William E. Lori: Baltimore archbishop outlines path toward reform and renewal in the Catholic Church

As is customary this time of year, Baltimore is again hosting the nation’s Catholic bishops, who are convening here in America’s first Roman Catholic diocese for extensive discussions about the relevance and impact of Catholic faith in American society. This year in particular, because of the severe crisis confronting the church, the agenda, deliberations and outcomes of our meeting are rightly under intense scrutiny. (Balt. Sun)

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Democrats are totally dominant in Baltimore City and Prince George's County. Is that hurting them in governor's races?

In Baltimore City, Democrats outnumber Republicans nearly 10 to 1. In Prince George’s County, it’s 11-1. That’s somewhere beyond dominant in both jurisdictions, and it’s been that way for generations. For the party’s gubernatorial candidates, that may be a problem. Here’s why — and what Democrats should do about it. (As a bonus, the solution is good for voters, too.) (Balt. Sun)

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Tricia Bishop: Kevin Plank may be Trumpier than we knew

Turns out Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank is Trumpier than we thought. Last year, he came under fire for praising the president’s business stance, and this year, we find out he’s also a fan of strippers (shout-out to Stormy!). Mr. Plank and other executives attended strip clubs after various events with athletes and colleagues over a span of years, according to The Wall Street Journal, which published an article earlier this week claiming that Under Armour employees were notified via email in February that they were no longer allowed to expense such adult entertainment. But even more troubling: Mr. Plank’s company managers also used young female employees as bait for executives at pre-Preakness parties held at Mr. Plank’s horse farm, The Journal said. (Balt. Sun)

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Pittman's transition leaders a good start for Anne Arundel County executive-elect

If you judge a new administration by the people it surrounds itself with, County Executive-elect Steuart Pittman just started off with a bang. Janet Owens and Chris Trumbauer and are two people who represent the best of the Democratic Party in Anne Arundel. Owens, of course, is the only woman elected as county executive — so far. (Capital)

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November 9 // The most diverse Congress ever doesn't erase our divisions

Andrew Gillum’s and Ben Jealous’ election losses proved major blows to voters pushing to shake up the traditional political establishment by adding representatives to better reflect the racial makeup of the country. Mr. Jealous always faced an uphill battle for Maryland governor, so his defeat didn’t come as a shock. It was a different story for Mr. Gillum in his quest to become Florida’s first African American governor. Donors from around the country poured money into his campaign, and former President Barack Obama stumped for him in hopes that the charismatic Tallahassee mayor could turn the ultimate swing state blue. (Balt. Sun)

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Nike takes a stand – will Md. companies follow suit?

Nike’s decision to have former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick serve as a representative for its recently unveiled 30th anniversary “Just Do It” advertising campaign,  has stirred up a lot of debate and discussion. An overarching question that loomed large at the start of this campaign in early September 2018 was whether Nike’s controversial business move, purportedly based upon principle, would cause its competitors, like Under Armour and Adidas, to gain market share advantage over the company. Several potential outcomes were possible:  Nike’s sales could decrease, remain the same or significantly increase. In this case Nike experienced two of these outcomes in succession following its rollout. (Daily Record)

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George Arlotto: Schools can't battle racism in schools alone

Late last month, schools across our system were joined by businesses and governmental agencies as we took part in the National Bullying Prevention Center’s Unity Day 2018, an initiative designed to visibly show commitments to fostering acceptance and inclusion and eliminating bullying and hate. The day followed a conscious effort during the first weeks of school to develop better relationships between and among students and staff. What we saw on Oct. 24 in our schoolhouses and in places around our county was a continuation of the “Be Nice” campaign we launched last year, and a reinforcement of the #WeAreBetterTogether mindset that has permeated much of what we have done over the last six months. (Capital)

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Jimmy DeButts: Anne Arundel elections demonstrate early voting power, women taking control

Anne Arundel is still purple but Tuesday it turned a shade bluer. Steuart Pittman and a blue wave lifted Democratic candidates up and down the Anne Arundel County ballot into office. The county — which voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign — added one more Democrat to its General Assembly delegation and flipped the county council and county executive seat to blue. Pittman’s 52-48 percent victory over incumbent County Executive Steve Schuh surprised many local observers. The Davidsonville Democrat’s strong showing undoubtedly aided his down-the-ballot party members. (Capital)

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