Politics

  • September 25 // Al Redmer, Pat McDonough announce candidacies for Baltimore County executive

    Al Redmer Jr. and Pat McDonough both threw their hats into the ring Saturday to become Baltimore County's first Republican county executive since 1994, following months of speculation about their candidacies. Redmer, a former state delegate who currently serves as Maryland's insurance commissioner in Gov. Larry Hogan's administration, kicked off his campaign with a bull roast at the Boumi Shrine Center in Baltimore. McDonough, a Tea Party Republican who has served as a state delegate since 2003, launched his campaign at a breakfast at Boulevard Diner in Dundalk. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Hogan moves Peters out of planning role, into new job

    Gov. Larry Hogan has moved one of the two Cabinet secretaries who have been serving without a salary because of a turf battle between the governor and the General Assembly into a position where she will be paid. Hogan spokesman Doug Mayer said Friday that Planning Secretary Wendi Peters, whose pay was cut off July 1 in a dispute over Senate confirmation powers, was reassigned as special secretary for smart growth. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Maryland lobbyist pleads guilty to bribing lawmaker to help with Prince George’s liquor licenses

    A Maryland lobbyist pleaded guilty Friday to bribing a state legislator in a wide-reaching scheme involving expanded liquor licenses in Prince George’s County. Matthew Gorman, a 43-year-old Hyattsville attorney, entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt and admitted giving more than $5,000 in bribes to William A. Campos for political favors Campos did as a state and county elected official. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Poll: Hogan’s approach to Trump is popular. But his approval rating has fallen slightly.

    A high percentage of Marylanders believe Gov. Larry Hogan has adequately distanced himself from President Trump, according to a new poll that also shows the state leader with a strong approval rating despite Democratic efforts to tie the two Republicans together. The Goucher College survey, however, does not contain only good news for Hogan. The governor’s approval rating remains nearly 10 points below the astronomical 71 percent recorded in polls one year ago. And the percentage of Marylanders who say they are committed or likely to vote for him in 2018 has fallen six percentage points since February. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Wendy Davis Interview Series: Episode 2

    In this second of a two-part interview, Wendy Davis shares with KOFA Managing Partner Jamie Fontaine her thoughts on Betsy DeVos’ proposed dismantling of Title IX. Watch Video

  • Dr. Leana S. Wen: Graham-Cassidy Health Care Proposal Is Detrimental to Nation’s Health

    The Graham-Cassidy bill scheduled to be voted by the Senate next week is even more detrimental than previous attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It will take away health insurance coverage from millions of people, devastate Medicaid, and eliminate protections for patients, including coverage for pre-existing conditions.Read Full Article

  • Wendy Davis Interview Series: Episode 1

    KOFA Managing Partner Jamie Fontaine talks with Wendy Davis, former Texas State Senator and founder of the women’s advocacy initiative Deeds Not Words, about the opportunities and challenges facing today’s young women. Watch Video

  • Cory McCray's Story is Baltimore's Story

    Baltimore has shaped Cory since the day he was born. Now Cory is working hand-in-hand with our neighborhoods to shape Baltimore. Cory is running for Senate so that he can continue expanding our opportunities, listening to our needs, and figuring out how to serve them. He asks for your support, as he continues to work on our behalf in Annapolis.Watch Video Here

Business

  • September 25 // Baltimore Convention Center $1M expansion study gets underway

    A $1 million feasibility study on expanding the Baltimore Convention Center is underway. The project will be the second such study in five years. It will be overseen by the Maryland Stadium Authority and is expected to produce a recommendation by the end of the year. State officials said in March 2016 an expansion could cost $600 million. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • CareFirst CEO Chet Burrell to retire in 2018

    Chet Burrell is retiring as president and CEO of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the region's largest health insurer, after 10 years in the role. Burrell, 70, will leave his post in mid-2018. The nonprofit's board of directors will launch a nationwide search for Burrell's replacement. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Johns Hopkins Tech Ventures touts startup funding, increase in patents

    Startups and entrepreneurs involved with Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures secured hundreds of patents and invention disclosures, and brought in millions of dollars in funding in fiscal year 2017. The group oversees the intellectual property — dealing with licenses, patents and commercialization of technologies — coming out Johns Hopkins. The organization supports startup companies through funding, resources and mentorship, and manages several FastForward incubator/accelerator campuses. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Under Armour says it backs 'athletes' and 'flag' after divisive Trump remarks

    5 stunning stats about Under Armour As President Trump picked fights with the sports world, Under Armour drew attention to itself with how it responded. After Trump uninvited Under Armour (UA) endorser Stephen Curry to the White House and lashed out at some NFL players, the sportswear brand tweeted Saturday that it "stands by our Athletes for free speech, expression and a unified America." But the company later deleted that tweet and replaced it with one that adds the word "flag." (CNNMoney) Read Full Article

Education

  • September 25 // State Prosecutor investigating former Baltimore County School Supt. Dallas Dance

    State prosecutors are investigating former Baltimore County school superintendent Dallas Dance and his relationship with a company that did business with the school system, according to multiple sources. The Maryland State Prosecutor’s Office launched a criminal investigation more than six months ago, issuing a subpoena for school system records, and this month several people associated with the system were interviewed by investigators, sources said. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Maryland school security chief was warned about inappropriate conduct but kept in post

    The top security official at a Maryland high school was warned several times in writing about inappropriate contact with a student but was kept in his position and ultimately charged with sexually abusing the 17-year-old, according to details that emerged in court. Mark C. Yantsos, 58, the former head of security at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, pleaded guilty to a count of sexual abuse of a minor at a hearing last week. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Chinese parents ask county to reinstate bilingual facilitator position

    Last year Chinese-speaking parents had a facilitator who did more than just translate — they had someone on-call to answer questions and who helped teach new Americans about the school system in Anne Arundel County. This year they were shocked and upset to learn the facilitator is gone, they said at a Board of Education meeting this month. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Under Armour volunteers renovate two city schools, donate 5,000 backpacks

    A week after announcing a volunteer effort to aid Baltimore, Under Armour employees renovated two schools, and the company said it distributed 5,000 backpacks to students. Under Armour volunteers worked at Thomas Johnson Elementary and George Washington Elementary schools during the week of Sept. 11-15. Their efforts included painting walls, creating murals and installing new floors, equipment and ceiling tiles. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • September 25 // Civil rights group says proposed Baltimore monitoring team has too many police

    A leading national civil rights organization has expressed concern over the number of law enforcement officials named to a proposed team that will oversee sweeping police reforms in Baltimore. The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is asking the city, U.S. Justice Department and the court to appoint a “more diverse independent monitor team,” pointing out that nine of its 22 proposed members are either current or former law enforcement officials. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Purple line opponents dealt set back in effort to block light-rail line

    Workers could begin slicing down trees along the route of the planned Purple Line as early as Monday, after a federal judge late Friday denied a request for a temporary restraining order from opponents of the light rail project. The ruling is the latest disappointment for opponents of the light-rail line who have been waging legal battle since 2014 to block its construction. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Drug testing – but still no permanent housing – for Tent City protesters

    When Mayor Catherine Pugh persuaded homeless protesters camped outside City Hall to relocate to a building in Sandtown, she promised they would "get permanent housing as quickly as possible." But more than four weeks later, most of the original Tent City 55 are still sleeping on cots in the so-called Pinderhughes Shelter, a dilapidated former elementary school at 1200 Fremont Avenue. (Brew) Read Full Article

  • Assaults climb at Baltimore Central Booking since city jail closing

    Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center, the first institution people are brought to after being arrested in the city, has seen a spike in assaults since Gov. Larry Hogan closed the City Jail, state statistics show. Assaults by inmates at Central Booking, both on staff members and on other inmates, jumped in the 12 months that ended June 30. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • September 25 // Hogan's $9 billion question

    Two years ago and with much fanfare, Gov. Larry Hogan convinced the Maryland Transportation Authority to lower tolls on Maryland’s highways and bridges to reverse the “downward spiral” of tax increases instituted by his predecessor. This week, Mr. Hogan announced a $9 billion highway widening plan likely to be financed chiefly through tolls so large that they will dwarf anything Maryland motorists have ever had to pay before. And that’s just one of the curiosities of a state transportation proposal that is both enormously ambitious and remarkably vague. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Barry Rascovar: Hogan, king of the road(s)

    Gov. Larry Hogan never met a highway project he didn’t like. He’s a 1950s type of politician – solve all the state’s transportation gridlock and congestion by paving the countryside with lanes of new concrete. He’s got a $9 billion plan that is a lollapalooza: Let construction giants build and pay for toll lanes on the Capital Beltway and the busy I-270 corridor from the beltway to Frederick – 70 miles of exclusive Lexus lanes – and let those companies reap the toll rewards so they can recoup a staggering $7.6 billion investment (the actual cost is likely to be substantially higher). (Md. Reporter) Read Full Article

  • Dan Rodricks: Hogan's yesterday thinking on public transit

    Larry Hogan has an odd sense of timing. In June 2015, just two months after Baltimore suffered the trauma of rioting, arson and looting, followed by a period of reflection on the city’s adverse social and economic conditions, the Maryland governor killed the Red Line — the long-planned light rail project that held the promise of hundreds of construction jobs and significant redevelopment, particularly on the west side of the city, the epicenter of the unrest. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Jimmy DeButts: Frosh must sue FAA to end BWI's NextGen nightmare

    Larry Hogan and Steve Schuh now agree talking to the Feds is a waste of time. Maryland's governor and the Anne Arundel County executive finally joined their constituents' call to sue the Federal Aviation Administration over its NextGen flight patterns. Those would be the patterns implemented in 2015 for BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. NextGen has been a disaster from day one. Lower flying planes have caused quality of life havoc on Anne Arundel residents who might've been accustomed to jets roaring overhead but not the window rattling, nerve-wracking assault they've endured while our leaders talked. (Capital)Read Full Article