Rodricks: No, Governor, ‘both sides’ are not to blame for ‘toxic politics’

Having watched and listened to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan during his book tour over the last couple of weeks, two things stand out: He left open the possibility of voting for the reelection of President Donald Trump and blames “both sides” for “toxic politics” and our “broken” political system. (Balt Sun)

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Gilmore:The erasure of Black musicians from rock ’n’ roll

I often find myself wondering how rock n’ roll left Black people behind. In the 1950s, artists like Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Big Maybelle and Big Joe Turner turned the world on with the creation of a new form of expression. It would be hard to name another art form in the last 100 years that has been as impactful on American culture. In a dramatic cultural upset, “race music” was embraced as pop music, and white people were listening. (Balt Sun)

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Franchot & Locklair: Tax-free week is coming up and retailers need your help

By the time August rolls around, many of us are trying to savor the last days of summer and prepare for the coming school year. This year, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the rhythms of our lives, forcing us to adapt to a new routine. But in a world of uncertainty, one thing that remains the same is the occurrence of Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week. (Balt Sun)

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Editorial: Surprised by Rep. Yoho’s verbal abuse? Maybe you should ask yourself why

The vile language Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida recently used to describe fellow Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is unfortunately no anomaly in a society where misogyny is still very much alive. The abusive words, in which Representative Yoho called his colleague a ‘”f------ b----”, was only unique in its publicity and the high profile of those involved. Representative Yoho, a Republican, has denied that particular name calling, but a reporter with The Hill said he heard it and the congressman admitted to other rude comments during the confrontation. (Balt Sun)

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Safe at home is a good call for students

With the pandemic monster stirring once again in Maryland, the Frederick County school board made the only safe choice available to it by deciding to reopen this fall with remote instruction for almost all children. Everyone wants the schools to fully reopen and have all the children back working with their teachers in the classroom. It is best for the children, who learn more in a classroom. It is best for teachers, most of whom love to work directly with children. It is best for parents, most of whom depend on schools to take care of their children while they work. (News-Post)

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EDITORIAL: By threatening unemployment benefits, Republicans risk sending the economy over a cliff

The 31.8 million U.S. workers currently receiving unemployment insurance benefits need that help — and they need clarity about how much help they are going to get, and for how much longer. Too bad neither the Republican majority in the Senate nor the White House can get its act together to meet those needs, especially with a July 31 expiration date for a covid-19-related $600-per-week supplement fast approaching. (Wash Post)

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Gaskins: State Still Keeping Minorities Out of the Medical Cannabis Business

On Thursday, the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission’s Policy Committee will consider changing its regulations to allow a licensed cannabis cultivator to open a second cultivation facility — while minority-owned companies are left shut-out, as they have been for the last five years. This change must be rejected. It undermines the legislation, which allows a licensee to operate from one location and accommodates their move to another location. (Md Matters)

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EDITORIAL: Election judges in critically short supply: Return to mail-in voting

If Gov. Larry Hogan can tear himself away from the weighty duties of promoting his newly-released autobiography this week, he might want to take note of what’s happening in Howard County where poll workers are in a short supply reminiscent of the supermarket bathroom tissue aisle in the early days of the pandemic. To suggest matters have grown desperate only understates the case. (Balt Sun)

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