Politics

  • Incoming Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson sets his leadership team

    Incoming Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson is setting his leadership team for his first year presiding over the chamber. Ferguson, a Baltimore Democrat, announced Thursday a handful of changes in the Democratic leadership structure in a memo to senators. He wrote that he tried to balance considerations of geography, gender, race and senators’ areas of expertise. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Mosby says Hogan’s idea to fund new AG staff to fight city crime is ‘problematic,’ shouldn’t be in budget

    Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Thursday that Gov. Larry Hogan’s idea to increase funding for more city-focused prosecutors in the office of the Maryland attorney general was “problematic” given the potential for overlap between the crime-fighting efforts of city and state lawyers, and should be removed from the governor’s proposed budget. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Pete Buttigieg holds Baltimore fundraiser and receives Lamar Jackson jersey

    Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg held a Baltimore fundraiser Thursday in which he discussed issues facing the city and was presented with a Lamar Jackson jersey. After delivering remarks to about 140 donors at the home of neurosurgeon Neal Naff, Buttigieg touted a plan — which he has named for abolitionist Frederick Douglass — in response to a question about how he would help Baltimore if elected president. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Montgomery County Council mulls camera technology to catch distracted drivers

    The Montgomery County Council is looking at a new camera technology that capture photos of drivers texting as a means to reduce distracted driving; however, some lawmakers are hesitant to move forward on it over privacy concerns. “We have an epidemic of serious crashes from distracted driving,” Council Vice President Tom Hucker, District 5 Democrat, told The Washington Times. “We have 38,000 around the state each year, and they are associated with far too many fatalities and serious injuries, and no one has proposed a workable solution to addressing that.” (Wash Times) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • New tech tool to expose the influence of big business in politics

    Everyone talks about how big business has too much influence over our political process, and sadly, many of us have witnessed it firsthand. Through meeting after meeting, I’ve watched CEOs and their lobbyists make demands to elected officials that were not in the best interest of their customers. Something was misaligned. Shouldn’t corporations be pushing political agendas that benefit their customers, the people who buy their products and keep them in business?  The problem is that consumers haven’t had an easy way to access information about company policies and practices, so we keep supporting them, and corporations have no reason to change. What we’ve been waiting for is an easy, trackable way to vote with our dollars.  Enter Tribe.  Read Full Story

  • ‘It Makes Me Feel Great’ | Marylanders Work To Give Back During Giving Tuesday

    This time of year, there’s a lot to do at the Maryland Zoo. There are tons of leaves that need to be raked, and that takes a lot of people, but most of those do not work for the zoo. “We have a very small horticultural team, so they rely on volunteers to get a large amount of work done in a short amount of time,” Allison Schwartz, of the Maryland Zoo, said. Most days, Rob Starr drives a desk at Bank of America, but he said he makes a habit of giving back whenever he can. (WJZ-TV)Read Full Article

  • Conference Reading: Poll: Affordable Housing Shortage Worries Montgomery Co. Voters

    How big a problem is the lack of affordable housing in Montgomery County? It’s so significant that a recently-completed poll of county residents listed affordable housing as the issue they’re most concerned about other than education. The poll of 425 county residents, taken Oct. 16-Nov. 2 for the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington, showed 16% of Montgomery County residents listed the scarcity of affordable housing as their No. 1 issue (29% listed education). (Md. Matters)Read Full Article

  • Ransom: LifeBridge Acquisition of Bon Secours is a Win for West Baltimore

    Too often, the news in west Baltimore isn’t very positive. For a part of the city that faces myriad challenges, this month marked a major win—a new partnership between Bon Secours and LifeBridge Health. Earlier this month, Bon Secours, Mercy Health, and LifeBridge Health completed LifeBridge Health’s acquisition of Bon Secours Hospital. This merger will result in improved health services and an important investment in an area of our city that is deeply in need. At the same time, Bon Secours will continue to its community works program to deliver critical services and housing in west Baltimore.Read Full Article

Business

  • How do local Md. governments spend money from speed cameras? Here’s what AAA found out.

    Driver and transportation advocacy group AAA analyzed how local governments in Maryland spend money collected from speed camera fines and found that it goes to support a range of items and services not always tied to safety. AAA said the money helps to pay for fingerprint scanners, law enforcement dogs, fees for data storage of body-worn camera video and license plate reader equipment. (Wash Post) Read Full Article

  • Lyft will give low-cost rides from ‘food deserts’ in Prince George’s Co. to grocery stores

    Some residents in Prince George’s County, Maryland, who live too far from a full-service grocery store could get a ride, courtesy of Lyft. The ride-hailing service has partnered with the Capital Area Food Bank to launch what it calls the “Grocery Access Program.” It aims to help those living in “food deserts” — a term for areas that lack a full-service grocery store. (WTOP) Read Full Article

  • Maryland hemp farmers find 'unified voice' with new business coalition

    Some Maryland farmers are looking to form a new trade association and present a unified front as lawmakers build rules around a new state industry — hemp. The Maryland General Assembly passed a bill last year allowing for the establishment of a research pilot program for industrial hemp. The measure was enabled by the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill at the federal level that loosened regulations around farming hemp, which is derived from the cannabis plant. (Balt Bus Journal) Read Full Article

  • Greenspring buys 5.5-acre Gould Street waterfront site

    Greenspring Realty Partners, Inc. has bought a 5.5-acre waterfront site at 2105 Gould St. in Baltimore for $3.525 million, the commercial real estate investment company announced Thursday. The site, which contains the defunct Gould Street Power Plant, features 400 feet of water frontage, a deep water berth and a bulkhead. It was formerly owned by Exelon Corporation and is adjacent to the Port Covington development. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

Education

  • How good is your city’s pre-K program? Here’s a new report that grades 40 of them.

    Research shows high-quality, accessible prekindergarten that meets the physical, cognitive and social developmental needs of children can have long-lasting positive effects. So just how good is the pre-K program in your city? A new report (see results below) looks at prekindergarten programs in 40 cities and rates them on 10 benchmarks that experts say are necessary for healthy and thriving students and communities. (Wash Post)Read Full Article

  • Howard parent files redistricting injunction; school board adds ratification of vote to agenda

    A Howard County Public School System parent filed an injunction in court Wednesday against the Board of Education’s final redistricting decision based on the argument the board violated the Maryland Open Meetings Act. Hours later, the school board’s Tuesday meeting agenda was updated to reflect an additional action item entitled, “Ratification of Vote on Redistricting.” No other information about the agenda item was available Thursday, and there was nothing indicating the vote was related to the Open Meetings Act injunction. (Balt Sun)Read Full Article

  • ‘I could do a little better’: Anne Arundel Co. student reflects in letter to Santa

    When a second-grader at Southgate Elementary School in Glen Burnie, Maryland, was given an assignment to write a letter to someone, she decided to have a very honest talk with an important man: Santa. “Dear Santa, I love the gifes you gave me last Chrismas!” the letter begins. (All adorable spelling and grammar attributed to the original letter.) But then, the 7-year-old relegates herself to Santa’s naughty list: “I’v been a little bad this year attchely I’v been bad at school and at home. I drive my mom crazy sometimes.” (WTOP) Read Full Article

  • Business leaders urge passage of Kirwan Commission recommendations for Maryland’s public schools

    More than 30 business leaders wrote a letter Wednesday to Gov. Larry Hogan and top legislative officials urging support of the Kirwan Commission recommendations to improve public schools. “We are business leaders whose lives have been committed to building the economy and providing jobs for Marylanders. Maryland employers and employees must compete with companies across the United States and across the world,” stated the letter. “To succeed in an ever increasingly competitive global economy, our state must have a world-class education system. Sadly, we don’t have that now. Significant and immediate changes in our present system are needed or Maryland will slip and all Marylanders will pay a steep and avoidable price.” (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Maryland weather: Colder temperatures projected for later in winter. Why? Blame the Madden-Julian Oscillation.

    While many burrowed indoors the third week of November as extreme record-breaking cold impinged upon life across the Mid-Atlantic, the snow machines at Wisp Ski Resort were busy whirring and churning out a base layer of snow for the upcoming winter. The third week of November is the earliest the ski resort has started making snow in the past five years, said Lori Zaloga, director of marketing for Wisp, in McHenry. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • FDA Continues To Trace 3 Separate E. Coli Outbreaks Related To Romaine Lettuce

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is continuing to investigate three separate outbreaks of E. coli linked to lettuce, one of which was first pointed out by Maryland health officials. Information from the Maryland Department of Health led the FDA to farms in Salinas, California, as possible sources of contaminated romaine lettuce. That led national health officials in late November to urge consumers not to eat lettuce grown in the area. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • Gov. Hogan Proclaims 2020 As ‘Year Of The Woman’ In Maryland

    Aligned with the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote, Gov. Larry Hogan has declared 2020 the Year of the Woman in Maryland. “Our state’s history has been shaped by extraordinary women leaders, and our administration remains committed to empowering and advocating for women in Maryland,” said Governor Hogan at a kickoff event in Annapolis on Thursday. “I look forward to the many events taking place statewide to commemorate the Year of the Woman. ” (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • Extending Summer Weekends A Goal For Ocean City

    Expanding the resort’s stranglehold on weekend summer travel was a topic of discussion this week during the Tourism Commission meeting. During Monday’s meeting, Bob Rothermel of TEAM Productions outlined the proposed special events calendar for next summer and the discussion inevitably came back around to how to expand weekday visitor numbers.  (Dispatch) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • EDITORIAL: Perjury allegations against court officers require investigation from Maryland agencies

    For months, allegations that at least one officer of the court lied under oath over a petty matter connected to a wrongful termination lawsuit have been discussed publicly in the newspaper, on social media and in legal claims. And for months, not a single investigative body has settled the issue, which was in the news again this week. By our count at least three Maryland agencies — the Attorney Grievance Commission, the State Prosecutor’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office — have reasonable jurisdiction over such concerns. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • EDITORIAL: In a moment of national division, most Capital readers agree: Go Navy, Beat Army!

    Sometime this morning, Vice Adm. Sean Buck will begin the run to Philadelphia. The Naval Academy superintendent will quickly hand off the football, starting a relay race that will take the Midshipmen to Lincoln Financial Field and the 120th meeting with the U.S. Military Academy cadets at West Point. The Army Navy game and its rituals are part of the spirit week build-up, an exciting time and one reason this matchup may be the best college sports rivalry of them all. But they are something more. (Capital) Read Full Article

  • Weaver: West Towson residents: No to student apartment building

    Most people are looking forward to the holiday season, while others who live in Towson are gravely concerned and preoccupied about a new proposal to build a high-rise dormitory at 706 Washington Ave. The Baltimore County administration has touted transparency under the leadership of Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr., but has quickly scheduled a public meeting in the middle of the the busy holiday season on Dec. 17, well after the approval process for the new building has been underway. (Balt Sun)Read Full Article

  • Williams: Spending money is not the only way to achieve goals of the Kirwan Commission

    Although the Kirwan Commission is to be applauded for many of its goals to improve the quality of education, it stops short of real reform. We can all agree that the system of education should provide all Maryland children the opportunity to reach their full potential, that the current system isn’t working and that something beyond spending must be done. Five of Maryland’s school districts are in the top 10 in the United States for spending per pupil of the 100 largest districts in the country. Baltimore public schools spend $15,168 for each student. (Balt Sun)Read Full Article