Rick Impallaria and the tragic lack of shame in Maryland politics

Maryland’s Republican Party has finally put in a formal resolution for what has been apparent to anyone paying attention for the last 17 years: Rick Impallaria is “unworthy of the title Delegate.” We would have thought this was obvious before he was even elected, when The Sun reported on the charges of assault with the intent to murder he faced years earlier from an incident when he tried to run down his mother and brother with a car. (Balt. Sun) 

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Have body snatchers invaded the GOP?

Hollywood made several different versions of the classic science fiction horror film, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," but some canny producers could be sizing up a new one. All they need to do is watch the scary remodeling of the Republican party under Donald Trump, especially the amazing conversion of once normal, pragmatic GOP senators and bureaucrats into obsequious, robot-like mouthpieces for Trumpian snake-oil. Several GOP senators stand out as picture-perfect actors to play key roles, notably Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. (Balt. Sun)

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Opinion: Don Mohler Blesses Johnny O’s Budget

Baltimore County Executive John A. Olszewski Jr.’s proposed budget represents a courageous effort to address the county’s fiscal challenges. He has operated with an unprecedented level of transparency, fought for increased accountability, and made the right decisions to put the County’s fiscal house in order. As the County Council considers changes to his proposal, I encourage them to remember that the path to sustainability is a multi-year process. I hope the Council will look at the Fiscal Year 2020 budget as the foundation for the next several budget cycles, not a one-year exercise. (Md. Matters)

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SAT to take into account adversities students face

The College Board is addressing potential inequities in SAT results with a new “adversity score” that will take into account a student’s economic and social background in addition to the verbal and math skills the test traditionally assesses. We think it is important to take into consideration parts of a student’s life that may not show up in a test score. After all it has been consistently shown that wealthy kids, with access to prep courses and better resourced high schools, perform better on the test than those from lower income families and that minorities tend to score lower than whites. (Balt. Sun)

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Require helmets for scooter riders

Christopher Conti, the president of a Georgia-based fitness company, was killed in March after he crashed a rented electric scooter — like those littering the sidewalks of Baltimore — into a tree in San Diego. He, like most people riding such scooters, was not wearing a helmet. His death, and the thousands of other injuries reported throughout the country from using these devices, highlight a larger problem in the U.S.: Technology is out of step with safety. (Balt. Sun)

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Republicans nationwide could learn a lesson from Md.'s governor

In today’s world, where my tan skin, black beard and Muslim faith are abused to earn political capital or votes, it’s really become more difficult for me to connect with any politician who happens to wear the GOP tag. That’s something the Republican Party has to do some real soul searching about, considering the president and current leader of the Republican party says, “Islam hates us.” I’m still wondering who exactly the “us” is in this statement. I have often felt compelled to ask a question in response: “Why does it always seem like the Republican party hates Muslim-Americans?” But that is a debate that seems to spiral down into unhealthy arguments. (Balt. Sun)

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Witcover: Why impeachment now?

As President Donald Trump continues his opposition to congressional Democrats' demands for under-oath testimony from him and various other associates, their calls for his impeachment remain in limbo. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insists that Mr. Trump be left to "self-impeachment" for his alleged illegal acts and personal behavior. But the Constitution's Article I, Section 2 specifies that the House of Representatives "shall have the sole Power of Impeachment." The grounds for doing so are left ambiguously in Article II, Section 4 for "Conviction of Treason, Bribery or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors." (Balt. Sun)

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Think Laurel is a better investment than Pimlico? Think again.

The business case behind Maryland Jockey Club owner The Stronach Group’s desire to consolidate all Maryland horse racing — including the Preakness Stakes — at one supertrack in Laurel is pretty simple. Horse racing as an industry is not what it once was, and Maryland is not a big enough market to sustain two tracks. Pimlico is old and decrepit (and getting more so all the time thanks to Stronach’s disinvestment), while Laurel is newer and spiffier (and getting more so all the time thanks to Stronach’s investment). (Balt. Sun)

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