Gavin Buckley: One year later, our journey toward 'One Annapolis' continues

One year ago, I was sworn in as the 137th mayor of the City of Annapolis, the greatest honor of my life. I am humbled by the faith the residents of Annapolis have placed in me. During my inaugural address, I shared my vision for Annapolis, including a festival that celebrates the musical history of Annapolis. Little did we know that instead, we would plan a music benefit with a very different purpose. Exactly one month after the June 28th shooting at the Capital Gazette offices, we held the Annapolis Rising benefit to honor our friends. Thanks to the outpouring of support from local businesses, we raised $64,000 directly benefitting the Capital Gazette Families Fund. The response to this tragedy demonstrates how our city has endless capacity to love one another. (Capital)

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Josh Kurtz: What the Heck Just Happened?

The Maryland Democratic Establishment has taken it on the chin quite a few times in the last few months. There was Benjamin T. Jealous’ victory over Rushern L. Baker III in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Three elder Baltimore City state senators, including the president pro tem and the chairwoman of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, were retired by younger challengers in the primary. Senate Finance Chairman Thomas M. “Mac” Middleton was ousted by a political unknown named Arthur Ellis in Charles County. And a Democratic Socialist, Marc B. Elrich, is about to take over the state’s largest jurisdiction. (Md. Matters)

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Andy Malis: Natty Boh is more than a beer to Baltimore

Last week, MillerCoors and Pabst Brewing Co. settled a lawsuit that, for a moment, appeared to threaten the future of Baltimore’s unofficial official beer of choice: National Bohemian, affectionately known as “Natty Boh.” The beer is a staple in Charm City, which accounts for nearly 90 percent of its sales, despite it not having been brewed here for decades. So, when Natty Boh’s future fell into jeopardy after a dispute between its parent and grandparent companies, Baltimoreans rightfully took notice. Natty Boh is more than just a beer to Baltimore. It’s an iconic brand in a city that, unfortunately, doesn’t have many other brands to tout. (Balt. Sun)

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Be inspired by Wicomico teacher's generosity in considering organ donation

Being a sports fan may lead to unexpected benefits on occasion. A Wicomico County teacher and Pittsburgh Penguins fan recently donated one of his kidneys to a fellow fan — someone he'd had never met. The recipient took the unusual tactic of holding up a sign at a Penguins game asking for someone to please donate a kidney. Her message was caught by a TV camera. She was fortunate to catch the attention of a total stranger who chose to be generous. But most people who need an organ donation are not so lucky — and the creative approach used is a sign of the desperate need for more donors. (Daily Times)

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December 3 // Frank DeFilippo: Get ready for Larrymandering

There’s a new political game in town. It’s called Larrymandering. Redistricting is legalized bodysnatching. Most politicians understand this. Both parties play the game. Gov. Larry Hogan’s playing it again, only in a different way. So here we go again, trying to reduce a free and open democratic voting process into a mathematical formula of percentages and common denominators. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) is guilty of the very problem he claims he’s trying to correct. He’s deflecting the eye with a panel of Potemkin recruits. (Md. Matters)

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Marta H. Mossburg: How Larry Hogan can advance a pro-growth agenda in Annapolis

Gov. Larry Hogan’s decisive win over Democrat Ben Jealous made him only the second Republican to win reelection as governor of Maryland. In an election marked nationally and locally by the ascendancies of progressive candidates such as Jealous, it was particularly noteworthy that Hogan won by double digits in a state that proudly waves its progressive flag on most issues. Given that Democrats still hold supermajorities in both houses of the state’s General Assembly , however, Hogan won’t be able to count on a warm reception for his second-term proposals. But he can use his last four years in Annapolis to advance a pro-growth agenda that the people of Maryland have heartily endorsed with their lopsided support of him in this deeply Democratic state. (Wash. Post)

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Scrutiny for a Baltimore police chief nominee is nothing new

City Councilman Zeke Cohen says Joel Fitzgerald, the nominee to be Baltimore’s next police commissioner, observed with some frustration this week that the confirmation process here is more intense than he has experienced before. We can’t question his expertise on that point — after all, he’s landed three chief jobs since 2009 and has been publicly named as a candidate or finalist for several others. But we can say that the scrutiny he has received is nothing new for Baltimore, and neither are the demands by the City Council and public for more information about his background. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore Police Department needs an overhaul — now

In vetting her nominee for Baltimore police commissioner — an appointment the City Council is set to vote on in January — Mayor Catherine Pugh said her administration “turned him upside down, [shook] him out,” and “turned him back around.” Her words were uncomfortably reminiscent of the unconstitutional tactics the police department has used in the past. Perhaps it’s time we called a timeout on this whole nomination process. (Balt. Sun)

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