Politics

  • Legislative Black Caucus: Hogan should intervene in medical cannabis licenses

    The head of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland is asking the governor to intervene in the awarding of medical cannabis licenses because the selected companies lack diversity, denying minorities the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of an emerging industry. "I am completely disappointed with the medical marijuana commission and the decision that they have made in terms of awarding licenses," said Del. Cheryl D. Glenn, chairwoman of the black caucus. "Clearly, there was no effort at all to factor in minority participation and make sure that it's inclusive of everybody in the state of Maryland." (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Hogan says he'll push for more jobs on the Lower Shore

    While Maryland has seen its best job growth in years, the Lower Shore has not, and that is why Gov. Larry Hogan says he is focused on the creation of economic initiatives for the region. "The folks on the Lower Shore really want jobs, and that's why we are going to come back and push some kind of jobs initiative like we did in the last session," Hogan said at a Saturday, Aug. 20, news conference in Ocean City. "We're going to keep pushing, specifically to try to bring some jobs to the Lower Shore." (Daily Times) Read Full Article

  • Van Hollen tours small businesses in Berlin

    Congressman Chris Van Hollen visited Berlin to tour local small businesses, as an arm of his campaign for Senate. Van Hollen, a Democrat, is vying to take the position of Barbara Mikulski, who has served in the U.S. Senate since 1987, making her the longest serving female senator in American history. (Daily Times) Read Full Article

  • Judge denies compensation to plaintiffs in Leopold civil case

    A Circuit Court judge has denied a request for reimbursement of attorneys' fees paid by plaintiffs in the civil case against former Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold. In an opinion released this month, retired Prince George's County Circuit Court Judge Arthur Monty Ahalt said the $393,836 in legal fees submitted on behalf of plaintiffs was "excessive and shocks the conscience of the court." (Capital)Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Josh Kurtz: Postcards from MACo

    MACo is Maryland’s version of Fellini’s “Satyricon” – one surreal and disturbing scene after another. Officially, the Maryland Association of Counties annual summer convention is a professional gathering with a series of policy discussions. But outside the frigid expanse of this city’s convention center, it’s a sweatfest and a schmoozefest and a boozefest, a place where political theories and rumors are swapped like trading cards – some as nonsensical and flimsy as a summer romance, others more likely to last. This year’s MACo was especially significant because it was Republican Larry Hogan’s first as governor – last year at this time he was undergoing chemotherapy. Attendance swelled, and there was a dizzying, record-setting number of political fundraisers and lobbyist and special interest receptions, perhaps owing to the presence of Hogan and his entire cabinet – or the anxiousness of many political people to bring on the 2018 elections already. Read Entire Article

  • The Inaugural Baltimore Brain Tumor Walk: Honoring Loss. Inspiring Hope. Funding a Cure. | Holly Gainsboro

    Holly Gainsboro describes clinging to the "new normal" as her husband Steven was diagnosed, and she shares the trials and triumphs faced by her children as they helped their dad through his battle with a brain tumor. His fight was a family effort. Today Holly is Chair of the Inaugural Baltimore Brain Tumor Walk, urges Marylanders to get involved in the fight against brain tumors. Over 700,000 people are suffering from brain tumors, and they need your help to raise money for research and more treatment options. Learn More About Holly's Journey

  • Center Maryland Editorial: Baltimore County's Bravehearts

    Housing discrimination in Baltimore County has a long, sordid history, with only rare moments of leadership such as we saw with a recent attempt by County Councilman Julian Jones and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to modernize the county's revolting housing legacy. Over the past 50-plus years, open-housing initiatives in the county have been met with resistance, hostility, and outright racism. Read Entire Editorial

  • Damian O’Doherty: Cancer Confessional – Papa’s Home

    We awoke slower than the morning arrived. My wife and two year old daughter lay groggy and lethargic on the bed. Still clutching each other. Two days in a row for mom and her inseparable 2-year-old. The night before, as I crept into bed after a late night at work, Alycia had said something about waiting for a test for strep from Pavilion Pediatrics. Maybe the kid had strep throat. Why not, the hits keep coming, I thought. My wife had a miscarriage just three weeks before. I shook off the weary morning and the work travel that weighed on me, setting off on a short run through Towson. It felt good to escape the sick-yellowish hue of our bedroom to the orange morning glow outside. I was running. Creaking. Soon, I was soothed by the autumn sun peeking above the construction activity just beginning on Towson University’s growing West Campus. Then, I felt a peculiar insight come over me as Widespread Panic’s “Papa’s Home” was delivered on my iPod. Read Entire Article

Business

  • Chase Brexton files complaint against labor union

    The board of directors at Chase Brexton Health Care has asked the National Labor Relations Board to postpone a vote by employees seeking to join a union. The move is the latest volley in an increasingly acrimonious labor dispute between the leadership of the chain of community health care centers and its employees and even its own supervisors. It came as part of a larger complaint by Chase Brexton's board alleging unfair labor practices and illegal interference in the election process by some of the nonprofit's supervisors, who it said were illegally encouraging formation of the union with the help of union leaders. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Maryland law firm partners with Colorado tech firm on medical marijuana efforts

    Maryland entrepreneurs seeking to get into the marijuana business will have a new boost of extra help following the rules thanks to a Colorado tech firm. Maryland law firm Offit Kurman, which has offices in Bethesda and Baltimore, formed an exclusive alliance with Denver-based Adherence Compliance to offer automated compliance software and services for the cannabis industry, it announced Friday. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • MGM National Harbor scales back on slot machines

    MGM National Harbor is scaling back on its plans for slot machines in a response to “current market factors,” including increased demand for table games. According to NBC Washington, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency signed off on an MGM plan to trim the number of slots — also called video lottery terminals, or VLTs — by 10 percent at the Prince George’s County casino. (Wash. Bus. Journal)Read Full Article

  • More details on the new Water Taxi stops under Kevin Plank's ownership

    More details have emerged on what the future of Baltimore's Water Taxi will look like under the ownership of Sagamore Ventures, the private investment arm of Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank. The new ownership will spend $6.35 million on a new fleet of boats, while adding new stops at attractions like the Baltimore Museum of Industry and the Harbor Point development under construction near Fells Point. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

Education

  • University of Maryland receives $14.4 million for HIV study

    The Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine received a $14.4 million grant for HIV research. The grant, awarded by the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), will fund research aimed at tackling a significant scientific challenge in HIV vaccine research – the inability to produce long-lasting antibodies to protect against the infection. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Brightman nominated for key Md. school funding panel

    Donna Brightman, president of the Washington County Board of Education, has been nominated to serve on a new state panel that could affect school funding formulas for years. But a final decision on who will serve on the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education has not yet been made, according to Gov. Larry Hogan's office. (Herald-Mail) Read Full Article

  • Hood College freshman enrollment continues to dip

    Fewer freshmen are enrolled this year at Hood College, continuing a multi-year slide. The fall semester's number of 230 first-year students — down from about 260 at the same time last year and more than 300 in 2014 — is significantly off Hood's initial goal of 290, though its president maintains the effect on the college's budget was minimal. (News-Post) Read Full Article

  • West Annapolis Elementary School opens modernized building

    In its 122nd year, West Annapolis Elementary School is a treasure trove of memories – of chalk boards and miserable snow days and soccer games during recess. On Monday, the school celebrated the completion of a $24 million project that added classrooms, an auditorium, a climbing wall in the gym, an upgraded security system, and equipped classrooms with modern technology. The two-year project expanded the space by 22,000 square feet and increased student capacity to 314 from 274. (Capital)Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • After flood, Kittleman calls on council to extend state of emergency to Sept. 20

    Following a flash flood last month where two people died, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman called on the Howard County Council to extend a state of emergency to Sept. 20. The council originally extended the state of emergency through Sept. 7 to allow county crews to continue recovery efforts. (Howard Co.) Read Full Article

  • Groups question Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on why Korryn Gaines' account was shut down

    Dozens of organizations wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday to ask him to explain why his company shut down Korryn Gaines' account at the request of police during a standoff between the Randallstown woman and Baltimore County officers. The coalition of 41 civil rights and consumer advocacy groups also asked the social media giant to clarify its position on working with law enforcement to censor data and video. In addition to the Gaines case, the groups mentioned the death of Philando Castile in Minnesota, where Castile's fiancee live-streamed the aftermath of an officer shooting him in their car. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Officers White and Porter, cleared in Freddie Gray's death, to receive combined $167K in back pay

    Two more Baltimore police officers, cleared of charges in the death of Freddie Gray, are set to receive a combined $167,000 in back pay. The city's Board of Estimates on Wednesday is scheduled to authorize a payment of $96,855 to Officer Alicia White and $70,523 to Officer William Porter. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Feds to end investigation into Eastern Shore eagle poisonings for lack of evidence

    Federal investigators still don't know who is responsible for poisoning 13 bald eagles on the Eastern Shore in February. Now, officials plan to end their search. "We are intending to close the case in the near future due to a lack of evidence linking anyone to the crime," Neil Mendelsohn of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a statement. In the statement late Friday, Mendelsohn also revealed for the first time the eagles were poisoned. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Laslo Boyd - George W. Bush and Donald Trump: Eerie Parallels

    My summer reading list is largely the same as my fall list: primarily history, politics and biography. I recently finished Jean Edward Smith’s “Bush”, an examination of the 43rd president of the United States. Smith, a prize-winning biographer, has previously written presidential studies of Grant, FDR and Eisenhower. “Bush” covers a lot of familiar ground but also provides some perspectives that may change some of your previously held views. The bottom line, documented through its 660 pages, is the book’s last sentence: “Whether George W. Bush was the worst president in American history will be long debated, but his decision to invade Iraq is easily the worse foreign policy decision ever made by an American president.” (From A Certain Point of View)Read Full Article

  • Baltimore Sun: Relief for 'deadbeat dads'

    One of the biggest hurdles many inmates recently released from prison face is the accumulated debt of child support payments they were unable to pay while behind bars. The courts generally issue child support orders based on the parents' income and ability to pay when their case is heard. But if a custodial or non-custodial parent is later incarcerated there's no provision for suspending the payment requirement until they complete their sentences, even though they're no longer earning any income. The result is that hundreds of former inmates emerge from prison saddled by mountainous debts as high as tens of thousands of dollars that they have no realistic prospect of ever repaying. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Robert Brookland: New Md. policies could lower cancer rate

    An estimated 30,990 Maryland residents will hear the words "You have cancer," this year alone. But, if state lawmakers take critical preventive measures now, they could keep thousands of people from hearing those same words in the future. Increasing funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs and restricting the use of indoor tanning beds to minors under 18 are just a couple of the proven methods that help reduce suffering and death from cancer. By supporting these and other evidence-based policy measures, lawmakers could save lives and money in Maryland. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Michael Collins: New Prince George’s hospital needed, but must struggle for patients

    Referring to healthcare giant Aetna, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently said, “The health of the American people should not be used as bargaining chips to force the government to bend to one giant company’s will.” She could just as easily be talking about Prince George's Hospital Center (PGHC). PGHC plans to replace its aging facility in Cheverly with an ambitious complex in Largo that will encompass 26 acres; employ thousands of doctors, nurses, technicians, and support staff; and treat hundreds of patients a day. It will be called the Prince George's Regional Medical Center. (Md. Reporter) Read Full Article