Politics

  • Hogan raising ‘dark’ money to boost his agenda, stop costly education plan

    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is reprising his role as a grass roots agitator, asking top supporters to raise at least $2 million for a lobbying and public relations campaign that would herald his Republican agenda and try to rouse opposition to Democratic priorities. A fundraising memo obtained by The Washington Post emphasized that Hogan’s new super PAC and a related nonprofit “can accept unlimited donations.” The campaign will target, among other things, a costly plan embraced by the Democratic-majority legislature to address inequity in public schools and deep disparities in student achievement. (Wash. Post)  Read Full Article

  • Baltimore Rep. Elijah Cummings misses high-profile hearing because of medical procedure

    Democratic U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore missed a high-profile hearing Thursday of the House committee he chairs, saying he had undergone a medical procedure that will keep him from working for “a week or so.”  “I was very disappointed to miss today’s important hearing,” Cummings said in a statement to The Baltimore Sun as the Oversight and Reform Committee hearing continued on a bill that would make the District of Columbia the nation’s 51st state.  (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Purple Line will open in two phases, with first part in Prince George’s, state says

    Rather than open the full Purple Line a year late, Maryland transit officials said Thursday that they will open it in two phases, with the first segment carrying passengers in Prince George’s County in late 2022 and the rest opening the next year. While the 16-mile light-rail line was scheduled to open in March 2022, officials said construction delays mean the full line couldn’t open until at least April 2023. Read Full Article

  • ‘Let’s Talk Real Solutions’: Mosby ‘Stunned’ By Hogan’s Latest Crime Plan

    A day after Gov. Larry Hogan called on the attorney general’s office to prosecute more violent crime cases in an effort to make Baltimore safer, the city’s state’s attorney had harsh words for the governor’s plan. In a letter to Hogan Thursday, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said she was “stunned’ by the plan, which she said she first heard of through media reports. “While I do not agree with the action you have taken, I’m encouraged that you are showing a sense of urgency in addressing the violent crime that has taken too many lives and destroyed too many families in our community,” Mosby wrote. (WJZ)  Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Post-Conference Reading: Officials set regional housing targets, call for collaboration to address production and affordability challenges

    Today at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) officials from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia adopted three regional targets on housing, agreeing to collaboratively address the area’s production and affordability challenges. This collective action, outlined in a resolution approved by the COG Board of Directors, is the culmination of a year-long effort by local planning and housing director staff and COG to determine 1) how much housing is needed to address the area’s current shortage and whether the region could produce more, 2) the ideal location for new housing to optimize and balance its proximity to jobs, and 3) the appropriate cost of new housing to ensure it is priced for those who need it. (MWCOG)Read Full Article 

  • Ted Venetoulis - Welcome to Baltimore, Mr. President

    It appears our president is coming to our city, home of some of his most recent verbal vitriol. Welcome Mr. President. We suggest you be careful. There's a new infestation of crabs coming into our city. They pour in every day. We actually eat them. Perhaps another infestation you can knock. After all, you are a first class “knocker” — war heroes, hispanic judges, four star parents, immigrants, women who are not your type, long time global allies, members of congress.Read Full Article

  • Malone: Katrina’s Legacy

    This summer, my father died; he was 89 years old and suffered from Alzheimer's.  I loved my Father and miss him very much, but I am comforted by the fact that he lived a full life.  He received excellent medical care until the end of his life, and he died comfortably in hospice. My father was of Irish American descent. Read Full Article

  • Conference Reading: In Howard County, a ‘courageous’ plan to redraw school boundaries tests community’s commitment to diversity

    In Howard County, people pride themselves on making everyone feel welcome. Bumper stickers say “Choose Civility.” The county’s pioneering newtown, Columbia, was founded on the premise that people of different races and economic status should live side by side. Now, those convictions are being tested by a proposal that seeks to redistribute some 7,400 of the school system’s 58,000 children to different schools — in part to address socioeconomic segregation that leaves children from poor families concentrated in certain schools. Signs like “No Forced Busing" and “Don’t Dismantle Communities” are appearing in protests in front of River Hill High School, where nearly everyone is affluent and very few are black or Hispanic. A Facebook page called “Howard County School Redistricting Opposition” has more than 1,900 members. (Balt. Sun) Read Full ArticleRegister...

Business

  • Jeff Bezos wants Amazon to hit carbon neutrality by 2040. HQ2 will play a big role.

    Jeff Bezos is committing to move Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) to net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 as part of a broader private sector climate change initiative — and he says the company’s Arlington headquarters will play a major part in meeting that goal. In a rare local public appearance, the Amazon CEO stopped by the National Press Club in D.C. Thursday to unveil his new environmental plans. The move comes on the eve of the launch of the global climate strike, an international initiative designed to drive home the urgency of climate action. It is expected to include a walkout of close to 1,500 Amazon workers. (Wash. Bus. Journal)  Read Full Article

  • As Canadian company defies fish harvest cap, Maryland advocates worry of impact on striped bass, other species

    Omega said it is operating under a cap of about 83,000 metric tons of menhaden harvest, written into Virginia law. The menhaden fishery is 140 years old in that state, and when the Atlantic fisheries commission in 2017 cut the Chesapeake menhaden quota to 51,000 metric tons, the industry convinced Virginia lawmakers to reject it and set its own cap.  (Balt. Sun)  Read Full Article

  • Maryland Individual Health Plan Premiums Drop

    The Maryland Insurance Administration has approved an average rate decrease of about 10% for individual health insurance plans in the state’s health care exchange. The administration announced the rate drop Thursday for plans with an effective date of Jan. 1. Gov. Larry Hogan says it’s the second consecutive year individual insurance rates in Maryland have decreased. (AP)  Read Full Article

  • Maryland board upgrades state’s financial outlook, but still advises caution on economy

    Maryland’s Board of Revenue Estimates on Thursday approved a $130 million increase to its 2020 fiscal projection, even as board members said the uptick did not necessarily mean the public should be bullish about the state’s economy. Earlier this year, the board estimated revenue of $18.57 million. The revised figure projects growth of 2.7% for a total of $18.7 million. Read Full Article

Education

  • A historically black college in Maryland is growing — by enrolling Hispanic, white and international students

    Morgan State University’s enrollment is on the upswing, a trend that’s bolstered by a rising number of non-African American students who are attending the historically black institution. The student body has grown by 15 percent since 2006, from roughly 6,700 students to 7,700. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Johns Hopkins unveils ultra-modern design for Homewood campus expansion

    A six-story, ultra-modern building will be added to the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus in the coming three years to house an institute to promote global democracy. Preliminary designs for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University were shown to a city design panel Thursday alongside a timeline to break ground next year. The six-story glass structure designed by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano will be built on a 1.5-acre space off Wyman Park Drive that is now a flat-surface parking lot. (Balt. Bus. Journal)  Read Full Article

  • Bus driver shortage leaves some Maryland students squatting in the aisles and sitting on each other’s laps

    Baltimore County schools officials say they’re working to bolster their bus driver ranks, smooth out beginning-of-the-year kinks and address delays. A district spokesman encouraged any family with concerns to reach out to the transportation office, which he said investigates all issues and makes adjustments. "In a perfect world, we would have more than 800 bus drivers,” wrote Jess Grim, the county’s transportation director, in an emailed statement. “We are actively hiring additional drivers and would like to add 50 to our team.”  (Balt. Sun)  Read Full Article

  • Two Johns Hopkins master’s degree programs lose special accreditation

    Two master’s degree programs in the Johns Hopkins School of Education have lost their specialized accreditation status because not enough courses were taught by core faculty members. A university spokeswoman confirmed that students within the school’s Master of Science programs for clinical mental health counseling and school counseling were notified this week of the loss of accreditation. The school has applied to be reaccredited. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Maryland weather: Drought may be developing across much of Baltimore region

    The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, released Thursday, shows abnormally dry conditions stretching across Harford, Howard and Anne Arundel counties and most of Carroll County. The dry trend stretches down the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay and covers the upper Eastern Shore, too. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • New Push To Fix Dangerous Railroad Crossing In Baltimore County

    Startling statistics from Operation Life Saver say every three hours someone in the U.S. is hit by an oncoming train. Unfortunately, one crossing in Baltimore County has been the scene of three collisions in the last decade. “One accident is one too many and multiple is certainly cause for concern,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said. Olszewski is urging drivers, in the meantime, to take the extra precaution and stop before crossing the train tracks. Read Full Article

  • Prince George’s County Police Trying To Identify Person Of Interest In 3 Separate Fires

    Police in Prince George’s County are trying to identify a woman who they are calling a person of interest.  Investigators believe she may have information about three separate fires that happened over the weekend on Steeple Chase Way, Fox Chase Court and Green Meadow Way in Largo. (WJZ) Read Full Article

  • Multiple Maryland Museums To Offer Free Admission Saturday For Museum Day

    Multiple museums in Maryland and across the country are offering free admission Saturday as a part of Museum Day. Some of the museums include Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park, the Baltimore Museum of Industry, the National Museum of Health and Medicine and more, according to the Smithsonian. See the full list of museums here. (WBAL)   Read Full Article

Commentary

  • 'A culture of pretty, clean, safe': Mike Gill calls for a new kind of leader in Baltimore

    Mike Gill wants to see Baltimore on the cover of Time Magazine. But he doesn't want to see protests and Freddie Gray, or "The Wire" version of the city — he wants Baltimore on the cover as "the most incredible city in America." The former Secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce spoke about the city's great potential and what's needed to get it to where it "should be" at the Baltimore Business Journal's "Best in Finance: CFO Awards" event Thursday morning. He said the city needs a strong leader who can set the right culture and inspire people with a plan, and a business community that comes together to solve problems instead of blaming others. (Balt. Bus. Journal)   Read Full Article

  • No, the Kavanaugh controversy won’t help Trump in 2020

    As pretty much everyone understands by now, President Trump believes that his path to reelection runs not through persuading undecided voters to move into his column but through keeping his supporters excited and angry. And now he seems to have found a new issue — or rather, the renewal of an old one — to achieve that end: Brett M. Kavanaugh. (Wash. Post)  Read Full Article

  • Trump and McConnell, watch this ad. Then do something about gun violence.

    A couple of weeks ago, when we were in the throes of back-to-school, I shared with you the heartbreaking email from my friend Cheryl about her daughter Rosey’s reaction to an active-shooter drill. A bad dream caused the high schooler to switch her planned outfit from cute to practical. “I had a dream that there was a shooter, and I wouldn’t be able to run in that outfit,” the 15-year-old told her mom. Now comes an ad from Sandy Hook Promise that is a harrowing visual representation of that letter. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Boomers crush millennials. Read all about it!

    As a case study in the workings of modern democracy, the handling of Social Security by successive presidents and Congress over recent decades is a deeply disturbing exercise. The facts are not in dispute. Congress and the White House have agreed to benefits for retirees and the disabled that are woefully underfunded. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article