Politics

  • Christie event raises more than $400,000 to help Hogan’s bid for governor, GOP says

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) helped raise more than $400,000 Wednesday to aid the Maryland gubernatorial bid of Republican Larry Hogan, according to organizers of a lunchtime fundraiser in Bethesda. Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Association and a potential 2016 presidential candidate, told Hogan supporters that he believes a Republican can win in Maryland, despite the strong advantage Democrats have in voter registration, according to excerpts of his remarks provided by the Hogan campaign. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Mayor criticizes police handling of video case and calls for plan to address brutality

    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake criticized the Police Department's handling of a high-profile police brutality investigation on Wednesday, and said she had directed the police commissioner to develop a "comprehensive" plan to address brutality in the agency. Speaking to reporters at City Hall, the mayor said top commanders should have quickly seen a video of an officer repeatedly punching a man, and should have moved immediately to take the officer off the street. "It is outrageous," Rawlings-Blake said of the conduct of the officer shown in the video, whom authorities have identified as Officer Vincent E. Cosom. "We have a situation where we know that video was held by the police, yet the people who needed to see it didn't see it. That's a problem." (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • Accusations of illegal campaign activity hit Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown

    A Democratic super PAC has become a campaign issue in the Maryland governor’s race. Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan on Wednesday accused rival Democrat Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown of breaking state campaign finance rules by coordinating activity with an outside super PAC. Backing up the claim, the Hogan campaign released a list of seven companies and labor unions that have contributed to both the Brown campaign and One State, One Future PAC, an independent group that has backed Mr. Brown’s run. (Wash. Times)Read Full Article

  • Maryland GOP says it used Ravens logo without permission

    The Maryland Republican Party admitted Wednesday that it used a trademarked logo of the Baltimore Ravens to raise funds without seeking the team's permission. The party's executive director said it had been an error on his part. The unauthorized use of the purple-and-black logo and Ravens shield came as the party publicized a fundraiser at a private home in Edgewater. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Connecting Baltimore’s Community through its Markets

    In the latest installment of Market People, Martin Knott talks with Matt Gallagher and Stockton Williams about the ways in which Baltimore’s markets foster connections in the community and their potential to do so to an even greater extent through investments in community and neighborhood development programs.Watch Full Video

  • Kamenetz bets on O's

    Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is placing a bet with the County Executives of Montgomery and Prince George's counties over who lasts longer in the playoffs -- the Orioles or the Nationals. Watch his video challenge and learn what's at stake in the bet.Watch Full Video

  • John Olszewski Jr. – Creating Tools for Small Business Success

    Del. John Olszewski Jr., a candidate for state Senate, continues his visit with Center Maryland to discuss ways to create tools for small businesses to succeed in Baltimore County and Maryland. He also talks about his commitment and vision for community opportunities.Watch Full Video

  • Josh Kurtz: Hogan’s Hero

    In 1966, Larry Hogan was a 10-year-old kid who loved to ride his bike at night around his Landover Knolls neighborhood in Prince George’s County. His father, Lawrence Hogan Sr., was a former FBI agent and PR professional who was locally famous for exposing corruption in Prince George’s County government. Hogan’s average suburban upbringing would change forever that year when his father decided to challenge incumbent Rep. Hervey Machen (D). “Everybody thought he was nuts,” the younger Hogan recalled in a recent interview. “Kind of like when I decided to run for governor.” Read Full Article

Business

  • Brown wades into minority contracting issue

    Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown called on state agencies to do better job balancing the need to meet required minority contractor goals with the need to get taxpayers the best price on goods and services. Brown made his comments after joining with Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot in questioning why the lowest bidder for a contract to demolish a roll-on,roll-off platform at the Dundalk Marine Terminal was disqualified for narrowly missing an 8 percent minority business hiring requirement. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

  • Staggered launch could help Md. 'kick the tires' of its new health exchange website

    A day after Maryland committed to a gradual launch of its health exchange, state officials are still working out some key details — including where the opening day sign-up will be held — but experts say it could be a way to avoid a repeat of last year's botched rollout.  Several health experts said the approach that limits enrollment in the first few days could allow Maryland to "kick the tires" on its new website. "It's a controlled way to open enrollment," said Karen Pollitz, senior fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • Rawlings-Blake suggests ways to improve landscape for immigrant-owned small businesses

    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Wednesday released a series of recommendations aimed at encouraging new immigrants to start businesses and match them with good jobs. Many of the recommendations are aimed at getting city agencies to think more about how to reach immigrants. But the recommendations, contained in a draft report written in consultation with the Abell Foundation, also call for initiatives such as making the BaltimoreMICRO revolving loan fund more accessible by translating applications and staffing it with multi-lingual staff. (Balt. Bus. Journal)Read Full Article

  • Spice giant CEO on headquarters search: 'I'm not threatening anything'

    McCormick & Co. Inc.'s slow grind of a search for a new headquarters continues. The spice maker views its headquarters hunt as a long-term process, CEO Alan Wilson said Wednesday. McCormick touched off a wave of speculation when it revealed earlier this year that it is looking to leave its current headquarters, which is spread across four buildings in Hunt Valley and Sparks. McCormick has indicated it is wiling to consider locations in Maryland, Delaware, southern Pennsylvania and northern Virginia. But it views its search as a four-year process, Wilson said. (Balt. Bus. Journal)Read Full Article

Education

  • Naval Academy superintendent talks future of cyber

    Vice Adm. Walter E. Carter Jr., the Naval Academy superintendent, spoke to the BWI Business Partnership on Wednesday about his focuses for the academy: cyber training, leadership and ethics and improving coalition partnerships, Carter said cyber instruction is increasingly important, and mentioned the $120 million cyber security training facility that is expected to begin construction on the academy's campus in 2016. "We've changed our thinking," he said. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Montgomery students are warned about ‘distracted crossing’ with cellphones

    Montgomery County high school students soon will get a new public safety message: When crossing the street, keep your cellphone down and your head up. The campaign, titled “YOLO: You Only Live Once,” is aimed at the problem of “distracted walking” — when pedestrians have their noses buried in their cellphones while crossing the street. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Md. starts site for unaccompanied children

    In an effort to help the almost 3,000 unaccompanied immigrant children who have arrived in Maryland this year, the state this week launched Buscando, a website designed to connect them and their caretakers with volunteers and resources. Officials from Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration debuted the website BuscandoMaryland.com during a press conference at the Hyattsville Branch Library on Wednesday. Ted Dallas, secretary of Maryland’s Department of Human Resources, said Buscando (“looking for” in Spanish) is the newest phase in the state’s response to the needs of unaccompanied children in Maryland. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

  • Anne Arundel board approves capital budget, timeline for study

    Advocates of a Crofton High School have pleaded time and time again for a new 10-year study to set construction priorities for schools. At Wednesday night's Board of Education meeting, board members asked for information on how long such a 10-year study would take. It's not a new study — but, as Crofton High School advocates have repeatedly said, it's a start. The board on Wednesday also unanimously approved schools Superintendent George Arlotto's $163.4 million fiscal 2016 capital budget request. (Capital)Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Metro looks ahead to the possible FBI relocation to Greenbelt

    There is a lot of talk about the planned relocation of the FBI headquarters from the dated J. Edgar Hoover Building in downtown Washington. And with Greenbelt on the short list of sites where the agency could move, Metro is looking ahead to a major transformation of its Metrorail station there.The transit agency is planning a January public hearing to present a plan that includes relocating bus bays and parking facilities in the event that Greenbelt is chosen for the agency’s new home. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Hospitals focus on preparedness as risk of Ebola spread increases

    As health officials fail to contain West Africa's Ebola outbreak, recent scares at two Baltimore-area hospitals highlight the need for hospitals here and across the United States to prepare space and equipment for what some consider inevitable — the arrival of the deadly virus here. While experts say the chances of an epidemic spreading in the U.S. are low, there is a real possibility that someone could come down with Ebola after returning from a trip to Africa, they said. Hospitals routinely ask patients with flu-like symptoms whether they have visited that continent recently. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • State says young immigrants have been placed with families

    Maryland officials said Wednesday that most of the more than 2,800 immigrant children who have come to the state from Central America this year have been resettled with family members. Fewer than 50 are housed in a group setting at any one time, said Human Resources Secretary Ted Dallas, and only for less than a month while awaiting placement in a private home. He said the facility is in Baltimore County but declined to say where. Dallas said the children have shown themselves to be resilient in the face of the problems of their homelands and the arduous journeys that brought them to the nation's southern border. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Towson Bike Beltway officially open to riders

    Baltimore County has listened to "spokes-persons" who pushed for designated bicycle routes in and around Towson, and on Wednesday county officials and bicyclists celebrated the opening of a 4.23-mile Bike Beltway. Cyclists joined County Executive Kevin Kamenetz for an inaugural trip around the network, which loops around central Towson, passing Towson's shopping district, government center, two universities, Towson High School and numerous residential neighborhoods. "Towson is dense enough, it's walkable enough that you shouldn't have to drive from [Towson] university to the Towson Marketplace," said Nate Evans, executive director of Bike Maryland. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Bad cops and videotape

    The suspension of a Baltimore City police officer this week after a videotape surfaced showing him violently assaulting a citizen in June appears to confirm what has become a depressing pattern: A brutal attack that should have merited a swift response from authorities was instead met with a passive indifference — inaction that could easily be interpreted as an attempt to cover up the brutality of the crime. Sound familiar? (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Senior issues require fresh ideas from executive candidates

    With the November elections inching closer, Howard County executive candidates Courtney Watson and Allan Kittleman have spent a lot of energy outlining their positions on everything from the economy to crime to education. This past week, in Watson's message about how the county must work to support its aging population, the Democratic nominee underscores that a majority of seniors want to remain in the county. Considering the quality of life in the county in general and the quality options for seniors specifically, this hardly comes as a shock. (Patuxent)Read Full Article

  • Tax district move belated, but welcome

    County Executive Laura Neuman could do far worse things with her remaining months in office than push ahead with the long-overdue — decades overdue, in fact — effort to develop the Odenton Town Center. And as the shadows of the fall election deepen, the outgoing County Council could do worse things with its limited time than discuss Neuman's proposal for a special taxing district in Odenton, as it is scheduled to do at a work session next month. But the resolution Neuman is offering is at best the start of a long and complex process — one that can't possibly advance far before the election. (Capital) Read Full Article

  • Town-gown partnership best way to confront alcohol abuse at TU

    Town-gown friction — that is, conflicts between universities and the surrounding community — are as old as universities themselves. Student revelry, often fueled by alcohol, is not so fun for working folks who have to cope with late night noise, vandalism, public urination and the like. Suburban neighbors of Towson University, the largest college in the Baltimore area with more than 22,000 students, had long regarded those halls of academe with antagonism, thinking TU had been holding itself blameless if drunken students living off campus had, for example, vomited on their lawn. (Patuxent)Read Full Article

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