State Roundup, November 21, 2018

The Hogan administration agrees to contract with 5,000 state workers, giving them 3% pay hike; population of market-sized oysters half of numbers in 1999; details of Maryland’s offer for Amazon HQ2 revealed; as KKK flyers spotted around state, faith leaders decry message; Judge Fader tapped to head Court of Special Appeals; Glen Burnie principal charged with stealing campaign funds from late Del. Sonny Minnick; state GOP official says recount over Del. Tony McConkey’s loss is unlikely; Major Riddick to aid in Angela Alsobrook’s transition as Prince George’s executive; and Nancy Floreen’s fund-raising stayed strong.

State Roundup, November 20, 2018

Dem lawmakers in General Assembly to introduce health care mandate, with penalties, but penalties to be used to pay for coverage; new, controversial study says warm winters, not overharvesting, caused decline in Bay oyster population; as hunting declines, Maryland touts the practice to protect environment, control herds; former UM Coach Durkin says UM President Loh was reluctant to make players available for questioning; environmentalists protest natural-gas pipeline planned to go under the Potomac in Western Maryland; no Marylander has ever won the presidency, but that isn’t stopping at least four Marylanders from considering it; Montgomery delegation to the General Assembly, with the help of constituents, begins compiling agenda for next session; and U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi gets backing as House Speaker from two reps from Montgomery.

State Roundup, November 19, 2018

Despite Maryland law, national cannabis firms attempt to move in to buy area firms; under new ‘red flag’ law, 114 requests to disarm occurred in October, most from family members; heavy rainfalls haven’t harmed Maryland, Virginia striped bass; Democrat Heather Bagnall beats incumbent Republican Del. Tony McConkey in red Arundel district; Maryland’s former ‘Bahama Bob,’ now Calif. Rep. Eric Swalwell considers run for president; former Montgomery County economic development official pleads guilty to embezzling $6.7 million; and Prince George’s County Exec Baker’s trip to S. Africa questioned.

State Roundup, November 16, 2018

State lawmakers grill, admonish UM chancellor, new head of regents over transparency, overreach over Coach Durkin decision as Chancellor Loh says he warned them of pushback over retaining Durkin; while on leave, Durkin still coached assistants, aided with game plans; Attorney General Brian Frosh to appeal gerrymander order, saying Supreme Court should decide what, if any, steps should be taken; Maryland state government expected to see large surplus in FY 2020; group of women warned top University of Maryland, Baltimore officials of doctors inappropriate sexual relationships, “hostile work environment;” and Montgomery County plans to sue FCC to secure 5G wireless service..

State Roundup, November 15, 2018

Researchers find that releasing geriatric prisoners could save millions without compromising public safety; Maryland’s Department of General Services settles ACLU lawsuit by allowing financial solicitations on Lawyers’ Mall, paying out $100,000 to compensate groups; Board of Public Works complains about election night glitches that delayed results; Harford Republican Del. Glass behind by 100 votes to Democrat Steve Johnson; Howard County Executive-elect Calvin Ball reconsiders Kittleman plan to raze Ellicott City buildings in flood mitigation attempt; Democratic Arundel County Executive-elect Steuart Pittman flipped conservative districts to win; and Capital Gazette staff seeks to unionize.

State Roundup, November 14, 2018

Attorney General Brian Frosh ask a federal judge to block President Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting U.S. attorney general, wants Deputy U.S. AG Rod Rosenstein instead; with Crystal City, Va., getting half of Amazon’s HQ2, the region speculates – and braces – for ripple effects; former Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, who had led the Republican National Committee, talks about the future of the GOP; as vote count continues, Democratic candidate Heather Bagnall closing in on incumbent GOP Del. Tony McConkey of District 33; Montgomery County Exec-elect Elrich picks a large, diverse transition team; teachers await fulfilled promises from Arundel County Exec-elect Pittman; and CEOs from private, non-profit sectors to lead transition for Baltimore County Exec-elect Olszewski.

State Roundup, November 13, 2018

Poll finds slight majority of Maryland voters would back legal sports betting; UM President Loh ignored attorney general’s advice to not take responsibility for football player’s death; it’s almost official: Maryland won’t get Amazon HQ2; UMB, School of Medicine faces federal lawsuit after researcher says she was harassed by surgeon and superiors failed to take action; voter turnout for the midterms hits 51.1%, but should it have been better?; Gov. Hogan expected to govern for the next four years as he has for the last four; in Part 1 of an analysis on why Ben Jealous lost the race for governor, David Lublin argues that neither racism nor lack of party support can explain it; and Anne Arundel County addressing recent rash of hate incidents.

State Roundup, November 12, 2018

The DC region may be likelier to find friends in the U.S.House to advance area goals, such as Metro funding and help for the Chesapeake Bay; Attorney General Frosh hasn’t announced whether he will appeal overturning ruling on 6th District; in the meantime, Del. Neil Parrott launches committee to look at possibility of his running for a redrawn 6th District; state audit finds “series deficiencies” in Maryland Health Exchange; at 71, a record number of women have been elected to the General Assembly; with down-ballot races, Maryland Dems claim victory; Anne Arundel County’s new head prosecutor will lead on the Capital Gazette shooting case, and predicts the case will go to trial; Arundel Council has a diverse majority of women; and Howard County Executive-elect Calvin Ball to take a closer look at fixes for flooding in Ellicott City.

State Roundup, November 9, 2018

Maryland officials will have to undertake redistricting before the next Census, and David Trone will be the last congressman to represent the district as it stands now; U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings disagrees with President Trump over assertion that Dems can’t both investigate him and work across aisles on policy; record rainfall has damaged the state’s oyster harvest; view Gov. Hogan’s victory charted and mapped; the Sun editorial board sees a dilemma for Dems when it comes to pushing a gubernatorial candidate; Maryland’s Latino voters by and large don’t vote; HoCo Register of Wills Bryon Macfarlane charged with misdemeanor over use of government ID; Republican Mary Beth Carozza’s win over incumbent Dem District 38 state Sen. Jim Mathias was decisive; District 42 voters split their winners between Dems and Republicans; Arundel County did indeed experience the Year of the Woman; and following a clear victory, Mo Co County Exec-elect Marc Elrich must repair relationship with the business community.

State Roundup, November 8, 2018

Three judge federal panel rules that Maryland’s 6th Congressional District was unconstitutionally drawn, meaning state must submit new redistricting plan by March 2019. David Trone’s election to the seat will stand; by all accounts Maryland is out of the running for Amazon’s HQ2 as word continues to bubble that Crystal City in Virginia and Long Island City in New York will be its dual-home; UM Regents tap new chief, who immediately apologizes for bungled personnel decision; Gov. Hogan lays out agenda for 2nd term, pledging to lead from the center; Hogan also blames President Trump for local GOP losses; Washington County remains strongly Republican; with Hogan’s decisive win in blue Maryland, will he take to the national stage?; political pundits weigh in on Hogan victory and see a candidate who appealed to everyone; in Howard County exec race, losing incumbent Allan Kittleman, family congratulate winner Calvin Ball personally; Howard, Baltimore County and Arundel County executives-elect jump into their transitions; and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, soon to head the House Oversight Committee, says panel will focus on whether President Trump improperly profiting from his office.