Rodricks: The two ways Baltimore voters will judge Marilyn Mosby

When it comes to deciding whether Marilyn Mosby should get a second term, Baltimore voters will have two things on their minds — the cases she brought against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray and the appalling rate of violence that has occurred across our city since Mosby took office as state’s attorney. Some will readily give Mosby credit for the first thing and reward her with their votes. The Freddie Gray case was something rare: a high-profile prosecution of cops. They were each accused of contributing in some way to the gruesome death of a young man many Baltimoreans felt should not have been arrested in the first place. (Balt. Sun)

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Del. Ted Sophocleus served his constituents well throughout a long career

No doubt you can find state lawmakers who made more of a splash than Del. Ted Sophocleus, had their names on more pathbreaking legislation or gave more controversial speeches. But if you scoured the State House from end to end during a session, you wouldn’t have found anyone who had more commitment to the job and to his community, who shared more invaluable institutional knowledge and who left behind more affection and respect, among his colleagues and his constituents. “He had a heart bigger than life,” said House of Delegates Speaker Michael E. Busch. (Capital)

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Rena Steinzor: Baltimore employer of smothered worker should be held criminally accountable

On June 5, a 19-year-old construction worker named Kyle Hancock was smothered to death when a deep trench where he was working collapsed. R.F. Warder Inc., the construction company that hired Hancock to help fix a leaking sewage pipe, and the bosses it employed are responsible for his death, plain and simple. Their failure to shore the trench to prevent a collapse was grossly negligent, readily foreseeable, eminently preventable and, therefore, criminal. (Balt. Sun)

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June 8 // Maryland is in an opioid addiction crisis; here's what the Democratic candidates for governor would do about it

Shortly after he was elected, Gov. Larry Hogan convened a high-level task force to address opioid addiction and overdoses in Maryland, and he eventually declared a state of emergency because of the problem. Yet the toll addiction has taken on communities across the state — urban, rural and suburban — remains unabated. The number of overdose deaths in the first three months of 2017 — the most recent data available — is more than double that from the same period in 2014, the year before Mr. Hogan took office. This isn’t just a Maryland problem, of course; addiction and overdoses have skyrocketed nationwide. But the fact remains that what we’re doing about the problem isn’t enough. (Balt. Sun)

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Chelsea Manning, Jerome Segal and Rikki Vaughn: We’re challenging Sen. Cardin. He should debate us.

In less than three weeks, the Democratic Senate primary will be held in Maryland. And to this point, voters haven’t been given the opportunity to hear the candidates discuss the critically important issues facing the state. We, who are challenging incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin, want to know where he has been. He’s been missing in action, and we want him to engage with us in a vigorous debate. (Wash. Post)

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Outside money funds a dishonest smear campaign in Prince George’s

The contrast could not be more stark between the campaigns of the two leading candidates for Prince George’s County executive on the June 26 Democratic primary ballot. One, Angela D. Alsobrooks, the county’s top prosecutor since 2008, has raised money from thousands of county residents and is running a no- ­nonsense, substantive, grass-roots effort. The other, Donna F. Edwards, a former member of Congress, has mainly outsourced her campaign to a coalition of special interests that has injected nearly $1 million since March into getting her elected. (Wash. Post)

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Deborah Simmons: Rushern Baker cheats on his education exam

Oh, the things that pour out of politicians’ mouths after they win key endorsements. Rushern Baker III, Democrat, is up. He’s up because he’s running for Maryland governor. He’s also up because, as a two-term Prince George’s County executive, much has gone awry with county schools, students and teaches since he took office. Also, Mr. Baker is up because on Thursday he released his “10-Point Education Proposal to Make Maryland Schools Number One in the Country Again.” (Wash. Times)

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Kim Burns: Anne Arundel County should follow county Schuh's vision for Council District 1

During my campaign for the County Council I have met and talked with many people all over the northern and western neighborhoods of Anne Arundel County on their porches, at their community meetings and during other events. Not infrequently, what I hear is some version of “no one cares about us.” Over and over again, I meet residents of County Council District 1 who feel neglected and forgotten by county government. And there are ample reasons to justify those feelings. (Capital)

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