Worried about voting in the November election? We are, too; here’s how to request a Maryland mail-in ballot today

As Gov. Larry Hogan digs in his heels on his potentially deadly demand for an in-person election this fall, despite a statewide shortage of judges, and the Maryland Board of Elections drags its feet in pushing for safer polling amid the pandemic, it seems like now is a good time to take the matter into your own hands and request a mail-in ballot. It’s true that the state elections’ board might automatically send you an application, as it’s been ordered to do, or it might find a way to skip that step and send the actual ballot, as we’ve urged. (Balt Sun)

Read Full Article

Jay Brodie: The city's system for developing affordable housing is broken

Without a doubt, one of Baltimore City's urgent needs is much more good housing for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. In our more than 200-year-old built-up city, that means finding or creating sites. And that's not easy. Even a half-block contains numerous properties and ownerships, from those held in fee simple to those in leaseholds and ground rents (in some cases, even sub-ground rents). Private acquisition and assemblage is, in almost every instance, unrealistic. (Balt Bus Journal)

Read Full Article

Rodricks: November election could be another ‘mitigated success’ for voting — if stubborn Hogan would change his mind

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called the state’s June primary election an “unmitigated disaster,” invoking a classic cliché that blustery people pull from the rhetoric holster when they want to make something sound totally horrific. It suggests that the disaster was avoidable, too. Call me (cliché warning) a glass-half-full guy, but, under the circumstances — a deadly pandemic that caused the election to be moved from April 28 to June 2 and to be conducted primarily by mail — wasn’t the June primary more like a “mitigated success”? Didn’t the changes instituted by the civil servants who stage our elections lead to a generally good outcome? (Balt Sun)

Read Full Article

Editorial: Pandemic has produced a dangerous outbreak of aggressive driving

In Catonsville, there is a video camera keeping an unblinking vigil of the Baltimore Beltway at U.S. 40 where road construction currently limits the maximum speed to 55 miles per hour. It is turning out to be a busy little piece of automation. From March through June, the camera has caught a startling 6,929 drivers going 67 miles per hour or above speeding on this stretch of highway. Last year during the same time period, the camera generated 2,768 citations. (Balt Sun)

Read Full Article

Our Say: Annapolis Democrats move toward transparency. Anne Arundel party leaders should follow.

Annapolis Democrats have adopted a plan to make a selection of the replacement for Annapolis Alderman Marc Rodriguez transparent and fair. It’s an overdue step that other party committees would do well to observe as it unfolds over the next several weeks. Rodriguez is expected to leave his seat on the City Council as part of a planned move to Oregon for a new job. He has waited to resign until after the date that would have triggered a special election, 15 months before the 2021 municipal election. (Cap Gazette)

Read Full Article

Goldberg: Trump could do something about mail-in voting if he really thinks it’s a problem

President Trump’s delay-the-election trial balloon on Twitter last week was resoundingly denounced, and rightly so. Indeed, so thorough was the repudiation, including from top Republicans, that the president backtracked a little. “I don’t want to delay,” Mr. Trump explained in a news conference to discuss the pandemic. “I want to have the election. But I also don’t want to have to wait for three months and then find out that the ballots are all missing, and the election doesn’t mean anything. That’s what’s going to happen.” (Balt Sun)

Read Full Article

Dunn: More federal funding for national parks as people are using them more

The Great American Outdoors Act, recently passed by Congress and signed into law this week by President Donald Trump, is a big win for the Chesapeake Bay and for our country. The Great American Outdoors Act is one of the most significant conservation acts in decades. The act permanently and fully funds the nation’s most important federal conservation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a program which protects land for national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and other public lands. (Balt Sun)

Read Full Article

Editorial Advisory Board: Hogan should reconsider ill-advised election plan

On July 8, Gov. Larry Hogan directed the State Board of Elections to open every precinct and early voting center in Maryland for the November General Election. The Governor also directed the state board to send an absentee ballot application to each Maryland voter. Hogan’s decision to open every precinct and early voting center is contrary to the recommendation of all five members of the State Board of Elections; only sending applications, as opposed to absentee ballots, is contrary to the recommendation of two members of the board. (Daily Record)

Read Full Article