Mayor Young, Council President Scott tout city's 'resilience' at annual GBC meeting

Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young and Council President Brandon Scott spoke about the recent changes in city leadership at an annual business dinner Monday night and expressed their belief in the strength of the community to bounce back. The two spoke before a crowd of a thousand local business people and politicians at the Greater Baltimore Committee's annual meeting. They called on those in the room to "work together" to lift up Baltimore and correct some of the problems facing the city. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Rosenstein in Baltimore: ‘Not Everybody Is Happy With My Decisions’

In some of his first public comments after leaving the Justice Department last week, former Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said he made the best decisions he could under difficult circumstances – and revealed more details about the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, who Rosenstein said has become a “political pundit.” (Md. Matters)

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Three Democrats, one Republican running in Annapolis Ward 6 special election

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley announced Monday the candidates running to represent Ward 6, succeeding former Alderwoman Shaneka Henson. Democrats Yiannes Kacoyianni, DaJuan Gay and Kenneth Kirby will face each other in the June 4 primary. Republican George Michael Gallagher will run uncontested. One of the four will fill Henson’s seat on the City Council, created after the Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee picked her to fill the open District 30A delegate seat vacated after Speaker of the House of Delegates Michael Busch died April 7. (Balt. Sun)

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Lobbyist Julia Pitcher Worcester to Take PhRMA Gig

Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America – better known as PhRMA – has tapped Annapolis contract lobbyist Julia Pitcher Worcester to be its director of state policy and advocacy in Maryland. It’s a new position – and an acknowledgement by the giant lobbying group that Maryland is increasingly becoming a hotbed for legislation impacting the prescription drug industry. Worcester and her father, J. William Pitcher, have already worked for PhRMA as contract lobbyists – one of a dozen lobbyists that the organization used during this year’s General Assembly session, according to Maryland State Ethics Commission filings. (Md. Matters)

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Health Enrollment Bill Seen as National Model

Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) is flanked by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) and House Speaker Adrianne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) early on in the hour-long bill-signing ceremony Monday. Photo by Josh Kurtz Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) and the presiding officers of the Maryland General Assembly muscled their way through a mountain of legislation Monday, signing 182 bills into law in just over an hour. The bills covered a range of issues, from education to health care to criminal justice to government reform. (Md. Matters)

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan faces pressure on bills about drug prices and renewable energy

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is facing pressure to sign bills that would create a state board to monitor drug prices and to increase the state’s requirements for using renewable energy. Hogan, a Republican, has already signed 552 bills and resolutions that were passed by state lawmakers, and has about two more weeks to decide the fate of more than 300 more pieces of legislation. Hogan has three options on bills: veto them, sign them into law or allow them to become law without his signature. (Balt. Sun)

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Pulse Poll: Should Maryland help keep the Preakness in Baltimore?

Cloud Computing, ridden by Javier Castellano, second from left, wins the 142nd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course as Classic Empire, with Julien Leparoux aboard, takes second on May 20, 2017, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) The Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown, has been held at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course since 1873. Today Pimlico has fallen into disrepair. The Maryland Stadium Authority says it would take $424 million to renovate the facility. (Daily Record)

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Md. Gov. Hogan signs bills on education, health, crimes against pregnant women

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed 182 new bills into law, including some that regulate tobacco sales, require publicizing the amount of lead in the water in Maryland schools, and make accessing health care easier. On Monday, Hogan was joined by Senate President Mike Miller and newly-elected House Speaker Adrienne Jones. Hogan commented on the Jones’ no-nonsense style when he noted the bill signing was supposed to start at 11 a.m. “I’ll tell you, there’s no more fooling around anymore. She just said it’s 11:01 — we have to get to work! So, there’s a new sheriff in town,” Hogan said as Jones chuckled. (WTOP)

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