Politics

  • Former governor Parris Glendening backs Rushern Baker in Maryland governor race

    Former Maryland governor Parris N. Glendening on Thursday endorsed Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III in his bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, citing Baker’s record on the environment. “He understands that economic development and protecting the environment go hand in hand,” Glendening said in an interview. Baker unveiled an environmental plan Thursday that includes a committee chaired by Glendening and aimed at making Maryland the first state in the country to achieve 100 percent clean energy and zero waste. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Democrats push Maryland Gov. Hogan to release correspondence between company and his administration

    The Maryland Democratic Party called on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, his campaign and his administration Thursday to release all correspondence with the transportation company HNTB Corp., whose proposed contract with the state has come under ethics scrutiny this week. The move escalates an election-year controversy over how state transportation officials recommended a company to oversee one of Hogan’s signature initiatives to reduce traffic congestion in the Washington suburbs. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Leggett endorses Dang, Jawando in Montgomery County Council at-large race

    Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett endorsed this week former Obama administration official Will Jawando and community organizer Hoan Dang in the at-large race for County Council. Leggett's backing could help the two men further separate themselves from a field of more than 30 Democratic candidates hoping to win one of the four at-large seats up for grabs in the 2018 election. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

  • Rep. Harris joins GOP letter calling for prosecution of Hillary Clinton, Comey

    Rep. Andrew P. Harris (R-Md.) has joined 10 other House Republicans calling on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to prosecute former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former FBI Director James Comey and other law enforcement officials for a range of alleged crimes designed to shield Clinton from any investigation into her use of a private email server. In a letter to Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray and John Huber, the U.S. attorney for Utah, the lawmakers -- most of whom are members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus -- suggest there was a widespread conspiracy of law enforcement officials to protect Clinton. (Md. Matters)Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • 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

  • Tami Howie: Only Congress Can Regulate the Internet

    It’s a no-brainer to support protecting the rights of consumers to unfettered access to the wide-ranging services and sites offered on the internet. But, similarly, states like Maryland must ensure that the robust internet infrastructure that fuels our digital economy continues to advance and make Maryland an attractive place to do business.Read Full Article

Business

  • Anne Arundel Medical Center gets state OK to build new psychiatric hospital

    Anne Arundel Medical Center will move forward with plans to build a new $25 million, 56,000-square-foot psychiatric hospital, following an in-favor vote from the Maryland Health Care Commission Thursday. Anne Arundel Medical Center filed a certificate of need with the commission in March 2016, seeking approval for its plans to construct a 16-bed medical center to provide mental health treatment. The plan calls for a four-story freestanding facility on Riva Road in Annapolis, next to hospital's Pathways substance abuse treatment facility. The project is expected to take about two years to complete. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • JPMorgan Chase to open branches, invest in Baltimore-Washington area

    The banking giant JPMorgan Chase & Co. plans to expand into the Maryland-Washington, D.C.-Virginia area first as it invests $20 billion in up to 20 new markets in the next five years, bank officials announced Thursday. The New York-based bank, the largest in the nation, plans to open 70 new Chase Bank branches and hire up to 700 new employees in the region, including in Baltimore. About 20 percent of the branches will be in low-to-moderate-income communities in Baltimore and Prince George’s County in Maryland and in Washington. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Lockheed Martin lands $1 billion deal for hypersonic missile

    Lockheed Martin landed a nearly $1 billion deal with the U.S. Air Force to develop a hypersonic cruise missile that can travel five times the speed of sound — that’s more than 3,800 mph — fending off competing bids by defense giants Northrop Grumman, Boeing and Raytheon. The $928 million deal will be led by the company’s Huntsville, Ala.-based space division. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Cordish Cos. to team up with Jacksonville Jaguars on stadium neighborhood

    Prominent Baltimore development firm The Cordish Companies has been tapped to help develop a planned $2.5 billion mixed-use district around the NFL stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Thursday that Cordish will partner with the team and Iguana Investments, a company controlled by Shad Khan, owner of the Jaguars, to build what is being touted as a “new neighborhood” on parking lots between the stadium and the St. Johns River. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Education

  • Alsobrooks joins chorus calling for school chief's head

    Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) faced new pressure to jettison his handpicked education chief on Thursday, when a top ally called on him to seek the resignation of embattled Prince George's County Public Schools CEO Kevin M. Maxwell. State's Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks (D), who hopes to succeed Baker atop county government, issued a carefully-worded statement in which she said, "I believe that we cannot get back to focusing children, educators and families and what they need from us.. until Dr. Maxwell is removed as CEO of our school system. So, I am calling on County Executive Baker to ask for Dr. Maxwell's resignation." (Md. Matters)Read Full Article

  • Sheriff’s deputy who fired on Maryland school shooter is honored by governor

    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Thursday honored a Maryland deputy who fired on a student gunman during a school shooting in St. Mary’s County last month. On March 20, 17-year-old Austin Rollins wounded two classmates, one fatally, at Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Md. Armed with his father’s handgun, he fired one shot that mortally wounded 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey, who had recently ended their relationship, and hit 14-year-old Desmond Barnes in the leg. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Barry and Mary Gossett donate $21.25 million to Maryland for academic programs for athletes

    Barry and Mary Gossett have made a $21.25 million donation to the University of Maryland for the development of the Barry and Mary Gossett Center for Academic and Personal Excellence, which will be devoted to academic and postgraduate success of the school’s athletes, the university announced Thursday morning. Barry Gossett, who made a $10 million donation to help build the football “team house” adjoining to Maryland Stadium that opened in 2007, is a member of Maryland’s Board of Regents and also one of the school’s most influential donors. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Harford students who walk out during latest national protest Friday could face discipline, school system says

    The Harford County Public Schools system has not changed its position regarding school walkouts which means students who plan to participate in the walkout scheduled for Friday will face disciplinary action, school system officials said. Two local walkouts are planned at 10 a.m. on the 19th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, where two teenagers killed 13 classmates before killing themselves. (Aegis) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • County patients finding relief with medical marijuana

    Tucked into the rolling farm fields of Warwick is likely Maryland’s largest medical marijuana grow facility, where some 100,000 plants bask in the sunshine under a state-of-the-art greenhouse. This is SunMed Growers LLC, the vision of Jake Van Wingerden, a third generation greenhouse grower who started Tidal Creek Growers in Earleville in 2002. (Cecil Daily)Read Full Article

  • Maryland to receive another $10 million in federal funding for opioid crisis

    Maryland will receive another $10 million in federal funding to help combat the ongoing opioid crisis. The grant is part of $485 million in funding being awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services to all 50 states and four U.S. territories. The funding piggybacks off $10 million the state received last year from DHHS to fight the opioid epidemic. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • OC wrestling with including pot in smoking ordinance

    With the relaxing of marijuana laws in recent years, coupled with the proliferation of legal medical marijuana dispensary outlets in the area, resort officials are wrestling with how to fit weed into the town’s smoking ordinance. A few years back, Ocean City passed an ordinance banning smoking in most public areas, particularly on the beach and Boardwalk, except within 15 feet of designated smoking areas. (Dispatch) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore police chief apologizes for 200 years of policing at Eric B & Rakim show, gets frosty reception

    Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa took the stage during the reunion tour for hip-hop act Eric B. & Rakim at Baltimore Soundstage on Wednesday night, and videos of the appearance posted to social media suggest they didn't exactly get a warm reception. Videos posted to Instagram show De Sousa making a brief speech to say sorry about how police have treated black communities since the nation’s founding. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Charles H. White Jr.: What Trump can learn from Baltimore's port

    The Trump infrastrucuture plan largely shifts development and financial initiatives to states, municipalities and the private sector — public-private partnerships, or “P3s.” The experience of the Port of Baltimore over the last decade provides a look at the benefits and limitations of the P3 technique and, importantly, its long-term vulnerabilities. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Patrick D. Hahn: 'Dog lovers': a city menace?

    The other day I was strolling down Roland Avenue and I struck up a conversation with an elderly gentleman who was the proud owner of a lovely herb garden growing in his front yard. He told me once a woman brought her dog on a leash to urinate in his garden and he objected (more politely than I would have), saying “Madam, I eat the things that come out of there.” Her reply: “Well, why would you plant a garden where my dog pees?” I never cease to be amazed at the spectacular, planet-sized arrogance of some of this city’s dog owners. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • Brian Griffiths: Democrats like Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley can't help raising taxes

    You probably know the fable of the scorpion and the frog. Here’s how it goes: A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The frog asks, "How do I know you won't sting me?" The scorpion says, "Because if I do, I will die, too." The frog is satisfied and they set out, but in midstream the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of paralysis and starts to sink, knowing both will drown. He has just enough time to gasp, "Why?" Replies the scorpion: "It's my nature." Voters in Annapolis may feel like the frog right now. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • April 19 // Laslo Boyd: No, It’s not the economy, stupid!

    Those who oppose Donald Trump keep missing a major point. Whether during the Republican primaries, in the General Election against Hillary Clinton, or since he became president, critics have misunderstood the basis for Trump’s appeal to his supporters. Given that our current president is the most unconventional politician of modern times, getting a clear handle on him is not easy. (fromacertainpointofview)Read Full Article