April 28, 2015

State Roundup, April 28, 2015

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HOGAN MOVE OFFICE TO BALTIMORE: In an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon late Monday night, Gov. Larry Hogan said he’s “taking over the situation” in riot-torn Baltimore as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake stood quietly by his side. “I’m moving the governor’s office to Baltimore City first thing in the morning,” he told Lemon, speaking in front of City Hall. He said he had just toured the city’s Emergency Operations Center on Calvert Street. The Baltimore Brew reported the story.

HOGAN CONCENTRATES ON BALTIMORE: Michael Dresser of the Sun reports that Gov. Larry Hogan has canceled all of his scheduled events Tuesday to deal with the rioting in Baltimore City. He set out the National Guard Monday night.

  • At a Monday news conference, Hogan was asked when the last time the National Guard was called out in Baltimore. Obviously excluding the many weather related emergencies over the years that bring governors to the emergency command center in Pikesville, Hogan replied it was 1968. Nobody knows how this will play out over the next few days. It is the kind of emergency that tests the mettle of any mayor or governor, writes Len Lazarick of MarylandReporter.com.

OBAMA UPDATED: President Barack Obama spoke with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Monday to receive an update on the city’s efforts to maintain peace following the death of Freddie Gray, the White House said. Obama discussed the administration’s “commitment to provide assistance as needed,” according to a summary of the call released by the White House, and will continue to receive updates about the protests — which grew significantly more intense Monday following funeral services for Gray, John Fritze of the Sun reports.

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Gov. Larry Hogan talks to Dr. Thomas Scalea, physician-in-chief at Maryland Shock Trauma Monday night. Hogan visited injured Baltimore police officers being treated there. (Larry Hogan Facebook page)

DAVID SIMON LASHES OUT: J. Freedom du Lac and Clarence Williams of the Post write that David Simon has lived in Baltimore since his reporting days at the Sun, where he was a cops reporter before he became a crime writer before he became famous for creating “The Wire” for HBO.  On Monday, Simon took to his blog to lash out just hours after the burial of Freddie Gray, as violence flared up around his city and fires broke out and the National Guard was activated and Gray’s family said it was devastated by the rioting.

O’MALLEY CANCELS SPEAKING TRIP: Former Gov. Martin O’Malley, who’s been busy traveling to early presidential nominating states, is diverting overseas for a few days to make some money for his family. John Wagner reports in the Post that the Democrat was scheduled to deliver a series of paid speeches in London and Dublin the first part of the week on topics including data-driven governance and renewable energy, according to aides.

VAN HOLLEN URGES RELEASE OF SCHOOL BUCKS:  U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen called Monday for Gov. Larry Hogan to “do the right thing” and release the more than $68 million set aside by the General Assembly in the state budget to subsidize Maryland’s costliest school systems, reports Bill Turque for the Post.

CHARTER GROUP TURNS ON CHARTER BILL: A national charter advocacy organization wants Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to veto a bill passed by the General Assembly that would change how charter schools operate in the state, Ovetta Wiggins reports in the Post. The bill was originally pushed by charter advocates because it would have given charter operators greater authority and was a way to increase the number of such schools in the state. But it was significantly watered down as it made its way through the legislature.

SAYLOR DOCS TO BE RELEASED: The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office will release certain information about training and disciplinary action within the agency to the family of Ethan Saylor, a federal magistrate judge has ruled. U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie Gallagher considered arguments from attorneys for three sheriff’s deputies, the state and the estate of Ethan Saylor, which sought access to the records in connection with a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Danielle Gaines reports for the Frederick News Post.

MCCORMICK TO STAY IN MD: Gov. Larry Hogan had been scheduled to appear at the headquarters of McCormick & Co. Tuesday to make a major announcement about the future of the company, but the unrest in Baltimore postponed those plans, reports Bryan Sears for the Daily Record.

CRAB POPULATION ON RISE: The 2015 Winter Dredge Survey for blue crabs showed a better outlook on the crab population, a shift from the depleted levels of last year, according to Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Josh Bollinger reports for the  Easton Star Democrat that surveyors estimate there are about 101 million spawning-age female blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay, “a substantial rise” from 2014 when it was estimated there were just below 70 million, or the threshold level.