Josh Kurtz: Hogan’s 70% Solution

Say this for Gov. Larry Hogan (R): He finds a way to spin every single policy debate into political gold. Hogan’s latest move, ordering public schools across the state to open after Labor Day and close by June 15, was done with his typical brute efficiency and simplicity. This is a complex and textured issue, to say the least, but not for Hogan. He’s right, his critics are wrong, and in his view they should be prepared to suffer the political consequences. Probably they will. The edict will very possibly be overturned – perhaps by Attorney General Brian Frosh (D), perhaps by the courts, perhaps by the Democratic-controlled legislature. Critics have marshaled many persuasive arguments against it. But is anyone willing to bet that when it all shakes out, even if the policy is thrown out on the merits, Hogan won’t still come out looking like a winner? And just as... Continue reading
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The Inaugural Baltimore Brain Tumor Walk: Join us in honoring loss, inspiring hope, & funding a cure

Over the last few weeks we have told the stories of a few brave children, women and men affected by brain tumors in the Baltimore area. Their journeys of adversity and unyielding hope have not only inspired, but have encouraged us to help fund critically needed research to find a cure. You can watch their stories again here: Holly, Lisa, Carol, Rose and Debra. Now, these brave fighters are asking you to join them at Canton Waterfront Park in Baltimore City THIS SATURDAY, September 10th at National Brain Tumor Society’s inaugural Baltimore Brain Tumor Walk. To learn how to register your team, watch our final video below. Sign up today at http://www.braintumorwalk.org/baltimore Together, we will find a cure.  Together, we will save lives.... Continue reading
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Josh Kurtz: Numerous Political Battles on the Horizon in Prince George’s County

A battle is brewing for control of the Prince George’s County House delegation in Annapolis. Del. Michael Jackson (D), backed by some of his fellow freshmen, is putting out the word that he wants to become delegation chairman. But the current chairman, Del. Jay Walker (D), plans to seek a second two-year term. The fight for the gavel is just one of many political battles on tap in Prince George’s – some this year, others percolating in advance of the 2018 election cycle. All provide reminders that Prince George’s remains one of the most fascinating places for politics in Maryland and in the D.C. region. The county’s 24-member House delegation could vote on its next leader as soon as mid-September. In a recent interview, Jackson refused to cast his decision to run for chairman as an attempt to unseat Walker. In fact, he said he wasn’t sure Walker was running again... Continue reading
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The Inaugural Baltimore Brain Tumor Walk: Honoring Loss. Inspiring Hope. Funding a Cure. | Debra Cirasole

Debra Cirasole, with multiple neurological ailments, was incorrectly diagnosed multiple times until she was finally told that she had been suffering from a brain tumor. After three years living with an illness that has limited treatment options, Debra does not focus on herself -- instead she is spreading awareness, especially through her social media channel, of brain tumors, and their symptoms, and the fight for a cure.The Baltimore Brain Tumor Walk on September 10th will help fund critically needed research to find a cure. We encourage you to consider sponsorship opportunities or to register to walk with us. Learn more here:http://www.braintumorwalk.org/baltimore... Continue reading
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Kenneth Stevenson: Will Hereford soon be closed for business?

As President of the Hereford Community Association in Baltimore County, I have strived to strengthen the community voice in the public process. In the HCA, we are accountable to our neighbors’ concerns and preferences. The collaborative dialogue between residents, private entities, and elected officials is essential to the character and well-being of a community. We have recently seen successful corporate initiatives in communities across the county and state. That makes it all the more frustrating when an elected official refuses to cooperate with and respond to community interests. Governor Larry Hogan has declared our state “open for business,” and I could not agree more. Business brings jobs, economic growth, and lower prices as a result of competition. We should encourage business, provided that the private entities work with the local community to build a mutually beneficial relationship, and Royal Farms has done just that in its proposal for a store in... Continue reading
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