Politics

  • Md. Gov. Larry Hogan names Matthew Clark chief of staff

    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) is making key changes to his executive staff, announcing Wednesday that Matthew Clark, his former communications director, will return to Annapolis as his new chief of staff. Clark, who served as communications director for the first 18 months of Hogan’s term, rejoins the governor’s executive team after working for the past year as managing director with D.C.-based FTI Consulting, a business advisory and strategy consulting firm. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Hogan opposes 'skinny repeal' of Obamacare

    Gov. Larry Hogan weighed into the health care fray again Wednesday, signing a bipartisan letter to Senate leaders that opposes the so-called “skinny repeal” plan emerging as a potentially viable option to dismantle Obamacare. “Congress should be working to make health insurance more affordable while stabilizing the health insurance market,” Hogan and nine other governors wrote in the letter. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Candidate for Md. governor shares son’s health story, slams Congress

    Maryland gubernatorial candidate Alec Ross (D) is using his son’s recent experience with a potentially life-threatening thyroid condition to lambaste efforts by congressional Republicans to roll back the federal government’s role in health care. In eight tweets Tuesday after Senate Republicans opened debate on legislation to repeal the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, the Baltimore tech entrepreneur explained how his family’s robust insurance plan paid for a successful surgery to remove tumors from 10-year-old Sawyer’s neck. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Cabinet secretaries Peters, Schrader miss first full paycheck

    Two of Gov. Larry Hogan's Cabinet secretary nominees weren't paid this week.  Wednesday marked the first full pay period for state employees in fiscal 2018. Maryland Planning Secretary Wendi Peters and Health Secretary Dennis R. Schrader weren't paid, pursuant to budget language passed by the Democratic Party-controlled General Assembly. Hogan (R) withdrew his appointments of both Peters and Schrader during the General Assembly session, only to reappoint them after legislators left the State House. (News-Post) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Dr. Leana Wen: Baltimore City Health Commissioner Condemns New Senate Healthcare Proposal

    A Senate bill revealed today – the so-called the Better Care Reconciliation Act – is even worse than the initial proposal and will result in loss of healthcare for millions of Americans. Read Full Article

  • National Brain Tumor Society: 2nd Annual Baltimore Brain Tumor Walk

    Kelsey sat in the doctor’s office with her family looking at an MRI that showed a visible white mass. Her doctor confirmed the diagnosis and said the four words she feared most: it’s a brain tumor. Overcome with anxiety and confusion, she asked the doctor about her options and what would happen next. Read Full Article

  • Dr. Leana Wen: Senate Health Care Proposal will Hurt the Health of Vulnerable Populations

    Despite promises that the Senate would propose legislation that would support the health of all Americans, the bill released today would endanger the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community. In particular, this proposal contains four provisions that would be extremely harmful to health.Read Full Article

  • Steve Kearney: Among the Bushes

    Like many reality shows, the rolling White House crisis seems to have no beginning or end.  It just is.  But it’s instructive to remember where the current, more intense series of episodes began. May 10, 2017.  There was yet another crisis to manage.  White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was furious at the Washington Post – outraged by its reporting on the aftermath of President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. Read Full Article

Business

  • Investors back out of Evergreen Health deal

    A group of investors that had applied to acquire Evergreen Health said Wednesday that they were backing out of the deal, leaving the Baltimore-based health insurer’s future in doubt. The investors said in a joint statement that “new financial information came to light that raised significant concerns” as they moved toward closing. The investors were LifeBridge Health, Anne Arundel Health System and JARS Health Investments, a group of individual investors. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Marriott finalizes development deal for downtown Bethesda headquarters

    The ink is drying on the development deal for the new Marriott International Inc. headquarters and flagship hotel in downtown Bethesda. The hotel giant has officially signed an agreement with The Bernstein Cos. and Boston Properties to build the $600 million campus at 7750 Wisconsin Ave., according to a Wednesday afternoon announcement. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

  • 'Amazon Jobs Day' aims to hire 1,200 new local workers

    Amazon is planning to hire 1,200 workers in Baltimore early next month. The Seattle-based internet giant will hold a job fair in a dozen U.S. cities — including Baltimore — on Aug. 2 to hire a total of 50,000 new workers. In January, Amazon said it planned to create 100,000 new jobs by mid-2018 in the U.S., most of them at giant warehouse, or fulfillment centers, where internet orders are filled and shipped. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Food truck owners continue fight against city

    Two food truck owners appeared in city court again Wednesday, challenging a law that prevents them from operating within 300 feet of brick-and-mortar businesses that sell similar food. Both the food truck owners — Joey Vinoni of the Pizza di Joey and Nikki McGowan of the MindGrub truck — and the city have filed a motion for summary judgment from the Baltimore City Circuit Court. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

Education

  • Naval Academy: Move toward admitting transgender mids halted

    The Naval Academy confirmed Wednesday it has frozen any moves toward admitting transgender people, the same day President Donald Trump used his Twitter account to say he plans to bar them from serving in the military. Cmdr. David McKinney said the academy had been working under interim guidelines issued in November. They would have moved the academy to begin accepting qualified transgender applicants for the incoming class in 2018. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Maryland, Baltimore education officials will collaborate to help city's worst performing schools

    Maryland education officials will meet with administrators of the 20 worst performing schools in Baltimore over two days next week to find ways to turn them around. The state and city officials will then collaborate over the next year as they develop interventions that can improve the academic performance of students in those schools. In many cases, the schools have been low performing for years or even decades. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • NAACP calls for end to for-profit charter schools

    The NAACP is calling for tighter restrictions on charter schools and the elimination of for-profit charters as part of a broad array of actions leaders want to see taken on the local and national level to improve public education for children of color. In a report released Wednesday, the organization did not rescind the controversial position it took last year when it passed a resolution saying there should be a moratorium on charter school expansion. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • McDaniel donation to help experiential learning opportunities

    A recent $500,000 donation to McDaniel College will go toward experiential learning opportunities and Experience Awards. Robert "Robin" Salomon III, of Bethesda, a member of the McDaniel board of trustees and a former parent visitor to the board, and his wife, Sarah, the parents of a McDaniel College alumnus, made the donation, according to a news release from the college. (Carr. Co. Times) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Eastport Landing opponents, developers calling for city to clarify density decision

    Both the developers of The Lofts at Eastport Landing and the project's opponents are calling on the city to provide more clarity on the number of allowable housing units for the retail and residential development. Annapolis Planning and Zoning Director Pete Gutwald contradicted a Monday statement by the Eastport Landing developers, Baltimore-based Solstice Partners. The company released a statement saying the planning director confirmed the project could have up to 106 residential units, fewer than the 127 originally proposed but not as low as the 61 units estimated by a residents' work group that examined the project's compliance with city code. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Appeals court sides with Anne Arundel County in Laurel Park dispute

    Maryland's Court of Special Appeals has sided with Anne Arundel County in a lawsuit involving water and sewer allocations for redevelopment at the Laurel Park race track. In a decision dated Tuesday, the court ruled that the Laurel Racing Association, which owns the race track, owes the county $24.3 million as compensation for water and sewer capacity it reserved for the project in 2008. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Davis rebuilds operations units, redeploys more than 150 officers as Baltimore hits 200th homicide

    After dismantling special operations units throughout the Baltimore Police Department amid a patrol shortage and a high-profile gun squad scandal four months ago, Commissioner Kevin Davis has reassigned more than 150 police officers and supervisors back onto similar teams. The 21 new “District Action Teams” — two for each of the city’s nine police districts, plus one each for the Pennsylvania Avenue corridor, the Monument Street corridor and the Tri-District area — began deploying this week amid the city’s violent crime crisis and intense debates about how to best address it. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Howard County plans more Ellicott City flood control projects

    Howard County is drawing up plans for new projects aimed at slowing and controlling stormwater in streams that flow through Ellicott City's historic district — the same streams that swelled into a deadly and damaging flood nearly one year ago. Four projects announced Wednesday will cost an estimated $18 million, with the county hoping to get financial help from the state and federal governments. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Del. Jheanelle Wilkins and Sen. Ronald Young: Md.'s governor rejected fracking, now he should reject fracking infrastructure

    Marylanders can be proud that our state was the first with natural gas reserves to pass a law banning fracking. Our governor agreed, concluding that the “environmental risks of fracking outweigh any benefits” and that we should protect our water and natural resources. After years of careful evaluation, we chose to protect our health, environment and local businesses. Now, only a few months later, the fracked-gas industry is again pounding on Maryland’s door. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • One year later, few answers for Ellicott City's flood prevention

    One year ago this weekend, floodwaters cascaded through parts of historic Ellicott City, killing two people, causing millions of dollars in damage and prompting months of reckoning with the costs and benefits of rebuilding in a flood-prone downtown. A number of the businesses have returned but some proprietors admit to more than a bit of anxiety when severe thunderstorm warnings are issued as the cloudbursts that pop up in the humid mid-Atlantic summertime approach. Even as commemorations of the flood and celebrations of a rebirth continue, the infectious enthusiasm to restore Ellicott City needs to be tempered with the reality that "flood proofing" the area will be exorbitantly expensive, if not impossible. (Ho. Co. Times) Read Full Article

  • Carroll's annual 4-H & FFA Fair worth supporting

    It is the rare event, indeed, that thrives for more than a century. Some who came before us here in Carroll got together on Aug. 14, 1897, for a picnic that quickly grew to a 2,000-person affair two years later. It became an annual tradition that eventually turned into one of the biggest and most anticipated annual events in the county, the 4-H & FFA Fair. This year's week-long fair officially begins Saturday, held as it has been since 1954 at the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster, but things actually get going on Friday. We would encourage everyone to check it out. (Carr. Co. Times)Read Full Article

  • July 26 // Arch Campbell Remembers His Friend Jim Vance

    I don’t know how tall Jim Vance was but he towered over me and everyone else, so of course I remember him as bigger than life. A guy this big only required one name: Vance. I met him in 1974 when I came to work as a reporter at Channel 4. He surprised me because he had an edge in a business that feared edge. He took the measure of the people he worked with and took his time deciding if he respected you or not. It took a while, but once Vance accepted you, he was your friend for life. In 1980 I talked a news director into letting me review movies on the 6 p.m. news. Vance gave me his seal of approval when I finished. “My man” he said, and made my career possible. (Washingtonian)Read Full Article