State Roundup, October 14, 2016

Hogan appointee to state school board criticizes governor’s latest school start exec order; commission chair considers overhauling school construction funding system; Gov. Hogan meets with Cabinet in Hagerstown; Hogan touts Hagerstown projects, but doesn’t pony up bucks, yet; you have until Tuesday, Oct.18 to register to vote; Montgomery Exec Leggett says he still has lots to do before leaving office; Frederick’s Taney bust to come down; Attorney General says Carroll commish can hold school post; and political pundit Josh Kurtz hopes to launch new news website.

State Roundup, October 13, 2016

Attorney General’s opinion on cash-bail process could alter jail industry; Gov. Hogan wary of adding funds to D.C. Metrorail system; Hogan’s move to make it difficult for schools to get waiver on early start draws critics; state Republicans find an outpost in West Baltimore community center; Daily Caller claims former Gov. O’Malley “broke, looking for job” after pulling out of pres race; Montgomery council considers divesting county pensions of fossil fuel stocks; Baltimore City police union calls for negotiation following DOJ report; and Baltimore City mayor bans WYPR reporter after confrontation.

State Roundup, October 12, 2016

After much jockeying, Howard County’s embattled Sheriff Fitzgerald to retire; Gov. Hogan announces another exec order to make obtaining a school start waiver more difficult; Attorney General Frosh warns that cash bail system could be found illegal; Baltimore-D.C. area lawmakers urge regionwide transit system; Ike Leggett says he won’t seek 4th term as Montgomery exec; Baltimore City school board found in violation of state Open Meeting Law; and Dixon files as write-in candidate for city mayor.

State Roundup, October 11, 2016

Howard County Exec Kittleman presses sheriff to resign, to seek other ways to for his ouster even while some lawmakers say that will be difficult; Sheila Dixon expect to announce write-in campaign for Baltimore City mayor; fine collections from speed cameras on the decline; and Hoeber, Szeliga, Sauerbrey all stand with Trump despite his admitting assaults on women.

State Roundup, October 10, 2016

Hillary Clinton gets points for restraint in latest presidential debate, edge goes to Donald Trump; Maryland political leaders condemn Trump’s vile account of assaulting women but Republicans who back him won’t back away from him; Gov. Hogan addresses racial imbalance in initial licensing, appoints new member to medical marijuana commission; following assault, DHMH to overhaul patient protections; Senate hopes Szeliga and Van Hollen debate on-air, joined by Green Party candidate in Columbia forum; judge rules pro-life “pregnancy” centers don’t have to post that they don’t provide abortions, birth control; Anne Arundel County Exec Schuh marries; and longtime Baltimore area journalist Barbara Pash dies at 75.

State Roundup, October 7, 2016

Poll finds Gov. Hogan’s popularity at 71%, but solid support for re-election at 46%; the Legislative Black Caucus supports an effort to curb school suspensions of pre-K pupils; Caucus also introduces legislation to pause state medical marijuana licensing until racial disparities are addressed; state adopts encrypted email system; corruption probe continues into state prison system; congressional delegation now calls for Howard sheriff’s resignation; and Cecil County government’s first solar project months early, ready to go on line.

State Roundup, October 6, 2016

Legislative Black Caucus to hold daylong hearing on discrimination in policing, medical marijuana industry; state continues to reconsider relationship with Wells Fargo bank; micro-distillers now allowed to self-distribute to bars, restaurants; Gov. Hogan to take his Cabinet to Washington County; with new state law in place, Aberdeen considers charter amendment on runoffs; midge problem along Baltimore County waterfront spurs Hogan to action; Montgomery councilmembers giving to anti-term limit campaign; and while Hogan is up in the polls, the GOP is down.

State Roundup, October 5, 2016

State and county officials seek collaboration in fight against continued opioid epidemic, deaths; group of Maryland lawmakers seek halt to state’s medical marijuana program to retool for racial diversity; Gov. Hogan delays funding for I-270 busway for at least six years; Baltimore City reverses itself, seeks policing upgrade funds from state; Sen. Muse eyes legislation to end bullying in state agencies; Maryland Insurance Administration challenged over order against “Money Guys;” health commissioner backs proposed Prince George’s Medical Center; Harford State’s Attorney Cassily to retire; and Frederick city police to get body cameras.

State Roundup, October 4, 2016

As the Maryland Insurance Admin OKs 2017 rates, there is good news for some and bad news for others; congressional action means more money for states, locals to fight Zika virus; Gov. Hogan completes chemotherapy; state’s Attorney General must decide on continuing relationship with Wells Fargo bank; GM National Harbor set to open on Dec. 8; Republican mayoral candidate Alan Walden talks about why he is running; growing number of gunshot victims in Baltimore City are dying; and two Prince George’s residents sue county over taxes.

State Roundup, October 3, 2016

In light of Wells Fargo scandal, Maryland reviewing its relationship with the bank; despite experts’ warning, Maryland moves ahead with online absentee balloting; population of middle-aged opioid addicts, overdose victims grows; mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses to be eliminated in a year; GOP congressional hopefuls hope coattails of Gov. Hogan’s popularity propel them to victory; former candidate David Trone to pay $150,000 after $250,000 in illegal campaign contributions discovered; politics invades Arundel judges race; Seat Pleasant mayor, once banned from town hall, gets revenge; and Helen Bentley leaves $2.5 million estate.