Politics

  • The first Democrat enters the 2018 Anne Arundel County executive race

    Davidsonville resident Steuart Pittman has announced his candidacy for county executive. Pittman, the owner of Dodon Farm Training Center, will run as a Democrat. He confirmed his plans to The Capital Thursday. He plans to focus on development as a core issue. He is the first Democrat to announce his candidacy for executive. First term County Executive Steve Schuh, R-Gibson Island, is the only candidate who has officially filed to run in the June primary. “I felt like he should be replaced, his policies should be challenged,” Pittman said. “It took me some time to be comfortable with the notion of being county executive. It is a very winnable race.” (Capital) Read Full Article

  • McCray Challenges McFadden in 45th District

    East Baltimore Del. Cory McCray (D-45) had a copy of the late Marion Barry’s book, “Mayor For Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.,” tucked under his arm as he sat down for an interview at the AFRO’sBaltimore headquarters recently. Perhaps McCray, who recently launched his bid to unseat Sen. Nathaniel McFadden (D-45), the venerable East Baltimore politician, hoped to understand some of Barry’s legendary grit by reading his autobiography. Yet, grit is an attribute McCray’s supporters argue he has already exhibited in abundance during his brief political career and his life before he entered politics. (Afro) Read Full Article

  • Spending affordability: Deschenaux’s final show

    Earlier this year, the Capital Debt Affordability Committee (CDAC) recommended an annual $995 million GO bond authorization level – the same level as the previous three years. The CDAC’s 2017 recommendation does not include an annual inflation adjustment, despite the fact that beginning in early calendar 2016 and through the first nine months of calendar 2017, construction inflation has risen significantly. DLS indicated that the State’s capital commitments made in the 2017 session exceed the levels of GO bonds currently programmed in the 2017 CIP and recommended by CDAC. (Conduit St.)Read Full Article

  • Cardin, Van Hollen propose path to residency for temporarily protected immigrants

    Three Democratic senators -- including Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen -- introduced legislation Thursday to allow certain immigrants with temporary legal status in the United States to apply for residency. Maryland has the sixth-highest number of residents benefiting from Temporary Protected Status in the country -- about 23,000 -- according to the Center for Migration Studies. The vast majority of those individuals in the state are from El Salvador. The 27-year-old program shields some immigrants from deportation during periods of conflict or national disaster in their home countries. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Gene M. Ransom III: Marylanders of All Ages Should Talk to Their Doctors About Getting Vaccinated

    As we enter fall, parents around Maryland have sent their children into the school year with everything they need to succeed, including their required school vaccinations. But immunizations aren’t just for our children – they are a lifelong, year-round medical necessity, and a critical public health tool for protecting against a broad range of dangerous and potentially deadly illnesses.Read Full Article

  • 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

Business

  • Loyola University's business school honors Brown Advisory's Michael Hankin

    Michael D. Hankin, the president and CEO of Brown Advisory, was named Business Leader of the Year for 2017 by Loyola University’s Sellinger School of Business and Management. The award, given tonight at a dinner at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, honors business executives who embody Loyola’s Jesuit commitment to community and service in the leadership of their organization. “Mike Hankin leads a firm that prides itself on thoughtfulness, a value we hold deeply as a Jesuit university that emphasizes thoughtful, ethical leadership,” said Kathleen A. Getz, dean of the Sellinger School. “This approach also overflows into Mike’s work in the Baltimore community, where he is actively involved in efforts to improve the health of both residents and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.” (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • National Aquarium reports annual economic impact of $455 million

    The National Aquarium generated $455 million for Maryland in 2016, according to a new report commissioned by the Inner Harbor destination. While the number of visitors to the aquarium in Baltimore has remained steady over the past five years, at about 1.3 million annually, the aquarium’s economic impact rose 42 percent from $319.6 million in 2012, the last time it was measured, according to the report by Sage Policy Group. The aquarium attributed the growth in its economic impact to accelerated hiring, expanded community programs and facility improvements at the aquarium, plus increased spending among its visitors. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Annapolis-based Airwave Networks acquired by New Hampshire firm

    Airwave Networks, an Annapolis-based provider of wireless internet access and digital TV for student housing and apartment complexes, has been acquired by Single Digits Inc. of New Hampshire. Terms of the deal are confidential. Single Digits, which provides high-speed internet access to property managers in the hospitality, retail, transportation and office sectors, said it will bring on all of Airwave’s 150-plus employees and maintain most of its locations. Founded in 2001 by CEO Bill Rinard, Airwave now provides services in 44 states for nearly 120,000 customers. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • After ‘athlete recovery’ pajamas, Under Armour offers ‘advanced’ sheets and pillowcases

    In January, Under Armour introduced what might be described as “performance pajamas,” infused with technology designed to enhance athletes' recovery. Now comes the extension of that line — “athlete recovery” bed sheets and pillowcases. Like the sleepwear, the bedding is endorsed by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, an Under Armour emissary who is as meticulous about his sleep and recuperation as he is about studying defenses. The bedding and sleepwear employ technology based on research into the effects of far infrared radiation. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Education

  • Panel weighs changes for school-construction standards, funding

    Building additional schools and pushing for more up-to-date, efficient and innovative design proposals is under review by a state panel charged with examining school construction. Today, an estimated 65,297 students in Maryland public schools are in temporary classrooms such as trailers, and there is $23 billion in estimated statewide school construction needed through fiscal year 2023, according to the Maryland State Department of Education and local schools. Sen. Jim Rosapepe, D-Anne Arundel and Prince George’s, discussed a revised version of an earlier bill, the Maryland Overcrowding Reduction Act of 2018, at Tuesday’s meeting of the 21st Century School Facilities Commission in hopes of combating school overcrowding problems across the state. (Md. Reporter) Read Full Article

  • Hopkins partners with investment management firm to boost early stage research

    Johns Hopkins University scientists will get a $65 million infusion of funding from a Wall Street investment firm to boost early stage therapeutic research that also could help bring drugs and treatments to market. Deerfield Management, a New York-based healthcare oriented investment management firm, will disburse the money over five years. More funding will be made available for research that shows strong commercial potential. The collaboration will be called Bluefield Innovations. The money will ease the burden on scientists and the university to identify funding for research on new therapies. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Harford schools reverse recent trend, add students

    Harford County Public Schools, reversing seven straight years of enrollment declines, has 354 more students this school year than it had a year ago. That’s the largest increase in more than 15 years. The next biggest enrollment increase was reported in the 2001-02 school year, the first year for which enrollment figures are available on the school system’s website, when there were 269 more students. Since then, the only other increases reported were 91 more in the 2003-04 school year and 29 more in 2008-09. (Aegis)Read Full Article

  • Incoming Harford Community College students get acclimated to college life during iPrep week

    Charese Michel, a first-year student at Harford Community College, says she picked up a host of skills during the week-long iPrep program that helped her have a smooth start to the fall 2017 semester. “Overall I thought that it was a great program,” Michel said during a presentation on iPrep to the HCC Board of Trustees Tuesday. “I had a great learning environment.” She and five of her fellow first-year students talked about their experiences with iPrep. The pre-semester orientation program is designed to help students acclimate to college life, get a refresher on math and reading and writing skills and prepare to retake the ACCUPLACER test so they can start off with college-level classes and avoid remedial math and English courses. (Aegis) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Montgomery asks for more transit in state tolling plan

    Montgomery County leaders on Thursday urged the state’s transportation chief to expand transit options as part of Maryland’s plan to relieve traffic by adding toll lanes to the Capital Beltway, Interstate 270 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Montgomery County Council members told Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn that they appreciated the state addressing the region’s crippling congestion. However, they questioned whether adding four toll lanes to each highway would make a difference — and perhaps even contribute to auto-dependent sprawl — unless additional transit options took more vehicles off the road. (News-Post) Read Full Article

  • Hogan: Maryland offering $100,000 reward for information on person who killed Baltimore homicide detective

    The state of Maryland is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for killing a Baltimore homicide detective, Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Twitter Thursday evening. This money is in addition to the $69,000 reward being offered by local authorities and the Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland. “My best hunch is more than one or two people know or suspect our killer was involved in this yesterday,” Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said at a Thursday news conference. “We’re asking those folks to do some soul searching and pick up the phone and give us a call.” Det. Sean Suiter, an 18-year veteran of the city police force, was shot Wednesday afternoon while investigating another killing in the notoriously violent Harlem Park neighborhood in West Baltimore. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Will the Purple Line make people healthier?

    As construction on Maryland’s Purple Line gets underway, a University of Maryland researcher is starting to examine whether the light-rail line will make people healthier, or at least more physically active. Jennifer Roberts, an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, said previous studies have found that people who live near public transportation are generally more physically active because they often walk or bike to and from the transit stop, as well as to shop and make other trips. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Carroll commissioners approve next step in FuTuRe, a pay-as-you-throw trash program pilot

    The county commissioners took another step toward moving to a pay-as-you-throw trash model. On Thursday, the Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously, 5-0, to move into the public engagement phase of Fair Trash Reduction, or FuTuRe, which would treat trash disposal like metered utilities. This vote comes after the county’s Department of Public Works came before the commissioners in March, a step that moved forward the concept for a pilot program for FuTuRe. At that meeting, commissioners voted 4-0, with Commissioner Doug Howard, R-District 5, absent because of work conflicts, to have staff formally seek engagement with study partners. Commissioners asked staff to first look at homeowner associations in Carroll, and then look at the municipalities. (Carr. Co. Times)Read Full Article

Commentary

  • The enormous debt owed to slain Baltimore Police Det. Sean Suiter

    A veteran Baltimore police officer who suffered a gunshot wound to the head while on duty Wednesday in a notoriously dangerous neighborhood in West Baltimore just a block or so north of the U.S. 40 canyon on Bennett Place in Harlem Park died early Thursday afternoon. A violence-torn city’s collective hearts and prayers go out to his family, to his friends and colleagues. Baltimore owes Sean Suiter a debt that can’t be repaid. The married father of five gave his life to make this city a better place for the rest of us. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • A checkup for school spending

    The county school system plans to take a microscope to the way its money has been spent and allocated, going back to 2010. A so-called forensic budget audit is expected to zero in on why the system’s line item for employee health and dental coverage is now $23 million in the red and whether grant funds have been properly budgeted. The audit needs to be embraced and its findings, and recommended remedies, shared publicly. Having the school system bring in an outside, independent auditor makes the process cleaner. (Ho. Co. Times) Read Full Article

  • Craig's successor needs to build on her work

    A new mayor invariably brings changes in the cast of characters at the apex of city government. And the city’s historic preservation chief, Lisa Craig, was, in effect, one of the mayor-elect’s opponents in recent legal haggling over whether the historic preservation rules apply to a mural painted on a restaurant building. So it’s not surprising — although it is unfortunate — that Craig evidently decided she has no future in a Gavin Buckley administration and that it would be better to jump rather than wait to be pushed. Her resignation takes effect Nov. 28. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Greg Walker: Buckley should start planning for city's future

    The bad news from the recent election is that roughly 65 percent of Annapolis’ residents didn’t bother to vote. That isn’t a sign that people don’t care about the future of their city. On days with major traffic jams, everyone cares! I am excited about Gavin Buckley being mayor-elect. I have never met him. I didn’t vote for him, since I live just outside the city limits. I have an office in Eastport and I follow traffic issues in our area and sometimes make presentations on the topic. Mr. Buckley made two points that intrigue me. (Capital)Read Full Article