Politics

  • Political world -- minus one -- heads to Ocean City

    Thousands of state and local officials, lobbyists, policymakers, political operatives, vendors and other assorted movers and shakers are descending on Ocean City Wednesday for the annual Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) annual summer conference. From the meat locker chill of the Roland E. Powell Convention Center to the hormone-infused waterfront bars of Maryland's No. 1 tourist destination to the sweaty pavement of the convention center parking lot, where the popular Friday night crab feast takes place, it's a four-day bacchanalia of policy talk, fundraising and political schmooze. (Md. Matters)Read Full Article

  • Jealous questions veracity of Gonzales poll as he accepts Anthony Brown endorsement

    Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Benjamin T. Jealous sought Tuesday to discredit a recent poll that showed him trailing Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) by a wide margin, telling reporters that the firm that conducted the survey failed to predict his larger-than-expected win in the primary. "Two weeks before the primary, the Gonzales poll came out and they were wrong on my support by 17 points, and they had me losing when I won overwhelmingly," Jealous said. (Md. Matters)Read Full Article

  • Zirkin assails Jealous for likening Court of Appeals to Supreme Court

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous drew fire from a leading state senator of his own party Tuesday with his call for Marylanders to vote for him, lest the state’s top court be dominated by Republican appointees, like the U.S. Supreme Court. “It is a blatant attempt to nationalize the judicial appointments issue,” said Sen. Robert A. “Bobby” Zirkin, D-Baltimore County and chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. “I think it’s an irresponsible thing to do.” (Daily Record) Read Full Article

  • Ethics legislation raises constitutionality questions for council Democrats

    A bill aimed at ensuring impartiality among quasi-judicial commission members at the county level raised questions Tuesday about its constitutionality. Frederick County Councilman Tony Chmelik (R) introduced a bill that would restrict political statements that members of the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals can make in an effort to make sure they remain neutral in their positions. (News-Post) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Chris West: Single-Payer Healthcare – Another View

    On August 6, my good friend, State Delegate Kirill Reznik, posted a blog on Center Maryland (“Single Payer Healthcare”) in which he took aim at a Baltimore Sun analysis of Ben Jealous’s proposed single-payer healthcare plan. Delegate Reznik criticized the Baltimore Sun and launched a pretty bitter partisan attack on Governor Hogan and all Maryland Republicans because they are not swooning at the prospect of socialized medicine in Maryland. Read Full Article

  • Kirill Reznik: Single Payer Healthcare

    There’s a lot of controversy over a Baltimore Sun article that says single-payer healthcare costs $24 billion, and Larry Hogan is having a field day with that misinformation.  This is what happens when you Govern by polls and slogans.  But the truth is not scary, and in fact, quite commonplace. Read Full Article

  • Aaron Tomarchio: How Kevin Kamenetz Steered Sparrows Point Toward The Future

    In 2010, during his first campaign for Baltimore County Executive, Kevin Kamenetz said something about Sparrows Point that seemed politically risky at the time: Maybe it’s time to think about a future beyond steel production. His words seemed prescient two years later when, after cycling through five owners in a decade, the steel mill closed, putting 2,200 men and women out of work.Read Full Article

  • Delegate Sandy Rosenberg: A Vision to Keep the Preakness in Baltimore

    Legendary horse trainer Bob Baffert wants the Preakness to stay in Baltimore. He told the Baltimore Sun, “To me, it’s magical in here. There’s something about it. I’ve been watching it since I was 10, 11 years old…There’s so much history here.”Read Full Article

Business

  • Lockheed Martin nabs another hypersonic weapons contract

    Lockheed Martin Corp. has been picked again by the U.S. Air Force to design a hypersonic weapon prototype, a missile that travels at Mach 5 or higher — five times the speed of sound, or about a mile per second. China and Russia are aggressively pursuing such weapons, and U.S. military officials have called hypersonic weapons a top priority. Bethesda-based Lockheed (NYSE: LMT) was awarded a contract not to exceed $480 million for design, review, test and production readiness support. (Wash. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Cushman launches leasing push for Peter Angelos' iconic 100 N. Charles St. tower

    Peter Angelos and his family have launched an aggressive push this summer to fill one of Baltimore's iconic office towers with new tenants. Lou Kousouris, executive vice president for Angelos' real estate firm Artemis Properties, has hired a team of brokers at Cushman & Wakefield to lease 174,791 square feet of the 22-story tower at 100 N. Charles St., also known as One Charles Center. It was among the first developments to mark Baltimore's downtown renaissance in 1963. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Brink's buys Hunt Valley-based Dunbar Armored

    Brink’s Co. has completed it acquisition of Hunt Valley-based Dunbar Armored Inc. for $520 million in cash, boosting the reach of the global leader in cash management and secure transportation logistics — also known as armored cars. Brink’s purchase of its smaller rival ends Dunbar’s 95-year run. The company traces its roots to 1923 in New England, when a family member started the armored car company Mercer and Dunbar. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Maryland and Baltimore improve in small business friendliness rankings

    Baltimore and Maryland both moved up in a ranking of cities and states for business friendliness. Baltimore moved up 39 spots to No. 20 with a B grade, according to a report by Thumbtack.com, a website that connects consumers with local contractors and service providers. Maryland, meantime, rose 13 spots to No. 20 and got an overall B-plus. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

Education

  • Maryland parts ways with strength and conditioning coach Rick Court amid football scandal

    Amid reports of a toxic coaching culture, the University of Maryland has parted ways with football strength and conditioning coach Rick Court, athletic director Damon Evans announced at a news conference Tuesday. The dismissal comes less than a week after school sources told The Baltimore Sun that Court was among four staffers, including coach DJ Durkin, who were placed on administrative leave. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • UMD football player who died didn't get proper care, preliminary investigation finds

    University of Maryland President Wallace Loh and athletic director Damon Evans revealed preliminary findings regarding the death of student football player Jordan McNair at a press conference Tuesday. Evans said early stages of an internal investigation showed that McNair did not receive appropriate medical attention. Evidence shows training staff failed to follow an emergency response plan, take McNair's temperature, and apply any kind of cold water immersion treatments after McNair began showing signs of exhaustion. (Examiner) Read Full Article

  • State doctor's group urges meningitis vaccine for University of Maryland students

    The state’s largest doctor’s group called on the University of Maryland to require its students to get the meningitis B vaccine, joining other health advocates in making the request to Big Ten Conference schools. The Maryland State Medical Society, or MedChi, said the life-threatening condition can spread easily in dormitories, classrooms and places where students are in close quarters. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Mount St. Mary's to give reduced tuition to FCPS teachers

    Mount St. Mary’s University announced Monday it will offer Frederick County Public Schools employees 20 percent off tuition starting this fall at its Frederick campus. FCPS employees — including teachers and non-educators — interested in pursuing accelerated undergraduate degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates and graduate degrees will benefit from the new agreement. Possible areas of study for FCPS employees might include undergraduate programs in elementary education and special education or master’s degrees in teaching or education in instructional leadership. (News-Post) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • BPD has been misleading the public on staffing data, Council members say

    Several lawmakers pounced on Baltimore Police brass Monday night, accusing them of misleading the public with a budgetary “shell game” to hide the extent of overtime spending. The BPD has repeatedly promised to increase hiring and to assign more officers to patrol, blaming staffing shortages for high overtime costs – projected to be $43.8 million in FY19, well over the agency’s $20 million overtime allotment. But that’s not what has happened, numbers presented at a City Council hearing showed. (Brew) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore police officer who was shown on video beating man is charged with assault and turns himself in

    A Baltimore police officer who repeatedly punched a man over the weekend in an altercation caught on video was charged with assault and turned himself in Tuesday. Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced Tuesday that a grand jury indicted Arthur Williams on charges of first- and second-degree assault and misconduct in office. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Report on church abuse in Pennsylvania calls into question actions of Baltimore's Keeler

    An explosive grand jury report on child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania has called into question the actions — or inaction — of the late Cardinal William H. Keeler, the former archbishop of Baltimore who was once hailed for his transparency in handling such cases. Keeler is accused of allowing a priest who was accused of having sex with underage girls in Harrisburg to resume his ministry in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. (AP/Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Parents call for independent oversight board for Anne Arundel police

    Years have passed since their loved ones died and police closed their investigations. And it’s been nearly as long since family members of the deceased started their own inquiries and pored over thousands of documents. And now, after finding what they believe are discrepancies between police investigations and their own reports, family members want an independent board formed to look at their loved ones’ deaths and make sure their cases were properly handled. (Capital) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Steve “Andy” Ellis and Glenn L. Ross: Calling on all legislative candidates to embrace 100 percent renewable energy

    On Aug. 7, our competitor in Baltimore City's 45th legislative district, Del. Cheryl D. Glenn (D), published an article in Maryland Matters calling for 50 percent of Maryland's energy to come from clean, safe, and renewable sources by an unspecified date in the future. As Green Party candidates this issue is of particular interest to us. With the dangerous impacts of climate change set to increasingly harm Marylanders – and specifically poor Black, Latinx, Asian, and Native Americans in our state – 50 percent just isn't good enough. We need to pass a 100 percent Renewable Energy Portfolio in the 2019 Maryland General Assembly session, and if elected, we will fight to do just that. (Md. Matters)Read Full Article

  • Peter Schmuck: After Jordan McNair's death, why isn't Maryland athletic director Damon Evans on leave, too?

    University of Maryland president Wallace D. Loh and athletic director Damon Evans said most of the right things when they faced the media Tuesday afternoon to announce several developments relating to the heatstroke death of football player Jordan McNair. They described a meeting earlier in the day with McNair’s parents during which they apologized and took responsibility for the medical missteps that led to the tragedy and an allegedly flawed football culture. They also announced the formation of an independent panel to investigate the damning allegations about the program revealed first in reporting by ESPN on Saturday. But one big question they did not answer was why Evans is not on administrative leave along with football coach DJ Durkin? (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • It's about time Anne Arundel schools tested for lead in drinking water

    There is every reason to believe that the threat to health posed by drinking water contaminated by lead in Anne Arundel County Schools is being dealt with in a practical way. County school officials have tested about a quarter of school buildings, and plan to complete the testing when schools resume in the fall. The 2017 state law that required this testing also set the standard that schools must be in session during the testing. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • The right reversal by the FOP

    In March, the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office launched a new policy requiring city officers to answer a questionnaire regarding past misconduct. In turn, the Fraternal Order of Police's Baltimore lodge advised its officers not to answer these questions submitted by the state because defense counsel, in criminal cases, are provided with a disclosure from prosecutors that reads in part: ¨The State has sought information from (named officers), in an effort to determine if Giglio material exists that the State would be obligated to disclose. The above-mentioned Officers refused to provide the information.¨ (Daily Record) Read Full Article