October 11 // Jeremy Kittredge and Keith Wallington: Governor Hogan, Don’t echo President Trump on crime

Recently released FBI crime statistics show some cities have seen homicides rise. In response, federal, and some state and local, officials have called for a “tough on crime” approach that research shows will only make our communities less safe and result in more people of color incarcerated. Let’s be clear: any increase in violence is a matter of serious concern, and even one life lost is one life too many. But we need to put these numbers in context. (Balt. Sun)

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Mark J. Adams: Where are the police? BPD’s culture of complacency

I have been the victim of three street robberies and a burglary during the last decade. Two of the street robberies took place within the past 13 months. My experiences with the criminal justice system have caused me to fear the inaction of Baltimore's police department more than the actions of the criminals themselves. I believe the most recent of these street robberies illustrates just about everything that is wrong with criminal justice in Baltimore. (Brew)

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October 10 // Josh Kurtz: Hey Dems – don't expect a bailout from the DGA

How much cash on hand did the candidates for governor have the last time campaign committees had to file finance reports, in mid-January? Gov. Larry Hogan (R): $4.1 million. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz (D): $1.6 million. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker (D): $250,000. State Sen. Rich Madaleno (D): $73,000. Former NAACP President Ben Jealous: $0. Tech entrepreneur Alec Ross: $0. Attorney Jim Shea: $0. Former Obama administration official Krishanti Vignarajah: $0. OK, that’s a bit of a trick question, because the latter four hadn’t begun fundraising at that point. But zero is still zero. We won’t see the next round of finance reports until next January – one of the many flaws in Maryland’s campaign finance system. But here’s a prediction: Hogan will have more funds on hand than all the Democrats combined – maybe a significant amount more. (Md. Matters)

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Jamie Raskin, Shane Robinson: Change political climate to address environment

The arrival of record-shattering hurricanes, forest fires in the West the size of Maryland, and collapsing glaciers makes something clear to anyone not in a state of ideological denial: Humanity is in a fight for its survival, and if we have any hope of saving ourselves from endless climate disasters, we must radically change the political climate first. In Maryland we have special and urgent incentives to act. A proud maritime state with 3,190 miles of Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay coastline, we are seeing major coastal erosion, and many of our towns and cities are experiencing dramatic and dangerous flash flooding. (Balt. Sun)

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Push to limit access to police body camera videos is a solution in search of a problem

Proponents of new limits on the public release of police body camera video come at the issue from a variety of perspectives. Some are concerned that video showing victims of alleged domestic or sexual assault could become public, thus leading to stigmatization of those who are already vulnerable. Others worry that videos could show embarrassing or private details of one’s home — footage of dirty dishes in the sink, or a homeowner’s collection of firearms, as some legislators mused during hearings on the topic this year. And representatives of local governments in particular are worried that they will be slammed with overly broad requests for video that will prove expensive and time consuming. (Balt. Sun)

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Carl Snowden: Symbols of hate draw a response from many

In our society, there are so many events it is sometimes difficult to keep up with them. In particular, we read about alleged hate crimes so often that they seem to have become "normal.” Yet we must make sure that this is not the case. Earlier this year, we saw neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klansmen marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, and witnessed the death of an innocent woman, Heather Heyer. Who would have believed that white supremacists have become so emboldened that they no longer wear hoods in public but proudly display their hate for the whole world to see? Anyone who witnessed that march of hate and who knows anything about history knows that we must take all hate crimes seriously. (Capital)

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October 9 // Amazon isn't the only reason Baltimore needs better bike lanes

Amazon’s recent announcement that it will open a second headquarters somewhere in the U.S. has state and local governments across the country scrambling to make themselves as inviting as possible to the tech giant. Baltimore officials are reportedly working around the clock to meet the Oct. 19 deadline for submissions. But let’s be honest, even though there’s a great case to make for Baltimore — and we’ve made it twice — the competition will be stiff, and the chances that any given city will make the cut are small. But what we should be doing is looking closely at the company’s request for proposals to get a better understanding of what big, growing, forward-thinking companies are looking for. One thing that jumps out: bike and pedestrian infrastructure. (Balt. Sun)

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Jimmy DeButts: Peroutka owes constituents answers

We are a nation of laws. Americans will never agree on the value, intent or need for any individual law. The greatest democracy on the planet, however, exists based on at least a tacit agreement to follow rules forged through representative government. There will always be rule-breakers. We know that. Elected officials shouldn’t be among them. We must agree on that. It doesn’t seem Anne Arundel County Councilman Michael Peroutka is totally on board. (Capital)

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