Politics

  • Super PAC plans to spend $1 million to help Jealous in his gubernatorial bid

    A political action committee that helped boost Democrat Ben Jealous in the Maryland gubernatorial primary says it plans to spend $1 million to aid Jealous in his uphill battle against Gov. Larry Hogan. Maryland Together We Rise, which is largely financed by unions and wealthy individual donors, is launching its effort Friday with a $175,000 advertisement attacking Hogan’s record on education. The ad, to be run on broadcast and cable stations in the Baltimore market, is one of the first attempts by Jealous’s supporters to counter a multimillion-dollar advertising blitz by Hogan and the Republican Governors Association. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Outside group backing Jealous seeks to link Hogan to Betsy DeVos, Trump in TV ad

    An outside group group is trying to come to the rescue of Democrat Ben Jealous' outgunned media campaign with a TV ad linking Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to the policies of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and President Donald Trump. The 30-second commercial from Maryland Together We Rise is part of what the group says will be a $1 million independent campaign in support of Jealous between now and the November election. The Hogan-DeVos spot, which the group says could be the first of several ads, is running on broadcast and cable stations in the Baltimore market. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • Maryland House Speaker Mike Busch undergoes heart bypass surgery

    House Speaker Mike Busch, one of the three most powerful elected officials in Maryland, underwent heart bypass surgery Wednesday, a spokeswoman for his office said. The Annapolis Democrat is expected to remain hospitalized for approximately one week, Busch’s chief of staff Alexandra Hughes said Thursday. Once he is released he will be expected to remain at home and rest for one to two more weeks. Busch, 71, is in the midst of a re-election campaign in District 30. Hughes said the surgery would not affect Busch’s campaign plans. (Capital) Read Full Article

  • Two former Md. governors talked partisan politics. It didn't turn into a fight

    Democrats and Republicans seem to disagree on everything these days. It's hard for them to have a discussion about any topic without demonizing each other. So a discussion about politics and the impact on Maryland's business climate between two governors from each party doesn't sound like it would be very productive idea. But that's exactly what happened on Thursday when former governors Parris Glendening, a Democrat, and Robert Ehrlich, a Republican, took their "traveling road show of governors" to the Maryland Chamber of Commerce's annual Business Policy Conference. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Eric Gilbert: Redeveloping America’s Brownfields, A Modern Industrial Revival

    Everyone who has ever worked in, lived in, or even traveled to a major U.S. city has seen them – forlorn, abandoned plots of land sporting an unsightly mix of rotting industrial equipment and crumbling buildings – fenced off and clearly too contaminated for occupancy or use of any kind. Read Full Article

  • 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

Business

  • Southwest plans to add a $130 million hangar to service aircraft at BWI

    Southwest Airlines announced Thursday that it plans to build its first maintenance hangar in the Northeast at BWI Marshall Airport, a move that further cements its ties to the airport and signals more growth for the airline in the region. The Dallas-based airline is the dominant carrier at BWI, with close to 69 percent of the airport’s passenger traffic, and the airport has been pushing a $60 million upgrade to the Southwest terminal to accommodate more traffic. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Ahead of official launch, businesses decry Buckley bike lane

    As crews deposited cafe tables and chairs along Main Street on Thursday morning, business owners — in meetings, in groups along the sidewalk, standing inside their establishments — decried the Annapolis bike lane and sidewalk extension pilot in effect through the next month. At an informal meeting at Eyes on Main, representatives from several downtown businesses, city officials and Alderwoman Elly Tierney discussed the bike lane, which the merchants want gone by the end of the weekend. Some said though they haven’t taken any action thus far, they’ve discussed their legal options with attorneys and questioned the legality of the bike lane rollout. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Under Armour to lay off 400 more workers as restructuring continues

    Under Armour plans to slash its global workforce by 400 workers by early next year, a move the Baltimore-based brand said is necessary as it seeks to rejuvenate sales of athletic apparel and shoes in a market dominated by rival Nike. The layoffs of 3 percent of its employees is the latest phase in Under Armour’s restructuring that began last year after the fast-growing company stumbled toward the end of 2016 amid intense competition, closures of key retailers and changing consumer tastes in the sports apparel category. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • In Baltimore's forgotten Chinatown, a new festival will celebrate Asian-American history and culture

    A once-bustling section of downtown will come alive again Saturday with the Charm City Night Market, a block party celebrating Asian-American and Pacific Islander culture in Baltimore. That’s the hope, at least, of the Chinatown Collective, a volunteer-run organization of young Baltimoreans that created the first-ever event. Located in the city’s historic Chinatown along Park Avenue downtown, the festival aims to remind attendees of Baltimore’s Asian history and culture while showcasing the work of restaurateurs, artists and vendors, said organizer Marisa Dobson. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Education

  • Maryland teachers union seeks to block Hogan from using apple logo

    The teachers unions of Maryland and Montgomery County want a judge to block Gov. Larry Hogan from using an apple logo on his campaign materials to suggest support from teachers in the state. They plan to file a lawsuit Friday morning in Montgomery County. A draft of the suit that the unions released Thursday to media outlets outlines their request for a restraining order against the Republican governor that would stop him from using logos similar to the unions’ “apple ballot” image. The unions “have a legal obligation to vigorously defend this trademark against infringement no matter the candidate or political party,” Maryland State Education Association spokesman Adam Mendelson said in a statement Thursday evening. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore County consultant considering school facility conditions in possible plans to combat overcrowding

    After meeting with stakeholders in July, Sage Policy Group, hired by Baltimore County Public Schools to come up with solutions to staunch overcrowding in county high schools, has trimmed from seven to three the number of scenarios, as well as taken into account facility conditions. “We went back to drawing board and looked at what people said they wanted and didn’t want,” Anirban Basu, CEO of Sage Policy Group, said. Basu and his firm are presenting the three revised proposals that take both both capacity and conditions into account at a series of public input meetings, during which the public has a chance to learn more about the scenarios. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Renowned architect Renzo Piano to design new Johns Hopkins building

    The architect behind the Shard in London and the New York Times Building in New York is set to design the headquarters of the new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Renzo Piano, 81, is an Italian architect and 1998 recipient of the Pritzker Prize, regarded as architecture’s most important award. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute will be an interdisciplinary center, dedicated to the idea of strengthening democracy through civic engagement and discourse worldwide. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • University of Maryland virus institute joins hunt for opioid treatment

    A University of Maryland medical research institute has been tapped to test a promising opioid addiction treatment that aims to curb the cravings that are often responsible for relapses but not controlled well by other common therapies. The Institute of Human Virology, a center in the school of medicine that normally focuses on infectious diseases, announced Wednesday that it has won a $12 million federal grant to investigate the therapy over the next five or six years. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Temporary employee at Md. distribution center fatally shot herself after killing 3 people, wounding 3 others

    Mike Carre’s workday had barely begun Thursday at a complex of sprawling warehouses in Maryland when a man he didn’t know staggered into his office, bleeding from a bullet hole above his left knee. “There’s a shooting at Rite Aid!” the man blurted, before Carre and others helped him into a chair. Yet again in the United States, a suicidal assailant with a gun had opened fire, apparently indiscriminately. This time, authorities said, the shooter was a 26-year-old woman, and the victims — three dead, three wounded — were in or just outside a massive Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, about 30 miles northeast of Baltimore. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Howard coal-tar sealant ban would hurt companies, executives say

    A bill being considered by the Howard County Council to ban coal-tar pavement sealants and some alternatives is being criticized by businessmen who fear a ban might inspire neighboring Baltimore County to enact similar legislation, leading to the demise of their companies. The bill to prohibit sales and use of the sealants was introduced by Councilman Jon Weinstein at the behest of 16 fifth-graders from Centennial Lane Elementary School in Ellicott City. The students did research on coal-tar and asked the councilman to consider the health and environmental risks from the thick, black liquid. (Ho. Co. Times)Read Full Article

  • 'Unprofessional and distasteful': Details of Baltimore Symphony's sexual harassment investigation test its image

    The usual image of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is one of expertly trained, highly professional classical musicians in formal attire performing with unanimity of purpose the great works of Beethoven and Shostakovich. That stands in contrast to the portrait painted by an attorney’s summary of findings in a sexual harassment investigation at the esteemed institution. A top player in the ensemble, principal oboe Katherine Needleman, has named another top player, concertmaster Jonathan Carney, in a charge of discrimination filed against the BSO with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Ocean City median fence: Zero deaths, serious incidents equals successful summer

    A multimillion dollar pedestrian safety project that included a new median fence in Ocean City has been deemed successful by officials after one summer season. More pedestrians have been seen properly using the crosswalks and fewer collisions have occurred in the area of the median fence, said Lindsay Richard, public information officer for the Ocean City Police Department. She said the number of people who do try to go around the median fence and jaywalk are few and far between. "Driving up and down Coastal Highway, there's a noticeable difference in that you don't see pedestrians trying to cross traffic without a crosswalk," Richard said. (Daily Times) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Steny Hoyer: Now is not the time for government to sit on the sidelines

    When a gunman entered the Capital Gazette offices on June 28 and murdered five individuals, he did not act alone. He was aided and abetted by a flawed system in this country: one that allows those with a history of perpetrating domestic violence, a history of serious mental illness, and even individuals on the terror watch list to purchase dangerous firearms without question. The current Republican-led Congress has had ample opportunity to fix our nation’s gun safety laws and prevent shootings like the one that occurred at the Capital Gazette. Tragically, it has failed to act. That’s why I’m running for Congress. Because 5th District residents deserve a Congress that works for them, not ignores the toughest challenges we face. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Brian Frosh: State has taken steps to curb gun violence; Congress needs to do more

    The horror and uncertainty we feel in the wake of the attack in the Capital Gazette newsroom has gripped our state, and, like all Marylanders, I share in the grief. Words of elected leaders will never bring back Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters, but our work in state government to address the scourge of gun violence should be focused on honoring their memory through action. I thank the editors of The Capital for their request of me to highlight our efforts on this vital issue. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Brian Griffiths: Voters deserve live debates, not tape-delayed substitutes from local TV

    Monday, Gov. Larry Hogan and Ben Jealous will step to the podium for their first and only debate of this election year. There was talk about how many gubernatorial debates there would be. The Hogan campaign accepted an invitation to two debates. The Jealous campaign insisted on five debates but then, oddly, as negotiations really began showed that the campaign really only wanted one debate all along. There are other debates in statewide races forthcoming as well. Attorney General Brian Frosh finally agreed to debate challenger Craig Wolf only after being approached by Wolf about the need to debate, though Frosh currently refuses to debate Wolf in a televised debate. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Jack Reilly: Baltimore rental inspections: good idea gone wrong

    The Baltimore City Council's mandate that residential rental properties must pass a basic health and safety inspection is a case study of a good idea gone wrong. The ordinance, passed in March of this year, requires that private licensed home inspectors carry out inspections of approximately 25,000 to 30,000 one- or two-family rental dwellings by Jan. 1, 2019. Multifamily dwellings are already licensed but will need similar inspections once their licenses expire. Getting these scattered houses inspected in nine months might have been possible. But Baltimore Housing waited until Aug. 1 to announce its initial inspection protocol. This checklist has now been rewritten four times, with the most recent version released on Sept. 10 — less than four months before the deadline. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article