June 10, 2011

State Roundup, June 10, 2011

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This morning’s Gazette seems to be having some problems with its content management system, so postings are a little wacky. Very little new content has been posted.  You might want to check back later in the day on the Gazette’s politics section.

INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT TAPPED: The State Board of Education selected Bernard Sadusky, a former Queen Anne’s County superintendent and current Education Department policy liaison, to be the interim state education superintendent when Nancy Grasmick retires at the end of the month, reports Liz Bowie of the Sun. Grasmick called Sadusky the perfect man for the position, writes The Washington Times’ Matthew Cella.

BACO SUPPORTS PETITION: Five members of the Baltimore County Council supported a petition to put a new state law letting illegal immigrants get in-state tuition, reports The Sun’s Raven Hill.

TWO DISSENT: Kenneth Oliver and Tom Quirk did not support the petition because they said they did not see a major problem in the legislation as a whole, and that the issue should be decided by the state, writes Raven Hill for The Sun. Oliver told Patch.com’s Bryan Sears that if the students who want in-state tuition are able to get it, under the law, their parents or guardians have jobs.

MORE TIME: Despite the success rate that petitioners have had getting signatures to put the tuition repeal on the ballot, Del. Pat McDonough, one of the petition drive leaders, told The Sun’s Julie Bykowicz that they should have 90 days, not 60, to get signatures.

TRIP COST: Republican leaders are asking Gov. Martin O’Malley for the full and true price tag on his economic development trip to Asia, where he is joined with a delegation of 67 others, Len Lazarick blogs for MarylandReporter.com.

FRACKING CAUTION: Opinionators at The Daily Record praise Gov. Martin O’Malley’s cautious approach to fracking, saying this controversial practice is something the state only has one chance to get right.

POULTRY PRAISE: Del. Tom Hucker and Sen. Paul Pinsky praised a decision this week to pull a controversial poultry drug from the shelves after some chickens were found with low levels of arsenic in their livers, reports The Post’s John Wagner. Both lawmakers had tried to pass legislation to ban the drug.

SOCIAL SERVICES UNDERSTAFFED: As the recession drove more people to seek state assistance, social services departments across the state were drastically understaffed, reports MarylandReporter.com’s Megan Poinski.

O’MALLEY HEADLINES CONFERENCE: Gov. Martin O’Malley will be in front of the U.S. Conference of Mayors at Fort McHenry on June 18 —  performing a concert with his Irish rock band O’Malley’s March, reports The Sun’s Laura Vozzella. O’Malley will also be appearing at the conference in his day job as the state’s governor, reports The Post’s John Wagner.

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Despite five years of a renewable portfolio mandate, renewable energy as a percentage of Maryland’s power generation has decreased from 1.5% to 1.3% over the last decade, blogs Red Maryland’s Mark Newgent in the Washington Examiner.

UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS: The University of Maryland keeps raising the bar for applicants and some aren’t happy about it, Andrew Ujifusa reports in the Gazette.

RAISE SCHOOL FUNDING: Members of the Montgomery County School Board wrote their state senators and delegates a letter asking them to change the law so that county per-pupil educational spending increases every year, reports The Examiner’s Lisa Gartner.

JOHNSON LEGACY: Last year, former Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson ordered glossy booklets detailing his legacy to send to constituents. After being charged with corruption late in the year, reports The Post’s Miranda Spivack, those booklets are heading to the shredder.

FREDERICK PRIVATIZATION: A report will be released next week that analyzes the possibility of privatizing some Frederick County government functions, reports Meg Tully of the Frederick News-Post.

HOCO BOE WANTS REMOVAL: Members of the Howard County Board of Education voted to recommend the ouster of elected member Allen Dyer, who has filed lawsuits against the board and broken confidentiality agreements, reports The Sun’s Joe Burris. Two board members did not support the removal, finding it too extreme, reports the Howard County Times’ Sara Toth.

PRO-CHOICE SUPPORT: Pro-choice group Emily’s List is endorsing Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake for another term, calling her a “groundbreaking mayor.” Julie Scharper has the story in The Sun.

BALTIMORE CONVENTION CENTER: In his Gazette column, Blair Lee says the state can’t afford to pay for a new convention center in Baltimore.

PETER O’MALLEY: The career of the late political leader from Prince George’s County is remembered by Barry Rascovar in the Gazette.