Our Say: Hogan has to build consensus for Maryland’s next steps as coronavirus surges

Frankly, Gov. Larry Hogan seemed a bit late with his pithy statement last week on the fall surge of coronavirus cases: “wear the damn mask.” The number of COVID-19 cases is spiking in Anne Arundel County and the rest of Maryland, setting several single-day records for spread. It is expected to continue rising into the holiday season. (Cap Gazette)

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Riemer: How Montgomery County Can Get Growing Again

After years of dismal news about troubling trends, including one of the region’s weakest rates of job creation, Montgomery County is showing signs of economic potential. Our biohealth sector is an epicenter of global pandemic response as billions pour into local companies to develop vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics. Montgomery County can regain the momentum we need to power our future. But we have to make some changes or we will lose the moment. (Md Matters)

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Rural living, Zoom gatherings and working from home: what the pandemic will leave behind

What will we take with us into a post-COVID world? Earlier seismic human shifts — the Agricultural Revolution or the Industrial Revolution — occurred over relatively long stretches of time. Now the pandemic is accelerating our already rapid digital revolution, crashing us into a future that is simultaneously as radical and mundane as our endless meetings on Zoom. (Balt Sun)

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Pitts Jr.: The election of 2020 has ended at last, but the celebration has caveats

Forgive me for being the ant at the picnic. Certainly, this is a glad moment, an ecstatic and delirious moment. The election of 2020 has ended at last. Joe Biden is finally the president-elect, and Donald Trump is finally consigned to the dank well of ignominy he so richly deserves. (Balt Sun)

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COVID-19 no longer an excuse for delayed public information requests

Getting public records from state agencies was already a hassle in Maryland. Then came the pandemic. Access to public records has slowed considerably since March, when COVID-19 changed the way people work, including at the government agencies that process requests for information, a state ombudsman revealed recently. It is also taking longer to settle disputes. (Balt Sun)

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Editorial: Gov. Hogan puts country above Trump, why not the rest of the GOP?

For months now, Republican President Donald Trump has repudiated mail-in ballots, making the baseless claim that they amounted to a corrupt scheme. One effect of this was to discourage his own supporters from using them. The result? As votes were tabulated in key swing states following Election Day, the last ones counted — those very same mail-in ballots — greatly favored his Democratic rival, Joe Biden. And so by Saturday with enormous gains for the former vice president in Pennsylvania, the outcome was clear: Mr. Biden is projected to be the next president of the United States. (Balt Sun)

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Robinson: Black lives matter — and so do Black votes

It’s fitting that votes from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, cities with large Black populations and rich traditions of African American history and culture, put Joe Biden and Kamala D. Harris over the top Saturday, making them the president- and vice president-elect. Once again, Black Americans have redeemed the soul of the nation. You’re welcome. The country faced the unthinkable: four more long and stressful years of President Trump’s cruel, chaotic, calamitous leadership. (Wash Post)

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Brown: Maryland’s piecemeal approach to police reform doesn’t work

Over my tenure as director of the Baltimore City Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement, I saw firsthand how some police officers terrorize, without recourse, everyday people whom they are mandated to serve and protect. I started my tenure with the city a month or so before the Freddie Gray uprising and inherited a mostly defunct office that housed the Civilian Review Board, the only police oversight authority in the city. (Wash Post)

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