Chinese sister state promoting more trade with Maryland

This week, Anhui province has sent its largest delegation to Maryland with the aim of increasing trade and tourism. Gov. Larry Hogan declared the week Maryland-Anhui Promotion Week, and “both want to re-invigorate the partnership,” said Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford Tuesday kicking off a two-day event at the Rockville Hilton.

Ballot afterlife: To support Ervin, vote for Kamenetz

Kevin Kamenetz may have been buried May 11, but he remains very much alive on Democratic primary ballots. The death of the Baltimore County executive as he campaigned for governor exposed problems with Maryland election laws, as well as long-standing constitutional issues with the job of lieutenant governor.

State Roundup, May 18, 2018

Valerie Ervin will run; cites national funding base; picks Johnson as running mate; Ervin seen as more progressive that Kamenetz; Ticket could catch lightning; nine Dems to debate; would-be challengers agree – more transit; Jealous won’t play it safe; public will get input in Kamenetz replacement; Alsobrooks launches ads; bill defines ‘agritourism’

State Roundup, May 17, 2018

Baker has a plan to revitalize Baltimore; Sun profiles PG exec.; Valerie Ervin must decide on race today; Pugh owns De Sousa appointment; Baltimore bears the brunt of disfunction; Campos will do time; Super PAC funded campaign turns P.G. exec. race ugly; Post endorses for MoCo council; More Democrats are challenging; BPW  rejects court fee hikes; Leventhal releases Avengers-themed ad.

State Roundup, May 16, 2018

Sports betting in Maryland will have to wait; hundreds of bills signed: gay conversion therapy banned; tax breaks for veterans, retirees; expanding medical cannabis; investigating Baltimore police; harassment protections; Balt. Co. Council plans no hearings on replacing Kamenetz; Frosh seeks help with opioid probe; Aruna Miller running ads.

State Roundup, May 15, 2018

Supreme Court allows states to have sports betting; Senate President Miller open to special session to pass sports gambling; feds approve all-payer hospital funding plan; Rep. Brown recovering from small stroke; Edwards urges Valerie Ervin to run for governor; Ficker may not get public financing; Jealous running Baltimore TV ads; retirement system responds to criticism.

State Roundup, May 14, 2018

Baltimore County Executive gets a grand sendoff, earning more praise in death than he often did in life; the fallout from the death of a major candidate for governor continues; the number of dolphins in the Chesapeake surges; Baltimore region has changed over the past decade, reports the Greater Baltimore Committee; The Washington Post endorses David Blair for Montgomery Executive; a woman doctor emphasizes gender in ad for 6th District seat; two women race for PG exec; Cummings attacks Trump drug plan.

Kirwan education commission back to work on most politically sensitive task — how much it will cost

The  education commission that met in relative obscurity for 16 months now faces the challenge of deciding what it will take and how much it will cost to implement its lofty goals of change and improvement for Maryland public schools. The Kirwan Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education has become a key talking point in the 2018 election campaign, and on Thursday it picks up its work where it left off in January for the legislative session.