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July 2015

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State Roundup, July 2, 2015

Published on July 2nd, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

After 120 hours of chemo, Gov. Hogan says he’s “doing great, getting things done;” despite Hogan’s rejection of Red Line, city pols push for its revival; Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford takes center stage to welcome back Maersk Line to Port of Baltimore; attorney general touts local-state task forces to improve communication over crime; new immunization rules for public school kids to take effect; former Montgomery County Pres Ervin to run for Van Hollen’s seat; and as expected, Sheila Dixon to run for mayor of Baltimore City... Read More

July 2015

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State Roundup, July 1, 2015

Published on July 1st, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

With start of new fiscal year, drivers will see lower tolls, taxpayers will see stormwater fee changes and minimum wage workers will see slight raise among other laws; Gov. Hogan names new head of Department of Assessments and Taxation; private tram registration law sees no compliance; state takes action to keep bird flu from Maryland; Baltimore developers let down by nixing of Red Line; Gov. Hogan says he’s feeling great after first series of chemo treatment; Del. McMillan chides Ron George for “jumping the gun” on Senate candidacy; and Del. Jeff Waldstreicher won’t run for Congress, former MoCo Council President Valerie Ervin will; MoCo Council privatizes economic development... Read More


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School systems must choose more standardized tests in the fall

Published on June 30th, 2015 | by Glynis Kazanjian

Maryland public school systems will weigh this summer whether to add more standardized testing for 11th grade students in an effort to conform to a new state law that kicks in during the 2015-2016 academic year. They face a choice of whether to add two Common Core-aligned tests to assess college and career readiness, or use scores from one of several already established college entrance exams like the SAT. It’s also possible students who take a college placement exam could be exempt from taking PARCC in school systems who elect to use it... Read More

June 2015

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State Roundup, June 30, 2015

Published on June 30th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Baltimore mayor, others vow to find way to revive Red Line after rejection by Gov. Hogan; Supreme Court OK of commission-based redistricting green lights reform in Maryland; clean air advocates push Hogan administration over smog rule; presidential candidate Huckabee blasts city administration over police treatment, but city spokesman says waffling over Confederate flag leaves Huckabee no room to judge; O’Malley’s uphill climb to presidency made tougher by Bernie Sanders; and Arundel’s Peroutka draws Ethics Commission attention with Bible-laden video on legislation... Read More

June 2015

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State Roundup, June 29, 2015

Published on June 29th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

With Gov. Hogan pulling the plug on the Red Line for Baltimore City, $288 million in prep work is lost, but city should focus on more sensible alternatives; “cop watching” takes on a more by-the-book approach; some Arundel residents intend to fly Confederate flag, even as U.S. Rep. Cummings calls for moves to pull flag a good first step; Maryland embracing solar power; Montgomery County prepares to cut its budget; one Democrat, two Republicans file to fun for U.S. Rep. Hoyer’s seat; and O’Malley finally hires a campaign manager... Read More


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With Red Line dead, what is Hogan’s ‘best way’ for Baltimore?

Published on June 29th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Key moments in Gov. Larry Hogan's first term took place last week, but it is unclear how his cancer and much anticipated decisions on transit projects will define his term as governor. Those decisions left many unanswered questions about the financing of the Purple Line and what would be "the best way" to help Baltimore if the Red Line wasn't it. ... Read More



Rascovar: Hogan to Baltimore: ‘Drop Dead’

Published on June 29th, 2015 | by Barry Rascovar

Larry Hogan Jr. never has had an affinity for Baltimore. He's never lived in a big city. He's a suburban Washington, suburban Annapolis kind of guy. Thus, it was easy for Governor Hogan to kill more than a decade worth of work, more than a quarter-billion dollars already spent and to forfeit $900 million in federal funds that would have gone toward building a pivotal rail-transit line for Baltimore, the Red Line... Read More

June 2015

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State Roundup, June 26, 2015

Published on June 26th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan gives thumbs up to Purple Line, thumbs down to Red Line; Red Line “wasteful boondoogle” and “fatally flawed” as Tweeted map excludes Baltimore City from Maryland and officials react with disappointment; slimmed-down Purple Line, however, gets much warmer reception from governor giving local officials reason to be upbeat; medical marijuana rules expected to be printed in Maryland Register today, setting stage for new industry; Hogan starts chemo Monday, expected to be in hospital for four days; high court upholds police non-disclosure of internal misconduct records; and former TU President Maravene Loeschke dies, beloved professor had stepped down from post due to illness... Read More

June 2015

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State Roundup, June 25, 2015

Published on June 25th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan to have major transportation announcement today, raising speculation on future of the proposed Purple Line; fate of myriad “racist symbols” uncertain; Judicial Watch files lawsuit over Maryland’s redistricting process; on Hogan and cancer: how much medical info should a public official reveal and Baltimore City prayer vigil for Hogan set for Friday; and Montgomery County’s move on paid sick leave could spur similar action by other jurisdictions... Read More

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