Politics

  • Smith bests Moon to succeed Raskin in District 20 Senate seat

    Will Smith, a former Obama administration official who was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates two years ago, was chosen Wednesday night to succeed U.S. Rep.-elect Jamie Raskin as the next state senator from Silver Spring/Takoma Park-based District 20. Smith, who defeated fellow Del. David Moon by a wider than expected 19-8 vote of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC), becomes the first African-American ever to hold a state Senate seat from Montgomery County. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

  • New Baltimore City Council takes office pledging improvements

    A new City Council took office Thursday with eight freshmen members and pledged to bring renewed energy to the decades-old fight against Baltimore's persistent problems of poverty and crime. Bernard C. "Jack" Young, who is entering his eighth year as council president, announced plans to partner with nonprofits to revitalize West Baltimore, drive down crime in the Northeast and create jobs throughout the city. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • In speech at Yale Carson says he won't dismantle social programs as HUD chief

    Donald Trump's pick for secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development says he doesn't plan to dismantle social safety-net programs. Dr. Ben Carson spoke Thursday night at Yale University, his alma mater. He told an audience made up mostly of Yale students that the suggestion he wants to end housing programs that help the poor are "a bunch of crap." (AP) Read Full Article

  • Rep. Harris: Federal immigration law must be enforced

    This week, Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) introduced the Federal Immigration Law Compliance Act of 2016 (FILCA) in the House, with co-sponsors from California to New York to Florida. FILCA requires any entity receiving federal funds, including institutions of higher learning, to comply with all lawful requests made by federal immigration enforcement authorities. Should the entity refuse to comply with federal immigration enforcement requests that entity will be subject to a withholding of all federal funding. (Dagger) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Rick Abbruzzese: Reason First

    In the shockwave following the U.S. presidential election, many Americans found it far too easy to ignore the election results in Europe this week, choosing to focus instead on our President-elect's Twitter. However, after Brexit and then Trump, I was looking to the elections in Austria and Italy this past Sunday to somehow convince me that the world had not, in fact, gone mad. Read Full Article.

  • Dr. Leana S. Wen: Fast tracking Baltimore's fight against AIDS

    This week, Baltimore celebrates World AIDS Day, honoring the memories of those lost to HIV/AIDS and recommitting to the fight to eliminate this tragic disease. For decades, Baltimore City has been on the frontlines of the nation’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. In our City, there are an estimated 13,000 residents diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. For us, HIV/AIDS is not just a health issue—it is one of justice and equity. It also requires innovative, community-driven approaches to save lives. Read Full Article.

  • MedChi, NAMI Release Public Service Announcement To Urge Marylanders To Ask The Right Questions During Open Enrollment

    The Maryland State Medical Society (MedChi) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) released a public service announcement urging Maryland citizens to ask the right questions during the current open enrollment period. Open enrollment, which begins this week, is a time for Marylanders to buy, change or renew their qualified health plan for 2017. Read Full Article 

  • Karen Barbour: Why we support a vibrant downtown Columbia

    As the founders of Alliance for Hispanic Commercial Contractors (AHCC), we know that over 6% of Howard County residents identify as Hispanic, and that the Hispanic population is growing every year. The AHCC is dedicated in promoting the growth, prosperity and participation of Hispanic Commercial Contractors in commercial and government procurement contracts through education, training and guidance, especially here in the Mid-Atlantic region. Read Full Article

Business

  • MGM National Harbor opens with Vegas-style glitz

    The $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor, Maryland's sixth and most expensive casino, opened Thursday with Las Vegas-style flair and the company chairman's prediction that residents of Baltimore — about 45 miles away — "are going to come and check us out." The vast resort overlooking the Potomac River in Prince George's County held an open house attended by Gov. Larry Hogan, who declared it "absolutely impressive," and said it would have "a transformational impact on this region." (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Future Army-Navy games draw interest from cities across the U.S.

    Leaders from Army and Navy will host tourism officials from across the U.S. this weekend in Baltimore who are interested in bringing one of college football's big rivalries to their cities. Following Saturday's sold out game at M&T Bank Stadium, the game will move back to Philadelphia in 2017. But the two military academies have yet to award games for 2018 and beyond. Chet Gladchuk, the athletic director for Navy, said 10 cities have expressed interest in hosting the game, listing Baltimore, Seattle, San Diego, Dallas, Houston, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Betamore to expand to Port Covington

    The Baltimore technology incubator Betamore plans to open a second location at the City Garage in Port Covington, as part of a broader push to increase education programming and workforce development efforts in the space. Sagamore Ventures, the venture capital arm of Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank's private investment firm, has brought Betamore on to operate and manage programs in the building, said Betamore CEO Jen Meyer. The company announced the plans at its Christmas party Thursday. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • The Kane Co., Elkridge-based commercial mover, to close and lay off 900 workers in Md. and Va.

    The Kane Co., a second-generation commercial moving company based in Elkridge, is closing and laying off 900 workers in Maryland and Virginia, its owner said Thursday. John Kane, who bought the 47-year-old company from his father nearly two decades ago and began expanding from moving offices into areas as diverse as furniture installation for hotels and hospitals, staffing, storage and document shredding, said he has been forced to wind down most businesses under Kane corporate ownership. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Education

  • Maryland state and local governments urged to increase school funding by $2.6 billion

    Maryland should spend $2.6 billion more on public education and revamp the formula used to calculate how much is spent on each school district, according to a two-year study by a national consulting firm. The 620-page report was presented to a state commission Thursday as the panel prepared to spend a year deliberating over the details of the complex funding formula. The General Assembly is expected to base any change to Maryland's school funding laws on the study's recommendations. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Goucher College to grant bachelor's degrees behind bars

    Theresa Adams learned in psychology class that her impulsive nature likely landed her in prison. She took the class at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, where she also tackled calculus, studied Spanish and recited Shakespeare while serving seven years. "I could have completed a degree during that time," the 58-year-old former inmate says. Inmates will now have that chance. Goucher College will soon start offering Bachelor of Arts degrees in American studies at the Jessup prison facilities for men and women, officials announced Thursday. The liberal arts college in Towson will be Maryland's only school to offer a bachelor's degree wholly within prison. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Navy: 'Midshipman' title will not change

    Navy officials say they have decided to not change the name "midshipman" because it's a rank, not just a job title. In January, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus issued a memo to the chief of naval operation seeking an "update of position titles and descriptions to demonstrate through this language that women are included in these positions." (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Eight Baltimore city schools receive clothes washers and dryers

    Eight Baltimore city schools are receiving washers and dryers under a partnership aimed at improving attendance. Whirlpool partnered with the Family League of Baltimore to launch a laundry program in select community schools, a specialized group of 56 city schools throughout the city that partner with organizations to provide extensive wraparound services to students. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • VA delays leave Maryland on the hook for $2.7M to bury veterans, audit finds

    Delays in dispersing money at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs left Maryland on the hook for $2.7 million in costs for burying veterans, state auditors found. Some of the federal payouts were delayed more than three years, the Office of Legislative Audits said in a report published Thursday. The VA is in the process of paying the state back. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Proposed reg would ban bow-riding in state waters; change likely to take effect before summer

    New regulations prohibiting bow-riding on vessels could be in place as soon as next spring after a productive meeting last week between the area’s representatives in Annapolis and state boating officials. In the wake of several serious boating accidents in the resort last summer, including a fatal propeller strike that claimed the life of a child in August, Senator Jim Mathias and Delegate Mary Beth Carozza began discussions in earnest with state boating officials, including the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and its enforcement wing, the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP), about tightening the regulations regarding the dangerous practice of bow-riding. (Dispatch) Read Full Article

  • Bunting retains Worcester County Commission presidency in 4-3 vote

    Jim Bunting will continue to serve as president of the Worcester County Commissioners following a split vote this week. On Tuesday, the commissioners voted 4-3 to reelect Bunting as president. Commissioners Merrill Lockfaw, Joe Mitrecic and Bud Church voted against electing Bunting. This is the third year the District 6 representative will lead the board. (Dispatch) Read Full Article

  • Harford OKs spending up to $5 million a year for stormwater project engineering, identification

    Harford County will enter into agreements with six firms over the next year that will be on call for the county's design and assessment needs for projects related to watershed protection and restoration, including stormwater management. A contract approved earlier this week permits spending up to $5 million on design services for county stormwater projects, as well as having the firms assist the county to identify additional projects, according to county government spokesperson Cindy Mumby. (Aegis) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Laslo Boyd: Crumbling foundations

    Much of the analysis of the 2016 Presidential election has focused on the specifics of the campaign: Donald Trump’s ability to appeal to angry white working class voters; Hillary Clinton’s “baggage” as a candidate; the oddities of the Electoral College system.  However, these issues may miss the larger point altogether. Trump’s victory may be less a portent of transformation of the political system and more the product of factors long preceding his candidacy. For those who worry that our democratic system is at peril, this risk goes far beyond Trump himself. (From a Certain Point of View)Read Full Article

  • Barry Ronan - Hospital Impact: Here's what keeps this CEO up at night

    Being a leader at a healthcare organization has never been an easy task, but as the industry grapples with the prospect of more disruptive change, we have even more on our plates. First and foremost, one of the biggest issues is the presidential election results and the impact on healthcare. There had been quite a bit of rhetoric over the last several years, especially during the recent presidential campaign, on repealing the Affordable Care Act. (FierceHealthcare)Read Full Article

  • Jeffrey Elkin - Business Litigation Alert: "To protect yourself from a business divorce - agree to a prenup"

    When a business breaks up, it can often be very similar to the dissolution of a marriage. One prime example of this is the case of TransPerfect Global, Inc. (TransPerfect), a very successful language translation company started by two college roommates over twenty years ago. Despite the tremendous success of the company (estimated to be worth over $1 billion with approximately 3,500 employees), the relationship between the business owners (one-time fiancés) deteriorated to the point that they ended up in litigation. (JD Supra)Read Full Article

  • Md. should tread cautiously on paid sick leave

    We have long been sympathetic to the arguments for paid sick leave, particularly on public health grounds. When people feel economic pressure to come to work sick, they put others at risk — particularly in the food service industry. But we have also stopped short of endorsing the efforts to require it in Maryland, arguing that the potential economic costs of such a policy aren't well understood. A handful of cities and now some states require employers to offer sick leave, and studies of the policies' effects tend to mirror the philosophical orientation of whoever is doing the studying. The fact that Gov. Larry Hogan is now championing the issue is fascinating — it's a bit of a Nixon-to-China moment for someone who ran on a platform of getting Maryland government out of business' way — but it doesn't change our view. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article