Politics

  • May 18 // Valerie Ervin to run for Maryland governor in place of late running mate Kevin Kamenetz

    Democrat Valerie Ervin is running for Maryland governor in place of her former running mate, Kevin Kamenetz, who died suddenly last week. Ervin’s unusual entry into the campaign less than six weeks before the June 26 Democratic primary maintains a crowded field of seven major candidates with no clear front-runner. The 61-year-old Montgomery County resident selected Marisol Johnson, a former Baltimore County school board member, to join a ticket that faces significant obstacles to gain traction with no time to spare: They have little money, a new campaign staff and their names will not appear on millions of ballots that have already been printed. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Nine Democrats will compete for face time in Md. gubernatorial debates

    Nine candidates vying to be Maryland’s Democratic nominee for governor will have a few minutes each to distinguish themselves in four upcoming televised debates, with the first one airing Monday night. If you hope to track who thinks what, you may want to keep a spreadsheet handy. Trying to be inclusive and show unity, the candidates agreed the entire field should be invited, party leaders say. That includes several candidates who have money in the bank and full-fledged campaign operations but are polling in the low single digits and two who have raised almost no money and have lottery-like odds of winning. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Angela Alsobrooks debuts first television ad in Prince George’s executive race

    Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks (D) debuted a television advertisement Thursday, the first in the heated race for county executive. In the 30-second ad — which will air on cable and broadcast stations in the county — Alsobrooks says residents in the Washington suburb have heard for too long that the county is “on the brink” of success. “We can give our kids the education they deserve, we can keep our neighborhoods safe, and we can respect the seniors who built this community,” Alsobrooks says. “Let’s fulfill the promises of Prince George’s County together.” (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Campaign shots fired in Frederick County

    A county executive candidate simultaneously took aim at gun restrictions and so-called “sanctuary counties.” Perhaps a sign that campaign season is in full swing, County Councilman Kirby Delauter on Wednesday announced his position on the hot-button issues by saying he would submit a proposed resolution to make Frederick County a “sanctuary county” for gun owners. His choice of words made reference to the term used for jurisdictions that, at varying levels, limit their cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (News-Post) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Delegate Sandy Rosenberg: A Vision to Keep the Preakness in Baltimore

    Legendary horse trainer Bob Baffert wants the Preakness to stay in Baltimore. He told the Baltimore Sun, “To me, it’s magical in here. There’s something about it. I’ve been watching it since I was 10, 11 years old…There’s so much history here.”Read Full Article

  • 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

Business

  • May 18 // Maryland lawmakers hold out hope on new FBI headquarters

    Maryland lawmakers are holding out hope that they can persuade the Trump administration to reconsider its decision to rebuild the FBI headquarters in downtown Washington — instead of moving it to suburban Maryland or northern Virginia as once planned. The House Appropriations Committee approved language in a spending bill Thursday recommending that no new funding be included for the administration’s Washington headquarters proposal “because many questions regarding the new plan remain unanswered.” (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore's Kennedy Krieger Institute hires new CEO

    Baltimore’s Kennedy Krieger Institute has hired a pediatric and developmental neurologist known for his work using brain scans to research cognitive disabilities as its next president and CEO. Dr. Bradley L. Schlaggar, who has served on the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis for the past 19 years, will start his new job this summer at the institute, which specializes in disorders and injuries of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system among children and young adults. Kennedy Krieger’s board chair, Howard B. Miller, announced the new hire Thursday. Schlaggar was hired after a national search. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • Baltimore Museum of Art earns millions from auction of works by Andy Warhol, other masters

    The Baltimore Museum of Art auctioned off five paintings by Andy Warhol and other modern masters at Sotheby’s this week for nearly $8 million. The five artworks — one each by Warhol, Franz Kline and Jules Olitski and two by Kenneth Noland — were sold at auctions held Wednesday night and Thursday morning in New York for a total hammer price of $7.93 million, according to a museum spokeswoman. The BMA, which previously owned the paintings, will use the funds to purchase artworks created since 1943 by women and artists of color in an effort to improve diversity in its collection. All the works being auctioned were created by white men. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • This scientist-led startup is working on a cure for a common surgery complication

    A complication from surgery can cost tens of thousands of dollars and require more surgery to correct — but a young Maryland startup is cooking up a more affordable and less invasive solution. Bethesda's Nostopharma LLC is developing a treatment for pathologic bone growth, the formation of new bone following surgeries, burns, injuries and other traumas. The complication affects 100,000 patients every year, a patient cohort the company’s co-founders hope to benefit with their product. (Wash. Bus. Journal)Read Full Article

Education

  • May 18 // Schools in Harford are 'instructionally sound' and 'solid,' superintendent finalist David Ring tells The Aegis

    David C. Ring Jr., one of two finalists for Harford County Public Schools superintendent, sees local schools as “rather instructionally sound” and “pretty solid.” “Generally speaking, it’s pretty solid as a school district, and I would like to see that continue,” he said while responding to questions from two representatives of The Aegis during Tuesday’s media session of the three-hour superintendent candidate community forum held by the Board of Education. (Aegis)Read Full Article

  • C. Milton Wright's Sean Fleming, Moriah Snyder win $5,000 Cesky scholarships

    Sean Fleming and Moriah Snyder, both C. Milton Wright High School students, were the male and female recipients Wednesday of the two $5,000 scholarships from the Al Cesky Scholarship Fund. Fleming and Synder were selected for the top awards out of a group of 24 Cesky scholarship winners from each of Harford County’s 12 private and public high schools. A male and female student athlete from each school, all seniors, were named scholarship winners. The other 22 winners each receive $2,000 scholarships. (Aegis) Read Full Article

  • Marine junior reserve officer training corps flourishes at Northeast High School

    As senior instructor of Northeast High School's MCJROTC program, Master Sgt. Christopher Mattis, of Pasadena, envisions himself as a factory worker molding MCJROTC cadets into better versions of themselves. "They're like raw material," he said. MCJROTC, or Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, is run like a well-oiled machine at Northeast High School. Established at the school in 2015, Mattis took over as senior instructor during the 2016-17 school year. He was previously enlisted in the Marine Corps for 20 years. The school has a wing dedicated to the program, which includes offices, classrooms and an all-purpose room designated as the "hang-out spot," Mattis said. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • Arrow in Harford closing Creswell school, expanding in Riverside

    The Arrow School in Harford County is closing one of its campuses and expanding another beginning this summer, according to organization officials. The Riverside School in Belcamp, which serves students with emotional, behavioral and learning challenges, will be expanding from third through eighth grades to include ninth through 12th grades beginning July 1, Kristin McMahon said. The same day, Fair Meadows campus on Creswell Road in Creswell will be closing and the students in grades six to 12 will be moving to the Riverside school, she said. (Aegis) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • May 18 // Pugh lays out plans to revitalize Park Heights community, keep the Preakness at Pimlico

    As preparations for the 143rd Preakness Stakes moved along in the rain Thursday morning, Mayor Catherine Pugh spoke at Pimlico Race Course to reiterate her commitment to keeping the race in Baltimore — and laid out her plans to revitalize the community surrounding the track. Plans in the works for Park Heights, the Northwest Baltimore neighborhood that is home to Pimlico, include several new housing developments, improvements to the Park Circle intersection at the gateway to the community and a new LifeBridge Health outpatient facility adjacent to the race course, the mayor said. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Montgomery County executive threatens rare veto over storm water proposal

    Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) is threatening a veto if the County Council rejects his request to privatize storm water management in Maryland’s most populous jurisdiction. A line-item budget veto rare seen in Montgomery County, and Leggett’s promised veto of the roughly $48 million allocated to storm water management in the proposed capital improvement program budget would be the first time he will have wielded that part of his executive power. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • In reversal, Baltimore County Council will seek public input in replacing Kamenetz as county executive

    In a reversal from plans stated earlier this week, Baltimore County Council Chairman Julian Jones said Thursday the council will seek the public's help as it decides who should replace County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, who died suddenly on May 10. The council will hold a meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to gather input from county residents, and is also encouarging people to email their thoughts to emailProtector.addCloakedMailto("ep_a62a3342", 0); between now and the close of business Monday. Since Kamenetz’s death after suffering cardiac arrest, County Administrative Officer Fred Homan has been serving as acting county executive. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Ocean City named among Top 10 summer destinations of 2018

    Just in time for the summer rush, Ocean City has received yet another boost from the popular travel site TripAdvisor. In TripAdvisor’s new list of Top 10 Hottest U.S. Destinations for Summer, Ocean City earned the sixth spot, according to a release. The listing is based on the greatest increase in seasonal hotel booking interest, including the average one-week vacation costs for hotels and airfare. “With the summer season about to begin, we are honored to be named one of TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Hottest U.S. Destinations for Summer,” said Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan. (Daily Times) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • May 18 // Warning signal on state economy

    Another amber warning signal is blinking persistently for this region’s economy, and business and political leaders will ignore it at our peril. It is a little too easy to look at the overall headlines coming out of the April report from an economic institute in Northern Virginia and conclude we are gliding down the highway. The good news first: The Stephen S. Fuller Institute at George Mason University reported that the Washington region is doing well economically. It said indicators suggest that growth should continue through at least the third quarter of 2018. The bad news, at least for our community and Maryland as a whole? Most of that growth is occurring in Virginia. (News-Post) Read Full Article

  • Mark O’Brien: A blueprint for stemming overdose deaths in Maryland

    If a plane crashed every day in America, killing everyone on board, we would be talking of little else. Americans would react to the horror with a sincere desire to identify the causes of the problem and deliver solutions. It’s how we tend to respond to preventable tragedies. The equivalent of those plane crashes is happening today as overdoses have risen to become the leading cause of death for those under 50, killing 174 people every day in America — nearly 64,000 of them in 2016, enough to empty the entire population of Frederick, our state’s second largest city. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • How to keep Preakness at Pimlico

    Saturday’s race won’t be the last time the Preakness Stakes is run at Pimlico, but it could be the second to last unless Maryland’s leaders get their acts together on a plan to preserve an irreplacable part of Baltimore’s history and culture, not to mention a major economic driver for a community that desperately needs it. The Stronach Group, which owns Pimlico, has committed to keep the race there at least through next year, but unless something happens, there’s every indication that they will try to move it to their other Maryland track, Laurel Race Course, in 2020. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Don't exempt Mayor Pugh from fundraising rules

    Mayor Catherine Pugh’s willingness to beg, plead and cajole businesses and individuals to support key city priorities is one of our favorite things about her. She insists that everyone be a part of Baltimore’s revival, sometimes by asking them to contribute their effort and sometimes by asking them to contribute money. She doesn’t let the city’s limited funds limit her vision, and she doesn’t easily take no for an answer. Whether it’s the mobile job vans that she pitched during her campaign or buses to help city kids attend an anti-gun violence march in D.C., her advocacy has helped Baltimore do more than its tax base might otherwise allow. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article