Pugh says tax incentives needed to lure retailers to blighted areas

Luring grocers and other retailers to Baltimore's under-served communities like Park Heights and Sandtown will require tax incentives for developers and public-private partnerships, Mayor Catherine Pugh told a packed room of about 300 at the International Council of Shopping Centers convention on Monday. Pugh's comments during a panel discussion focused on some of the tenants of her new administration: Redeveloping some of the city's blighted and abandoned communities located away from the waterfront. She said that in Baltimore, so many communities need basics like a grocery store to eliminate urban food deserts. And other potential commercial development like bowling alleys, restaurants and movie theaters will help to move communities forward. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Comptroller Peter Franchot raises a glass to re-election

Peter Franchot likes his job as state comptroller, and he hopes to keep it. “I think normally the tax collector would not be liked, but I’m lucky,” Franchot said during a Frederick Uncut podcast taping last week. “I’ve been in the office for 10 years, and I hope next year I’ll be one of the top vote-getters.” Franchot (D), of Takoma Park, was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1987. He served there until his 2007 run for comptroller, when he unseated former Gov. William Donald Schaefer (D), in an upset. (News-Post)

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Annapolis police chief decision delayed

Maj. Scott Baker isn't yet the new chief of the Annapolis Police Department. At Monday's meeting, the Annapolis City Council delayed Baker's appointment until he can go before the Public Safety Committee. The appointment of a new Recreation and Parks director was delayed as well. Alderwoman Sheila Finlayson, D-Ward 4, chairs the Public Safety Committee and recommended the delay. The Public Safety Committee is scheduled to meet on June 14. Baker received the nomination after his work as acting chief since February. Mayor Mike Pantelides fired former chief Michael Pristoop after a record year of homicides and two more killings in 2017. (Capital)

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Anne Arundel judge faces complaint after name appears on fundraising pitch

The founder of an Anne Arundel County progressive group and the Caucus of African American Leaders have filed a formal complaint against Circuit Court Judge Mark W. Crooks after his name was appeared on a county council candidate's fundraising flier. Yasemin Jamison, who created Anne Arundel County Indivisible, submitted the complaint to the Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities last week. The seven-page document claims that Crooks violated a section of the state's Code of Judicial Conduct that bars judges from endorsing political candidates. (Capital)

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May 22 // Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch running for re-election

The longest-serving Maryland speaker of the House of Delegates, Michael E. Busch, who has represented District 30 and Annapolis since 1987, filed for re-election Friday. He made the announcement via Twitter with a photograph of himself signing the filing form at the Board of Elections. "I filed for re-election to continue to serve as your delegate because I want to keep standing up for our community in these uncertain times," the tweet read. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland politicians pack their bags for Las Vegas retail conference

Politicians, economic development officials and developers from Maryland are in Las Vegas for the International Council of Shopping Centers' annual conference. Officials attend the conference to tout local projects in hopes of attracting national retailers and restaurants — and also network among themselves. The annual event draws more than 37,000 people. (Balt. Sun)

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Rep. Maxine Waters takes impeachment campaign to the Washington suburbs

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters came to the Washington area’s only majority-black suburb on Friday to rally church and local political leaders to support her calls for the impeachment of President Trump. At a prayer breakfast in Prince George’s County organized by local activists and the Maryland Business-Clergy Partnership, the longtime California Democratrailed against Trump for more than 30 minutes, riffing about the firing of FBI Director James B. Comey and accusing the president of disrespecting the U.S. Constitution. (Wash. Post)

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In a Pimlico tradition, Preakness draws a stable of politicians

 

If you follow the trail of stylish women's hats and goofy men's shorts on Preakness Day at Pimlico, sooner or later you're likely to run into politicians. Elected officials, would-be office-holders and retired politicos flocked Saturday to Old Hilltop to mingle with colleagues, voters and potential donors. From Gov. Larry Hogan to back-benchers in the House of Delegates, the draw of Maryland's largest sporting event proved irresistible. And with the 2018 elections at the figurative starting gate, with many all-but-certain candidates on the brink of formal announcements, there was plenty of political horsepower on hand. (Balt. Sun)

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