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Make your plan to vote in Maryland’s primary election

It’s easy to feel powerless in today’s complex world, but we’re not. Among the most important tools available to us to make change in our city, our county, our state and our country is through the ballot box. The moment for Marylanders to exercise that right is nearly upon us. The presidential primary election in Maryland is Tuesday, May 14, and those registered (or planning to register) as members of either the Republican or Democratic parties who wish to cast a vote should prepare now.

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Want Baltimore to grow? Keep building for more households

We may or may not be happier than our ancestors were in 1950, when Baltimore reached its largest population. But on average, we certainly live longer and earn more money. These are good things. Curiously, though, these factors contribute to the city’s population decline as measured by the U.S. Census. Multigenerational households were once more common.

Maryland agriculture must be part of Key Bridge recovery plans

As Maryland embarks on the journey of reopening and rebuilding in the aftermath of the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse, it’s imperative that we do not overlook agriculture, our state’s largest commercial industry. Agriculture contributes more than $8 billion to the state economy annually and puts about 350,000 Marylanders to work. The tragic incident at the bridge shocked us all, and our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones, and we applaud the heroic efforts of first responders.

Fitzwater’s approach on school construction is bold but reasonable

In a daring political gamble, Frederick County Executive Jessica Fitzwater has proposed increasing the property tax rate by 4.7% to increase the funds available to renovate and build new schools, the first increase in the rate in about 20 years. In an interview with The Frederick News-Post, Fitzwater said residents from around the county told her during her listening tour this year that aging school buildings were a huge problem.

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MDEC finally comes to Baltimore

The day that many of us thought never would arrive finally is imminent. Baltimore City is becoming the last jurisdiction to implement electronic filing in its courts. The rollout of Maryland Electronic Courts began in Anne Arundel County in 2014. When Prince George’s County implemented MDEC in October 2022, Baltimore City was the last jurisdiction in Maryland without electronic filing.

 

A funny thing happened on the way to the 3rd District forum in Annapolis

Abigail Diehl knew how crucial Wednesday night was to her long-shot campaign for Congress. Born and raised in Severna Park, she works in cannabis and owns popular produce stands that sprang from the one her dad opened 53 years ago. She talks about her ideas with anyone who will listen. Plenty of people recognize her in return — one person even sent Diehl a photo of them together in the second grade.

Preserving local journalism in Maryland: Why Gov. Moore must veto HB1258

The members of the Maryland Delaware DC Press Association (MDDC) are deeply concerned about the potential consequences of HB1258 on local journalism. This bill, which is on the Governor’s desk now, would upend the longstanding practice of publishing public notices in local newspapers and their associated websites, threatening the vitality of Maryland’s communities and the essential role of the press in fostering civic engagement and accountability.

The Post endorses Angela Alsobrooks in Maryland’s Democratic Senate primary

In their May 14 primary election, Maryland Democrats face a dilemma, but at least it’s the good kind: how to choose between two well-qualified candidates seeking the nomination to run for U.S. senator against the likely Republican contender, former governor Larry Hogan. Similar in policy and ideology, either Prince George’s County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks or Rep. David Trone, who has represented Maryland’s 6th Congressional District since 2019, could do the job, which is currently held by retiring incumbent Ben Cardin (D). (Photo: Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

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I’m new to commuting on the Baltimore Beltway. Is it always this bad?

I’ve been commuting from Annapolis to Baltimore a couple of days a week for several months now. We’ve got traffic in Annapolis, and, sure, sometimes it’s maddening. There was that one time a sailboat mast got caught in a powerline on Forest Drive. But I have to ask you veteran Baltimore Beltway commuters a question. Is it always this bad? Is it as dangerous as it seems to a new commuter like me?

What I learned from 5 days of jury duty in Baltimore

Earlier this month, I went down for an obligatory day of jury duty, expecting to be sent home at the end of another eight-ish hour experience that gives new meaning to tedium. I’ve been doing this every few years for 40 years, and my previous experiences were always the same. I was never selected, which was the only part of it that ever made me happy.

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