They earned it

Students from a Baltimore City school will attend an Orioles’ home game on June 13 courtesy of the team and the Maryland State Police because they did well in class. The O’s donated 150 tickets, hats and T-shirts and will provide food and transportation. TFC Mark Mross organized the trip in a partnership with Booker T. Washington Middle school that he and the school began in 2016. A release from state police headquarters in Pikesville said “The mission of the program is to improve the relationship between the public and police in historically underserved communities by creating a school program which recognizes and awards exceptionally positive actions.” (Times-News)

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June 12 // Ivan Bates for Baltimore state's attorney

During the past three years, Baltimore has suffered its worst period of violence on record with more than 1,100 people killed. The public has demanded urgency and new approaches from everyone involved in trying to stop the killings. We as a city have replaced the mayor and police commissioner (several times), and we have placed judges, the governor, parole and probation and juvenile services officials, the police union, legislators and others under intense scrutiny over their roles in stopping the bloodshed. Baltimore’s state’s attorney also must be held accountable, and we believe it is time for a change in that office. In this month’s Democratic primary, we endorse attorney Ivan Bates. (Balt. Sun)

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Larry Stafford: Why the Prince George's state's attorney race matters

When it comes to smart justice in Maryland, the Legislature and our state’s leaders have failed us with misguided efforts to roll back programs that we know are working. This leaves us with one place to look for hope in ensuring a fair and equitable criminal-justice system: our state’s attorney. (Wash. Post)

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Todd Oppenheim: Setting the record straight on the state’s attorney’s race

“Reforming a broken system for equality and justice.” That phrase, appearing on one side of a mailer sent out to Baltimore residents last week, sounds like a tag line from a progressive non-profit like the ACLU or a grassroots think-tank like Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. Nope. Marilyn J. Mosby, in her reelection bid for Baltimore City’s State’s Attorney is responsible. As a city resident, longtime public defender and proponent of justice reform who ran an upstart campaign for judge with a social justice platform, I find Mosby’s statement offensive to those of us working for real change in our criminal justice system. (Brew)

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Endorsing experience for Circuit Court judge, clerk, register of wills

Bottom of the ballot judicial races sometimes don’t warrant much attention, however the 2018 primary in Carroll County features a number of contested races. Both Republican and Democratic voters casting ballots in the primary may choose one of three candidates seeking a seat on the Circuit Court bench, while Republican voters will note contested races for both clerk of the Circuit Court and register of wills on their ballots. Quite simply, when it comes to endorsements for these particular offices, we’re leaning on the side of experience. (Carr. Co. Times)

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June 11 // Can a Democrat take on Larry Hogan on economic development?

Economic development is Larry Hogan’s brand. It was the key issue in his campaign for governor four years ago, and if his first campaign commercial is any indication, the notion that Maryland was in the doldrums before he came along and is humming now will be central to his re-election effort. Polling tends to suggest that voters are persuaded; he consistently gets good marks for his handling of the economy. So, are the Democrats seeking to challenge him ceding the issue? No way. (Balt. Sun)

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Mike Tidwell: Larry Hogan’s policies could make Ellicott City flooding worse

The people of Ellicott City need more than thoughts and prayers. They need more than Gov. Larry Hogan’s visits and standard emergency relief. They need the governor to actually hear the roar of 17 feet of water crashing through the city’s downtown on May 27, hear the deafening pound of the rain, the crash of colliding cars, the wail of loved ones. And then they need the governor to imagine those sounds spread all across Maryland and the world. (Wash. Post)

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Annapolis budget process gets much needed dose of candor

The Annapolis City Council is coming to the finale of its confusing budget journey, the first under Mayor Gavin Buckley. City property owners can be forgiven if they’ve got sore necks from following the bouncing ball of this year’s proposals for setting the property tax rate. If the plan outlined Friday stands — and it’s even money that it won’t — the city’s property tax rate will go up 10.5 cents. If passed at the final City Council meeting on the budget on June 18, the proposal would raise the municipal tax rate to 75.5 cents per $100 of assessed value, bumping the cumulative city-county-state rate residents pay to $1.195 per $100. (Capital)

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