Slavitt: Kentucky Democrats found Trump’s kryptonite

Tuesday’s governor’s race in Kentucky showed there is kryptonite to beat President Trump even in red America, and that kryptonite is health care. Democrats should take that lesson to heart as the 2020 election nears. Democrat Andy Beshear, who claimed victory in the race on Tuesday, had one unmistakable advantage while running in the overwhelmingly Republican, pro-Trump state: an opponent who had made notable and consistent efforts to take health care from people. (Wash. Post)

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Rosenberg: Go ahead. Walk out of that movie if it’s not for you.

I walked out of “Doctor Sleep” about an hour into the movie, when a group of semi-immortal beings started torturing a Little Leaguer. I didn’t leave the theater out of a sense of moral outrage; that scene confirmed my growing suspicion that “Doctor Sleep” was simply not for me, and I decided I would get more out of another hour and a half of sleep than the remaining 90 minutes of the movie. (Wash. Post)

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Former county executives: Maryland governor plays politics with education

Governor Larry Hogan has made it clear where he stands when it comes to improving education — and it’s not with Maryland students. For the past three years, the Kirwan Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education has undertaken the most important examination of our educational system in history and has developed a thoughtful plan to improve our schools and make them competitive both nationally and internationally, while preparing students for 21st century jobs that will build our state’s economy. (Balt. Sun)

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EDITORIAL: Mullahs of Iran add new nuclear intimidation to past treachery

Anniversaries are an opportunity to commemorate something special that mustn’t be forgotten. In Iran, there is a long memory for something especially malign — the 1979 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the beginning of a 444-day hostage crisis. The current mullahcracy has chosen the 40th anniversary of that jarring day to announce a rapid acceleration of a nuclear program that threatens the United States along with the rest of the world. Not satisfied to add insult to injury, the rogue regime threatens to aggravate injury with nuclear annihilation. (Wash. Times)

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Hudgins: Coppin’s next president must be a ‘transformative leader’

Coppin State University is again at a crossroad. Since 2003, six presidents have served Coppin State. Today, the university is left with an enrollment drop from nearly 4,000 to 2,700. Graduation rates hover below 30%, and concerns about the institution’s survival grow as campus morale plummets. As Coppin nears the completion of a search for a new president, rumors of merger and restructuring abound. (Balt. Sun)

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Gorrell: A Republican’s View | The Best Democratic Candidate

“You just flew from Italy to testify here today?” State Sen. Jill P. Carter yanked at me in the lobby of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee room after delivering my furious 3-minute presentation on child support guidelines to her committee last March. I burst out laughing and said no, I had returned to the USA two months earlier. But I knew she had followed me during my four-month Italian trip via Facebook. My bond with her has gotten stronger every year since 2003. (Md. Matters)

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Vatz: Why I Oppose Jill Carter for Congress

I understand why no serious national politician ever associates himself or herself with vile racists of the past like Mississippi’s Sen. James Eastland, Arkansas Sen. John L. McClellan, Alabama Gov. George Wallace and many others whose horrific and undiluted racism was manifest for decades. Let me say that their constituent service was exemplary. So what? They were despicable racists, some say. And I agree, 100%. In his paean to Sen. Jill Carter, writer Richard Elliott never even mentions Sen. Carter’s connection with the vile anti-Semite Rev. Louis Farrakhan. Mr. Farrakhan, dear reader, in case you are unaware of this, has been a virtuoso anti-Semite throughout his career through the current day. (Md. Matters)

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Sen. Cassilly: New Juvenile Justice Commission Will Look at Growing Epidemic of Violent Juvenile Crime

Friends,

In my first year in the Senate, I received briefing after briefing in Annapolis pushing the wisdom of intense efforts to reduce the numbers of juveniles, statewide, who were involved in the juvenile justice system – this was achieved by simply not putting the juveniles into the system, letting them go without imposing consequences for their bad behavior and crimes. Five years later, the absurdity of those efforts is readily apparent. If decreases in juvenile involvement with the law matched decreases in juvenile crime, we would have cause to celebrate. But that is not what happened. The fact that decreased involvement corresponded with dramatic increases in violent juvenile crime makes clear that these efforts were not simply wrong but highly destructive of life and property. (Dagger)

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