Young Officially Sworn In As Baltimore Mayor

At his official swearing-in Thursday, Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young urged Baltimore residents to "remain tough" and pursue the "unique opportunity to right this ship." “I don’t nobody else who is more resilient than Baltimore," Young said. "The people of Baltimore just like our city is made tough.” This ceremony at the War Memorial Building came just a week after former Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned amid investigations into her "Healthy Holly" book deals. Young, who had been acting mayor since Pugh went on a medical leave of absence last month, officially became mayor at that time and will serve out her term. (WBAL-Radio)

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As Jealous Ponders Bid for Baltimore Mayor, Could Work for Juul Be a Factor?

Former Maryland gubernatorial hopeful Benjamin T. Jealous (D), who is now pondering a run for mayor of Baltimore, has landed a consulting gig with Juul, the leading electronic cigarette manufacturer. Politico reported on Monday – and Maryland Matters has since confirmed – that Jealous, the former head of the NAACP who lost the 2018 race for governor to incumbent Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R), is now working with Juul’s CEO. (Md. Matters) 

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Poll: Maryland GOP voters widely favor Trump over Larry Hogan for White House

If Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan mounted a primary challenge against President Trump, Republican voters in his home state would back the president by a more than 2-to-1 margin, a new poll has found. Hogan (R) remains just as popular as Trump among Maryland Republicans, according to a survey released Thursday by Gonzales Research & Media Services, but that popularity does not translate to support for a primary campaign. About 24 percent of GOP voters would support Hogan in a primary fight, while 68 percent would vote for Trump, the survey said. (Wash. Post)

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Rep. Cummings proposes $100 billion more to combat opioid overdose epidemic

Baltimore Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings introduced legislation Wednesday to provide $100 billion in new funding to tackle the nation’s opioid epidemic and the staggering number of overdose deaths. Federal figures show that hundreds of thousands of people have fatally overdosed this decade on opioids including prescription painkillers and illicit drugs such as heroin and the more powerful fentanyl. Cummings said the response has been woefully insufficient. (Balt. Sun)

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Here's what the FBI seized from Baltimore City Hall: 'Healthy Holly' books, UMMS check and more

Federal investigators who raided Baltimore City Hall late last month took about two dozen items, including copies of then-Mayor Catherine Pugh’s “Healthy Holly” books, a check from the University of Maryland Medical System and other materials related to Pugh and one of her closest aides. In a separate subpoena, they requested documentation from the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development about the Maryland Center for Adult Training, a nonprofit organization that Pugh helped lead for years. (Balt. Sun)

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Larry Hogan, Ben Cardin to speak in Baltimore at Bernard C. 'Jack' Young's mayoral inauguration Thursday

Gov. Larry Hogan and Sen. Ben Cardin will speak at Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s inauguration Thursday as the former City Council president official assumes his new role after Catherine Pugh’s resignation last week. In a news release, the city said Young will be sworn in as the city’s 51st mayor at The War Memorial at 2 p.m. Doors open to the public at 12:30 p.m. Young has been acting mayor for more than a month since Pugh took a leave of absence April 1 because of pneumonia. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Gov. Hogan praises approval of visas to support crab industry

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is praising federal approval for thousands of additional visas for foreign workers this summer to support the state's crab industry. Hogan made the announcement Wednesday after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security finalized allowing the additional visas through the H-2B Nonimmigrant Temporary Worker Program. There are nearly twice as many juvenile crabs in Chesapeake Bay waters as there were a year ago, according to an annual population survey. Scientists in Maryland and Virginia found that in 2019, the bay’s crabs are at their most plentiful in seven years. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore government computers are still immobilized

Two weeks ago, the FBI raided Baltimore’s City Hall. By mid-afternoon the feds were gone. Yesterday’s attack by “RobinbinHood” ransomware is proving much more difficult to deal with. Twenty-four hours after the start of the cyberattack, there is still no email or Internet service at the seat of Baltimore government or in surrounding city offices. Employees are unable to access any data from their computers. Some have taken to handwriting to execute critical tasks. But most city workers are sitting around idle, able to use the telephone system, but otherwise cut off from the outside world. (Brew)

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