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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 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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Dr. Leana Wen: A Blueprint for a Healthier Baltimore

In thousands of conversations with community members, businesses, grassroots organizations, and elected leaders across Baltimore, I have seen how our City continues to wrestle with deeply-rooted issues of poverty, racial inequality, and structural racism.  Here in Baltimore, there are neighborhoods just blocks apart where the life expectancy differs by 20 years. We have made significant strides in reducing infant mortality, and yet black babies continue to die at twice the rate of white babies across our city. Homicide continues to be the leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds in the city – over 90 percent of homicide victims in 2016 have been black.       These disparities tie intimately into the fabric of the work we do at the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD). Since our founding over two centuries ago, our responsibility has always been to ensure the health of all of our citizens. But there is a higher standard to which... 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: Continue reading
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