Collins: Maryland lawmakers should overturn Hogan’s veto of new tobacco tax

While the coronavirus has many of us thinking about how we can live longer, healthier lives, it has also shed light on an ongoing societal problem: health inequities, including poorer health outcomes for many communities. Where you live and what you look like shouldn’t determine your health outcomes, but for far too many, it does. One example is cancer: it is a disease that can affect anyone, but it doesn’t affect them equally. When we look at the factors that can contribute to cancer diagnoses and deaths, we know tobacco use is a leading cause if we want to see continued declines in cancer diagnoses and deaths in our state. (Cap Gazette)

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Lame-duck Congress must approve bipartisan stimulus bill

Gov. Larry Hogan, who seems to have found a second career in national political punditry if not office-seeking, offered a useful message for members of Congress this week including his fellow Republicans: Pass the compromise coronavirus economic relief package. “Every day I hear from small business owners who say that without this help they may not be able to keep their doors open,” Maryland’s governor told reporters at a State House news conference Tuesday afternoon. ”The time for partisan politics is over.” (Balt Sun)

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Jensen: Congress should vote this week to end federal prohibition on marijuana

This week the House of Representatives will vote on the most comprehensive cannabis reform legislation ever considered in the U.S. Congress. We can thank our representative, House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer, who has been a champion for the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (“MORE Act”), which would end the federal prohibition on cannabis and advance social justice by providing more opportunities for minorities that have been disproportionately impacted by the failed war on drugs. (Cap Gazette)

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Goldberg:Republicans need to find a way out of this mess

“How do we get out of this?” That’s the question preoccupying the right these days. The specific “this” varies, but what unites all the concerns is the mess Donald Trump has made. For Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the “this” is the embarrassing mess in Georgia, where many gettable Republican voters believe there’s no point in returning to the polls for the Senate runoff next month. (Balt Sun)

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Kurtz: The GOP vs. Larry Hogan

It’s sometimes said in politics that if you go far enough left on the political spectrum or far enough right on the political spectrum, the two sides will meet. That statement came to mind last week as certain members of the Republican caucus in the House of Delegates offered blistering criticisms of Republican Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. What was striking was that they often sounded like Democratic critiques of Hogan’s tenure. (Md Matters)

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Editorial: There’s a ray of hope the Senate could at last secure bipartisan pandemic aid

The political season has moved into overtime, for reasons both understandable (the need for twin Georgia Senate runoffs) and unfathomable (President Trump’s destabilizing and dishonest refusal to concede his defeat). Meanwhile, the country needs governing. Most urgently, it needs federal legislation to support the troubled U.S. economy, badly damaged by the initial wave of the coronavirus and clouded by the necessary public health responses to a renewed surge of infections. (Wash Post)

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Editorial: Baltimore County schools cyberattack: a warning for the rest of us

The region’s school systems and other public agencies ought to learn a lesson from the Baltimore County School System — don’t take cybersecurity for granted. BCPS is the latest area institution to become the victim of a ransomware scheme that took its computer network hostage presumably to extort payment. The attack last week forced an education shutdown for several days for the school system’s nearly 115,000 students. Students were set to get back to learning Wednesday, have missed instructional time during a year when educating children is already challenging because of the pandemic. (Balt Sun)

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Hershey: Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and its businesses, need the natural gas pipeline

In the last few weeks, Maryland has witnessed several exciting economic development announcements. Novavax, a business in Montgomery County’s Biotech Corridor, announced that it was adding 400 jobs as it plans to expand its operation to roll out its COVID-19 related treatments. In Baltimore County, Governor Larry Hogan just recently participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for McCormick & Co.’s 1.8 million square foot state-of-the-art Northeast Distribution Center in Sparrows Point. (Balt Sun)

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