Politics

  • Ben Carson takes on new role with Trump campaign

    Dr. Ben Carson, the retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon who suspended his presidential bid two months ago, will help Donald Trump's ascendant campaign choose a running mate — a move that has Carson supporters hopeful about his political future. Carson, the former Marylander who developed a following among conservatives and evangelicals, endorsed Trump shortly after dropping out of the race in early March, and at one time was himself considered a potential Trump vice-presidential pick. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Democrats place Hogan on a ‘Silent 9’ Trump list

    An association of Democratic governors has tagged Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan as an original member of what it is calling the “Silent 9,” a group of Republican governors who have refused to say whether they would support Donald Trump on the ballot in November. The Democratic Governors Association is keeping a tally of where sitting Republican governors stand on Trump’s nomination for president. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Pugh continues to lead though Dixon gains in late count

    State Sen. Catherine E. Pugh remained more than 2,500 votes ahead of former Mayor Sheila Dixon on Wednesday as city elections officials worked to count the final ballots in the Democratic primary for mayor. Dixon gained 485 votes on Pugh by early evening. It was unclear how many votes remained to be tallied, and absentee ballots were still being received from overseas, with a Friday deadline to certify the results. Absentee ballots must have been postmarked by Election Day to be counted. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Three-candidate slate wins Town of Chevy Chase election

    A slate of three Town of Chevy Chase council candidates endorsed by outgoing council member Kathy Strom was elected Tuesday in the town’s first election since last year’s controversial secret write-in campaign. Barney Rush, Scott Fosler and Mary Flynn received 593, 592 and 582 votes, respectively, for the three open council seats, edging out Henry Smith and Jennifer Burton, who each received 501 votes. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Towson University Celebrating 150 Years: Dr. Timothy Chandler, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Part 3

    In the final installment of Towson University’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Timothy Chandler’s conversation with Damian O’Doherty, he describes the vitality of the university’s student activities. TU has amazing arts and athletics programs, and the university welcomes the community to all events. Dr. Chandler explains that even beyond the immediate Towson area, the university is hugely beneficial to Maryland. Its Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI) estimates that Towson University contributes $1.6 billion to the economy. Watch Entire Video

  • Josh Kurtz: The 74 Percent Solution

    Thank you, Gov. Hogan. He wants thanks for keeping the peace after last year's Baltimore riots? There, we’ve just said it. Thank you also, Governor, for reminding us how petty and thin-skinned you can be. Thank you for showing what high regard you have for yourself and what little regard you have for the concept of separation of powers. Thank you for revealing that you view tackling urban problems as an annoyance, rather than a responsibility and an opportunity. Thank you for continuing to use last year’s Baltimore riots as a dog whistle to those of your supporters who have a healthy fear and loathing of the majority-black city. Read Entire Article

  • Towson University Celebrating 150 Years: Dr. Timothy Chandler, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Part 2

    Damian O’Doherty continues his conversation with Provost Dr. Timothy Chandler. He describes the university’s appeal, as the growth campus of the University System of Maryland. He also explains the university’s cooperation with the community and the shared goal of keeping the growth and development of student housing on campus. Watch Entire Video

  • Josh Kurtz: Franchot Finds His Footing

    Peter Franchot wants you to know: He’s still a Democrat. Estranged from the party establishment for what seems like forever, the state comptroller convened a meeting of 20 or so Democratic elected officials, party activists and thought leaders from across Maryland at his stately Takoma Park home on Sunday afternoon. On a day when most politicians and party stalwarts were engaged in frenetic, last-minute pre-primary campaign activities, Franchot brought this group together to discuss the future of the Democratic Party in Maryland – and by implication, his own. Read Entire Article

Business

  • Rockville-based Monument Bank sold for $65.1 million

    Rockville-based Monument Bank will be sold to Laurel-based Revere Bank for $65.1 million, according to an announcement made via a press release Tuesday. The merger, which was unanimously approved by both banks’ board of directors, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2016, pending approvals from regulators and the banks’ shareholders. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

  • New survey shows Md. farmers markets boost local economy

    The Maryland Department of Agriculture and the Maryland Farmers Market Association estimate that local farmers markets generated $51 million in sales, with more than 2.3 million consumers visiting farmers markets in 2015. The estimation is based on a confidential survey that is the first of its kind in Maryland and was completed by 29 percent of the 141 farmers markets in the state. (Carr. Co. Times) Read Full Article

  • Armour Day draws athletes and entertainers to help mark brand's 20th year

    It's Armour Day at Under Armour's global headquarters in Locust Point, which means athletes, entertainers and other celebrities descending on South Baltimore. The Baltimore brand is marking its 20th year making shirts, shoes, leggings and more and appears to have turned the annual event up a notch to celebrate. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Washington County approves new business tax-credit incentive

    A new tax-credit program approved this week offers another incentive for businesses to expand or locate in Washington County.nBy a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Washington County Board of Commissioners passed an ordinance to establish a Job Creation and Capital Investment Real Property Tax Credit, which is a similar to Maryland's Enterprise Zone tax-credit program. (Herald-Mail) Read Full Article

Education

  • Baltimore school board criticized for secret search for new CEO

    City and state officials criticized the Baltimore school board Wednesday for conducting a secret search for a new schools chief that left the public and key legislators unaware that the process was underway. The board's announcement Tuesday night that schools CEO Gregory Thornton would step down and be replaced by Sonja Santelises caught officials and the community by surprise. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Schuh seeks private options for school nurse program

    County Executive Steve Schuh's administration is considering options to shift management of more than 300 public school nurses from the county Department of Health to a private company or hospital. Andrew Hime, county purchasing agent, said county staff will send out a request Thursday seeking information on what a private school health program might look like to Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Anne Arundel Medical Center and five private companies. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Rockville elementary school recognized for promoting breakfast for students

    Educators and health professionals have long touted the academics benefits derived from students eating breakfast before starting school. But while some Montgomery County students may not have the time to eat during the morning rush to class, local officials say others may not have the option because their families can’t afford to provide breakfast.  That’s why one local public elementary school has made an effort to increase the number of its students who eat breakfast by changing how it serves the meal. And that effort has led to statewide recognition for Brookhaven Elementary School in Rockville. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

  • Officials hope to start Tulip Grove construction in July

    Anne Arundel County school officials plan to have a bid approved in late June so construction on a new Tulip Grove Elementary can begin in July, parents learned Tuesday night. Will Smith, the project manager for the Tulip Grove upgrade, also said the school probably wouldn't be ready until December of 2017, which could mean a mid-year move. (Capital)Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • City police body camera program launch delayed a month

    The rollout of an $11.6 million program to equip 2,500 Baltimore police officers with body cameras will begin about a month later than officials had previously announced. The first 500 officers will start wearing the body-worn cameras at the end of this month at the earliest, Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith said Wednesday. In March, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said the program would begin May 1. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Council considers restaurant alcohol sale restrictions

    The Anne Arundel County Council is considering legislation that could change the rules for restaurants selling take-home beer and wine to patrons. Councilman John Grasso, R-Glen Burnie, has introduced a bill that would require such restaurants to be located at least a mile from the closest package goods store — the technical term for a traditional beer, wine and liquor shop. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Montgomery Council approves disputed plan for development in Westbard

    The Montgomery County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to bring as many as 1,200 new townhouses and high-rise apartments to Bethesda’s Westbard neighborhood, ending months of bitter debate over a plan that some residents contend will alter the suburban character of the community a mile north of the District line. The housing — including as many as 275 income-restricted or “affordable” apartments and homes — is part of the Westbard Sector Plan, a 30-year blueprint for growth in the southwest county area bounded by Massachusetts Avenue, Little Falls Parkway, Dorset Avenue and the Springfield neighborhood. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Silent electric buses starting soon in Frederick County's mass-transit system

    After a slight delay, Frederick County’s public transportation is primed to get greener next month, with five fully electric buses worth $2.84 million in TransIT’s fleet. On Thursday, TransIT Services plans to celebrate the buses’ arrival and their environmentally progressive features: odorless and quiet, without petroleum-based fuel. (News-Post) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • The secret superintendent search

    The Baltimore City school board's surprise announcement Tuesday that it had selected Sonja Santelises to replace Gregory Thornton as city schools CEO may well be good news for the system and its schoolchildren. Ms. Santelises, who served for three years as the city's chief academic officer under former schools CEO Andrés Alonso, is intimately familiar with the challenges the system faces, and by all accounts she brings excellent credentials to the job. However, we are troubled by the secret process that led to her appointment, which calls into question the board's commitment to transparency on a matter of great public import. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Mayoral recount? Bring it on

    We endorsed Catherine Pugh. We think she should be the next mayor, and based on everything we have seen so far from the preliminary counting of votes from last week's election, we expect she will be the Democratic nominee. That said, we have no quarrel with former mayor Sheila Dixon or anyone else scrutinizing the results and questioning the voting process. It's much better for all involved — including Ms. Pugh — to hash the issues out now rather than leave questions that could linger for years. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Kalman R. Hettleman: New schools CEO selection brings hope to Baltimore

    Being chief executive of a large urban school system is known to be one of the hardest jobs on the planet. But some do it better than others. Often the difference is whether the CEO's skill set fits the particular needs of a school district at a particular point in time. Therein lies the basis for the enthusiastic hope engendered by the appointment of Sonja Santelises as the new CEO of the Baltimore city schools. Unlike the departing Gregory Thornton, her strong suit is academic leadership. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Secret gathering of information by police is disservice to public

    More so than the secrecy, more than the potentially troubling privacy issues, the shadowy use of technology to track cellphones by the state’s law enforcement agencies is hampering the prosecution of justice in Maryland. In other words, some criminals are getting off more lightly than they otherwise would as police and prosecutors attempt to veil the deployment of intelligence-gathering devices known as “cell site simulators.” (News-Post) Read Full Article