Former Baltimore City Mayor Sheila Dixon ponders challenging Catherine Pugh victory for mayor, cites irregularities and wants Gov. Hogan to intercede as activists also call for halt to election certification; Emily’s List lost big time in three Maryland races: Edwards for U.S. Senate and Matthews, Pena-Melnyk for House; underwater grasses make a comeback, signalling healthy Maryland waters; Hogan says he’s committed to BWI airport growth; and Gregory Thornton out as Baltimore City schools chief.
Bon Secours Hospital has been a fixture in the neighborhood since 1919, when it was opened by an order of nuns who served middle-class patients from all across the city. But today, few patients are affluent. The hospital, outpatient services and wellness center that compose the system primarily serve neighborhoods including Sandtown-Winchester and Harlem Park, predominantly black neighborhoods made famous in pop culture by TV shows like HBO's "The Wire."
Sharlene Adams' story is not about huge barriers to medical care but about a series of hurdles that block access to help for her and many other low-income residents in Baltimore. Those hurdles add up to large health care inequities.
Residents of Baltimore's poorer neighborhoods are plagued by rates of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and hypertension higher than in wealthier parts of the city. Those conditions lead to lives that are shorter and sicker than the lives of people who live in more affluent parts of town -- evidence that the health care system is failing the city's poor.
With all the negativity and hyperbole going on in national politics these days it is easy for an important development in Maryland government to be ignored by the media. The reality, though, is that these decisions have far more impact on the day to day life of Marylanders than daily horse race of national politics. Take, for example, the signing into law this week of HB 462, which restores and protects state funding to transfer tax funded land conservation, preservation and recreation programs such as Program Open Space.
Six miles outside of Annapolis lie the decaying bones of a dinosaur. They don’t belong to a prehistoric animal, but to Crownsville Hospital Center, a mostly vacant former asylum that costs the State of Maryland around a million dollars a year. Many of the methods used to treat mental illness when Crownsville opened in 1911 have essentially gone extinct.
Most of the pundits, forecasters, pollsters and politicos had it right about pretty much all the races in Maryland's primary Tuesday. They just weren't right enough -- the winners did even better than predictions and poll numbers. Hillary Clinton didn't just defeat Bernie Sanders, she clobbered him by 30 points, winning 63% of the vote and all but three counties by small margins. Donald Trump didn't just win Maryland, he triumphed. He won 54% of the vote statewide, claiming every congressional district and county against two candidates, John Kasich and Ted Cruz, who also campaigned here.
Democrat Chris Van Hollen Tuesday won a closely-fought primary battle for the Maryland Senate, easily defeating fellow House member Donna Edwards for the seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski. Van Hollen had 53% of the Democratic vote to Edwards’ 39%.
A pair of longtime Maryland politicians -- former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and state Sen. Jamie Raskin -- defeated several strong challengers to become the Democratic nominees for the 4th and 8th U.S. Congressional Districts, respectively.
Immigration has been the focus of much debate during this election season and has been one of the animating issues behind the rise of Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. Democratic and Republican voters are deeply split over how they view the issue and which candidate they believe is best fit to address it. National polls show GOP voters generally consider illegal immigration to be a more important issue than Democratic voters do.