Politics

  • Anne Arundel Community College survey: Pittman closes gap, is just five points behind Schuh

    Democratic challenger Steuart Pittman has gained 10 points on County Executive Steve Schuh despite residents approving of the job Schuh is doing, according to an Anne Arundel Community College survey. The Republican Schuh has 38 percent support from more likely voters compared to 33 percent support for Pittman, a Davidsonville resident. Pittman’s support increased 10 points from the Center for the Study of Local Issues survey in April. Voters had the same support for Schuh then at 38 percent, but Pittman had 23 percent. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Jealous campaign expects Democrats to make up 57 percent of Maryland voters this year. That's more like a blue ripple than a wave

    For months, Democrat Ben Jealous’ campaign for governor has publicly predicted a “blue wave” of turnout from progressive voters that will sweep Republican Gov. Larry Hogan out of office. But on a recent media call with reporters, the campaign said its own models indicate that registered Democrats will make up just 57 percent of voters by Election Day. That would be a slight bump from the last gubernatorial election four years ago but hardly a dramatic “wave.” (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Md. Democratic challenger goes after Andy Harris in first televised debate

    Democratic congressional candidate Jesse Colvin attacked Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) over opioids, veterans and the environment during a debate that aired Thursday on cable television in rural Cecil County. But the political newcomer’s inexperience made for several awkward back-and-forth exchanges between the candidates. For his opening salvo, Colvin turned to the camera, stared intently and spoke directly to voters: “When was the last time you saw Dr. Harris? Did he look he excited to be there with you?” (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Ben Jealous' campaign story about a company that decided against Maryland appears to be true

    At virtually every campaign stop, Maryland’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Ben Jealous, tells a story about the one that got away. The tale comes from the former NAACP president’s years as a venture capitalist, and it involves a Canadian businessman who was looking to open a manufacturing plant in the United States. According to Jealous, he was trying to sell the company owner on a location in Baltimore. Jealous says the owner was intrigued by the idea of bringing his operation — and 300 jobs — to the city. But the deal fell apart because of Maryland’s soaring health care costs, he says. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Eric Gilbert: Redeveloping America’s Brownfields, A Modern Industrial Revival

    Everyone who has ever worked in, lived in, or even traveled to a major U.S. city has seen them – forlorn, abandoned plots of land sporting an unsightly mix of rotting industrial equipment and crumbling buildings – fenced off and clearly too contaminated for occupancy or use of any kind. Read Full Article

  • Chris West: Single-Payer Healthcare – Another View

    On August 6, my good friend, State Delegate Kirill Reznik, posted a blog on Center Maryland (“Single Payer Healthcare”) in which he took aim at a Baltimore Sun analysis of Ben Jealous’s proposed single-payer healthcare plan. Delegate Reznik criticized the Baltimore Sun and launched a pretty bitter partisan attack on Governor Hogan and all Maryland Republicans because they are not swooning at the prospect of socialized medicine in Maryland. Read Full Article

  • Kirill Reznik: Single Payer Healthcare

    There’s a lot of controversy over a Baltimore Sun article that says single-payer healthcare costs $24 billion, and Larry Hogan is having a field day with that misinformation.  This is what happens when you Govern by polls and slogans.  But the truth is not scary, and in fact, quite commonplace. Read Full Article

  • Aaron Tomarchio: How Kevin Kamenetz Steered Sparrows Point Toward The Future

    In 2010, during his first campaign for Baltimore County Executive, Kevin Kamenetz said something about Sparrows Point that seemed politically risky at the time: Maybe it’s time to think about a future beyond steel production. His words seemed prescient two years later when, after cycling through five owners in a decade, the steel mill closed, putting 2,200 men and women out of work.Read Full Article

Business

  • Cybersecurity hub planned for Baltimore's Port Covington with announcement of three new tenants

    The first companies to commit to moving to South Baltimore’s massive Port Covington redevelopment see themselves as more than tenants. Three cybersecurity industry firms, which announced plans Thursday to open headquarters by 2020 in the project’s first development phase, are in the business of investing in and nurturing cyber firms. And they see themselves attracting dozens of companies with hundreds of workers to what they call “Cyber Town USA,” making Port Covington the epicenter of a Silicon Valley of the East Coast. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Maryland Rep. Cummings says documents detail Trump involvement in decision to halt FBI headquarters move

    House Democrats said Thursday that they have obtained emails showing President Donald Trump intervened in a decision to build a new FBI headquarters at its current Washington location. The lawmakers said it was in Trump’s interest to prevent the site from development that could compete with the nearby Trump International Hotel. The change in course was a blow to Maryland and Virginia, which had been competing for years for the project and its anticipated 11,000 jobs. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • The Ravens will now only serve McCormick condiments at M&T Bank Stadium

    McCormick & Co. Inc. is expanding its sponsorship with the Baltimore Ravens, a deal making it the exclusive condiment provider at M&T Bank Stadium. Starting with this Sunday's home game against the New Orleans Saints, the flavoring company's Frank’s RedHot Sauce and French’s ketchup and mustard brands will be available at all concession areas throughout the 71,000-seat stadium. McCormick's Stubb's Bar-B-Q Sauces will also be available later this season. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Port of Baltimore sets new monthly auto record in August

    More than 65,000 cars and light trucks were shipped through the port of Baltimore in August, a new monthly record for the state-owned terminals, officials announced Thursday. Due to its inland location and highway and rail connections, Baltimore’s port has been ranked the nation’s top port for autos for several years. It handled a record 807,194 in 2017 and set the previous monthly record — 61,000 — in May. “The Port of Baltimore continues to be a leading economic engine for our state, supporting thousands of hardworking men and women who ensure the safe handling of record-breaking amounts of cargo each year,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Education

  • 3 women with UMBC ties join sex-assault lawsuit; 1 alleges she was raped by 4 UMBC basketball players

    Three women with ties to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County have joined a lawsuit against Baltimore County authorities that alleges systemic indifference to crimes of sexual violence and bias against women. One new plaintiff, a former UMBC student, alleged that she was raped by four UMBC basketball players on campus in 2014, according to the suit. According to the lawsuit, the woman attended a party and woke up the next morning without any memory from the night before after consuming various beverages. Weeks later, she was told that four basketball players had "run a train on her and pass[ed] her around," according to the lawsuit. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Amid national debate on immigration, Howard school system reaffirms role to educate all students

    Howard County’s school board has adopted a new policy reinforcing its commitment to guarantee education for all, regardless of immigration status. The move comes amid a changing climate in the nation over undocumented residents and “removes the fear and anxiety that some of our families are facing today,” said Hector Garcia, CEO of Foreign-born Information and Referral Network, a Columbia nonprofit that helps immigrants. (Ho. Co. Times) Read Full Article

  • Carroll school board approves hiring of executive director of school performance, equity and accountability

    Carroll County Public Schools has added a position in central office to focus on equity, student success and more. The Board of Education unanimously approved the hiring of Jason Anderson on Wednesday night, to fill the role of executive director of school performance, equity and accountability. Anderson brings experience from working as a classroom teacher, a teacher specialist for professional development, principal of a gifted and talented magnet school, as well as two Title I schools and as an executive director for curriculum, instruction and innovation. (Carr. Co. Times) Read Full Article

  • Anne Arundel County in negotiations to buy Glen Burnie land for elementary school

    In a pre-election announcement, County Executive Steve Schuh revealed he was eyeing land in Glen Burnie for a future elementary school but did not disclose its exact address or estimated purchase price. The county is in negotiations to purchase 8.3 acres off Marley Neck Boulevard, south of Fort Smallwood Road and across from the Creekside Village Community, according to Owen McEvoy, a spokesperson for the county executive. (Capital) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Hate in Maryland: From racist taunts to swastikas to a campus stabbing, bias reports up sharply in state

    Students at Crofton Middle School find a noose hanging in the courtyard. In Montgomery County, a 13-year-old Jewish girl receives several anti-Semitic texts. They say, in part, “JNTD” — an acronym for Jews Need to Die. A gay man at Baltimore’s Gilmor Homes is beaten by a man yelling homophobic slurs. Army 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III, a black college student from Calvert County, is confronted and stabbed to death on the University of Maryland campus, allegedly by a white student from Severn who was a member of a racist Facebook group. Reports of hate are on the rise in Maryland. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Two county watershed groups to merge into Arundel Rivers Federation

    Two major Anne Arundel watershed groups are joining forces in the continued fight to improve local water quality. . The Thursday morning announcement by the South River Federation and West/Rhode Riverkeeper, Inc. said they plan to consolidate their two nonprofit organizations, pending approval from a membership vote later this month. The joint organization, the Arundel Rivers Federation, will focus on the continuing use of science, restoration and community action to make the South, West and Rhode rivers cleaner and healthier, a joint news release said. (Capital) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore's last weekend without a shooting was the weekend Freddie Gray was arrested

    New York City recently had its first weekend without a shooting in 25 years. The last time Baltimore went shooting-free from Friday through Sunday was in April 2015 — the same weekend Freddie Gray was arrested. Spurts of violence and high homicide rates have largely colored the last several years since Gray’s death. There have been 45 homicides in the last 30 days and 11 shootings on Tuesday alone. The high crime rate prompted the Baltimore Police Department to reassign hundreds of officers from administrative positions to patrol duty, as Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle and Mayor Catherine E. Pugh decried the shootings. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Montgomery Co. inspecting hundreds of voting machines before election

    In Montgomery County, crews will spend the next few weeks meticulously inspecting voting machines to ensure everything is ready to go when Maryland heads to the polls on November 6. For Lisa Jones and her crew, pouring over the intricate machinery of over 600 voting machines might be far from fun, but it’s definitely important — even though it’s sure to be a grind. “It’s a lot of effort,” admitted Jones, after demonstrating the lengthy process that goes into checking and securing each voting machine. It can take up to three hours to examine a single machine and ballot-marking device, Jones went on to explain, including a 40-step process — established by the state, followed rigidly — to prove everything is in working order. (WTOP) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Daily Times Editorial Board endorses Ben Cardin for U.S. Senate

    Ben Cardin is running for a third six-year term representing Maryland in the U.S. Senate. His opponent is a Towson University political science professor, Tony Campbell. As a Democrat, Cardin holds many predictable positions on issues of concern to Marylanders, including health care, the environment and the Chesapeake Bay. His opponent, Tony Campbell, likewise holds reliably Republican views on various issues: state versus federal government roles, freedom of the press, gun ownership and job creation. (Daily Times) Read Full Article

  • The Post’s endorsements for attorney general in Maryland and D.C.

    In Maryland and the District, incumbent attorneys general Brian E. Frosh and Karl A. Racine, both Democrats, have used their first terms to make an impact, and a highly positive one. They deserve reelection. Mr. Frosh, a well-regarded state lawmaker for 28 years before winning his current job in 2014, has been an activist attorney general. Having sought and won legislative authority to sue the federal government without prior approval from the governor or General Assembly, in 2017, he has used that power aggressively to challenge Trump administration policies, often in concert with other Democratic attorneys general. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Civilian review board: Baltimore police undermining oversight efforts

    At a recent public hearing on the Baltimore Police Department’s compliance with the city’s consent decree with the federal government, City Solicitor Andre Davis disclosed information about a dispute that has unfortunately arisen between us, the Civilian Review Board, and one of the agencies that we oversee — the Baltimore Police Department (BPD). Mr. Davis not only shared information about the dispute but also his impressions and opinions of it. Because this important matter has now been made public, we wish to ensure that the public is accurately informed. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Donald C. Fry: Baltimore’s other crisis

    If you happen to be one of the approximately 24,000 motorists who travel across the Hanover Street Bridge in south Baltimore each day, you are driving on a structure that is standing on borrowed time. The reason: The bridge, built in 1900 and owned by Baltimore City, is what civil engineers deem “structurally deficient.” That doesn’t sound good, and it’s not. Costs to reconstruct it are estimated at $150 million. Baltimore city doesn’t have that kind of money in its transportation budget, so instead it repaved the bridge at a cost of $400,000. Improved, yes, but not the needed solution. (Daily Record) Read Full Article