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State Roundup, July 30, 2015

July 30th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan to announce shutdown of Baltimore City Detention Center; drug possession with intent to distribute is No. 1 reason Marylanders end up in state prison; U.S. Rep. Cummings pushes price cut of heroin overdose antidote; state officials see Maryland jobs growth in national insurance company mergers; Frederick officials worried about short-term federal funding of transit projects; Va. gov. continues futile war of words on whose “owns” Maryland blue crabs; Simonaires seek good Samaritan waiver for those saving child’s life; former Mikulski aide Del. Maggie McIntosh to endorse Van Hollen for Mikulski’s Senate seat; and U.S. Sen. Cardin says Indian Head Naval facility safe from closure for now


State Roundup, July 29, 2015

July 29th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan puts highway engineering plans online for free download, saving contractors time and money to obtain them; small businesses complain about ACA and state regs when it comes to insuring employees; industry, environmentalists both criticize Hogan administration’s smog reduction plan; Ag Secretary Bartenfelder tours Cecil County Fair, says Maryland State Fair too commercial; study finds no matter the ability, gun training is needed; after Chemo Round 2, Gov. Hogan proudly sports new Kojak look; Glenn Ivey secures Hispanic leadership support in race for Congress; Donna Edwards’ campaign, holds its nose, takes outside funds in race for the Senate; and new Prince George’s police station almost ready to open, but can’t afford the cops


State Roundup, July 28, 2015

July 28th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Medical marijuana grower hopes to set up operation in Washington County, but some state lawmakers concerned about proposal; Gov. Hogan to chair economic panel of NGA; Yumi Hogan hosts Korean delegation at Government House; state Sen. Middleton says new ride-sharing law needs cleaning up; Virginia governor attempts to fire shot at Maryland over who can claim Maryland blue crabs; and prez candidate O’Malley takes a swipe at Hillary Clinton’s Wall St. connections, while having his own conversion on criminal justice.


State Roundup, July 27, 2015

July 27th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

State bans poultry exhibits at fairs to try to prevent bird flu from catching hold in Maryland; first clinic for medical marijuana use opens in Annapolis, sees more than 100 possible patients; with Montgomery judge striking down rain tax, Baltimore area communities now concerned about its use; civil rights activists rally at State House for policing reforms; interest in Red Line, fixing Baltimore transit just won’t go away; Montgomery’s Leggett says he’s 90% sure that Purple Line will get built in reasonable time; Gov. Hogan names new Homeland Security chiefs; Hogan finishes chemo Round 2; and O’Malley takes on Wall Street, then offends home-state poultry interests


State Roundup, July 24, 2015

July 24th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Atty. Gen. Frosh asks maker of heroin OD antidote to rebate public agencies; new state law raising high school attendance age targets dropout rate; Gov. Hogan’s neck tumor shrinking after chemo Round 2; backlog of untested rape kits explored in Wicomico County; Bus Rapid Transit explored as alternative to Red Line, but still seen as expensive; plans for 300-room Maryland Live hotel unveiled; court strikes Montgomery stormwater fee; U.S. House bill could imperil federal funds to “sanctuary cities” such as Baltimore; and Catonsville nuns to head to Supreme Court over Obamacare contraceptive rule


State Roundup, July 23, 2015

July 23rd, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Transit chief Rahn, Legislative Services clash over legality of Baltimore area bus, subway and light-rail fare hikes; Baltimore County Exec Kamenetz hopes to see Red Line alternatives from Baltimore Metro Council; Gov. Hogan in Day 4 of chemo Round 2; biz climate panel wrestles with priorities; ex-Sen. Colburn lands at Md. Ag Dept.; GOP hopeful challenges U.S. Rep. Delaney; and Prince George’s exec would like to county HQ to move to Largo


State Roundup, July 22, 2015

July 22nd, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Health care Web site contractor to pay state $45 million to avoid lawsuit but U.S. regulators still must OK deal; Transit chief Rahn says despite Red Line cancellation, there’s no money for major Baltimore area transit initiatives; Baltimore County exec calls on metro council to come up with transit alternatives; open judgeship -- at $176,000 salary -- and there are no takers; charges against Del. Kelly dropped after prosecutors determine it was a domestic divorce squabble; Rockville residents weigh in on moving Confederate soldier statue, but decision apparently is in county exec’s hands and he’s pushing to have it moved; process begins for hotel-convention center at Maryland Live casino; and Frederick County debates English-only law


State Roundup, July 21, 2015

July 21st, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan seeks congressional delegation help in securing federal funds for Purple line; Rocky Gap slots bucks to help fund scholarships for Allegany students; southern Maryland officials worried that toll cuts will imperil Nice Bridge improvements; former provost sues UMES claiming racial bias; when lobbyists donate to some campaigns, win or lose, they’ll likely win; former Pentagon official considers run for Congress; and Arundel exec nixes council message on tax bill


State Roundup, July 20, 2015

July 20th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan rolls out $2 billion in asphalt projects but none for Baltimore City, little for Baltimore County; questions arise over Purple Line funding; state ethics panel outlines what industries lobby Annapolis -- and how much is spent; prisoner isolation tactics get another look in Maryland; Hogan to begin Round 2 of chemo; look beyond the declared dollars, and congressional campaign financing more than a numbers game; Who’s Who of donation in congressional race; Maryland ranks 6th in giving to presidential candidates; and Baltimore City moves to change name of Robert E. Lee Park, while Montgomery exec orders Confederate soldier statue moved


State Roundup, July 17, 2015

July 17th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

The Board of Public Works delays cutting 63 jobs from Public Safety and Correctional Services; BPW also delays funding of Queen Anne’s homeless shelter; good government groups unite for cake, ice cream and a bit of fun to urge changes in Maryland’s redistricting process; DNR Police chief set to retire; Gov. Hogan’s new transportation leaders hail from outside state; dueling gubernatorial campaign finance complaints likely to go nowhere; “Hogan Strong” merchandize hits markets; education advocate Alvin Thornton tosses hat in the ring for the 4th Congressional District race; Van Hollen proposes anti-Super PAC pledge, but Edwards won’t bite; and Frederick Exec Gardner pushes ethics panel



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