Politics

  • Maryland Gov. Hogan ‘Very Troubled’ By Impeachment Inquiry Into President Trump

     Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says he’s “very troubled” by the controversy that has prompted an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, but he says more facts need to be gathered. Hogan made the comments Thursday during an appearance at the Yahoo! Finance All Markets Summit in New York. Hogan says the declaration by the White House that it won’t cooperate with the impeachment probe “doesn’t sit well with me or a lot of other people.” But the governor also says “this whole rush to judgment” over accusations that “we need to throw him out of office” isn’t the way the founders of the country envisioned the process. (AP) Read Full Article

  • New Md. laws boost Baltimore’s fight against crime, backers say

    Maryland law now requires Baltimore’s police commissioner to adjust the boundaries of the city’s nine police districts, modify staffing and redirect resources following a decennial census. Another law requires the city to hire a greater percentage of civilian employees to free up officers from administrative tasks. “It took three to four years to get done. But we did get across the finish line,” said Sen. Cory McCray, lead proponent of the redistricting bill in the Senate. (MD. Daily Record) Read Full Article

  • Queen Anne’s Leader: ‘We’ve Heard Nothing from the Governor’ on Bridge Crisis

    Members of the Queen Anne’s County Commission, fed up with massive traffic backups caused by re-decking work on the Bay Bridge, are demanding that the Maryland Transportation Authority provide relief to county residents and bridge-bound motorists who’ve seen travel times swell in the project’s first weeks. The all-Republican panel is also expressing its frustration with Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R). Commissioners accuse him of being missing in action on a crisis that has had significant impact on commuters, students, first-responders, business owners and others. (Md. Matters) Read Full Article

  • ‘It’s no secret’: T.J. Smith gives another signal he’s mulling a run for mayor of Baltimore

    T.J. Smith, the former Baltimore Police and Baltimore County spokesman who has previously expressed interest in a possible run for mayor, filed paperwork this week with the Maryland State Board of Elections to form a campaign committee for 2020 — moving him one step closer to candidacy. Smith, 42, has not officially announced a campaign and left blank a box on the committee paperwork for “office sought.” But he acknowledged again Thursday that the mayoral race was his focus, if indeed he follows through. (Balt. Sun)   Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Post Conference Reading: Professor Rucker Johnson on why school integration works

    Brown v. Board of Education was hailed as a landmark decision for civil rights. But decades later, many consider school integration a failure. UC Berkeley professor Rucker C. Johnson’s new book Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works shows the exact opposite is true. The book looks at decades of studies to show that students of all races who attended integrated schools fared better than those who did not. In this interview with Goldman School of Public Policy Dean Henry E. Brady, which took place on Jan. 9, 2019, Johnson explains how he and his team analyzed the impact of not just integration, but school funding policies and the Head Start program. (Berkeley News)Read Full Article

  • Post-Conference Reading: Region’s elected officials urge their governments to commit to affordable-housing targets

    Washington-area elected officials voted Wednesday to push their local governments to address the region’s affordable-housing shortage by setting individual targets to increase production of low- and medium-cost housing by 2030. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) said the region needs to add 320,000 housing units between 2020 and 2030 — 75,000 more units than forecast. Of those, at least three-quarters should be affordable to low- and middle-income households, according to a resolution approved unanimously by the COG board, which means they should cost $2,500 a month or less. (Wash. Post)Read Full Article

  • Post-Conference Reading: To Shrink Achievement Gap, Integrate School Districts

    Does segregation still matter? When it comes to educating our nation’s school children, the answer is yes, according to research published last week by the Stanford University Center for Education Policy Analysis. But the problem isn’t race, the study finds. It is poverty. Decades after the end of legalized segregation, and the funding disparities that accompanied it, minority students remain disproportionately concentrated in high-poverty areas. Academically, they trail students in more affluent areas, and they fall increasingly behind as the years pass. The result is an achievement gap that limits the educational and career opportunities of nonwhite children. But the gap narrows, according to the research, when school districts are integrated, exposing poor minority students to the same opportunities as their richer peers. (WSJ)Read Full Article

  • Post Conference Reading: Can Maryland follow a Massachusetts model on education funding?

    As a Maryland public school parent and as an educator, I know firsthand the difference that public schools can make for students. They made all the difference for me (literally saving my life). I also know that the future is in great hands because students, including my daughters, are leading the way to build a better tomorrow, thanks, in large part, to public schools. (Wash. Post)Read Full Article

Business

  • 'Baltimore's living room:' Developers present concept for Penn Station redevelopment

    The size and scope of the long-awaited redevelopment of Penn Station was up for debate at city hall for the first time on Thursday. A city design panel reviewed and offered initial comments on the addition of pedestrian access to the historic station from the front and rear of the facility, as well as placement of two towers planned for what is today a parking lot along Lanvale street. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Boeing Finds Itself in a Fresh Pickle

    The Federal Aviation Administration has required urgent inspections of certain 737 Next Generation planes — the predecessor to the troubled 737 Max — after Boeing reported cracks in a part called the “pickle fork” on jets being overhauled in China. The pickle fork helps attach the wings to the fuselage, or the main body of the plane; crack inspections have focused first on the most heavily used NG planes. So far, 686 have been inspected, and 36 of them — or more than 5% — have signs of cracking, according to Boeing. That’s less than 1% of Boeing’s total 737 NG fleet, when you take into account newer jets with fewer miles on them that will be monitored over time. But the pickle fork is meant to last the lifetime of the plane, so whether it’s 5% or 1% of planes cracking, that’s too many. (Wash. Post)Read Full Article

  • Tennessee health care company buys Baltimore firm

    A Tennessee company has bought Everseat Inc., a Baltimore-based patient scheduling and waitlist software firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 2014, Franklin, Tennessee-based Relatient Inc. provides patient and provider messaging services, allows patients to book appointments online and sends billing and appointment reminders to patients. The product ties into a provider’s existing electronic medical record and is used by small practices and large health systems alike. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • 4,000-seat concert venue unveiled as first building Baltimore’s casino entertainment district

    The Paramount Baltimore would be built on the site of a dilapidated warehouse at 1300 Warner Street along what is a gritty and largely empty corridor. “The goal of project is to create a sense of place, a unique place,” said Matt Herbert of Design Collective, which is designing the building. “People will enjoy this place not just for the specific performance, ... they will be coming to a place to enjoy this district and what happens to be a fun show tonight.” (Balt. Sun) Read Full Story

Education

  • Howard County Council passes resolutions to ease future Ellicott City flooding, ‘desegregate’ schools

    The Howard County Council voted on a series of bills and resolutions Monday night, spanning from Ellicott City flooding, to calling on the school system to “desegregate” its schools, to safer streets for bikers and pedestrians. The council voted on two resolutions and a bill focused on strengthening development regulations in historic Ellicott City due to two catastrophic floods that ravaged the area since 2016. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Archbishop Curley High School raising $7 million in new campaign

    Archbishop Curley High School has launched a $7 million fundraising campaign to upgrade its facilities and keep up with the rising cost of education for its students. The all-boys Catholic school in East Baltimore has already raised about $5 million toward its goal. The campaign, entitled "Renewing Our Future," includes a $4 million minimum for air conditioning and other capital needs, $1.5 million for financial aid and $1.5 million for pledges to the Franciscan school's annual fund. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Baker’s Leadership Program at UMD for Execs Takes Next Steps

    On Tuesday, Baker and the University of Maryland School of Public Policy announced that their newly-created Elected Executive Leadership Program, first revealed by Maryland Matters earlier this year, will accept its initial batch of trainees this December. Former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) will be the keynote speaker for the inaugural class. University President Wallace D. Loh said the school is excited to have Baker leading the effort. (Md. Matters)   Read Full Article

  • UM receives $3.75 million to study LGBTQ health issues

    The University of Maryland Prevention Research Center will study mental health and health care for LGBTQ people as part of a national research effort funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers at the university hope the center’s studies can help support a population that is more likely to deal with mental health issues than the general public because of stigma, especially among younger people. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Nearly $13M in grants awarded for Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts

    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency announced $12.6 million in grants to fund cleanup efforts throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. “Runoff is critically important across the state of Maryland. Work is important everywhere, not just in Annapolis, which sits right there on the bay,” said Jake Reilly, executive director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. (WTOP) Read Full Article

  • ‘The next Bernie Madoff’: Towson millionaire sentenced to 22 years for massive Ponzi scheme

    The sentencing hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore brought to an end the stunning downfall of the college dropout turned millionaire, a man from a middle-class family who orchestrated one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in Maryland history, and who hung a $32,000 painting over his mantle of the mustached Monopoly character Rich Uncle Pennybags standing in a swirl of dollars bills. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Plan to repeal ban on pit bulls in Prince George’s passes out of council committee

    A Prince George’s County Council committee on Thursday advanced an amendment to animal-control legislation that would repeal the county’s 22-year-old ban on pit bulls. A majority of the 11-member council still appears to support or be undecided on the ban, which a national coalition of animal rights advocates has labeled ineffective and inhumane. (Wash. Post)  Read Full Article

  • Ravens And Leidos To Host Prescription Drug Take Back

    This month is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Those going to the Ravens and Bengals game Sunday can bring unused prescription drugs and turn them in free and anonymously on Ravens Walk. The DEA said it will not accept liquids, needles or medicines that contain iodine. (WJZ)  Read Full Article

Commentary

  • 17 former Watergate special prosecutors: We investigated the Watergate scandal. We believe Trump should be impeached.

    We, former members of the Watergate special prosecutor force, believe there exists compelling prima facie evidence that President Trump has committed impeachable offenses. This evidence can be accepted as sufficient for impeachment, unless disproved by any contrary evidence that the president may choose to offer. The ultimate judgment on whether to impeach the president is for members of the House of Representatives to make. The Constitution establishes impeachment as the proper mechanism for addressing these abuses; therefore, the House should proceed with the impeachment process, fairly, openly and promptly. The president’s refusal to cooperate in confirming (or disputing) the facts already on the public record should not delay or frustrate the House’s performance of its constitutional duty. In reaching these conclusions, we take note of 1) the public statements by Trump himself; 2) the findings of former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation; 3) the readout that the president...

  • Morhaim: The right solution for surprise billing

    As both a physician and former lawmaker, there is one issue that stands out to me as particularly archaic and burdensome for the patient experience: surprise medical billing. It is time for Congress to address this issue at the national level. However, it must done in a way that does not threaten access to care or affordability for patients. (Md. Daily Record) Read Full Article

  • Is Metro finally turning a corner?

    MASS TRANSIT ridership in many major U.S. cities remains flat or in decline, but a few places are starting to buck that years-long negative trend — chief among them the Washington area’s Metrorail system. Could it be that Metro, butt of bitter jokes and source of depthless frustration, has turned a corner? Progress is modest and probably fragile, and the network’s challenges haven’t disappeared. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • A nonpartisan health checkup for White House candidates

    The chest pain and cardiac stent placement of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are reminders that a nonpartisan physician panel of experts to evaluate and report on the health of presidential candidates and sitting presidents is long overdue. Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Ronald Reagan, Paul Tsongas, Bill Bradley and John McCain are among the candidates and presidents who did not have all of their health issues and their implications fully revealed to the public. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article