August 1 // David A. Plymyer: Plea to Maryland leaders: Fix Baltimore police discipline

This is a plea to the governor and leaders of the Maryland General Assembly: Please take charge of fixing the broken disciplinary system of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD). This is a problem that only you can solve. The fix requires changes to state law, and the longer a fix is delayed, the worse the problems within the BPD become. If we have learned anything over the past three years, since the fatal injury to Freddie Gray in the back of a police van — culminating with the fallout from the Gun Trace Task Force — it is that the current disciplinary system doesn’t work. (Balt. Sun)

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Steve Schuh: Anne Arundel County can prevent mass shootings like the one at Capital Gazette Newspapers

We, Anne Arundel County citizens, continue to be shocked, heartbroken and angered over the mass shooting at the Capital Gazette Newspaper offices last month. An attack on our community newspaper is an attack on our community itself. As someone who has served in elected office for more than 12 years, I knew some of those who were lost. I spoke before them on the editorial board. We debated ideas. We often disagreed, but we did so with respect and good humor. I will miss those visits, and I know they will never be the same after an act of such unspeakable violence. (Capital)

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Mike Tidwell: Maryland is moving toward cleaner energy

Hats off to Dereck Davis of the Maryland House of Delegates. Recently, the Prince George's County Democrat pointed out that Maryland is making real progress in promoting wind and solar power. More people work in the solar industry today in Maryland than the crab industry. And now, with support from leading environmental groups, the NAACP, and the wind and solar industries themselves, the Maryland General Assembly is poised to double its commitment to carbon-free energy in 2019 with the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act. The bill would also end all subsidies to trash incinerators under state energy policy. Too bad The Sun didn't mention any of this in its article "Pair of studies criticize Maryland renewable energy policy as 'cleanwashing' pollution" (July 29). (Balt. Sun)

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How long can it take to make redactions in county reports?

Two weeks ago the Washington County Board of Commissioners voted to release two independent reports, one on the conduct of Commissioner LeRoy Myers on a South Korean business trip, the other on leaks at the county level that brought these allegations to light. The public, however, has yet to see any results of the 3-2 vote, leading us to wonder if the decision was, as Commissioner John Barr surmised at the time, “a campaign stunt.” If much more time elapses with no public accounting, it will indeed appear that Terry Baker, Wayne Keefer and Myers made a great show of telling the people they stand for open government, even though they never had any intention of releasing the results of the two investigations. (Herald-Mail)

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Chase Cook: I have lingering questions about the shooting

Every morning delivers five seconds of peace. I don’t remember that evil blasted through Annapolis and killed five of my co-workers. But reality twists into focus. I remember. Rob Hiaasen won’t be sitting at his desk eating almonds. Gerald Fischman won’t be talking to himself as he composes his next column. Wendi Winters won’t have a story prepared about her time in New York. Rebecca Smith won’t joke about the reporter who sends his Amazon packages to the office. John McNamara won’t reminisce about the glory days of the Washington Bullets, the team now known as the Washington Wizards. Magic would be a helluva of a thing, wouldn’t it? We could reverse time. Resurrect the dead. Heal the wounded. But magic isn’t real. (Capital)

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July 31 // Felicity Ross: How Campaigning Taught Our Family About Hard Work and Resilience

Twenty-four years ago, I fell in love with Alec Ross, the teacher across the hall. We were both placed teaching 6th grade at Booker T. Washington Middle School through Teach for America. This past spring, we celebrated our twenty-year wedding anniversary. We postponed celebrating because Alec was in the middle of his gubernatorial campaign hoping to become Maryland’s Democratic nominee. The primary election was last month and did not turn out how we had hoped. I’ve spent the last few weeks reflecting on my participation and the participation of our children in Alec’s yearlong candidacy. (Thrive Global)

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Mileah Kromer: Md. gubernatorial election will offer glimpse into country's future

Gov. Larry Hogan is popular, but so was former Gov. Bob Ehrlich when he lost his bid for reelection. So goes the favorite anecdote of voters certain to have previously lived our current gubernatorial contest. But are Marylanders really experiencing a case of electoral déjà vu? To start, it’s true that Maryland’s last Republican governor was popular in defeat. His job approval ratings averaged in the low- to mid-50s in 2006, the year he lost his reelection bid. And much like Mr. Hogan does today, Mr. Ehrlich faced a sustained gap between those ratings and voter support for his reelection. (Balt. Sun)

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Dave Anderson: The Democratic Party doesn't need unifying, factions are fine

It is an assumption about the nature of political parties that they must have a direction, and that direction must speak for most candidates and politicians within the party family. But why? Why can’t there be factions, as there most assuredly are in the Democratic Party? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is going to run in November as a Democratic Socialist regardless of what direction, if any, the Democratic Party takes in the months ahead. Likewise, there are an increasing number of millennials who are excited about running as Democratic Socialists, probably more so than Sen. Bernie Sanders. (Balt. Sun)

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