August 13 // Michael Busch: Stopping mass shootings isn't simple, but we can ban 3D-printed guns now

In the past year, America has witnessed a mass murder in Las Vegas, Nevada, where an individual with an assault weapon slaughtered dozens of innocent people. A few months later, we saw a former student walk into Parkland High School in Florida and open fire on his former classmates and students. A little closer to home, a young man killed another student before losing his own life at Great Mills High School in southern Maryland. As you see these terrible incidents happen across the country, you never think it will affect your own community. But on June 28, a man armed with a shotgun walked into The Capital and murdered five innocent people. (Capital)

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Ben Jealous isn't a socialist, but he's sure touchy about being called one

Ben Jealous sure is touchy about being called a socialist. One of his first major television interviews after he secured the Democratic nomination for governor featured a flailing exchange on CNBC in which he tried, unsuccessfully, to brush away the question. He recently used the f-word at a news conference when a reporter asked him whether he identified as a socialist. And now his campaign is demanding that Baltimore TV stations stop airing a Republican Governors Association ad branding him as one, arguing that their broadcast licenses could be at risk for airing demonstrably false information. (Balt. Sun)

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Hogan and Jealous offer the right words this weekend

Charlottesville, Virginia, is warily observing the one-year anniversary this weekend of a white supremacist, neo-Nazi rally that left one counter-protester dead, scores injured and tangentially resulted in the death of two state troopers in a helicopter crash. The worry extends to Washington, D.C., where hundreds of people with the same offensive view of the world planned to rally Sunday. We could focus here on the danger of the painfully weak statement deploring "all types of racism" tweeted out Saturday by President Donald Trump. After his horribly mixed messages a year ago, we'd hoped the president would offer a more robust condemnation of the threat to our beliefs right in front of him. Instead, we think it's more productive to praise the two candidates for governor of Maryland — both residents of Anne Arundel County — for their clear-throated language issued Friday. (Capital)

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Peter Schmuck: If review of Maryland football program confirms reports, DJ Durkin must go permanently

Maryland head football coach DJ Durkin has been placed on administrative leave and — let’s be honest — it probably won’t be long before that becomes a permanent arrangement. Durkin might not be directly responsible for the death of 19-year-old redshirt freshman Jordan McNair two months ago, but if a fraction of the allegations included in the ESPN reporting that has shocked a nation and shaken the Maryland football program are confirmed, he has to go. (Balt. Sun)

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Marc Elrich’s lurch toward labor

Balance has been the hallmark of leadership in Montgomery County for the past 12 years under County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), who is retiring. That very quality has eluded the front-runner to succeed him this fall. We refer to Marc Elrich, the Democratic nominee for county executive in Maryland’s most-populated locality, a jurisdiction where Democrats outnumber Republicans by 3 to 1. (Wash. Post)

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Jessica Douglass: Eleventh-hour plea not enough for Hough's record on schools

Maryland state Sen. Michael Hough consistently votes against the best interests of public schools. Some lowlights of his most recent session in Annapolis include his vote against the 21st Century Schools Act, which among other things establishes an annual goal that at least $400 million for public school construction be provided as soon as practicable and includes a requirement that $10 million for school safety improvements be provided annually beginning in fiscal year 2019. (News-Post)

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Jake Burdett: Medicare for all is possible in Maryland

Since Bernie Sanders rose to prominence during the 2016 primary, Medicare-for-All has become a common topic of discussion in political circles. It is often debated whether a single-payer, Medicare-for-All or universal system — in which health care is “free” and provided via the state through taxes rather than through private insurance companies — is too expensive or unrealistic. Sanders made Medicare-for-All a national issue. In Maryland it is now more relevant since Ben Jealous won the Democratic gubernatorial primary on a platform of actually implementing a Medicare-for-All system at the state level. The promise to make health care a human right (no longer a privilege) for all Americans (or Marylander) sounds great in theory, but could we really afford that? (Daily Times)

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Putting schools to the test

 

For many years, American educators, parents and political leaders have been grappling with this thorny question: Just how good are our schools? Almost 20 years ago, President George W. Bush’s administration passed the No Child Left Behind Act, with the twin goals of assessing the quality of schools and improving education for all. Under President Barack Obama, Congress passed a replacement law called the Every Student Succeeds Act. Obama said the new law would aim to assess schools more broadly, to measure success in more ways. Now, as a result of that law, Maryland schools will be subject to broad, state-level accountability, for the first time in several years. (News-Post)

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