Politics

  • Alsobrooks: Prince George’s plan to build schools will help students and the community

    Our children deserve the opportunity to be educated in school buildings that are conducive to learning and reflect the importance we place on their education. The people of Prince George’s don’t want political grandstanding, excuses or bureaucracy; they want us to deliver on the promises we have made to build exceptional schools and classrooms befitting of our children, and we will deliver. The county has an $8.5 billion backlog in school construction, with 40 percent of school buildings built 60 years ago. This is unacceptable. (Wash Post)Read Full Article

  • Gov. Larry Hogan Supports Ballot Question On Sports Betting, Opposes Changes To Budget Process

    Gov. Larry Hogan has weighed in on more items Marylanders will see on their ballots this fall. On Monday, he expressed support for Question 2, which would allow sports betting in the state to raise money for education.  “Question 2 provides a critical revenue source for public education without raising taxes on families and businesses,” he said in a statement. “This initiative builds on the very successful ‘Hogan Lockbox,’ which puts casino revenues in a lockbox dedicated to education. We are already funding our K-12 schools at record levels, and this is another way to ensure that is the case for years to come.” (WJZ) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore Council President Scott proposes e-cigarette tax to help city deal with revenue losses

    Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott is proposing a tax on electronic cigarettes as a way to discourage smoking and boost revenue as the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate the city’s economy. He plans to introduce a bill Monday night to establish a 30% excise tax on the distribution of electronic smoking devices, including e-cigarettes, e-hookahs and vape pens. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Hogan Explains Vote For Ronald Reagan In 2020 Presidential Race: ‘I Don’t Think Either One Of The Candidates Is The Right Choice’

    Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday explained his rationale for writing in the late former President Ronald Reagan at the top of the ticket when he cast his ballot for the 2020 election. Late last week, Hogan’s communications director tweeted the governor voted for Ronald Reagan when he submitted his ballot by mail the prior week. (WJZ)Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Neuroscience Has A Whiteness Problem. This Research Project Aims To Fix It

    Mental illness can run in families. And Dr. Kafui Dzirasa grew up in one of these families. His close relatives include people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. As a medical student, he learned about the ones who'd been committed to psychiatric hospitals or who "went missing" and were discovered in alleyways. Dzirasa decided to dedicate his career to "figuring out how to make science relevant to ultimately help my own family." (NPR)Read Full Article

  • Irvin: Covering New Modalities is the Only Cure for the Opiod Crisis

    During these difficult times with the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing opioid crisis, we must proactively address pain management and emotional health. I have had a front-row seat to the healthcare system for over seven years, enduring 60 plus surgeries, pain management protocols and procedures due to the ongoing effects on my body from a flesh-eating bacteria of my abdominal wall. To be honest, it has been a struggle with managing my pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  But I am thankful to be alive today to offer some proven solutions which I hope can help shed light on safer alternatives.Read Full Article

  • Venetoulis: Bring in the Thugs

    Here’s why it’s a mistake to ignore Trump’s stunning refusal to accept the election results.  He has a psychotic objection to losing but it’s increasingly evident he can’t win.  His only strategy is to weaponize his cult.  He has access to at least fifteen law enforcement posses buried in various agencies under HIS command, not local law enforcement authorities—a militia with no chain of command or training in civilian crowd control—bursting with a thuggish relish to carry weapons, bully others and wear uniforms of authority. Read Full Article

  • The Light House Increases Meals, Provides Housing Solutions with Support from Bank of America

    As COVID-19 continues to challenge jobs throughout Maryland, The Light House is experiencing the ripple effect of unemployment in Anne Arundel County. Along with a significant increase in meals being distributed, the local nonprofit has shifted gears in preparation for an increase in homelessness throughout the county. The Light House recently received a grant from Bank of America, which has helped the nonprofit to prepare for the anticipated need. “We’re concerned with the rate of unemployment, that after some of the moratoriums on evictions have been lifted, there will be an imminent risk of homelessness county-wide. We’re preparing to be a lifeline to those desperately trying to avoid homelessness,” said Jo Ann Mattson, Executive Director of The Light House.Read Full Article

Business

  • Aide to Maryland House speakers joins Gordon Feinblatt as lobbyist

    A senior aide to Maryland House Speaker Adrienne Jones is leaving the State House for a role as a lobbyist with downtown Baltimore law firm Gordon Feinblatt. Jason Weintraub, currently senior legislative counsel to Jones, will join the government relations team at Gordon Feinblatt on Nov. 2, according to an announcement Monday. His new employer’s lobbying team includes four other attorneys serving clients working in financial services, real estate development, health care, oil and more. (Balt Bus Journal) Read Full Article

  • Greater Baltimore Committee report identifies top family-supporting jobs in region over next decade

    Jobs such as carpenters, paralegals, web developers and electronics engineering technicians are projected to be among the Baltimore region’s top 20 family-supporting occupations over the next decade. A report released Monday by the Greater Baltimore Committee identified jobs in business services, construction, information technology and health care as having such potential for the region’s workers. The business advocacy group recommended an array of ways to match workforce training and education with those jobs and to address workforce barriers such as structural racism and gender inequities. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Downtown businesses seek short-term leases, extensions as pandemic continues

    Some of Baltimore's top office brokers say they are optimistic that downtown leasing will pick up by mid-2021 after several slow months due to Covid-19. Data from the third quarter compiled by JLL researchers shows nearly a quarter of the 12.1 million square feet of Class A space in the central business district is vacant. Class B office space in the same area also posted high vacancy levels with just over 22%, according to the report, which was released last week. (Balt Bus Journal) Read Full Article

  • Greater Washington Black Chamber of Commerce names first executive director

    The barely year-old Greater Washington Black Chamber of Commerce has hired its first executive director as the organization gears up for a big fall. The organization, which launched over the summer of 2019 to much acclaim, has named Tene Dolphin, former director of the City of Birmingham, Alabama's office of business diversity and opportunity, as its new head. (Wash Bus Journal) Read Full Article

Education

  • In ‘exceptional’ break with trend, McDaniel College enrollment grows to record levels despite COVID-19

    With the COVID-19 pandemic driving down enrollment at many colleges and universities across the nation, Westminster’s McDaniel College has bucked that trend, welcoming its largest first-year class and seeing enrollment growth of about 5%. That growth sets McDaniel apart from several other colleges and universities in Maryland. Seven University System of Maryland schools, as well as private schools Maryland Institute College of Art, St. John’s College in Annapolis, Loyola University Maryland, and Notre Dame of Maryland University all have reported declining enrollment from the previous fall. (Carr Co Times) Read Full Article

  • Towson football becomes first Colonial Athletic Association program to opt out of spring 2021 season

    When — or if — the Colonial Athletic Association kicks off the spring 2021 football season, it will proceed without Towson. The university announced Monday that it would sit out the six-game campaign, marking the first time in program history that the program will not play football. The school, which has participated in football every year since 1969, listed the risk of long-term injuries as a reason for opting out. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Md. Student Chosen for National Board of Gun Violence Prevention Organization

    A Maryland high school student whose family moved to Bethesda after a mass shooting at her father’s former workplace will serve on the national advisory board for a gun violence prevention organization. Jeannie She, a high school senior at Walt Whitman High in Bethesda, was one of the 16 student leaders chosen to serve on the National Advisory Board for Students Demand Action, a movement for young adults to fight against gun violence and an arm of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country. (Md Matters) Read Full Article

  • First day of hybrid learning in Carroll County ‘a pretty big deal’ for in-person students

    Libby Green walked out of West Middle School with her dad, Robbie Green, after a first day of school unlike any she, or he, had ever experienced. Libby sported a colorful mask and had her books in tow while her dad, a school counselor, chatted with principal Erin Brilhart in front of West Middle’s main entrance. The 12-year-old seventh-grader was part of her school’s first foray into Carroll County Public Schools’ hybrid learning plan, which officially went into effect Monday for elementary and middle school students. (Carr Co Times) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • With cases rising nationwide, Maryland reports 497 new coronavirus cases, four deaths

    With coronavirus cases increasing in about two-thirds of states, Maryland reported 497 new virus cases and four deaths tied to COVID-19, the disease the virus causes. The new batch of data moves Maryland to a total of 136,154 confirmed virus cases and 3,895 deaths since the pandemic took hold in Maryland in March. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • ‘Irregularities’ in Baltimore Police promotional exam prompt review as results are thrown out

    “Irregularities” in the latest Baltimore Police promotional exam spurred a review that includes the Office of the Inspector General, and the department says the results were thrown out and the test is being re-administered. Details, including what type of irregularities were identified whether anyone has been suspended, were not disclosed. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Community Gathers On E. Fayette Street For Ceasefire Event, Remembers MTA Bus Driver Marcus Parks Sr.

    Community members in Baltimore gathered this weekend for a ceasefire event. This weekend focused on the death of Marcus Parks Sr.- a veteran MTA bus driver shot and killed earlier in October. The group gathered on E. Fayette Street where Parks died and worked to make it a sacred space. (WJZ) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore County Adds 4 Speed Cameras In School Zones

    The Baltimore County Police Department has activated four new speed camera locations in school zones around the county. The cameras are in the following zones: Bedford Elementary School, 7300 block of Campfield Road (westbound) Cockeysville Middle School, 300 block of Warren Road (westbound) Summit Park Elementary School, 2400 block of Green Summit Road (eastbound) Watershed Public Charter School, 7000 block of Dogwood Road (westbound) (WJZ) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • DeFilippo: Not the Ink Blue State People Think It Is

    It came as no shock or surprise a while back when Connie Morella, the former Republican congresswoman from Montgomery County, endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for president. Morella, like the two dozen other Republican formers – governors, mayors, members of Congress – who joined her, harks back to a time of traditional Republicanism in Maryland when, in fact, the GOP was the state’s liberal party – the party of Lincoln, to those of a certain age, before the vainglorious and ruinous policies of President Trump corrupted it. But to be fair, the GOP was in decline well before the cropper arrived. (Md Matters)Read Full Article

  • Don’t be like Maryland’s governor: Vote for the living

    Late last week, it was disclosed that Gov. Larry Hogan, rather than choose any of the candidates running for president in 2020 (or any other sentient creature), wrote in the name of Ronald Reagan, the nation’s 40th president who died 16 years ago, on his General Election ballot. He seems to believe he deserves some credit for this as it meant the Republican governor did not vote for Donald Trump, his party’s standard-bearer. “I know it’s simply symbolic,” he told The Washington Post. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • It’s time to finally fix the problems with policing in Maryland

    The residents of Maryland have spoken: They are not happy with the way police misconduct is handled in the state. That was one of the main take-aways from a Goucher College poll released last week that found the majority of residents believe that major police reform is needed, even as they say they generally view officers favorably. In other words, they want police to keep their neighborhoods and communities safe, but they also want to see an end to brutality and bad behavior by corrupt cops. (Balt Sun)Rad Full Article

  • Our Say: Anne Arundel voters should send four incumbent congressmen back to Washington

    Voters in Anne Arundel County are now selecting their representatives in Congress, voting in four districts to return incumbents or choose Republican challengers. It is in many ways a farce. Anne Arundel County historically has been a Democratic-majority jurisdiction, with enough Republican-leaning independent voters to sway the county in national elections. Because the Maryland General Assembly has been controlled by Democrats for generations, the county was carved up among four congressional districts that weakened the power of those voters. (Cap Gazette)Read Full Article