Politics

  • Shnider reports raising more than $ 156,000 in challenge to incumbent Katz

    Ben Shnider of Rockville, a political operative and civic activist, raised more than $156,000 during the past year in his bid to oust District 3 County Council member Sidney Katz of Gaithersburg in this June’s Democratic primary, according to campaign finance reports filed Wednesday. Shnider, who announced his candidacy last April, reported having about $112,150 in his campaign treasury as of the report’s cutoff date of Jan. 10. That put him ahead of Katz, who reported almost $64,600 in cash on hand. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

  • Govs. Hogan, Northam ask Trump administration to exempt Md. and Va. from expanded offshore drilling

    A bipartisan group of governors along the Atlantic Coast are asking the Trump administration to exempt their states from expanded offshore drilling. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) led the effort to send a joint letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke opposing the “leasing, exploration, development and production of oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean.” (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Maryland Reps. Andy Harris, John Delaney among Congress members pledging to donate salary during shutdown

    Many members of Congress, including Maryland Reps. Andy Harris and John Delaney, say they will be donating their salaries during the government shutdown to charities. Delaney, a former Potomac businessman who announced last year that he will run for the Democratic nomination for president, said on Saturday that he will donate his federal shutdown money to Mercy Health Clinic, a Gaithersburg facility for low-income patients. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Experiences with opioid addiction and loss fuel Md. congressional hopefuls

    The candidates forum had the feel of a group-therapy session at times, as three of six Democrats running for an open congressional seat shared stories of close relatives who overdosed on opioids. A brother-in-law. A nephew. A father. “In the next 10 years with opioids, there will be probably a million people dead,” Total Wine co-founder David Trone said Wednesday night at a Hood College forum focused on health care and opioids. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Patients overpaying for prescriptions: save money by asking this one question

    You could be overpaying for your prescriptions and have no idea. In some cases, pharmacists can't tell you you're paying too much. Even if they wanted to, confidentiality agreements restrict them from notifying consumers of a cheaper price. This practice is called a clawback and Baltimore County Delegate Eric Bromwell likens it to theft. (WMAR-TV)Read Full Article

  • 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

Business

  • Transportation secretary says Maryland will do ‘whatever it takes’ to land Amazon

    Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn said Thursday in Montgomery County that the state will do whatever it can to bring Amazon’s new headquarters project to the county. “Whatever it takes to satisfy Amazon to locate in Maryland, that’s what we’re going to do,” Rahn said at an event focused on the Purple Line in Silver Spring Thursday night. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

  • Amazon to tell Baltimore why it didn't make the cut for HQ2

    Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said Thursday that “we may never know” why the city didn’t make a list of finalists to host Amazon’s much-sought second headquarters. It turns out she’ll know quite soon. A spokesman for the Seattle-based retailer said Friday that the city’s leaders will get a briefing from the company about where their bid fell short. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Bethesda firm wins state grant to launch new cyber workforce training program

    Bethesda-based SANS Institute has won a $500,000 grant from the state to launch a local cybersecurity workforce development program, the latest in a string of efforts aimed at fixing Maryland's cyber talent pipeline problem. SANS specializes in cybersecurity training and certification, offering programs that serve about 30,000 people per year. With the new funds, the firm will develop and launch the SANS Cyber Workforce Academy — Maryland. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Business incubator aims to help small firms win government work

    Business incubators have been all the rage in the D.C. area in recent years, as local leaders try to step beyond the region’s dependence on federal money. But the area’s newest incubator is taking a different approach: doubling down on federal contracts while trying to open that market to a more diverse group of people. To help small businesses grow and compete for government work, a Rockville, Md.-based consulting business called OST Global Solutions is starting an incubator focused on helping its members scale within the federal market. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

Education

  • Hogan declines, for now, request to double cash for fixing heating problems in Baltimore schools

    Gov. Larry Hogan has declined a request to double the amount of emergency assistance he’s giving to Baltimore schools to fix heating problems. In a letter to legislative leaders this week, Hogan said that after the $2.5 million he has committed is spent, he will consider releasing more money if it’s warranted. The money is coming from an account called the Catastrophic Events Fund. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore County police arrest 18-year-old after Perry Hall High School fight depicted in viral video

    An 18-year-old man was arrested Friday in connection with a fight in the parking lot of Perry Hall High School that had been videotaped and circulated widely, raising safety concerns. The video showed someone carrying what looked to be a gun, and police said Friday it has been recovered and found to be an Airsoft replica weapon, which shoots pellets. Police identified the 18-year-old as Darren Keith Bennett Jr. of the 3900 block of Mewswood Lane in Nottingham. He has been charged with possessing a weapon on school property, disturbing school operations and disturbing the peace. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Anne Arundel County Public Library to open branch at Westfield Annapolis

    In late April, the Anne Arundel County Public Library will open a 3,000-square-foot branch inside the Westfield Annapolis mall, the system said in a media release. The branch, which will be called Discoveries: The Library at the Mall, will open in the west wing of the mall, across from Under Armour and near Crate & Barrel. The branch will offer weekly early literacy programs, a Discovery Dock children’s area, and educational events for kids and teenagers, according to the release. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • 'Pyramid of White Supremacy' creates controversy at Salisbury University

    Inspired by the dialogue that followed the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, a graphic being taught in a Salisbury University classroom is making national headlines. Though some criticize the controversial illustration, the professor behind it said Friday its content needed to be addressed in class. The "Pyramid of White Supremacy" is a component of assistant professor Erin Stutelberg's Diversity and the Self class. It's a one-credit course required for students majoring in elementary education at the Maryland college. (Daily Times) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Baltimore Police commissioner Kevin Davis fired by Mayor Pugh, citing rising crime

    Mayor Catherine Pugh fired Baltimore’s top cop Friday, saying she had grown “impatient” with Commissioner Kevin Davis’ inability to stem the historic pace of killings in the city now stretching into a third year. She named Deputy Commissioner Darryl D. De Sousa, the top commander in the Police Department’s patrol bureau, as Davis’ replacement, effective immediately, and said she would ask the City Council to make the appointment permanent. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Rahn predicts delay for Purple Line opening

    Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn revealed Thursday that the state is anticipating a delay in opening the Purple Line. The state has projected that the light-rail line will open in the spring of 2022, but Rahn said the delay will likely mean it opens later that year. Rahn attributed the delay to the environmental lawsuit that pushed back the start of construction by about six months. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

  • Councilman proposes licensing, inspecting all residential rentals in Baltimore

    Baltimore landlords would face more inspections than ever under a proposal that city officials say would be “the most significant update” to rental housing regulations written half a century ago. A City Council bill to be introduced Monday night calls for licensing and inspecting all residential rental properties in Baltimore, not just larger buildings with three or more units. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Do Maryland police target minorities? The data can’t tell us

    In an effort to track how police officers are treating minorities, the Maryland General Assembly passed a law requiring police departments to report whom they stop and search. But 17 years later, the statistics that the police departments around the state are filing are incomplete and unreliable, a Capital News Service analysis has found. That has left the state without the tools to assess if minorities in Maryland are receiving fair treatment from police officers. (AP) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Mayor Pugh gets 'impatient' about Baltimore crime. It's about time.

    Mayor Catherine Pugh says she fired Police Commissioner Kevin Davis this morning because she is “impatient.” Violence is too high, she said, and the rate of shootings and murders isn’t going down fast enough. She gets no argument from us about that. Whatever his merits, Mr. Davis presided over the worst period of violence in Baltimore’s history. Killings were relentless from the moment he was hired to the moment he was dismissed. He wasn’t getting the job done, and Mayor Pugh was far more patient than we or many others in this city would have been. It’s about time she made this move. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Dan Rodricks: More than ever, failure not an option for Baltimore

    Kevin Davis is an intelligent and affable fellow who, as police commissioner, must have known he had an impossible job in post-Freddie Gray Baltimore: Reform a department he considered dysfunctional, recruit and train dozens of new officers for an understaffed and demoralized force, and restore public confidence and trust in law enforcement. All that while dealing with a nasty contagion: Angry, violent men of all ages killing each other with guns, often in retribution for other killings, across a sprawling city with long stretches of abandoned housing. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Michael Walter: Bail reform requires pretrial release services

    The commercial bail system is unfair, unsafe, costly and racially biased. Thankfully, Maryland and a handful of other states now lead the nation in moving away from it. Six months after a new judicial rule went into effect requiring court officers to seek alternatives to cash bail, its use has declined significantly, without causing an increase in the relatively small number of defendants who fail to appear at trial. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Ann Bristow: Md. should say no to fracked gas pipeline

    Gov. Larry Hogan and his Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) appear poised to approve a TransCanada fracked gas pipeline that would run through three miles of Maryland, including beneath the Potomac River, which serves as the drinking water supply for residents in the D.C. metro area. This administration, the same one that supported a ban on fracking in Maryland, recently issued a fact sheet about this fracked gas pipeline entitled “What You Need to Know.” But it omitted what they apparently don’t want us to know: the possible harms to public health of constructing this pipeline. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article