November 6 // Will Robert Hur be our next Rod Rosenstein?

President Trump’s announcement last week that he will nominate veteran prosecutor Robert K. Hur as the next U.S. attorney for the state of Maryland ought to reassure those who feared the White House might try to install some radical ideologue or partisan political hack to fill the vacancy left by Rod Rosenstein, who led the office from 2005 until his elevation this year to the No. 2 post at the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Hur is by all accounts a brilliant and accomplished jurist and a principled public servant whose record suggests he will continue the tradition of bipartisan cooperation and consultation with local officials that made the Rosenstein tenure such a success. (Balt. Sun)

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R. Michael Gill: Economic development is transforming Md.

Every day, economic development professionals across our state work to attract new businesses and help our existing companies grow and expand, resulting in more jobs and stronger communities. As I've always said, economic development is a team sport, and I am proud of the hard work that has been done in every region of our state to turn our economy around and position Maryland to compete on a regional, national and global level. (Balt. Sun)

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Mark Reutter: Amid rosy promises, Hogan never had the funding for Howard Street Tunnel

Sometimes it takes a hard-nosed railroadman, with a suggestive name, to pierce the transportation daydreaming that has lately engulfed Gov. Larry Hogan. In rapid succession, Maryland's governor has become enamored with a magnetic levitation, or maglev, line linking Baltimore and Washington as well as Elon Musk's hypothetical "Hyperloop" train running in a vacuum tube at speeds of 760 mph. He's gone so far as to give Musk's Boring Company rights for a test tunnel along a stretch of BWI Parkway. In the context of such far-fetched schemes, Hunter Harrison brought an air of reality to Annapolis this week. (Brew)

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Anastasia Boden: Why is Maryland imposing absurd regulations on entrepreneurs?

While most states are busy unleashing their entrepreneurs to create jobs and innovative services, Maryland is bucking the trend. A new law, which went into effect last month, imposes a continuing-education requirement on cosmetologists. Barbers, hairstylists, makeup artists and others working in the trade must already undergo 1,500 hours of training or spend two years as an apprentice, pass an exam and pay a fee before they can receive a license to practice. Under HB 1600, they're now required to take remedial classes just to renew the licenses they already hold. Despite mounting evidence that licensing laws provide little benefit to the public, the General Assembly decided to impose these new regulations on entrepreneurs. In so doing, it perfectly exemplified why reform is necessary. (Wash. Post)

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Buckley is the best choice for mayor of Annapolis

The Annapolis mayoral race reveals whether residents think the city government is a) competent and b) heading in the right direction. Unfortunately, we can only give incumbent Mayor Mike Pantelides, at best, a one-out-of-two score on those criteria. That’s why we’re endorsing his challenger in Tuesday’s election, Gavin Buckley. (Capital)

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Howard Safir: Former NYC police commissioner lays out plan to reduce Baltimore crime.

In 1990, New York City had over 2,000 homicides; this year it will probably have under 280. That’s an 86 percent reduction. Baltimore can do the same, but it requires smart strategies and political will. Contrary to political spin and media reports, we did not reduce crime in New York because we indiscriminately stopped, questioned and frisked thousands of innocent people, or disregarded the Constitution. We reduced crime because we focused on guns, drugs, gangs and the relatively small number of people who commit the majority of crimes. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel council should approve casino tax breaks, with changes

After the Anne Arundel County Council hears testimony Monday on a plan to grant up to $36 million in property tax relief to the Live! Casino and Hotel it will be in a position to approve the plan. We believe the plan should be approved, but with changes that would require a delay and perhaps more negotiations with the casino owners, The Cordish Cos. (Capital)

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Jimmy DeButts: Annapolis is the real loser in Orioles-Nationals flap

The Baltimore Orioles fiercely protect their domain. The Washington Nationals will not play previously scheduled exhibition games at the Naval Academy in 2018 and 2019. The Orioles are within their rights to cut the Nats-USNA relationship off. The academy, of course, is in Annapolis which is in Anne Anne Arundel County which is in Maryland. All those jurisdictions are considered Orioles' territory as outlined by Major League Baseball. The Orioles, like all MLB franchises, are afforded certain "home team" boundaries. But we have to wonder what threat the Nationals really pose by playing a meaningless game (April's Nats-Red Sox game ended 4-4) before an invitation-only crowd of 1,030 spectators. (Capital)

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