Politics

  • Maryland attorney general appeals judges' order to redraw congressional districts, seeks Supreme Court ruling

    Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced Thursday that he is appealing a federal ruling that threw out the state’s congressional map for the 6th District after determining that Democratic officials unconstitutionally drew the boundary to diminish Republican influence. The Democratic attorney general, acting against the wishes of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, notified the U.S. District Court in Baltimore Thursday that he will contest last week’s order that the state redraw the map in time for the 2020 election. A Hogan spokeswoman criticized Frosh for an action that will further drag out debate over a district widely viewed as one of the most heavily gerrymandered in the nation. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Is Morgan State a presidential battleground?

    The path to the Democratic nomination for president in 2020 may go through Morgan State University. The university announced Wednesday evening that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, would be its fall commencement speaker. The progressive lawmaker said last month that she was considering a challenge to President Donald Trump. But Warren is not the only potential Democratic candidate to have visited Morgan State. Former Vice President Joe Biden gave the university’s spring commencement last year. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

  • Pittman rode early voting to victory, flipped precincts Schuh won easily in 2014

    Anne Arundel County Executive-elect Steuart Pittman wooed areas that previously backed incumbent Republican Steve Schuh, flipping about four dozen different precincts on Election Day, precinct voter data shows. Schuh underperformed in precincts located in more conservative areas of the county — such as Council District 7 and District 3 — with Pittman even bringing some of those precincts to his side. Schuh won the majority of precincts on Election Day with 115 to Pittman’s 80 and garnered more overall votes on Nov. 6. But Pittman cruised with an about 11,000-vote lead in early voting. (Capital) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore County's administrative officer to retire 'at the request' of Olszewski

    The Baltimore County government’s top administrative official is being pushed into retirement by County Executive-elect Johnny Olszewski Jr. County administrative officer Fred Homan, who has overseen day-to-day government operations for more than a decade, will retire on Dec. 3, the day that Olszewski is sworn in. Homan’s retirement comes “at the request” of Olszewski, according to the county’s announcement Thursday. (Balt. Sun) 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

  • Potential maglev station locations narrowed, assessed under new report

    Federal regulators considering the proposed magnetic levitation or “maglev” train between Washington and Baltimore — which backers say could cut travel between the two cities to 15 minutes — have narrowed the list of potential station locations in both cities. In Baltimore, a potential station in Port Covington is no longer being considered, while an underground station near Oriole Park at Camden Yards and an above-ground station in Cherry Hill, near Westport, remain in the running. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Refined plans for Rash Field in Baltimore's Inner Harbor move ahead

    Upgrades planned for Rash Field, the multi-purpose swath on the south shore of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, have been refined and could get underway next fall, according to the Waterfront Partnership, a city nonprofit leading the work. The plan calls for an overhaul of the pavilion, the replacement of underused bleachers with rolling bike and jogging paths, the repositioning of volleyball courts and the addition of open space, kids play areas and a small skate park. The entire field will be landscaped. “Rash Field is heavily used and we want to make sure it remains heavily used,” said Laurie Schwartz, the partnership’s president, after a meeting with the city’s architectural review panel. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Lockheed lands $23 billion F-35 order

    Lockheed Martin Corp. has been awarded a $22.7 billion contract from the Department of Defense for hundreds of F-35 stealth fighter jets. The deal comes in the form of what's called an Undefinitized Contract Action, or UCA, the Pentagon said Wednesday. This type of agreement provides funding while the final details of a contract are hammered out. Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), the world's largest defense contractor, will receive $6 billion of the award immediately. (Wash. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Hanover cyber firm Dragos Inc. closes $37 million Series B round

    Hanover firm Dragos Inc. has closed a $37 million Series B funding round to support growth of its cybersecurity platform and staff. The two-year-old startup filed documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in October, indicating it had already raised about $30 million of its up to $38 million round. Dragos is previously backed by a $10 million Series A round, from lead investors Energy Impact Partners and AllegisCyber, as well as $1.5 million in seed funding from DataTribe. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

Education

  • Students protest, petition to urge Hopkins, University of Maryland to cut ties with ICE

    Amid a national debate over immigration policy under the Trump administration, the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, College Park are some of just a very few universities in the nation that have contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. With protests and petitions, students on the two campuses have begun demanding the institutions sever ties with ICE — even as administrators counter that their work with the agency has nothing to do with detention or deportation of undocumented immigrants. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Women warned top University of Maryland, Baltimore officials about 'hostile work environment' months before lawsuit

    An anonymous group of women that included faculty and medical residents warned top University of Maryland, Baltimore officials in January that prominent surgeons had inappropriate sexual relationships with subordinates and created a “hostile work environment” in the medical school and its affiliated hospital. The women wrote a letter on Jan. 7 to UMB President Jay A. Perman, School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece and other leaders that described a culture where it was believed that women would get ahead if they slept with certain surgeons. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Many Latino students lag academically in prosperous Maryland County

    A troubling number of Latino students in one of the nation’s most prosperous counties are unprepared for kindergarten, lag in reading, drop out of high school and falter as they head to college, according to a report released Thursday. The study, from researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, underscores the struggle many Latino students face in Montgomery County, Md., despite being the largest ethnic or racial group in the high-performing suburban school system. “They start out behind and they face really significant challenges in trying to close that gap,” said Amy B. Lewin, the study’s lead author. “They need better support.” (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Maryland president Wallace Loh warned backlash would occur if coach DJ Durkin stayed

    University of Maryland President Wallace Loh said Thursday that he told the school’s governing body that “all hell will break loose” if DJ Durkin was retained as head coach of its football team after a player’s death, a warning that went unheeded. Loh told a panel of state lawmakers that members of the University System of Maryland board of regents asked him on Oct. 26 if he would support Durkin’s reinstatement as coach. Loh said he explained why he couldn’t do that after the death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who collapsed from heatstroke on a practice field in May and died two weeks later. (Wash. Times) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Baltimore County eyes $21 million extension of red light and speed camera program

    Baltimore County is considering moves to expand the number of locations where speed cameras can be deployed and extend its entire traffic camera enforcement program for more than a decade. Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler, whose term in office ends in early December, is proposing a contract with a new red light and speed camera vendor that could be worth up to $21 million over the life of the deal. The contract would last more than 11 years if all extensions are carried out. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • U.S. Commission on Civil Rights calls on Justice Department to recommit to police oversight, including consent decrees

    The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is calling on the Justice Department to “return to vigorous enforcement of constitutional policing” through the use of binding police reform agreements like the one in place in Baltimore. The recommendation is one of several found in a 221-page report on policing that the independent watchdog group released Thursday. It comes less than a week after outgoing Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a terse memorandum dramatically reducing the ability of federal law enforcement officials to use such court-enforced consent decrees to challenge unconstitutional policing practices in local communities nationwide. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Doctors’ Initiative To Teach Marylanders First Aid Spurs From Deadly Shootings

    Doctors are training thousands of Marylanders on simple ways to stop victims of traumatic injuries from bleeding to death, a grassroots initiative that grew after the Sandy Hook shooting. Maryland has endured several deadly mass shootings over the past 13 months, including at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, a Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, and a granite business in Edgewood. The number of high-profile incidents also includes a school shooting in St. Mary’s County. For some, the violence has changed the perception that “it can’t happen here.” (WJZ-CBS) Read Full Article

  • Citizens ask council to seek more environmental tests for Hampstead Overlook property

    By the end of the evening Tuesday, Nov. 13, Hampstead Mayor Christopher Nevin and resident Brittany Phillips, a leading voice in opposition to a proposed development, agreed to meet one-on-one. Phillips grew up on the Leister Family Farm, a more than 100-acre property that has since been sold and is slated to house what’s been dubbed Hampstead Overlook. She spoke out against the development when representatives of Florida Rock Properties Inc. — the developer — addressed the public at the Sept. 26 Hampstead Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. (Carr. Co. Times) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Dutch Ruppersberger: Md. congressman drafts violence prevention program bill because 'even small actions are better than thoughts and prayers'

    You may have heard about the social media firestorm that erupted earlier this week between the National Rifle Association and doctors around the country. Responding to a position paper from the American College of Physicians that suggested a public health approach to gun violence, the NRA took to Twitter to urge “self-important” physicians to “stay in their lane.” I’d urge the NRA to talk to some of the emergency room surgeons here in Maryland — particularly those at the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma in downtown Baltimore — and ask them if they deserve a voice in the gun control debate as they pull bullet after bullet from patients. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Josh Kurtz: The Future Is Now

    Now, more than ever, Maryland politics is at an inflection point. Every election is a change election – even in a state like Maryland, where political leaders become embedded in their jobs. Think about the last few: In 2016, Baltimore City got a new mayor and several dynamic new City Council members and the state got two new members of Congress. Not only did we get a rare Republican governor in 2014, but Republicans made significant, durable gains in certain rural and exurban legislative districts. Overall, more than 40 percent of the House of Delegates turned over. (Md. Matters)Read Full Article

  • Donald C. Fry: Md. voters deserve redistricting reform

    A federal judge once colorfully observed that the shape of one of Maryland’s congressional districts is “reminiscent of a broken-winged pterodactyl, lying prostrate across the center of the state.” The judge was referring to Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District that includes snippets of three counties – Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Howard — and a swath of Baltimore city. Maryland’s Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who was overwhelmingly reelected to another four-year term, describes the district’s shape in blunter terms: “I don’t know what this looks like to you, but to me, it looks like gerrymandering,” he said. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

  • While Frosh appeals gerrymander ruling, Hogan and Busch should seek a solution

    Attorney General Brian Frosh should have let stand the recent federal ruling tossing out the state’s congressional map for the 6th District, giving Maryland the chance to create a process that will get past the national conundrum of gerrymandered districts. Instead, the Democratic attorney general, acting against the wishes of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, notified the U.S. District Court in Baltimore Thursday that he will contest last week’s order that the state redraw the map in time for the 2020 elections. Frosh argued it would be unwise for Maryland to begin drawing a new map when the Supreme Court could adopt a different standard in a North Carolina gerrymandering case that is apparently heading to the top court. (Capital)Read Full Article