you measure time by geological epochs. Unfortunately, local patients aren’t as durable as rock strata. So during the three-and-a-quarter years that have crawled by since AAMC filed its application with the state, many such people who could have benefited from having open-heart surgery at an excellent local hospital have instead had the procedures in Baltimore, Prince George’s County or Washington, D.C., with all the extra strain and logistical burden that brings. (Capital)Read Full Article