Did Hogan really spend a record amount on education? Yes, but...

Gov. Larry Hogan’s re-election campaign is on the air with a multi-million-dollar ad buy hammering home the message that he’s committed to public education. All three of the commercials feature the claim that he’s spent a record amount on pre-K-12 education, about $25 billion during his four years in office, and that’s absolutely true. To be precise, Maryland has spent $25,407,073,000 on public schools, which represents record spending in each of his four years in office. That’s impressive. What would be more impressive is finding a Maryland governor who couldn’t claim to have spent a record amount on education in each of his years in office. (Balt. Sun)

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Noah Diekemper: Larry Hogan is no Donald Trump, but Ben Jealous might be

Marylanders interested in sending a message to Donald Trump this Election Day couldn’t do better than to re-elect Larry Hogan as governor. Let me explain. Yes, both are members of the Republican party. Both are chief executives in politics, and both went to their current offices having never won an election before. But that’s basically where the similarities end. (Balt. Sun)

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Adam Pagnucco: Politicians refuse to invest in Jealous

Much attention has been given to the decisions made by Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Comptroller Peter Franchot to not endorse Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ben Jealous. Tongues also wagged about Senate President Mike Miller's grin-and-bear-it appearance in support of Jealous. But what's even more meaningful is that MoCo politicians and others around the state are failing to support Jealous with what really counts: money. (Bethesda)

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James Giza: Pass the buck on end-of-life issues. Let Maryland voters decide.

The expressions “the buck stops here” or “passing the buck” are understood as accepting responsibility or abdicating making a controversial decision, respectively. Buck-passing for someone in authority is considered moral or ethical cowardice. But Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch’s buck-passing could be used for a proposal that has overwhelming public support according to polls conducted in the past two years: the Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End-of-Life Option Act. Let the voters shoulder the burden in addressing this end-of-life bill. (Wash. Post)

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Melissa Ellis: If elected to the Anne Arundel school board, I'll make teachers the No. 1 priority

I am running for the Board of Education to be a voice for the students of Anne Arundel County. A mother of four with a diverse background in psychology, teaching, human resources management, and government contracting, I know first-hand from my kids’ experiences and my involvement in our public schools the challenges our students face. Many of these problems are not unique to our county, but that does not mean that we cannot begin to solve them locally. I want to bring a whole-child focus to our policies and our over $1 billion budget. (Capital)

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Deaths on Route 50 show it's time to revisit traffic camera policies

Four people have died in accidents on Route 50 since late August. Maryland State Police, who are investigating both crashes, haven't been able to answer the questions surrounding the fatalities. There is a solution to this problem. It's time to reconsider the policy that keeps state highway officials from recording traffic camera footage. (Capital)

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Drug court is wise step for county dealing with opioid crisis

Special courts have proven effective in dealing with people from particular walks of life, from families to veterans. Similarly, drug courts might prove to be effective in helping those whose crimes stem directly from addiction. Washington County has decided to join communities, including those in neighboring counties, that are hoping specialized courts can cut into a stubborn and deadly problem. (Herald-Mail)

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Independent investigator needed to assess conditions for confined juveniles

The Maryland Public Defender — the office responsible for representing most indigent people accused of crimes in the state — has made a serious accusation that conditions for juveniles confined in the Frederick County jail are unconstitutional. Public Defender Paul DeWolfe sent his complaint to officials of the county government, the county school system and the detention center. He said that some of his clients are essentially held in solitary confinement and are denied education and other programs. County officials need to get to the bottom of this as quickly as possible. (News-Post)

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