Politics

  • May 23 // Democrat Krish Vignarajah says it's time for a woman to be Maryland's governor

    At a recent forum in Baltimore, Krish Vignarajah was the last Democratic candidate for governor to step onto the stage. By then, it was already crammed with men. The scene demonstrated why Vignarajah, a lawyer and former policy director for Michelle Obama, jumped into the crowded race to take on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan — even though she has never run for office and had a baby just three months before launching her bid. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Democrats balk at plan to allow Kamenetz votes to count for Valerie Ervin in Maryland primary for governor

    The death of gubernatorial candidate Kevin Kamenetz continues to ripple through Maryland’s Democratic primary as state election officials struggle to replace his name with Valerie Ervin’s without having to toss the 1.5 million ballots they’ve already printed. The Maryland Board of Elections proposed a solution on Tuesday: Post signs alerting voters of Kamenetz’s death and informing them that ballots cast for him will count for Ervin, his former running mate. But the concept is not sitting well with Ervin and some of her Democratic rivals. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Hogan raised $1.2 million in 35 days, more money than some Democratic challengers raised all last year

    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan raised more than $1.2 million between April 10 and May 15, amassing more money in 35 days than some of his Democratic challengers have done since they launched their campaigns last year. In a memo obtained by The Washington Post, Hogan’s campaign chairman said the Republican governor and Lt. Gov. Boyd K. Rutherford, who do not have primary opponents, have more than $9 million cash on hand for their reelection bid. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Jealous, Shea raise more cash than other Democrats; Baker lags behind

    Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous has pulled ahead of his rivals in fundraising, solidifying his position among the front-runners to challenge a far better-funded Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) this fall. The former NAACP president’s campaign raised $974,274 since mid-January, a total that easily surpassed his opponents, he announced Tuesday. The total included $100,000 that Jealous and his running mate, Susan Turnbull, loaned to their campaigns. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Delegate Sandy Rosenberg: A Vision to Keep the Preakness in Baltimore

    Legendary horse trainer Bob Baffert wants the Preakness to stay in Baltimore. He told the Baltimore Sun, “To me, it’s magical in here. There’s something about it. I’ve been watching it since I was 10, 11 years old…There’s so much history here.”Read Full Article

  • Joseph (Jay) A. Schwartz, III: Senate Bill 30 ‒ The Pundits and Perhaps the Most Extraordinary Vote In General Assembly History

    The just concluded General Assembly Session was one that none of the pundits saw coming. So they said: It is an election year; there will be a lot of bills filed but nothing of substance will be enacted; partisan wrangling will be the order of the day; blah, blah, blah.Read Full Article

  • Tami Howie: Protecting Innovation Protects Patients and Our Economy

    Innovation is at the heart of Maryland’s economy and the wellbeing of patients in our state. New, groundbreaking cures and treatments save and extend the lives of patients, pushing the bounds of modern medicine, for the benefit of all. Innovative companies are able to leverage Maryland’s combination of technology know-how, business-friendly climate, and highly-educated, highly-skilled workforce to produce these cures and provide hundreds of thousands of Marylanders with well-paying jobs.Read Full Article

  • ERIC DEAN: Promote Policies that Nurture Innovation and Jobs to Produce Cures

    The Pharmaceutical Industry Labor-Management Association (PILMA), a coalition of companies in the biopharmaceutical industry and building construction trades unions, is committed to dual goals of fostering innovation of life-saving cures and securing high-quality union construction jobs. Read Full Article

Business

  • May 23 // Selling Baltimore in Las Vegas, Pugh says 'You won't be disappointed'

    Baltimore is getting a slick, multimedia close-up this week in Las Vegas. The city's tourism gems like the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill, Canton Fort McHenry are highlighted in a 68-slide brochure rich with photos and details on the city's diverse neighborhoods. The details are being handed out on computer thumb drives at the Baltimore Development Corp.'s booth inside the Las Vegas Convention Center as part of the International Council of Shopping Centers' convention. In addition, Mayor Catherine Pugh has narrated a four-minute YouTube video plugging the local business strengths and successes that asks viewers to consider the city and give it a try, adding, "you won't be disappointed." (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Anne Arundel Medical Center gets judge's OK for cardiac program

    Anne Arundel Medical Center has won legal approval to move forward with its plans to add a cardiac surgery program. A ruling made in the Prince George’s County Circuit Court Tuesday gave the Annapolis hospital legal clearance to host the state’s newest open heart surgery program. The decision comes after Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) has battled two other nearby hospitals, University of Maryland’s Baltimore Washington Medical Center (BWMC) and Prince George’s Hospital Center (PGHC), over the project for about three years. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Live branded hotel to open soon at Live Casino in Anne Arundel County

    The Cordish Companies will open the 310-room luxury hotel at the Live! Casino in Anne Arundel County on June 6, the Cordish Companies announced. The opening of the $200 million hotel, as the casino approaches 6 years old, is expected to help the casino lure and retain the big spenders and compete with others in the state, like MGM National Harbor, which opened in late 2016 with a hotel. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Steph Curry's latest signature shoe could boost Under Armour, analyst says

    Wall Street analysts have questioned Under Armour’s leadership, creative direction and new product pipeline as the brand has struggled for more than a year. But one analyst said he’s seen “massive” improvement recently in product design and the ability to drive demand and create social buzz. A lot of that has to do with Stephen Curry and the NBA superstar’s latest signature basketball shoe for Under Armour, wrote Randal J. Konik, an equity analyst with Jefferies LLC, in a report. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Education

  • May 23 // Harford school board enters final phases of superintendent selection

    The Harford County Board of Education expects to select a new superintendent to succeed outgoing Superintendent Barbara Canavan within the next two to three weeks, according to board President Joseph Voskuhl. The board has selected two finalists, Sean Bulson and David Ring, to replace Canavan, a veteran HCPS educator who has been superintendent for five years. (Aegis) Read Full Article

  • Federal board recommends seatbelts on all new school buses after deadly crashes, including one in Baltimore

    A federal transportation panel on Tuesday recommended to states that all new large school buses be equipped with both lap and shoulder seatbelts, which the board chairman called a “tried and true” safety protection. The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates transportation disasters, approved the recommendation Tuesday in Washington. The board also recommended requiring collision-avoidance systems and automatic emergency brakes on new school buses. (AP) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore County school board approves Columbia firm to do audit of system's contracts

    The Baltimore County school board hired an accounting firm on Tuesday night to do a year-long, $413,000 audit of the system’s contracts in the wake of the conviction of its former superintendent. The accounting firm of UHY, a national firm with offices in Columbia, will look into the expenditures that are related to travel, conference fees and professional memberships for school administrators in the executive office. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Maryland rehires firm for longer inquiry into Prince George’s schools

    Maryland education officials plan to rehire a firm that investigated grade-tampering allegations in Prince George’s County public schools for a second, longer review that will examine records for the Class of 2018 and other diploma-related issues. The State Board of Education voted Tuesday to tap Alvarez & Marsal to look into practices involving attendance, grade changes, course makeup work, records access and graduation as part of a review that would last six months — far longer than the seven weeks allotted for the first examination. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Advocates to monitor drunken driving cases, claiming Montgomery County judges are too lenient on offenders

    A year and a half after "Noah's Law" went into effect, advocates and Montgomery County officials say it isn't doing enough to prevent drunken driving. Rich Leotta—the father of police Officer Noah Leotta, whose death in 2015 inspired the state law—said Tuesday that judges are not consistently ordering drunken driving offenders to install an ignition interlock in their cars as required by the law. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

  • 'Your client is a one-man crime wave': Teen charged in Baltimore County officer's death has lengthy juvenile record

    The West Baltimore teen’s crime spree began in December, prosecutors say, and, over the subsequent months, he stole four cars, skipped court dates and escaped from a juvenile center. When a Baltimore County police officer confronted him Monday, 16-year-old Dawnta Harris ducked down and accelerated a stolen Jeep, running over Officer Amy Caprio as she opened fire, prosecutors say. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • A byproduct of the rainy weather: sewage overflows

    Millions of gallons of sewage-laced water have flowed into the Jones Falls and Inner Harbor following storms that swept across the metropolitan area in recent days. In public reports mandated by state law, the city Department of Public Works has disclosed that 1.2 million gallons of untreated sewage mixed with stormwater were released last Thursday into the underground portion of the Jones Falls south of Penn Station. An additional 1.5 million gallons overflowed into the stream on Saturday. (Brew) Read Full Article

  • Hopkins survey finds gun owners, non-gun owners agree on many safety proposals

    A national survey conducted by Johns Hopkins University found that gun owners and non-gun owners largely agree on gun control policies. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health says the survey measured support of 24 different gun policies and gun owner and non-gun owners agreed on 63 percent of the policies. The survey also shows for 23 of the 24 gun policies, the majority of respondents supported gun regulation, which includes background checks and restricting a person subject to a domestic violence restraining order from having a gun duration the order. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Ofc. Amy Caprio and the debt we can never repay

    How often does a police officer respond to a call of a suspicious vehicle on a nondescript suburban street like Linwen Way in Nottingham, as Baltimore County Police Ofc. Amy Caprio did on Monday afternoon? A hundred times a day? A thousand? On this occasion, the consequences were devastating. The four-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department was pronounced dead by mid-afternoon at nearby Franklin Square Hospital. “Traumatic injuries,” was how her colleagues would describe the end result of her encounter with a Jeep Wrangler and a driver who refused to obey her commands. Much more will be known in the days ahead about that awful moment. But enough is known now to recognize a great loss — and a great debt that can never be fully repaid. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • In Maryland's 'I'm the only candidate who..." debate, here's one real distinction

    When the most commonly used phrase in a debate is “I’m the only candidate who,” you know you’ve got a field of Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls who are struggling to differentiate themselves in the race to see who will challenge Gov. Larry Hogan in November. The first televised forum before next month’s primary, broadcast Monday night by MPT and WBAL, gave voters some ideas for how to tell one of the major seven candidates from another. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Daniel Barkhuff and William Burke: Trump has little advice to offer Naval Academy graduates

    In 1969, after having already been held hostage for four years, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy faced a lonely choice in a North Vietnamese prison camp: how to prevent his captors from using him in a propaganda piece. James Stockdale chose to smash his own face in with a stool rather than give “aid and comfort” to the enemy. In the early years of Stockdale’s seven-year imprisonment, the current president of the United States was enjoying the comforts of Wharton Business School, having received four draft deferments to attend college (he received another after graduation for supposedly having bone spurs in his heels). He would later go on to make fun of POWs of that era, claiming John McCain was not a war hero because he was captured. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Stephen Wrage: Naval Academy grads will respect the president’s office but not necessarily the man

    The day it was announced that President Trump would speak at the U.S. Naval Academy graduation, I received startling emails from several midshipmen, written to my private email account from their private accounts. One message said: “We are under no obligation to clap for Donald Trump. Trump wants the image of young service members cheering him on and we can deny him that image.” Another proposed an online petition on social media, pledging not to applaud Trump at commissioning. There were four more with similar themes: “We are taught selflessness; he practices narcissism.” “If he is a role model, it is only in the exact opposite.” This sort of defiance was new to me, even after 25 years of teaching at the academy. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article