Tuesday, January 18, 2022 |
Partly Cloudy


Advocates petition Hogan to temporarily halt evictions

After tenant relief efforts failed to pass in the Maryland General Assembly, a broad coalition of fair housing advocates, faith organizations and community groups are urging Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) to put a temporary halt on evictions in the state. In an April 23 letter to Hogan, the Community Development Network of Maryland-led coalition warned that the $400 million in federal rent relief and current state and federal eviction orders won’t be enough to prevent a surge of evictions in the coming months.

Read More: wtop
the conference call cover image
11. Colm O’Comartun on the State of American Reform

On episode 11 of The Conference Call, Damian is joined by a long-time friend and ally, Colm O’Comartun, Principal at 50-State and former Executive Director of the Democratic Governors Association. Join us for a conversation about Colm’s Irish roots, the road to American politics, and the Maryland Gubernatorial roadmap. Afterward, the guys discuss the goals of state politics, where they intersect with national interests, and the value of localizing national conversations.

The Maryland State of Reform conference is coming up on May 13th. Details and registration can be found here: https://stateofreform.com/all-conferences/

Music by Dillion O’Brian

Pharmacist preps Covid-19 vaccine
‘You guys are role models’: VP Kamala Harris thanks people getting COVID vaccine at Baltimore stadium

Declaring “Today is a good day, Baltimore,” Vice President Kamala Harris marked the 100th day of the Biden administration by visiting a bustling vaccination site and saying the nation is beginning to emerge from the coronavirus crisis, even as significant economic and health challenges remain. The Democratic vice president, joined Thursday by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Democratic Mayor Brandon Scott, toured the mass COVID-19 vaccination site at M&T Bank Stadium, where she celebrated the patients and vaccinators as “heroes.”

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Wes Moore Creates Fundraising Committee Ahead of Possible Run for Governor

Wes Moore, the Baltimore-based nonprofit executive, is one step closer to entering the 2022 Democratic primary for governor. Moore created a campaign fundraising committee with the State Board of Elections on Wednesday, Wes Moore for Maryland, which enables him to begin raising money for a possible bid. Sources said that Moore, who disclosed in late February that he was “seriously considering” a run for governor, isn’t quite ready to announce his candidacy yet. But the new fundraising entity is another sign that he is preparing to become a candidate, with a final decision likely within the next few weeks.

Can Baltimore end the War on Drugs? As Marilyn Mosby takes lead on decriminalization, few public health alternatives are in place

In Portugal, where drugs were decriminalized two decades ago, anyone found with drugs goes before a panel made up of legal, health and social work professionals who refer them to treatment. As Oregon decriminalized drugs earlier this year following a referendum, tax revenue from marijuana sales was allotted for increased public health support. But in Baltimore, where State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby last month cut the cord on possession arrests that have been falling for many years, the city is only inching toward establishing a wider public health response.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Proposed amendment to Md. Constitution would clarify where lawmakers have to live

Maryland lawmakers could have to live in the districts they represent under a law that will go to Maryland voters for approval next year. The amendment to the Maryland Constitution at first blush sounds counterintuitive but in fact could clear up a point of murky, muddled election law that is an issue in almost every election.

Harford executive sends legislation county council to put 25 farm properties into agricultural preservation

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman sent legislation to the County Council that would bring 25 farm properties into the county’s agricultural preservation program, the administration announced Thursday. Those properties, which were not named, represent 1,589 acres of farmland, according to a news release. All qualified applicants to the program were accepted this year — a first in the county’s history.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Protective masks, normally used for surgery, are now in use to fight the Corona Virus SARS-nCov-19.
Maryland lifts outdoor mask mandate after new CDC guidance for vaccinated people

Marylanders no longer need to wear face coverings in most outdoor settings, Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday, though he “strongly encouraged” those who are not vaccinated against the coronavirus to continue to mask up. Masks still are required in Maryland at “large ticketed venues” that are outdoors, such as stadiums, as well as at indoor businesses and on public transit.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Biden declares ‘America is rising anew’ as he calls for expansion of federal programs on scale not seen in decades

President Joe Biden declared Wednesday night that “America is rising anew” as he called for an expansion of federal programs to drive the economy past the pandemic and broadly extend the social safety net on a scale not seen in decades. In his first address to Congress, he pointed optimistically to the nation’s emergence from the coronavirus scourge as a moment for America to prove that its democracy can still work and maintain primacy in the world.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Maryland Lawmakers Seek to Reconnect Communities Divided by Highways

Baltimore has its Highway to Nowhere, a road that gobbled up communities before the project was abandoned. Wilmington, Del., had neighborhoods wiped out by Interstate 95. Thousands of Detroit residents lost their homes — and surviving communities were scarred — by the construction of Interstate 375. The Overtown neighborhood in Miami, a majority-Black community, was “flattened,” also by I-95, forcing 10,000 people to leave their homes.

The Morning Rundown

We’re staying up to the minute on the issues shaping the future. Join us on the newsletter of choice for Maryland politicos and business leaders. It’s always free to join and never a hassle to leave. See you on the inside.