State Roundup, November 30, 2015

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.

State Roundup, November 25, 2015

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.

State Roundup, November 24, 2015

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.

State Roundup, November 23, 2015

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.

State Roundup, November 20, 2015

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.

State Roundup, November 19, 2015

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.

State Roundup, November 18, 2015

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.

State Roundup, November 17, 2015: Hogan cancer free

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.

State Roundup, November 16, 2015

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.

State Roundup, November 13, 2015

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.