Politics

  • Maryland governor names new chief legislative officer

    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has named a new chief legislative officer to work with the General Assembly. The Republican governor named Keiffer Mitchell to the post on Wednesday. Mitchell is a Democrat and former legislator who represented a Baltimore district. He served in the House of Delegates from 2011 to 2015. He has been working in the Hogan administration as a senior adviser since the start of the administration in 2015. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Joint Panel to Defer Action on Legalizing Marijuana

    The Maryland legislature is unlikely to seriously consider the legalization of marijuana next year. Leaders of the General Assembly’s Marijuana Legalization Workgroup said Wednesday that they need more time to sort through an issue that is complex and still relatively new. The delay — legislators were expected to consider legalizing marijuana in 2020 — will also give policymakers the opportunity to learn from the dozen or so states currently dealing with the ins and outs of legalization. (Md. Matters)Read Full Article

  • Former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says she won’t run for U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings’ seat

    Former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Thursday she will not run for the congressional seat previously held by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings. Rawlings-Blake, who had been considering a run, said she made the decision after thinking about the legacy of her father, Democratic Del. Pete Rawlings, who was the powerful chairman of the House of Delegates’ Appropriations Committee. (Balt.Sun) Read Full Article

  • AP source: Second US official in Kyiv heard Trump call

    A second U.S. Embassy staffer in Kyiv overheard a cellphone call between President Donald Trump and his ambassador to the European Union discussing a need for Ukrainian officials to pursue “investigations,” The Associated Press has learned. The July 26 call between Trump and Gordon Sondland was first described during testimony Wednesday by William Taylor, the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. (AP)Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Conference Reading: Where Civility Is a Motto, a School Integration Fight Turns Bitter

    The planned community of Columbia, southwest of Baltimore, has prided itself on its ethos of inclusion ever since it was founded more than half a century ago. Racially integrated. Affordable apartments near big homes. “The Next America” was its optimistic, harmonious motto. But a recent proposal to restore some of that idealism by balancing the number of low-income children enrolled in schools across Howard County, including those in Columbia, has led to bitter divisions. Protesters in matching T-shirts have thronged school board meetings. Thousands of letters and emails opposing the redistricting plan, some of them overtly racist, have poured in to policymakers. One high school student made a death threat against the superintendent of schools, Michael J. Martirano. (NYT)Read Full Article

  • Ransom: Now is the time to think about your Health Insurance

    This is the season for Health Insurance Open enrollment. Many employers are having employees make decisions and general open enrollment to buy, change, or renew a qualified health plan for 2020 began Friday, November 1 and runs to Sunday, December 15 for healthcare starting on January 1, 2020.  MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, encourages all individuals to sign up for health insurance for themselves and their families.Read Full Article

  • Post-Conference Reading: Two families — one black, one white — shared a harrowing history. Then they met.

    The King family stepped carefully up the concrete steps, through the narrow doorway and into a two-story log cabin with a painful past. Inside, they examined every inch. The low ceiling. The peeling chestnut walls. Then, the second floor, a tiny space under a pitched cedar-shake roof, where sunlight slips through small windows onto uneven oak floorboards. John B. King Jr., education secretary for President Barack Obama, climbed up the wobbly ladder for a depressing glance at the sleeping quarters. But he quickly came down and crossed his arms, wondering about the people who lived in this cramped space more than 150 years earlier: His enslaved ancestors. Lydia King. Charles King. Anne King. So many Kings once lived here, on this Maryland farm, still owned by direct descendants of the slaveholder, Thomas Griffith. (Wash. Post)Read Full...

  • Post Conference Reading: Professor Rucker Johnson on why school integration works

    Brown v. Board of Education was hailed as a landmark decision for civil rights. But decades later, many consider school integration a failure. UC Berkeley professor Rucker C. Johnson’s new book Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works shows the exact opposite is true. The book looks at decades of studies to show that students of all races who attended integrated schools fared better than those who did not. In this interview with Goldman School of Public Policy Dean Henry E. Brady, which took place on Jan. 9, 2019, Johnson explains how he and his team analyzed the impact of not just integration, but school funding policies and the Head Start program. (Berkeley News)Read Full Article

Business

  • Applied Biomimetic opens Gaithersburg production facility

    Applied Biomimetic, a biotech company working with the convergence of polymer and protein membrane technologies, hosted a grand opening of its new production facility Nov. 6 in Gaithersburg. Dignitaries at the event included the Danish Ambassador Lone Dencker Wisborg, Biometric Chairman Mads Clausen and governmental leaders from Maryland, Montgomery County and Gaithersburg. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

  • WeWork's future looks murky, but coworking is here to stay

    Coworking definitely held some perks for Kelly Speakes-Backman. Her nonprofit, the Energy Storage Association, spent nearly a year at WeWork’s Metropolitan Square location, a block east of the White House. The space was certainly easy enough for her 10 staffers to move into while the association searched for a more permanent home. A slew of office amenities were at hand, and the food and beverage options didn’t hurt. (Wash. Bus.) Read Full Article

  • Fourth Dimension Fun Center to open by next summer

    Fourth Dimension Fun Center will bring laser tag, bowling, an arcade, two escape rooms and a restaurant — all under one roof — to Frederick as soon as this summer. (News-Post)Read Full Article

  • Gannett, GateHouse approve merger, creating nation’s largest newspaper publisher

    Shareholders of Gannett and GateHouse Media approved a deal Thursday to combine the companies, after management promised to find $300 million in annual savings that some critics warned would further squeeze already shrunken newsrooms but that some investors warned may not go far enough. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

Education

  • A week away from redistricting vote, Howard Board of Education divided on elementary schools

    One week out from the redistricting vote, the Howard County Board of Education was divided on several decisions for elementary schools made during Thursday’s nine-hour work session. While motions and consensuses on redistricting decisions have occurred during the school board’s eight work sessions so far, nothing is final until the scheduled Nov. 21 vote. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Schools grapple with need to provide polling places for special primary to help fill Rep. Elijah Cummings’ seat

    When Maryland school boards built their academic calendars, they knew to factor in a day off on April 28 so that school buildings could be used as polling places for the 2020 primary. But they didn’t anticipate the need to close for another primary early next year. On Feb. 4, voters in Maryland’s 7th Congressional District can cast ballots in a special primary to help fill the seat of Democratic U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, who died Oct. 17. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • New school boundaries plans for Montgomery’s upcounty region spark lively hearing

    Dozens of parents, students and local officials packed a Montgomery County Public Schools hearing to testify on a plan to shift school boundaries for three high school clusters: Northwest, Clarksburg and Seneca Valley high schools. The second round of options under consideration includes the one favored by Superintendent Jack Smith, known as Option 11a. Take a look at those plans under consideration here. Maryland State Del. David Fraser-Hidalgo testified and said that he didn’t have a position on which option should be adopted. (WTOP) Read Full Article

  • Howard County Council Approves Rate Hike On Home Builders To Fund School Construction

    The Howard County Council voted unanimously Thursday to pass a bill raising the school facilities surcharge rate, which home builders pay to fund school construction. The county said all revenue raised from the surcharge is dedicated to school construction for the Howard County Public School System. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Maryland police turning to drones to help some investigations, raising surveillance concerns

    The search for a missing Ellicott City man was stretching into a fifth day this summer. But when a volunteer launched his privately owned drone into the air over a densely wooded area of Columbia, a search party found the injured 44-year-old within minutes. Howard County police say they envision more of those scenes unfolding in the future. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • ‘Alarming’ Similarity Found Between Vaping Patients And 9/11 First Responders, Maryland Doctor Treating Lung Disease Says

    The vaping crisis is sweeping the country, killing at least 42 people and sickening thousands in nearly every state, including Maryland. The number of people with vaping-related illness is rapidly increasing with almost 50 cases reported in Maryland alone. “JR” is one of the people here in Maryland whose life was forever changed by vaping. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • Gender inequality persists at law firms, new report says

    Women have increased their numbers in the legal profession over the last 40 years, but many still report gender-related issues hampering their careers – including everything from offensive comments in the workplace to being passed over for promotions. That’s the takeaway from a new report that focused on senior female lawyers, a project of the American Bar Association and ALM Intelligence that surveyed 1,262 lawyers nationwide, 70% of them women. Everyone surveyed had at least 15 years of experience in the legal profession. (Daily Record)Read Full Article

  • Despite Drop In Opioid Death Rates, Baltimore County Says More Work Remains

    For the first time in a decade, Maryland experienced a decline in opioid death rates in the first six months of the year. There typically has been a year-to-year increase in fatalities. Still, the epidemic rages on, and in Baltimore County, new steps are being taken to counter it. Baltimore County has the second-highest overdose death rate in the state, but like other Maryland jurisdictions, saw a slight decline in the first six months of this year. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • EDITORIAL: A grassroots solution to inequitable higher education in Baltimore

    This summer, The Sun published dueling op-eds from the presidents of two of Baltimore’s renowned institutions of higher education, proposing new governance structures for certain city institutions of higher education. In the first, University of Baltimore President Kurt Schmoke suggested combining the University of Baltimore (UB), Coppin State University and Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) into an entity known as the “City University of Baltimore.” In the second, Morgan State University President David Wilson argued, eloquently, that UB should merge into Morgan. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • Rodricks: Maryland’s lynching memorial shows the powerful yearning for truth in the time of Trump

    The theme of this year’s conference of the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project, taking place Saturday morning at Morgan State University, is “the journey from truth to reconciliation.” I was thinking about the connection between those ideals during a journey of my own Wednesday afternoon, on the No. 51 bus up Charles Street, when a man in a topcoat, fedora and sunglasses asked a question about the president of the United States: “What’s going to happen to Trump?” (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • EDITORIAL: If Baltimore’s mayor can’t take responsibility for violent crime, maybe he shouldn’t be mayor

    If Baltimore Mayor Jack Young thinks the only thing he can do to manage violence in Baltimore is to refrain from committing murder himself, he’s not going to last long as the city’s mayor. “I’m not committing the murders, and that’s what people need to understand," Mr. Young, who inherited the mayoral job this spring after Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned in scandal, said Wednesday at a press conference. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • EDITORIAL: Why the Supreme Court should strike down DACA

    In October 2010, responding to demands from the open-borders lobby that he change immigration law unilaterally, President Barack Obama declared, “I am not king. I can’t do these things just by myself.” In March 2011, he said that with “respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case.” Two months later, in May 2011, Mr. Obama conceded that he couldn’t “just bypass Congress and change the [immigration] law myself. That’s not how a democracy works.” (Wash. Times) Read Full Article