State Roundup, October 6, 2017

Comptroller Franchot files for re-election; Donna Edwards will run for Prince George’s exec; Sen. Kagan will not run for Montgomery exec; Gov. Larry Hogan has ordered the Office of Homeland Security to put into place an updated cybersecurity plan; Franchot continues to press on with new school construction, this time for Lansdowne; Baltimore County schools may nix two Jewish holy days to fit governor’s mandate; state ponders allowing out-of-state patients to access new medical marijuana industry; CASA de Maryland seeks to halt rollback of DACA program; Speaker Ryan touts tax plan in Chestertown, while protest held; and two Washington County commissioners say fellow Commissioner Myers did kiss county employee.

State Roundup, October 5, 2017

University of Maryland, College Park receives largest donation in its history; Speaker Paul Ryan heads to Eastern Shore to push Republican tax proposal; meanwhile new study says 31% of Maryland households would see a tax hike; Scientists concerned about faster acidification of Chesapeake Bay; Sen. Kagan says Hogan administration has failed to comply with Spanish/Chinese translations on state websites; Baltimore County exec candidate Del. McDonough says challenger Redmer should resign as state insurance commissioner; poll finds an Alsobrooks-Edwards race for Prince George’s exec would be tight; and the IRS revokes tax-exempt status of organization founded by Arundel Councilman Peroutka.

State Roundup, October 4, 2017

Maryland settles fair housing case with agreement to develop affordable units in prosperous neighborhoods; Federal Transit Admin. puts cost of Purple Line construction at $2.4 billion, but Maryland says its only $2 billion, leaving out $400 million; provision of new criminal justice law governing substance abuse treatment for offenders may not function well; new Mason-Dixon poll finds Gov. Hogan popular, but facing tough challenge from Democratic opponents; Speaker Busch backs Del. Aruna Miller for 6th Congressional District seat; Del. Malone only Marylander signing on to Wisconsin gerrymander case before Supreme Court; and Democrats find it tough going in Harford County.

State Roundup, October 3, 2017

Maryland’s politicians react with shock, grief to mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 59 dead, 500+ wounded; U.S. Ed Department gives Maryland $17.2 million over five years to support charter school growth; Comptroller Franchot eyes two Baltimore County schools for repair, replacement; Gov. Hogan sends National Guard to aid Puerto Rico after deadly hurricane; Goucher pollster responds to Rascovar column; Frederick County officials want transit funding returned to pre-recession levels; 3rd Republican files to battle for U.S. Rep. Delaney’s seat; and alderman’s plan to restructure Annapolis city government may have to wait.

State Roundup, October 2, 2017

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are helping Maryland officials develop evacuation plans in case of Category 4 cyclones; Black Caucus hopes to quickly get bill passed expanding medical marijuana industry; judge refuses to block law allowing state to challenge generic drug price-gouging; ban on fracking among laws that took effect Oct. 1; as two black men seek to become Maryland governor, some Democrats worry about splitting the all-important black vote; President Trump seeks to dismiss Maryland-D.C. Lawsuit over his profiting over position; and Baltimore City asks the state to lower limits on smog-producing, asthma-inducing nitrogen oxide.

State Roundup, September 29, 2017

Dozens of laws take effect in Maryland on Sunday; judge holds acting Health secretary, others in contempt for not moving needy inmates to psychiatric beds quickly enough; Howard County joins list of Maryland jurisdictions seeking Amazon HQ2 as Montgomery finishes its pitch; Russians attempted to foment strife in Baltimore with Facebook ads; emails give insight into reaction of Maryland politicians to U.S. Rep. Delaney’s bid for the presidency; and U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin has a very bad week with words.

State Roundup, September 28, 2017

Gov. Hogan directs Attorney General Frosh to sue EPA over interstate air pollution, second time in a month governor sues Trump administration; as Congress ponders budget cuts, policy shifts, Chesapeake Bay’s health more imperiled; state audit of Health Department find compliance and accountability levels unsatisfactory; a slew of laws take effect on Sunday; feds indict former IT Secretary in O’Malley administration on bribery charges; congressmen work to delay defunding of Fort Detrick laboratory; Arundel Councilman Peroutka takes stage with controversial Alabaman Roy Moore after his primary victory; and former Rockville Mayor Krasnow mulls run for Montgomery exec.

State Roundup, September 27, 2017

Howard County joins ranks of Maryland jurisdictions to pitch for Amazon’s 2nd headquarters; paid sick leave advocates vow to return to state legislature to overturn Gov. Hogan’s veto of 2017 bill; legislative panel hears how safe drug use spaces can save money, lives; amid soaring temperatures, a number of Baltimore City schools still don’t have air conditioning; after heart surgery, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings returns to Capitol Hill; Republicans set sights on Baltimore County exec, council spots; ex-Arundel prosecutor to challenge state’s attorney who fired her; and former Baltimorean considered as next ambassador to France.

State Roundup, September 26, 2017

Goucher Poll sees no clear front runner in Dem primary for governor, although former Atty Gen Gansler, who isn’t running, gets the most support as majority of state Dems polled hope for a more progressive candidate; Gov. Hogan heads to Canada on DC-VA-MD trade mission; Maryland students’ SAT score fall just above the national average; Hogan’s redistricting reform panel meets; state Insurance Commissioner Redmer sees no conflict in continuing state work while running for Baltimore County exec; and Allegany commissioners consider county workforce reductions.

State Roundup, September 25, 2017

Latest Goucher Poll show Hogan still popular but slightly faltering with Maryland voters; in an attempt to get them paid, Gov. Hogan reassigns acting Planning Secty Peters, gives new role to Health Secty Schrader; small, immigrant-owned businesses along Purple Line path imperiled; 2013 mass transit law helped push through roads plan without General Assembly input; Arundel Health System joins movement to fix opioid problem hospitals helped create; Insurance Commish Al Redmer, Del. Pat McDonough both announce their runs for Republican nomination for Baltimore County executive; ex-Baltimore County school super Dance subject of state probe; and Montgomery County to join bid for Amazon HQ2.