November 9 // Adam Pagnucco: Five takeaways from the general election

Maryland had a blue wave. It just didn't affect the governor's race. Gov. Larry Hogan's 14-point victory over Democrat Ben Jealous is the biggest margin by a Republican gubernatorial candidate since Theodore McKeldin's 15-point win in 1950. Hogan also earned 45 percent of the vote in Montgomery County, the best performance by a gubernatorial Republican here since Spiro Agnew's win in 1966. But elsewhere in the state, the news was very good for Democrats. (Bethesda)

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Deborah Simmons: Bladensburg Peace Cross is Veterans Day, World War I reminder

2019 will mark the 100th anniversary of the convening of the Paris Peace Conference, which formally ended World War I. And the Peace Cross is a memorial that today stands at a crossroads in Bladensburg, which lost scores of residents during the “war to end all wars.” On Monday, we observe Veterans Day, which honors all those — living and dead — who have served in our armed forces. Day by day, we lose our military veterans. My question to you is: Will we lose the Peace Cross, too? (Wash. Times)

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University of Maryland needs to do better at becoming a safe place for black students

Why would an African American student attend the University of Maryland at College Park? When a student chooses a school they want a place where they feel wanted and supported. Parents want to know they’re sending their daughters and sons to a safe environment — not a place where they might become a victim of a hate crime. And recently, black families have had too many reasons to question whether the University of Maryland is that place. (Balt. Sun)

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William E. Lori: Baltimore archbishop outlines path toward reform and renewal in the Catholic Church

As is customary this time of year, Baltimore is again hosting the nation’s Catholic bishops, who are convening here in America’s first Roman Catholic diocese for extensive discussions about the relevance and impact of Catholic faith in American society. This year in particular, because of the severe crisis confronting the church, the agenda, deliberations and outcomes of our meeting are rightly under intense scrutiny. (Balt. Sun)

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Democrats are totally dominant in Baltimore City and Prince George's County. Is that hurting them in governor's races?

In Baltimore City, Democrats outnumber Republicans nearly 10 to 1. In Prince George’s County, it’s 11-1. That’s somewhere beyond dominant in both jurisdictions, and it’s been that way for generations. For the party’s gubernatorial candidates, that may be a problem. Here’s why — and what Democrats should do about it. (As a bonus, the solution is good for voters, too.) (Balt. Sun)

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Tricia Bishop: Kevin Plank may be Trumpier than we knew

Turns out Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank is Trumpier than we thought. Last year, he came under fire for praising the president’s business stance, and this year, we find out he’s also a fan of strippers (shout-out to Stormy!). Mr. Plank and other executives attended strip clubs after various events with athletes and colleagues over a span of years, according to The Wall Street Journal, which published an article earlier this week claiming that Under Armour employees were notified via email in February that they were no longer allowed to expense such adult entertainment. But even more troubling: Mr. Plank’s company managers also used young female employees as bait for executives at pre-Preakness parties held at Mr. Plank’s horse farm, The Journal said. (Balt. Sun)

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Pittman's transition leaders a good start for Anne Arundel County executive-elect

If you judge a new administration by the people it surrounds itself with, County Executive-elect Steuart Pittman just started off with a bang. Janet Owens and Chris Trumbauer and are two people who represent the best of the Democratic Party in Anne Arundel. Owens, of course, is the only woman elected as county executive — so far. (Capital)

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November 9 // The most diverse Congress ever doesn't erase our divisions

Andrew Gillum’s and Ben Jealous’ election losses proved major blows to voters pushing to shake up the traditional political establishment by adding representatives to better reflect the racial makeup of the country. Mr. Jealous always faced an uphill battle for Maryland governor, so his defeat didn’t come as a shock. It was a different story for Mr. Gillum in his quest to become Florida’s first African American governor. Donors from around the country poured money into his campaign, and former President Barack Obama stumped for him in hopes that the charismatic Tallahassee mayor could turn the ultimate swing state blue. (Balt. Sun)

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