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State Roundup, May 1, 2015

May 1st, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan asks West Baltimore residents to ensure peace throughout the weekend as police investigation is turned over to city’s chief prosecutor; State’s Attorney Mosby faces huge challenge in weighing evidence, possible charges in Freddie Gray’s death; Al Sharpton defends Baltimore City mayor; Gray’s injuries included head trauma and earlier witness denies contention that Gray tried to injure himself; ATF offering reward in seeking cause of fires; Del. McDonough says protesters parents should be denied food subsidies; legislators deny connection to Shabazz’s lawyers’ group; synagogue challenging rain tax on religious grounds; avian flu could impact state’s chicken industry; fracking elsewhere affecting state’s air quality; and U.S. Rep. Edwards’ “love of Israel” doubted


State Roundup, April 30, 2015

April 30th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Protests over Freddie Gray’s death continue in Baltimore City and Baltimore County and spread to Boston, New York and Washington, D.C.; Del. Sid Saab calls for Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s resignation; Rawlings-Blake calls Gov. Hogan inexperienced; riots thrust Gov. Hogan into national spotlight; conventions cancel or postpone and businesses throughout city suffer either directly or indirectly from the unrest; President Obama says Baltimore hasn’t been helped in ways that would have prevented problems; Hillary Clinton calls for less incarceration, more police body cams; and O’Malley defends policing record as city mayor; Marylanders won’t see a hike in the state’s property tax, although a future hike may be necessary


State Roundup, April 29, 2015

April 29th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

As city residents clean up after Monday’s strife, Gov. Hogan brings in 1,000+ more National Guard troops, vows to bring peace to riot-torn Baltimore City. But how easy that was gets tested at curfew; meanwhile former Gov. O’Malley, touring the city, gets heckled for his zero tolerance policy as mayor; city State’s Attorney Mosby must decide whether to bring charges against police in Freddie Gray’s death; gangs join City Council asking for peace; other police agencies respond to find scenes of residents cleaning up; between the looting and the curfew, businesses are the biggest losers; and former Obama aide to seek Van Hollen’s congressional seat


State Roundup, April 28, 2015

April 28th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Amid unrest, Gov. Hogan moves office to Baltimore City to take over situation from Mayor Rawlings-Blake; Hogan cancels Tuesday schedule of events -- including McCormick announcement -- to concentrate on riots; President Obama stays in touch on city situation; former Gov. O’Malley heads to Ireland for speaking engagement, then reverses course and heads home; in other news: U.S. Rep. Van Hollen urges Hogan to release $68 million for schools; charter school group turns against amended charter bill; Frederick Sheriff to release documents on Ethan Saylor; McCormick to stay -- and grow -- in Baltimore County; and crab population on the rise


State Roundup, April 27, 2015

April 27th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

State, national Black Caucus leaders to ask Justice Department to probe Baltimore City Police Dept. following riots in Baltimore City spurred by Freddie Gray death; while some say outside agitators caused riots, majority of arrests were city residents; Gov. Hogan plans to sign bill to allow doubled payouts to those injured by law enforcement; mother’s loss of daughter to suicide prompts bill on school counselors; Women’s Law Center concerned about Hogan’s judicial nominees; and state Democrats call for unity as contentious races near


State Roundup, April 24, 2015

April 24th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan will sign bill to allow police to wear body cameras; educators plead for release of $68 million, Hogan decision pending; Hogan discusses first 100 days with press; governor will spend $2 million on heroin problem; online hotel booking tax bill awaits signing, but will the Hogan pick up his pen?; tourism up in Maryland; Comfort in at MTA, Peters out at SHA; Hogan sends troopers to Baltimore City Freddie Gray protests; Rawlings-Blake cancels fundraiser; Kathleen Kennedy Townsend considers U.S. Senate her dream job; and Van Hollen hires campaign manager


State Roundup, April 23, 2015

April 23rd, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Environmental and health groups say they will sue Gov. Hogan over enforcement of clean air regulations; 2013 gun law responsible for spike in sales; Hogan addresses death in police custody of Freddie Gray; businesses rally behind Purple Line; East Coast senators, including Ben Cardin, hope to block off-shore drilling; 80% of U.S. Rep. Edwards’ campaign funds come from out of state; Van Hollen and Edwards named to campaign finance task force, Edwards is to chair; and retiring USM Chancellor Kirwan honored at gala-fundraiser


State Roundup, April 22, 2015

April 22nd, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Legislators and teachers push Gov. Hogan to release millions in education funds; Prince George's gets alcohol sales on Sundays; Robert Smith leaves MTA for the second time under a Republican governor; state budget secretary and delegate are among those delinquent on taxes in Frederick County; MGM National Harbor Casino is sued over minority contracting; Justice Department opens a probe into the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore City Police custody; and Donald Trump to star at MD GOP’s annual fundraiser in June.


State Roundup, April 21, 2015

April 21st, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan to stay neutral on Pepco/Exelon merger; audit questions distribution of unclaimed slots winnings; a look at the state’s new public information law; the failure of a Baltimore City police watchdog bills and the death of Freddie Gray; EEOC sues Maryland Insurance Administration over equal pay; singer Barbra Streisand donates to Edwards’ Senate campaign; Jamie Raskin picks up endorsements for congressional run; and former Gov. O’Malley says a naughty word to NPR listeners, parlays it into donations


State Roundup, April 20, 2015

April 20th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

After stopping former Gov. O’Malley’s clean-air rule, the Hogan administration will take another look at coal power plant pollution; Gov. Hogan signs transportation bills including “hero highway” act; Baltimore City police accountability bill dies in custody of General Assembly committee; fixing the state’s procurement mess may have started with the Board of Public Works last week; rain tax stronger after Hogan’s first session; Maryland Republicans try to harness the momentum of Hogan election to increase numbers and influence; and state Sen. Raskin announces run for U.S. Rep. Van Hollen’s 8th district seat



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