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.

State Roundup, November 12, 2015

Maryland educators and lawmakers seek new help for immigrant students; crime victim advocates push to restore $1.5 million to federal Crime Victims Fund; Maryland may regulate growing fantasy football industry; Del. Szeliga, County Exec Glassman tip of iceberg for GOP members who could benefit from “Hogan bump;” and local political pundits weigh in on GOP debate.

State Roundup, November 11, 2015

State’s Medical Cannabis Commission gets 355 applications for cultivation, processing and dispensing; state awards $2.3 million in grants dealing with violence against women; Eastern Shore delegate hopes to overturn law requiring fire sprinklers on new, renovated single-family homes; former Del. Hogan hired in government relations post for state university; with lots of GOP backing, Del. Szeliga jumps into race for Mikulski’s Senate seat; but will Harford Exec Glassman also enter GOP primary?; and Van Hollen trots out more progressive backers in his Senate race.

State Roundup, November 10, 2015

With a grade of D, Maryland ranks 23 in government accountability, transparency assessment; Democrat leaders return again to urge Gov. Hogan to release education funding and he says no; federal maglev study funds should be a boon to private firms; Van Hollen hopes to draw bright line between him and Edwards in new Senate race ad; ex-CIA manager Faddis announces for House; and candidates begin lining up for Arundel council race very, very early.

State Roundup, November 9, 2015

State’s 15-year effort to catalog ballistic “fingerprints” of handguns ends in failure; Gov. Hogan proposes putting all drunk-drivers in ignition lock program; feds award state $28 million to study D.C.-to-Baltimore high-speed rail proposal; Attorney General Frosh seeks delay in legislative audit of health care exchange that could imperil lawsuits; PARCC Algebra scores may not be so bad; businessman pleads for cure to state’s “unfriendly-to business” perception; Mongtomery Exec Leggett won’t propose Transit Authority this year; Maryland the only Delmarva state to stay mum on seismic surveys for oil; and Arundel Exec Schuh seeks more control over school budget.