Politics

  • June 26 // Hamza Khan Reconsidering Move To Drop Out of District 39 Delegate Race

    In the latest development in the jockeying over an open state delegate seat in District 39, Hamza Khan, former president of the Muslim Democratic Club of Montgomery County, indicated Friday that he is reconsidering an earlier decision to drop out of the race. Khan last month had announced his candidacy in District 39, where one of three House of Delegates seats is being vacated by incumbent Charles Barkley’s decision to run for County Council next year. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

  • Candidate for Md. governor says state should start single-payer health program

    Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous (D) told a gathering of progressive activists in Western Maryland this week that he plans to push for a state-run, single-payer health-care system if he wins the governorship — assuming the federal government doesn’t already have such a program in place. Jealous, who co-chaired Sen. Bernie Sanders’s Maryland presidential campaign last year and helped launch the national progressive activist group Our Revolution, confirmed his plans in an interview Thursday, shortly after Republicans in the U.S. Senate unveiled plans to roll back the federal government’s support for health care with a repeal of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • State Sen. Anthony Muse to run for Prince George’s County executive

    State Sen. C. Anthony Muse, a longtime Prince George’s County politician and preacher, plans to announce Monday that he will seek the Democratic Party nomination to run for county executive in 2018. Muse, 59, has spent more than two decades in Annapolis, having been elected a state delegate in 1994 and a state senator in 2006. He lost a race for county executive in 2002. Muse said in an interview that he would bring “bold leadership” to county government and focus on issues that residents care about: schools, health care and economic development. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Former Democrat runs as Republican for Mathias's seat

    Ed Tinus is no fan of labels. During his first two attempts running for office in 2012 and 2016, the Whaleyville man cast his lot with the Democratic Party. In both cases, he lost in the U.S. Senate primary to far more established candidates, switched his affiliation to independent and finished toward the bottom of the pack in the general election. Now he is setting his sights closer to home and on a new party. Tinus is the first candidate to file in the 2018 race for Maryland's State Senate District 38, which is currently held by two-term Democratic Sen. Jim Mathias. Unlike his previous two contests, Tinus is running as a Republican. (Daily Times) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Dr. Leana Wen: Senate Health Care Proposal will Hurt the Health of Vulnerable Populations

    Despite promises that the Senate would propose legislation that would support the health of all Americans, the bill released today would endanger the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community. In particular, this proposal contains four provisions that would be extremely harmful to health.Read Full Article

  • Steve Kearney: Among the Bushes

    Like many reality shows, the rolling White House crisis seems to have no beginning or end.  It just is.  But it’s instructive to remember where the current, more intense series of episodes began. May 10, 2017.  There was yet another crisis to manage.  White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was furious at the Washington Post – outraged by its reporting on the aftermath of President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. Read Full Article

  • Dr. Leana Wen: President Trump’s Proposed Federal Budget Harms the Health of Baltimoreans

    The federal budget proposal released on Tuesday by President Trump cuts life-saving services and will harm the health and well-being of hundreds of thousands of Baltimoreans. It will particularly affect the following individuals: Seniors, children, individuals with substance use and mental health disorders, and people with chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.Read Full Article 

  • Dr. Leana Wen: How the Republican House Bill to Replace the ACA Will Harm Millions of Americans

    Yesterday, the House passed legislation to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). This current bill worsens an already critically-flawed piece of legislation that was introduced in March and failed to pass. The bill will endanger millions of Americans, who will lose coverage for life-saving services. Millions more—including seniors—will no longer be able to pay for healthcare.Read Full Article

Business

  • June 26 // Port of Baltimore ranks as fourth fastest-growing port in North America

    The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore handled nearly 10 percent more cargo last year than the previous year, making it the fourth fastest-growing port in North America, according to a recent study by the Journal of Commerce, an industry publication. In 2016, he port handled the equivalent of 648,770 20-foot containers, the truck-sized boxes that can be readily moved between ships, trucks and railroads and typically come in 20- or 40-foot leangths. The port's public marine terminals handled a record number of containers last year and for the first time surpassed 10 million tons of general cargo. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Bozzuto bringing condos and townhouses to West Street, promising 'fabulously quirky' experience

    With phrases like "fabulously quirky," a Greenbelt developer is promoting West Street in Annapolis, the site of its two newest projects, as a fun place to live. Bozzuto has won city approval for the residential component of West 141, a four-story building with 23 condominiums that includes a rooftop activity area and 38 parking spaces accessed from a West Street garage entrance. The developer is seeking approval of 2,892 square feet of retail space at street level for the site, currently a vacant lot. (Capital) Read Full Article

  • 30 workers quit Boathouse Canton restaurant ahead of Homeland Security review

    More than 30 workers abruptly left their jobs at a southeast Baltimore restaurant, Boathouse Canton, yesterday after management informed them that federal immigration officials had requested employment files, according to an announcement by co-owner Gene Singleton. “Late Thursday, the Immigration Division of Homeland Security delivered a request requiring all employment files be turned over in order to review I-9 immigration documentation,” Singleton wrote in an announcement posted on Facebook. Singleton said the restaurant was in compliance with the law but that workers were afraid. (Brew) Read Full Article

  • Nonprofit aims to breathe new life into vacant East Baltimore warehouse

    Trees grow through the masonry walls, and sunlight — and rain — pour through holes in the roof at a sprawling East Baltimore warehouse, where printers once produced maps for National Geographic. But when Karen D. Stokes looks at the old A. Hoen & Co. complex, she sees a courtyard with exposed steel beams and white lights that will host community events, job training, entrepreneurs and college courses — and serve as a catalyst for growth in a struggling neighborhood. The $26 million rehabilitation project, led by the nonprofit that Stokes runs, Strong City Baltimore, and developers Cross Street Partners and City Life Historic Properties, is expected to get underway in the fall. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Education

  • June 26 // Maryland Gov. Hogan calls for investigation into alleged tampering with graduation rates

    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Sunday asked the State Board of Education for a “complete, thorough and exhaustive” investigation into alleged tampering with grades and graduation rates at Prince George’s County Public Schools. The allegations were levied this month by four members of the Prince George’s County school board, who said they have evidence to prove their claims but have not made that evidence public. Kevin Maxwell, chief executive of the county’s schools, denied the allegations and called them a personal attack on all school employees. He said the charges are a politically motivated attempt to undermine recent gains. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • New academic standards will keep more immigrant students in English proficiency classes next year

    Hundreds of Baltimore-area immigrant students and many others statewide may need to repeat or take additional English language classes next school year after state education officials retroactively raised the standards for English proficiency. State officials say the change, implemented in May, was needed to ensure students are prepared academically, but the new standard means more students must remain in ESOL, or English as a second language, classes, creating a backlog in the pipeline for moving the students through the program. It also threatens to burden school systems with additional costs. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • Nearly 850 employees in Md. school system on leave this year as child abuse investigations soar

    One teacher in Prince George’s County was escorted out of her school this spring after being accused of making an offensive remark in class. Another educator was sent home for allegedly failing to report a tussle that another staff member had with a student one day. The latest data show they were among 848 employees placed on administrative leave at some point in the 2016-17 school year in Maryland’s second-largest school system amid a major surge in allegations of abuse and neglect. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Martirano unveils major restructuring plan for Howard school system's administration

    Howard County interim schools superintendent Michael Martirano presented his plan to overhaul the administration's staffing structure at Thursday's school board meeting. Martirano, who also was sworn in as interim superintendent for the coming year at the meeting, presented his plan before a packed room of community members. The restructured administration would help to promote equity, improve efficiencies and ensure academic excellence, Martirano told the board. The reorganization plan includes eliminating some current positions and creating several new positions in their place, beginning with the job of deputy superintendent, most recently held by Linda Wise. (Ho. Co. Times) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • June 26 // Groups hold anti-racism rally at City Dock

    Ramarley Graham, Terence Crutcher, Alton Sterling, Renee Davis, Jacqueline Salyers, Aiyana Jones, Freddie Gray — these names and 31 others were on display at City Dock in Annapolis Sunday afternoon. Their photos were printed and placed on billboards, then hung over the bodies of participants at a rally to bring attention to racism, officials said. "There is an environment, a mindset going on in the country right now, where there are people who are deemed to be expendable. Of little value," The Rev. Stephen Tillett said. It's a pattern of nobody-ness, the president of the Anne Arundel branch of the NAACP said. That's why people were wearing the signs, he said. (Capital) Read Full Article

  • Policy researcher joins District 7 race

    A public policy researcher is the first Democrat to file in the race for the County Council's District 7 seat. James Kitchin, 32, recently filed as a 2018 candidate and plans to host a campaign kickoff on July 13. The Crofton native said he decided to run because he's become "frustrated with how the whole system works." On issues like development, education and the environment, "there are a lot of things we can do locally," Kitchin said. His vision for reform starts with reducing the influence of money in politics. (Capital) Read Full Article

  • Towing bill drives up tension between county administration, council

    Debate over who should control the rules governing Anne Arundel County's police towing program has council members and county administration drawing battle lines. Council Bill 34-17 would shift regulatory power from police to the council when it comes to the towing program, in which the police department licenses companies to tow away cars that have been damaged in accidents or that are being impounded as evidence. Police and County Executive Steve Schuh's administration have decried the proposal as a politicized move that loosens regulations on a voluntary program. (Capital) Read Full Article

  • Awkward holiday: Outlook uncertain as boom time looms in Ocean City

    Mild and drizzly conditions with gusty winds and a handful of hot, dry days made for lukewarm business in June, for some Ocean City businesses. But others said business wasn't much different from last year. The Fourth of July holiday is looming, normally a time when business owners expect a boost in tourism numbers and a corresponding increase in income. While many owners are looking forward to next week, some point out that the holiday falls midweek this year and as a result they aren't expecting much. But others say any boost is better than none. (Daily Times) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • June 26 // Laslo Boyd: Greedy and Mean-Spirited

    Initial reactions to the Senate version of Trumpcare have been overwhelmingly negative. The proposal, drafted behind closed doors, has been described accurately as a giant transfer of money from the poor to the rich.  Another assessment viewed it as a fundamental attack on Medicaid, a health safety net for one out of every five Americans. While the specifics of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s bill may not have been totally predictable, the mean-spirited approach certainly was. Everything the Republican majority has attempted for a long time has demonstrated a callous indifference, even hostility, to the poor and disadvantaged in this country and a fawning obsession with shifting still more resources to those few who already have way more than they need. (fromacertainpointofview)Read Full Article

  • Hal Ginsberg: Montgomery County has a lot to lose if Obamacare is repealed

    Maryland, particularly Montgomery County, has become a bright spot in the national health-care picture. From 2012 to 2015, subsidies to health insurance purchasers and the expansion of Maryland’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act caused the percentage of uninsured Marylanders to fall from 10.1 percent to 6.7 percent. The national average is 9.4 percent. In 2014, the state pushed to increase reliance on community-based health centers, rather than emergency rooms, generating healthier outcomes at a lower cost. In Montgomery County, the Care for Kids and Montgomery Cares programs reinforce this positive trend by providing the uninsured greater access to outpatient care. Tragically, Republican threats to the ACA, also known as Obamacare, are jeopardizing these gains. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article...

  • Pact with feds shouldn't be misunderstood

    Immigration law is a federal responsibility. And as with all federal laws, the county should cooperate in enforcement, provided it's genuine cooperation and not an attempt by the federal government to conscript local resources for its own ends. So there's no problem in principle with County Executive Steve Schuh's decision to sign up Anne Arundel with the 287(g) program, under which U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will train county correctional officers to use federal databases to screen incoming inmates for immigration violations, prior crimes and warrants. The federal government pays for the training and the technology. (Capital) Read Full Article

  • Rascovar: Is Maryland like Georgia and Wisconsin?

    Taken together, developments in Georgia (a special election) and Wisconsin (redistricting lawsuit) have been read by some Maryland Republicans as positive indicators that things finally are moving in their direction in a state overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. Retaining a Republican House seat in Georgia indicates to this state’s GOP that there’s been no mudslide erosion of support within the party from President Trump’s erratic behavior. Getting the Supreme Court to jump into the Wisconsin redistricting lawsuit means Maryland Republicans might get their state’s gerrymandered, Democratic-leaning congressional districts thrown out, too. Yes, hope springs eternal, but a closer look at these two developments paints a far less rosy picture for Maryland’s minority party, outnumbered 2-1 by Free State Democrats. (Md. Reporter) Read Full Article