Friday, July 23, 2021 |


Van Hollen, Health Professionals See Vaccine Misinformation as Culprit for Rising COVID Cases

Despite widely available access to the COVID-19 vaccine, cases across the U.S. have begun to see a small spike, leading many officials to blame what they describe as a national vaccine misinformation effort. “Every day that goes by that some misinformation is allowed to spread — whether it’s intentional lies or just people who haven’t bothered to get the facts — every day that goes on more people die,” U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said at a news conference Wednesday.

Ep. 13: You’ll Be Back with Raymond Glendening

In episode 13 of The Lobby, Ray Glendening, Founder and CEO of Scarlet Oak Strategies joins Damian to talk about his career path, and the perspective it’s given him on political races in Maryland and elsewhere. Glendening also talks us through the road to opening his own firm, and the niche they’ve found in research and polling. Then, stick around while Damian and Ray expand on the Maryland Gubernatorial campaign, and what it’s going to take to win in 2022.

We hope to see you soon in the Lobby.

Board’s reversal revives Maryland plan for toll lanes on part of Beltway, I-270

A Maryland toll lanes proposal placed on life support last month got a second wind Wednesday when D.C.-area leaders reversed an earlier vote, reviving Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature transportation project. The Transportation Planning Board’s 28-to-10 vote in favor of widening Interstate 270 and part of the Capital Beltway with toll lanes marked a major victory for Hogan’s traffic-relief plan. The governor’s proposal to build billions of dollars worth of toll lanes via a public-private partnership suffered an unexpected blow June 16, when the board removed it from a required air-quality analysis at the behest of some Montgomery County leaders.

Gov. Larry Hogan Asks Feds For Reimbursement After Sending Maryland National Guard To Help With Capitol Rioters
The state of Maryland has yet to be reimbursed for the cost of deploying hundreds of National Guard members to the U.S. Capitol following the Jan. 6 Capitol riots Without those funds, the department will have to make serious budget cuts. Maj. Gen. Timothy Gowen of Maryland’s Army National Guard has a message: time is of the essence. Maryland’s National Guard needs to get this money now, but if they don’t do it by Aug. 1, over 700 of their members will stop getting paid.
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Baltimore City Council president on homicide crime rate: ‘The idea that one number is better than the other is a problem in itself’

Addressing crime in Baltimore, Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby told C4 and Dan Joseph on Tuesday morning that, “What we know is coming out of COVID— it just exacerbated the crime issue the city has already had.” “We’ve seen this not only in the city of Baltimore but throughout the entire country,” Mosby said while he also talked about the role city council plays with crime and its underlying issues.

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Maryland awards $30M in grants to expand broadband internet access 

The state of Maryland is awarding nearly $30 million to projects that aim to expand broadband internet access to unserved or underserved communities, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday. The awards come from two state programs: the Expansion of Existing Broadband Networks Funding Program and the Broadband Infrastructure Grant Funding Program. This round of funding is the most in the programs’ histories, a result of the state’s $300 million investment into broadband technology through funds from the American Rescue Plan.

Hogan commits money to dedicated bus lanes as part of Md. toll lanes plan

Maryland will design bus lanes for upper Montgomery County as part of adding toll lanes to Interstate 270 and the Capital Beltway, the state’s transportation chief said Tuesday. The pledge appeared aimed at winning support for the toll lanes proposal one day ahead of a key vote that will determine the project’s future. Advocates of the toll lanes plan backed by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said they were cautiously optimistic that the commitment to improving mass transit would garner the highway project enough votes Wednesday to keep it moving forward.

Maryland Department Of Health & State Department Of Education Announce Request For Applications To Assist With Covid-19 Testing

Maryland Department of Health along with the Maryland State Department of Education announced a request for applications from state K-12 public and non-public schools to receive funding to facilitate Covid-19 screening testing programs for the 2021-2022 academic year. “Testing for COVID-19 remains a key component in our fight against this disease and it is essential that our schools have access to the resources needed and are prepared to keep our children safe,” said MDH Secretary Dennis R. Schrader.

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Del. Haven Shoemaker running for Carroll County state’s attorney in 2022 election

State Del. Haven Shoemaker filed paperwork on Tuesday to be a candidate for the state’s attorney for Carroll County in the 2022 election cycle. Shoemaker, a Republican representing District 5 in the House of Delegates, will make his official announcement at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday outside the county’s historic courthouse. Previous Carroll County State’s Attorney Brian DeLeonardo was appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan to serve on the Carroll County Circuit Court in June and was sworn in last week.

Montgomery County Council introduces plans to increase building energy standards

The Montgomery County Council is considering a measure that would require existing buildings over 25,000 square feet to cut their greenhouse gas emissions as part of its larger effort to tackle climate issues in the county. The bill amends previous legislation that required owners of commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet to monitor and report their energy use to the county’s Department of Environmental Protection every year. The proposed measure would add another 1,000 buildings to that list, for a total of nearly 5,000.

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