Gov. Hogan proves popular throughout Maryland -- and with a NYTimes columnist; some Montgomery business owners say they are wrestling with state taxes, contemplate moving out of state; environmentalists seek to pull permit from proposed incinerator; Montgomery County says it welcomes Syrian refugees; jury selection begins today in first cop trial in Freddie Gray death; lawmakers seek list of police agencies not adopting anti-racial profiling recommendations; Clinton to fund-raise in Owings Mills; and NBA star’s attempt to honor home county backfires with some in PG.
Advocacy groups ask Gov. Hogan to accept federal vetting to allow Syrian refugees in; medical marijuana dispensary applications come from all over, with Takoma Park seeing 30; experts question value of added psychological testing to improve policing; offshore wind industry takes shape on Lower Shore; Talbot Council votes to keep controversial statue; union seeks ethics probe into Del. Frick; Sen. Mikulski honored at White House; and new poll finds Marylanders backing Clinton and Carson in prez race.
Governor, mayor jointly announce new school to work initiative in Baltimore; Syrian refugees, protesters ask Gov. Hogan to accept U.S. response on vetting of refugees; Speaker Busch complains about shabby grounds around state Capitol; private crime-tracking business highlights transparency problem with some police agencies; Montgomery exec says he’s doing well after surgery; Baltimore City mayor heads to Paris for climate conference; Leggett hopes to push for bus rapid transit without independent agency; Raskin poll finds him ahead of Matthews in congressional primary run; Szeliga holds slight edge in GOP primary run; and Warnock announces for Baltimore City mayor.
As protest planned for this morning, a chorus of voices -- including from the White House -- comes out against Gov. Hogan’s stand on Syrian refugees, urging him to allow refugees into Maryland; Hogan gets airtime on Fox News; Maryland meeting its goals to reduce greenhouse gasses; new panel targets state’s cyber-security measures; new poll finds Van Hollen in lead for Mikulski’s Senate seat, Sheila Dixon ahead in Baltimore City mayoral race; and Martin O’Malley can’t seem to break out of single digits.
Attorney General Frosh launches probe into lead paint settlement purchases; Rep. Delaney joins GOP in opposing admitting Syrian refugees without stronger vetting while presidential candidate Carson compares refugees to rabid dogs; meanwhile, group plans to protest Gov. Hogan’s stand on refugees; in race for Congress, Kumar Barve highlights his grandfather’s immigrant story; new lottery chief reorganizes top staff; Frederick County exec preps Annapolis agenda; and Montgomery exec strongly opposes changes to its liquor control system.
Four teams submit bids to build Purple Line; BPW criticized MTA over lack of competition in bidding over ride service for those disabled; Public Service Commission give passenger railroad franchise to maglev company; huge development gets BPW OK despite environmental impact; state expecting balanced budget when legislature gets under way; Montgomery lawmakers ready bills for January session start; Democrats are critical of Gov. Hogan’s Vegas trip; after pedestrian deaths, lawmakers urge MTA to make roadway improvements; Republican attorney seeks to challenge Ruppersberger in House race; and 8th Congressional District Dems debate.
Gov. Hogan back tracks a bit, asks Obama to halt Syrian refugee intake until threat to safety cleared; Maryland Historical Trust awards $9 million in highly competitive tax-credit race; Board of Public Works to review Kent Island wetlands development; on ground once home to racism, Morgan State opens $72 million business center; Prince George’s gives new casino a pass on countywide vaping ban; as Baltimore County Council pulls rain tax, resident protest the move; and out-of-court police brutality settlements rise in Baltimore City.
Gov. Hogan announces he is cancer-free, but says monitoring condition is needed; Hogan declines to follow other Republican governors on Syrian refugee ban; Sen. Mikulski to be honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom; in light of addiction crisis, Hopkins study urges strict monitoring of opioid dispensing; Prince George’s begins setting legislative agenda; women over 50 are crucial to Maryland House race; O’Malley shifting Maryland campaign staffers to early primary states; Clinton touts 70 Maryland endorsements; crowded Dem primary race for city mayor gets more crowded; and Montgomery Exec Leggett returns to work after back surgery.
Aide to Gov. Hogan urges pols to replenish Maryland’s public campaign financing coffers; University of Maryland hopes to raise $1 billion over three years; ban on Confederate license plates takes effect tomorrow; director of Parole and Probation resigns for consulting job where one client will be P&P; ACLU introduces police videotaping app in Maryland; new candidate for District 4 Congressional race; Montgomery council against changes in liquor system; and another newbie enters race for Baltimore City mayor.
Money tight for recidivism prevention programs; state pot regulators overrun by 900 medical marijuana industry applications, will have to extend review period for approval; two unions back Pena-Melnyk for 4th Congressional District seat; U.S. Rep. Harris tells crowd state Del. Szeliga can win U.S. Senate seat; U.S. Rep. Edwards continues to draw distinction with rival colleague Van Hollen for Senate seat; and two join race for Cecil County executive race.