State Roundup, August 23, 2017

Maryland public school students showed slight improvements in English, math assessments while Carroll, Arundel students outperformed state overall; we gather a diversity of opinions on moving Confederate statues; Justice Roger Taney wasn’t just famous for the Dred Scott decision, he was also considered a political hack, one professor says; congressional candidate calls for removal of Talbot Boys statue; Asian Caucus calls for change in state song; comptroller candidate doesn’t fit any political mold; former Howard councilwoman Watson expected to run for House of Delegates; and 13 Baltimore County public schools to open without air conditioning, down from 37 at start of last year.

State Roundup, August 22, 2017

Maryland’s Purple Line to receive $900 million in full-funding agreement with the Trump administration; three county library systems train staff in use of naxalone to fight opioid overdoses; Wicomico council slows decision on monument to Confederate general as city Columbus statue is vandalized, U.S. Rep. Delaney calls for removal of Lee statue on National Park Service land and Howard County decides to move Confederate soldier monument to museum; Senate Pres Miller defends stand on Taney statue; Sen. Lee, Dels. Kelly, Korman form District 16 slate; after fight against lymphoma, young attorney seeks District 19 delegate seat; all indications are that Redmer will announce run for Baltimore County exec; 30-year-old Columbia Republican to challenge Howard exec Kittleman in primary; and Montgomery council candidate touts free community college tuition; developer Pat McCuan dies.

State Roundup, August 21, 2017

Gov. Hogan officially kills O’Malley administration’s Plan Maryland, announces new guides to growth and development in state; economist predicts inevitable downtown soon; federal government files brief in Purple Line case, seeks to overturn rulings; Hogan said removal of Confederate statues up to specific jurisdictions; Hogan gets heat over removing Taney statue; company study says off-shore turbines won’t deter Ocean City tourism; and, concerned about HUD violations, Maryland congressional dems seek documents as they look into firm owned by Trump son-in-law that rents apartments in Baltimore County, city.

State Roundup, August 18, 2017

The 145-year-old statue of former Supreme Court Justice Taney is removed from the State House; Senate Pres Miller says vote on Taney statue should have been done in public; Gov. Hogan, congressmen criticize President Trump as not presidential, “unfit for office;” federal battlefield monuments to remain; experts expect to see ancillary businesses to spring up with growth of state’s medical marijuana industry; islands for sale in Maryland, state considers purchasing three; Jealous campaign walks back Cory Booker endorsement statement; and Montgomery council candidates flock to public financing.

State Roundup, August 17, 2017

Gov. Hogan calls President Trump’s blaming of both sides for Charlottesville violence “a terrible mistake;” meanwhile, the State House Trust votes to remove statue of chief justice Taney; Baltimore Mayor Pugh expresses frustration with predecessor over not resolving Confederate statue issue under her watch; Hogan asks school system to come to Annapolis to explain construction funding requests; costs of running for State House are on the rise, Common Cause study finds; and Montgomery minimum wage-job loss survey is flawed, survey company says.

State Roundup, August 16, 2017

Baltimore City removes four Confederate statues overnight; Gov. Hogan calls for removing Taney statue at State House; Warren Deschenaux, for decades the go-to budget guru in the Department of Legislative Services, to retire on Dec. 1; acting Health Secretary Schrader defends pace of moving mentally ill criminal defendants into treatment; Gov. Hogan OK’d state participation on Trump voter fraud panel; Rep. Hoyer says Republican congressmen also see need for new FBI HQ; and Ben Jealous arrested at immigration rights demonstration.

State Roundup, August 15, 2017

Charlottesville violence spurs Maryland to once again look at its Confederate statues as calls rise to remove Taney statue at State House and Baltimore City, Howard County mull removal of theirs as well; eight medical marijuana growers get final OK to begin growing; meanwhile marijuana panel’s chief asks panel to extend deadline for companies approval on a case-by-case basis; Under Armour’s Plank quits President Trump’s business panel over slow response to call out racists over Charlotteville violence as Sen. Hough tweets his criticism; and Johns enters race for House of Delegates to see more women in office.

State Roundup, August 14, 2017

Maryland politicians, communities stand in solidarity against racism after deadly weekend in Charlottesville, Va.; Maryland’s medical marijuana growers must be operational today to meet deadline; watermen, scientists, pols debate oyster harvesting in sanctuaries; Gov. Hogan wants tougher stance against violent offenders in Baltimore City; gubernatorial candidate Vignarajah defends record, gets blasted by anonymous fellow Democrats; and Montgomery County’s District 1 council race gets crowded.

State Roundup, August 11, 2017

As state tackles opioid crisis, two physicians indicted on charges they illegally prescribed sedatives and painkillers; two health insurers remain in state ACA exchange while only one will serve much of Maryland; Republican delegates ask Atty. Gen. Frosh to recuse himself from defending redistricting plan, citing role in Democratic Senate leadership; Gov. Hogan tours State Center with Mayor Pugh, casts doubt on current project moving forward; Hogan orders midge eradication; and Baltimore County considers body cams for off-duty uniformed officers.

State Roundup, August 10, 2017

St. Mary’s County charges eight suspected drug dealers with second-degree murder as Gov. Hogan calls on state’s attorneys to crack down on heroin dealers to help fight rising overdoses; Sen. Hershey begins crafting “right to work” legislation for counties to buy into; Vignarajah, former policy aide for Michelle Obama, announces for governor; Bethesda Beat finds that Vignarajah voted in D.C. While registered in Maryland; attorney Sara Love to seek Del. Frick’s seat; Trone wine business markets in 6th District community 25 miles from nearest store; and College Park council delays vote on allowing noncitizens to vote.