Terence Smith: Vital bay funding remains in the Trump administration's cross hairs

The Chesapeake Bay had a good week last week. The annual report card on the bay's overall health from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, or UMCES, showed significant improvement, one-design sailboats from around the nation had a rollicking regatta in the waters off Annapolis and, just days before that, Congress preserved funds for the Chesapeake Bay Program for the balance of the fiscal year. Nothing in Washington is permanent, of course, so the budget battle will resume in September for fiscal 2018 and the Trump administration is still threatening to zero-out the $73 million annual appropriation for the Chesapeake Bay Program, headquartered in Annapolis. (Capital)

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Rascovar: Preakness Week and Pimlico’s future

Kentucky may have the biggest horse race of the year but Maryland has the most entertaining “people’s party” on the infield at Pimlico Race Course on Preakness Day, which takes place Saturday. While the week is filled with more quality horse-racing than Pimlico will see the rest of the year, the Preakness Stakes is without question the most important day of entertainment on Maryland’s calendar each and every year. But will it continue? (Md. Reporter)

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Dana Milbank: Rod Rosenstein has one chance to save himself

Rod Rosenstein: Save yourself. For years, the man who just became the No. 2 official in the Justice Department painstakingly built a reputation as a gifted prosecutor and an above-the-fray lawman, serving Democratic and Republican administrations alike. Now, just over two weeks into his new job, he has become a national joke. He has destroyed his credibility by giving cover and legitimacy to Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James B. Comey, the man overseeing the agency’s probe of the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia in tilting the 2016 election Trump’s way. (Wash. Post)

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May 12 // Karl W. Bickel - Fiscal 2018 education budget: A pathway toward a community free of crime

After just reading “Hillbilly Elegy — A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis,” by J.D. Vance, and reflecting on Frederick County Public Schools’ budget, part of our county’s fiscal 2018 budget, I couldn’t help but think about the relationship between the budget, education, crime, public safety and substance abuse. This relationship makes passage of the county executive’s proposed budget, with the full funding of our public schools, critical to maintaining a future free from an unmanageable level of crime and public order problems. (News-Post)

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Tricia Bishop: Don't say we didn't warn you, Rod Rosenstein

Well, that didn't take long. Less than two weeks after being sworn in as the U.S. deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, who has long enjoyed bipartisan support as a federal prosecutor, got played by the Trump administration. The president used Mr. Rosenstein's reputation as a respected lawman to whitewash the vindictive firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday — blaming it on Mr. Comey's bungled public statements about the investigation last year into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. (Balt. Sun)

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Jessica Shiller: Making “small schools” the budget villain is short-sighted and wrong

By now everyone knows that Baltimore’s schools are suffering another budget shortfall and that the extra funds scrounged up by state and city leaders barely takes the edge off the crisis. Amid this uncertainty comes a consultants’ study of the school budget, commissioned by the school system and funded by an unnamed foundation, that offers hard data and seems to suggest specific fixes. The report identifies one of the main culprits of the budget crisis as too many under-enrolled “small schools.” It’s an analysis that leaves out the history of how these small schools came to be and offers a fix that sacrifices children’s educational opportunities for short-term cost cutting. (Brew)

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Taneytown residents should take steps to oust Donald Frazier

For the second time since he was elected in spring of 2015, Taneytown City Councilman Donald Frazier has been unanimously censured by fellow members of the council for conduct deemed inappropriate of an elected official. The first time, it was to send a message, but since the passage of the city's Code of Conduct, Monday's censure could have serious consequences, should Taneytown's residents decide to take action. We believe they should by starting a recall petition for Councilman Frazier. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Michael Collins: Democrats give themselves edge on elected school board

Two cheers are in order for the Anne Arundel County General Assembly delegation for its legislation, House Bill 716, creating an elected school board. Three cheers might have been in order, but even when doing something right, county Democrats couldn't resist doing something wrong. In her recent column (The Capital, May 1), Del. Pam Beidle, D-Linthicum, took credit for the heavy lifting on the school board bill. But she failed to note a few of its features that serve to lock in Democratic control of the board. (Capital)

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