As Maryland says goodbye to Mike Busch, his legacy is easy to spot

t’s possible to point to many things Maryland House Speaker Mike Busch brought to the community he served as an elected official. It would be a mistake to assume that is his legacy. Years ago, we tallied up all the money for capital projects that came to the county during his time as speaker. It included mundane things such as water and sewer treatment plant upgrades, passion projects such as Maryland Hall of the Creative Arts and seeming luxuries such as all-weather turf fields for every county high school. (Cap. Gazette)

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The world weeps for Notre Dame

The soul of a city resides in its structures as well as in its history and people, so it is no overstatement to say that what Paris was losing Monday was not just an architectural icon but a piece of its soul. As much as the Eiffel Tower, and for well more than half a millennium longer, the Cathedral of Notre Dame has stood stolid and graceful at the very heart of the City of Light, a beacon for people of every country, drawn for centuries to its magnificent Gothic portico. (Wash. Post)

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Andy Harris-marijuana activist feud is as petty as it is pointless

The feud between marijuana legalization advocates and Rep. Andy Harris has gone too far. It has become petty and pointless, and it reflects poorly on both sides. There is a real issue at stake – not just whether recreational use of marijuana should be legal but whether Dr. Harris overstepped by working to block implementation the decision by Washington, D.C.’s voters to allow it. Using Congress’ authority over the District, he has been the leading force in attaching language to the federal budget to prevent it from creating a structure and promulgating regulations for sale of the drug. (Balt. Sun)

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Sen. Cassilly: “The Citizens of Harford County and Maryland were Well Served by the Harford County Delegation to the General Assembly”

From State Sen. Bob Cassilly: Dear Harford County Neighbor, The 2019 ninety day legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly concluded on April 9th. Once again, it has been my privilege to serve the citizens of Harford County as your Senator for Legislative District 34. I very much appreciate the considerable citizen input that I received throughout the session. I am very pleased to report that, although the session was filled with many challenges, the citizens of Harford County and Maryland were well served by the Harford County Delegation to the General Assembly. (Dagger)

 

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In Baltimore County, a budgetary crossroads

Shortly after 10 a.m. on Monday, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr. officially did something that rarely happens in Towson: He proposed raising the county’s income tax rate (or “piggyback” as it follows on top of the state income tax). To appreciate the earthshaking nature of that decision, consider that the last time the county raised its income tax rate, the first nicotine patch was put on the market, a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline cost about $1.05, and Bill Clinton was elected to his first term as president. (Balt. Sun)

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Electric cars are finally starting to take off. Congress should keep them affordable.

They cost less to drive, accelerate quickly and pollute far less than their traditional counterparts. Electric vehicles are starting to make inroads into the U.S. market, with more than 1 million silently and efficiently zipping around our streets. But just as we’re seeing more electric models, better batteries and more charging options, there’s a potential roadblock ahead. The federal tax incentives that have made these cars more affordable are beginning to expire. (Wash Post)

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Witcover: Biden's awkward 2020 start, and prospects for rebounding

Former Vice President Joe Biden, apparently on the verge of entering the 2020 Democratic presidential race, stubbed his toe by joking about the allegations of several women that he invaded their personal space. Mr. Biden, a warm and gregarious public schmoozer all his life, chose in defending himself to make light of the matter, saying at a union political event he had received permission from his host to shake hands. He also called some small children to the stage and put one arm around one boy, with permission, he said. (Balt. Sun)

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Frank DeFilippo: Pugh, City Face Ultimate Test of Staying Power

Mayor Catherine Pugh is caught between the devil and the deep. If she returns to City Hall, she has little or no support to bolster her position which is essential to governing. And if she remains an absentee mayor, or resigns, she might as well plead guilty. As is customary in such sticky confines, Pugh’s attorneys are probably advising her to remain silent and let them do the talking to protect her legal position. Any wrong word could be a culpable disaster. (Md. Matters)    

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