Author Archives: Cynthia Prairie

State Roundup, July 6, 2015

July 6th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan returns to work after five days of chemo, many greet him with neon green Hogan Strong wristbands; as state continues to wrestle with rising opioid epidemic, more officers are instructed in use of Narcan to reverse overdose effects; HIV cases also soar among young people; find out how much tax money your legislators spent on meals and rooms during last General Assembly session; new state Dem leadership hopes to re-energize party; after $8 million restoration, Old Senate Chamber to remain closed -- for now; UM researcher undertakes new, deeper, longer polling method; U.S. Rep. Edwards fills her campaign coffers; and as Sheila Dixon looks forward toward the Baltimore City mayor’s office, others revisit her past


State Roundup, July 2, 2015

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


State Roundup, July 1, 2015

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


State Roundup, June 30, 2015

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


State Roundup, June 29, 2015

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


State Roundup, June 26, 2015

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


State Roundup, June 25, 2015

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


State Roundup, June 24, 2015

June 24th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan signals intent to pull Confederate flag from vehicle tags as more debate changing symbols that many perceive as racist; as Lt. Gov. Rutherford heads up Board of Public Works, he comes down hard on department spending; more reaction to news of Hogan’s illness, treatment pours in from lawmakers, doctors; as lawmakers gather to discuss economic disparity, jobs and poverty issues in Baltimore City, autopsy reveals Freddie Gray suffered one, “high-energy injury;” Montgomery County passes paid sick leave legislation; U.S. Rep. Edwards picks up more labor support in Senate run; and Donald Trump stumps in Maryland


State Roundup, June 23, 2015

June 23rd, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Larry Hogan announces he has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, an aggressive but highly treatable illness that will take about 18 weeks for him to recover from. It’s in an advanced stage but he has met the illness with hope and humor; good wishes are sent to him from all political persuasions; Lt. Gov. Rutherford ready to take his place as needed; jail policy panel begins meeting to discuss cutting recidivism rates; officials begin looking closely at confederate symbols, places of honor in Maryland -- including on license plates, park names, statues and the state song; Glenn Ivey picks up 1st labor endorsement in run for U.S. House; Van Hollen influence shows up in widening support; and Arundel exec to have shoulder surgery


State Roundup, June 22, 2015

June 22nd, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan cancels public meetings due to illness; Maryland posts job gains over four months this year; Secretary Gill could be right person for Commerce post; after protests, MTA cuts MARC fee structure; promise of boon of recycling for jurisdictions fails to bear fruit; state Democrats focus on their weak link -- Maryland’s rural counties; Patrick Murray picked to head state Dems; PG Exec Baker backs off of lawsuit threat over budget; Arundel could get mobile heroin clinic in face of growing addiction problem; feds deny FEMA aid to Baltimore after riots; Mayor Rawlings-Blake heads U.S. Conference of Mayors, to talk about unrest; Van Hollen wins straw poll for Senate as he and Edwards go after Baltimore City support; and O’Malley says he’ll continue to hit Clinton, also goes after Confederate flag and guns



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