GBC's Fry calls on Maryland General Assembly to OK $375M Pimlico deal

For more than 140 years, Baltimore has proudly hosted the annual Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of the esteemed Triple Crown, at the historic Pimlico Race Track. As business and civic leaders representing the Greater Baltimore region, the Greater Baltimore Committee honors the tradition of horse racing in Maryland and recognizes the significant economic impact that the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico brings to the region each year. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Thornton: Maryland lawmakers should learn from my education plan and fully fund Kirwan

I am watching closely as state and local lawmakers and a broad cross-section of residents voice their strong support for the Kirwan Commission’s landmark education reform package, the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future. Last year, the General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the first phase of the Kirwan Commission’s recommendations, recognizing that our education system needs more support and improvement. (Balt. Sun)

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Editorial: State of the State - 2020 looks a lot like 2019 in Maryland

The most remarkable thing about Gov. Larry Hogan’s State of the State address Wednesday wasn’t the content. The speech itself largely mirrored the speech he gave last year — right down to the topic shifts and phrasing — when he was said to be mulling a challenge to Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination (spoiler: He didn’t do it). Governor Hogan again opened with a nod to the legislature’s leadership and praise for Maryland’s bipartisan efforts to find “common sense solutions,” while “Washington seems to be more bitterly divided than ever.” (Balt. Sun)

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Powelson: Privatization could improve Baltimore’s troubled water system

The record is clear: Baltimore’s residents have long suffered under the city’s poor management of the water and sewer systems. And unfortunately, the list of failures continues to grow by the day.
Under city control, the Baltimore water system has failed to meet some drinking water standards several times in recent years. (Balt. Sun)

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EDITORIAL: Sorry, Virginia Republicans. You lost an election. That’s no reason to secede.

One hundred and fifty-eight years having elapsed in the wink of an eye, state lawmakers in West Virginia decided last month to renew their 1862 invitation to Frederick County, across the border in the sovereign commonwealth of Virginia, to switch states. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice sweetened the pot, telling all Virginia localities and citizens to “come on down!” should they feel grumpy in the Old Dominion — specifically about the Democratic takeover of the legislature in Richmond and resulting legislation that would tighten access to guns and loosen it for abortions. Heavily Republican West Virginia, he added, “is waiting for you with open arms.” (Wash Post)

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EDITORIAL: Iowa caucus snafu unleashes a gaggle of candidates with nothing to show

The Democratic Party’s 2020 Iowa caucus was a little bit like a child’s soccer game: Everybody got a trophy. At least on Monday night in the Hawkeye State, everybody who wanted to be one was a winner. Among the self-declared winners was the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor, Pete Buttigieg. The precocious Mr. Buttigieg claimed he outright won the crucial contest — “tonight, an improbable hope become an undeniable reality,” he thundered at his “victory” party. (Wash Times)

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EDITORIAL: The economy is strong, as Trump says. But at what cost?

As Congress gathered for the annual State of the Union address Tuesday, there was no denying that the state of the national economy is good indeed, although President Trump, predictably, exaggerated how good. The broadest measures — gross domestic product growth, wages and labor force participation — all point in varying degrees in the right direction, with the most sensitive indicator, unemployment, at a 50-year low of 3.5 percent. (Wash Post)

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Rezaian: Trump’s policies are turning Iranian Americans into second-class citizens

If you immigrated from Iran, you can expect to be held at the border. Iranians were among the first groups of people targeted by President Trump’s travel ban, which barred citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. More than half of the people denied visas under the ban were Iranians. (Wash Post)

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