Pitts: Will African American forgive Bloomberg for stop and frisk?

Vote blue, no matter who. That’s the fall election mantra of Democrats desperate to cleanse the White House of its current occupant. But here’s the question some African Americans are now asking: What if the “who” is Michael Bloomberg? What if the former New York City mayor is the man chosen to contend against President Donald Trump? Shall we vote blue if all it offers is the chance to replace a stupid racist with a smarter one? (Balt Sun)

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Wykoff: Pimlico Deal A Win For City, Track Operator

In a commentary, Don Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, talks about the latest plan to keep the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore. Fry hails it as a fruitful compromise for Baltimore and the operator of Pimlico Race Course. The proposal requires the approval of the Maryland General Assembly. Fry said lawmakers shouldn't hesitate. (WBAL)

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Rubin: The descent of the GOP into authoritarian know-nothingism

When Ivy League-educated, formerly sane politicians spew conspiracy theories, debunked talking points and contempt for science, the question often arises: Do they believe this nonsense (i.e. have they become thickheaded by listening to Rush Limbaugh and watching all that Fox News?), or are they cynical purveyors of claptrap designed to woo unsophisticated voters? (Disclosure: I am an MSNBC contributor.)  (Wash Post)

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Opinion: Business Leaders Want Kirwan Plan Fully Funded

As business leaders, we strongly support the Kirwan Commission legislation that would dramatically improve education practice, funding and accountability in Maryland. As business people, we are often measured by our bottom-line-results. (Md. Matters)

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EDITORIAL: Bernie Sanders' love for socialism stronger than abhorrence of tyranny

It’s a cruel irony: Just as U.S. economic metrics hit new peaks, along comes a guy who says he wants to transform the nation. Even crueler, crowds of naive followers hope he succeeds. Bernard Sanders and his “Bernie bros” are just what Americans don’t need. The purpose of life is a topic for theologians, but most would agree that a productive life is a meaningful life. Americans are recovering their characteristic ambition-driven action, with a 63.4 percent labor force participation rate, the highest in seven years. (Wash Times)

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Flowers: Watershed Moment

We are in the sixth week of the year and already the State of Maryland has recorded two deaths in separate counties while the deceased were in police custody. The first account was a matter of a taser incident in Baltimore County on January 21, 2020. It has been reported that Gamel Antonio Brown, age 30, died after he was tasered in Owings Mills, MD. The President of the Baltimore County NAACP branch has been briefed and updated. (Afro)

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Jawando & Tinbite: Montgomery County must make safe driving a priority

As Montgomery County reels after the continued and frightening increase in pedestrian deaths and injuries in the first few weeks of this new year, we are renewing our efforts to end traffic deaths on Montgomery County roadways in the next 10 years. With three pedestrians killed by cars just two weeks into the new decade (two in 48 hours alone) and another killed in a collision Wednesday night, this is a crisis. (Wash. Post)

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Rodricks: Mary Miller, running for mayor, says Baltimore needs a big push for ‘inclusive growth’ to lick crime

Mary Miller is running for mayor of Baltimore and just launched a television ad campaign to make sure everyone got the news. It might look like she’s trying to Bloomberg the mayor’s race by spending $500,000 on commercials 11 weeks before the April primary, but my fellow citizens need to pay attention. She’s a high-credential candidate in the most important Baltimore election of the 21st Century. (Balt. Sun)

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