Editorial Advisory Board: Md. must end anomaly of judicial elections

Ten years ago we wrote: “Just as surely as the swallows annually return to Capistrano, each winter advocates for and against Maryland’s current system of electing circuit court judges line up to do battle in Annapolis.” Nothing has changed. Recently Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera once again advocated for a constitutional amendment that would abolish contested elections for Maryland circuit court judgeships. We agree with the chief judge. (Daily Record)

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Lori & Santelises: Baltimore archbishop, schools CEO: Funding Kirwan education plan shows commitment to kids

As the 2020 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly convenes, we offer these words as leaders of the archdiocesan Catholic school system and the Baltimore City public school system that together serve nearly 90,000 school children in Baltimore. We implore our elected officials to recognize the opportunity before them this year to achieve a significant and lasting impact on the lives of these children. It is clear to all that the most pressing issue to be debated this session is the implementation of the recommendations of the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, better known as the Kirwan Commission. (Balt. Sun)

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Editorial: Latest body camera video cries out for the necessity of community policing in Baltimore County

Recently-released police body camera footage of a 76-year-old grandmother tossed to the ground by Baltimore County police officers isn’t pretty, nor was it expected to be. The original viral footage of the arrest captured on a cellphone camera was harsh enough. Police Chief Melissa Hyatt called the cellphone video “unsettling,” and County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. has agreed the whole thing is “difficult" to watch. (Balt. Sun)

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Summers: If business leaders are serious about doing good, they can start by paying their taxes

Over the past year, the concept that corporations owe a responsibility to the broader society beyond their responsibility to their shareholders has flourished. The Business Roundtable renounced its earlier view that companies exist to serve stockholders and endorsed stakeholder capitalism last summer. BlackRock chief executive Larry Fink, whose firm controls $7 trillion in investable funds, expects a “fundamental reshaping of finance” and has vowed to vote against corporate directors insufficiently committed to serving interests beyond those of stockholders. (Wash. Post)

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Editorial: Want to save lives while raising Maryland’s educational standards? Start with the tobacco tax.

As lawmakers in Annapolis search for help paying for the educational reform recommendations of the Kirwan Commission, all sorts of possible tax increases (and reductions in tax credits) have been tossed around. Many are worthy of serious consideration. Not simply because they could help the state pay for vital school upgrades like expanded prekindergarten, tougher teacher standards (and higher pay to justify them), and greater support for special needs students, but because they are sensible changes to the state’s tax structure. (Balt. Sun)

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Kurtz: Mystery Man Returns to Baltimore

We’ve been here before. Not literally, but psychically. This is the third time in the space of about two and a half years that I’ve sat in a coffee shop, waiting for Kahan Singh Dhillon Jr. to arrive. He’s late, once again. The name may ring a bell. Dhillon appeared in Baltimore a few years back, almost out of the blue, peddling a redevelopment plan that he grandly called The Baltimore Renaissance. It would, he promised, transform the city. (Md. Matters)

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Emanuel: How impeachment could flip the Senate

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) initiated an impeachment inquiry into President Trump several months ago, many worried that she was repeating the mistakes Republicans made during their monomaniacal pursuit of President Bill Clinton two decades ago. At that time, the GOP’s fever dream proved an electoral disaster for House Republicans. In November 1998, Democrats did so well that House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) was compelled to resign just days after the midterm elections. That’s not going to happen again. Last year’s Democratic victories in Kentucky and Louisiana illustrated that pursuing Trump isn’t the political kryptonite for Democrats that persecuting Clinton was for Republicans. (Wash. Post)

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O'Malley: Want to fix the presidential primaries? Revive the fairness and equal time doctrines.

I will spare you the full joke, but the punch line is, “If you can’t govern, you had better entertain!” There are many important reforms to our presidential selection process that should be adopted — curbing the corrupting influence of money, ending the electoral college, making voting a constitutional right. But none are so urgently needed as a restoration of the doctrines of equal time and fairness to media coverage of our electoral contests. There was a time not long ago when fairness and equal time in the coverage of candidates and the conduct of candidate debates was the law of the land. (Wash. Post)

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