Politics

  • Hogan vetoes six bills, setting stage for another override battle

    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) vetoed six bills Friday, arguing that one attempted to “second-guess” his administration, others were unwarranted and one amounted to a tax increase. The vetoes set the stage for another battle with the Democratic-controlled General Assembly at the start of the 2017 legislative session. This year’s session opened with the legislature overriding every one of the first-term governor’s 2015 vetoes and ended with lawmakers overturning two vetoes of bills that Hogan made before the Assembly adjourned. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Some Md. Republicans are choosing crabs over Donald Trump

    While some prominent Maryland Republicans are headed west to Cleveland this July for the GOP national convention, others — including popular first-term Gov. Larry Hogan — are likely headed east. To the Eastern Shore, that is. Hogan, who has made clear his dislike for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, is among scores of Maryland politicos expected at the J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake, an annual schmooze-feast in a tiny town in Somerset County.  (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Pat Murray to lead Chris Van Hollen campaign

    Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the Democratic nominee for Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski's open Senate seat, has hired the director of the state's Democratic Party to lead his campaign. Pat Murray, a state house veteran who was named the party's executive director last year, will succeed Sheila O'Connell. O'Connell successfully steered the Van Hollen campaign through a feisty primary against Rep. Donna Edwards that captured national attention. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Szeliga joins growing chorus condemning VA head's Disneyland comments

    As she prepares for her battle for the U.S. Senate, Republican Del. Kathy Szeliga is joining some of her potential GOP colleagues in condemning comments made by the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, comparing waits for medical care to lines at Disneyland. Szeliga, who is currently running for retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski's seat in the Senate against Democratic challenger Rep. Chris Van Hollen, is one of a growing number of legislators that are criticizing the department secretary Bob McDonald, for comments he made at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Monday. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Donald C. Fry: A Boost for Baltimore: “Meet Local”

    In August the National Urban League will hold its annual conference in Baltimore, an event that will provide a huge economic boost to the city. An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people will attend the event, August. 3 - 6, fueling an estimated $4.2 million into the local economy. The civil rights organization’s executive leadership and Board of Directors ultimately selected Baltimore. But it was the Greater Baltimore Urban League’s president and CEO, J. Howard Henderson, who diligently went to work behind the scenes last summer to convince national leaders to pick Baltimore. Read Entire Article

  • Sponsored Video: Maryland Horse Industry Day 2016 Highlights

    On February 23, 2016, residents from across the state flocked to Annapolis to celebrate the depth and breadth of the horse industry in Maryland. State government leaders and horse lovers alike came together to promote the equestrian and agricultural industry's rich contributions to the state. Watch the highlights here.

  • Josh Kurtz: How We Got Here

    If current polling holds through November, the next president of the United States will be detested by roughly two-thirds of the electorate. That is a very frightening notion – and a very sad commentary on the state of American politics. But why shouldn’t voters detest the likely major party presidential nominees? Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are pretty detestable. Of course, there are different degrees of detestability. Read Entire Article

  • ICYMI: Center Maryland's ICSC Las Vegas / Maryland Preview Conference Call

    On Thursday, Center Maryland's Damian O'Doherty hosted an ICSC Las Vegas / Maryland Preview Conference Call. The international convention for the shopping center industry began Sunday and will run through Wednesday, May 25th. The call featured the following top real estate professionals in the state: Arthur Adler, Caves Valley Partners; Greg Fitchitt, Howard Hughes Corporation; Tom Fidler, The MacKenzie Companies; Howard Perlow, Commercial Settlement Service; Vanessa Rodriguez, Howard Hughes Corporation; Tom Simmons, Kimco Realty; and Angela Sweeney, Peterson Companies. Listen to Entire Call

Business

  • Baltimore businesses trying to rebuild after unrest get state money to improve storefronts

    Along a struggling stretch of North Carey Street, Maisha McCoy plans to add lighting, new awnings and possibly wrought-iron window guards to spruce up the front of her pharmacy. She'll pay for it using money from a new state program designed to help Baltimore businesses damaged during last year's riots. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Inside the BDC, questions about Port Covington

    The board of the Baltimore Development Corp. voted unanimously in March to back a request from Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank for $535 million in city financing to support his plan to redevelop Port Covington with a dense, mixed-use project, including a new Under Armour campus. Despite appearances, some members raised serious questions about the deal's details behind closed doors. Last week, the BDC released previously sealed minutes from meetings that were closed to the public. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • As projects continue, Baltimore hotel market rebounds

    Though travel to Baltimore declined last summer after the April riots, hotelier Khaled Said, who was planning a $14 million conversion of a former culinary college building downtown into a 101-room hotel, was undeterred. The 55-year-old has built his business working on hotels on Baltimore's outskirts, spots that might seem risky. But Said is hardly alone in his interest. Other hotel investors are moving forward with plans for new buildings, brands and renovations in and around downtown. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Under Armour gym combines fitness with technology

    When you walk into the new Under Armour Performance Center on Light Street, it simply looks like a retail store with a cafe. The only evidence of a gym is a desk on the side with a stack of folded, white towels. Turn a corner and walk up a flight of stairs and you see a large open space, more than 60 yards of turf and towering pillars about four stories high. At first glance, the space, which used to be a large bank hall, doesn’t look like a gym. But when you take a closer look, you see the weight machines, treadmills and TVs that line the perimeter. And, if Under Armour has its way, you might wonder how this space could be used for anything else. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

Education

  • Baltimore teachers union calls on school district to rescind layoff notices

    The head of the Baltimore Teachers Union is calling on the city school system to rescind its plan to issue layoff notices Tuesday, which she said violates aspects of the union's contract. According to a letter sent by Marietta English on Friday, the district's announced plan to carry out a "reduction in force," breaches the school system's obligation to bargain in good faith with the union. The union represents about 6,000 teachers, paraprofessionals and school-based employees. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Bill approving challenge grant funds for Anne Arundel teachers will become law

    Gov. Larry Hogan won't stand in the way of state money fenced off by the General Assembly to fund grants for Anne Arundel County teachers in high-poverty schools. But in a letter released Friday, Hogan said he objects to legislators' use of a state bill to interfere in local labor negotiations. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Ahead of Howard school budget adoption, financial audit, oversight committee proposed

    The chairman of the Howard County Council capped a contentious budget season between county officials and the school system on Thursday by calling for an audit of education spending and creation of a school budget review committee. Council Chairman Calvin Ball, a Democrat, said an audit is needed to answer questions about the "enormous discrepancy" between what County Executive Allan Kittleman proposed to spend on schools, and what the Board of Education had requested. (Howard Co.) Read Full Article

  • Controversy erupts at B-CC High School over punishment of students who were allegedly drunk at prom

    The reversal of the decision to ban six Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (B-CC) seniors from next week’s graduation ceremony because they were allegedly drunk at prom has caused a furor among some staff, parents and teachers. Members of the school community who spoke to Bethesda Beat Friday said the reversal—which came from Interim Superintendent Larry Bowers after formal appeals from the students and their families—undermines the authority of Principal Donna Redmond Jones and flies in the face of a renewed effort to end underage drinking before prom, homecoming and other school events. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Baltimore police officers get training in body cameras

    At the second-ever class to train and equip Baltimore police officers with body cameras, Officer Natasha Hill raised her hand, a question on her mind. The 29-year-old patrol officer, mother to a 5-year-old son, wanted to know if she could turn her camera off when interacting with kids on her beat in the Western District. "I know children are a sensitive subject," she said. Sgt. Habib Kim, the instructor, said she could — after recording on camera her reason for doing so. But he also told the two dozen officers in Friday's training class that they should err on the side of over-recording rather than under-recording. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Purple Line’s foes add Metro safety, maintenance problems to legal argument

    Metro’s mounting maintenance and safety problems have provided a fresh legal argument for opponents of the Purple Line, who say Maryland can’t afford to build a new light-rail line when the subway system it will connect to needs millions in repairs. In an ongoing federal lawsuit, opponents also argue that Maryland officials can’t prove the Washington region needs another rail line when Metro has steadily lost riders over the past six years. Riders transferring to and from Metro are projected to make up about one-third of the ridership of the 16.2-mile Purple Line in the Washington suburbs. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • National Park Service edges closer to decision on Assateague Island

    During the three-day storm that battered Maryland in January, ocean waves blasted through one of the dunes that protects Assateague Island National Seashore, burying 10 campsites under six feet of sand. With summer vacation season starting, those sites are still covered. After 50 years of resisting the forces of nature on Maryland’s largest coastal barrier, the National Park Service is ready to accept the inevitable: Assateague Island, famous for its wild horses, is meant to change. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Report: Md. beaches are on a 4-year clean streak

    Maryland beaches were open for swimming with no health-based advisories more than 98 percent of the time last summer, the fourth year in a row that that mark was hit, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Healthy Beaches 2016 Progress Report. The state monitored a total of 186 beaches, from Ocean City to Western Maryland lake shores. It was also the 11th straight year that there were no advisories more than 96 percent of the time. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Todd Oppenheim: The hypocrisy behind the prosecution of Officer Nero

    The acquittal earlier this week of Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero was not only a disappointment for the State’s Attorney’s Office, but it also exposed a legal strategy that was inherently inconsistent with the office’s prosecution of other defendants. The state contradicted its own positions in handling criminal cases in three ways. (Brew) Read Full Article

  • Rascovar’s musings on election snafus, Cummings in the middle, Edwards in denial, school board in secret

    A number of thoughts while celebrating the contributions of the men and women who served or serve in our nation’s military: Baltimore City’s elections on May 27 offered two striking lessons for politicians and state election officials. Will they learn from them? (Md. Reporter) Read Full Article

  • Toni Holness: Maryland has started on prison reform. But what about the thousands in jails?

    This year, Maryland experienced the beginning of a historic shift from a failed tough-on-crime approach that has swelled our prisons — mostly with poor black and brown people — and emptied our coffers, toward a smarter, evidence-based and more humane approach to justice. That new approach promises to reduce the incarcerated population, reduce recidivism by giving people returning to their communities from jail or prison the support they need to avoid future entanglement with the criminal-justice system and reduce the unconscionable racial and socioeconomic biases that permeate and delegitimize our justice system. Still, we have yet to address the more than one-third of the state’s incarcerated population in jail, not prison. (Wash. Post)Read Full Article

  • Law gives schools a chance to fix a mistake

    Gov. Larry Hogan was right in letting the Teacher Induction, Retention and Advancement Act of 2016 become law, although without his signature. And he was also right, at least as a matter of principle, in objecting to a late addition to the measure that may benefit Anne Arundel County teachers who work at middle and high schools with a high percentage of students from poor families. Nonetheless, as a practical matter, we're glad that addition is there. It gives local officials – specifically, the Board of Education and the County Council – another chance to fix a mistake that upset a lot of teachers earlier this year and set off "work-to-rule" protests. (Capital)Read Full Article