Maryland’s new dental insurance program for low-income residents pays to remove teeth — but not replace them

Bridget Morlan called the number on her first-ever dental insurance card and held her breath. After more than 30 years of dealing with broken teeth, gum infections and toothaches that landed her in the emergency room dozens of times, the Baltimore woman hoped the new coverage would make everything better. “I’m wishing for a miracle,” said Morlan, 53, whose teeth were badly damaged years ago by an abusive boyfriend and subsequent lack of care. Maryland is one of just 15 states that does not cover dental care for adults on Medicaid, the government health insurance program for low-income people. But now the state has launched a pilot program to cover a small number of them — those with limited incomes who also are disabled. (Balt. Sun)

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Associated Black Charities thumbs its nose at Baltimore’s comptroller

Already under investigation for its role in the “Healthy Holly” book scandal, Associated Black Charities was placed in the crosshairs again today by City Comptroller Joan Pratt. Pratt publicly denounced the charity for refusing to present any documentation as to why seven low-scoring organizations had been awarded grants from the Children and Youth Fund that ABC administers. Pratt said ABC failed to send a representative to today’s Board of Estimates meeting to answer her questions because she would not change an unfavorable finding in a recent audit of ABC’s management of the $12 million youth fund. (Brew)

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Talbot to allow public comment at council meetings

The Talbot council will allow public comment at the end of its meetings beginning with the Sept. 10 session. While details are being finalized by the Talbot County Council and county staff, a majority of council members supported a time limit, a signup sheet that includes the subject or topic, and with comments limited to Talbot County issues. Council President Corey Pack asked the council to consider the idea during the county’s Aug. 13 meeting. Council members “have always been accessible,” Pack said, and Talbot is a small, close-knit community, but he felt the council should consider including a public comment period on its meeting agendas. (Star Democrat)

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Gov. Hogan To Meet With Mayor Jack Young, Commissioner Michael Harrison Amid String Of Violent Crime In Baltimore

Gov. Larry Hogan is set to come to Baltimore to meet with Mayor Jack Young and Police Commissioner Michael Harrison on Friday afternoon to talk about rampant crime in the city. Preparations are now underway for that meeting. “Baltimore as a city has challenges with violence,” Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen said. “Any time we see acts of violence within our communities, it really shakes people up.” After a woman was held at gunpoint and carjacked in Canton, Cohen advocated for real and planned change. “I want to see a written plan for dealing directly with the robberies and the carjackings,” Cohen said. “That’s a crime that we really can’t tolerate. Just like we can’t tolerate murder.” (WJZ-TV)

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In fundraising pitch, Franchot mentions possible run for governor

Comptroller Peter Franchot said he is “strongly considering a run for governor in 2022.” Franchot, now in his fourth term as the state’s top tax collector, expressed his interest in a campaign fundraising email sent Wednesday afternoon to potential donors. “Given our record, and given the challenges and opportunities facing our great state, I am strongly considering running for governor in 2022,” Franchot said. “But, as you know, mounting a gubernatorial bid against the Annapolis Machine wouldn’t be easy,” he continued. “It’s no secret that the political insiders that make up the Annapolis Machine aren’t my biggest fans, and they will surely mount an impressive effort to support their anointed candidate.” (Daily Record)

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Rich Man, Poor Man: Critics Say Hogan Tries to Have it Both Ways on Tolls

In late 2016, Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) announced that the state would spend nearly $800 million to replace the aging and overcrowded bridge that connects southern Charles County with King George County, Va., along U.S. 301. Speaking to reporters near the current Potomac River crossing, Hogan said the “new safer, wider” Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge would have two lanes in each direction – double the current span – “as well as a bike and pedestrian path.”  Now the bike lane is in doubt. Maryland Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary R. Earl Lewis Jr. told a regional transportation panel in July that the lanes will be built “if they are affordable.” (Md. Matters)

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Baltimore County state Sen. Salling to seek GOP nomination to challenge Democratic Rep. Ruppersberger

A Republican state senator from Baltimore County is aiming to take on longtime U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger. Sen. Johnny Ray Salling, who is in his second term representing the southeastern part of the county, plans to launch his campaign for the GOP nomination to challenge Ruppersberger during an event Wednesday afternoon at the Boulevard Diner in Dundalk. “We really need to start working and making a difference and bringing results back to the area,” said Salling, a graduate of Sparrows Point High School who served in the Army and worked as a steelworker before entering politics. (Balt. Sun)

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Donald Trump cancels trip to Denmark after prime minister dismisses his offer to buy Greenland as "absurd"

 President Donald Trump abruptly canceled a trip to Denmark on Tuesday after that country's prime minister dismissed his offer to buy Greenland as "absurd." Trump was scheduled to arrive in Copenhagen on Sept. 2 for a meeting with Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. But he wrote in a pair of tweets late Tuesday that the meeting is off. “Denmark is a very special country with incredible people, but based on Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comments, that she would have no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland, I will be postponing our meeting scheduled in two weeks for another time,” Trump wrote. (Delmarva)

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