State Roundup, July 28, 2017

Rep. Delaney now expected to announce that he’ll run for Democratic nomination for president; Rep. Van Hollen works to revive plans for new FBI headquarters after Trump administration killed them; $100 million for Purple Line in congressional transportation spending plan; state pension-retirement portfolio sees 10% return on investments; attorneys seek to block another court delay in implementing medical marijuana program; Gov. Hogan alters state’s vehicle emissions program; Evergreen Health sale fails, leaving two insurers in state’s individual ACA marketplace; transgender Marylanders react to President Trump’s tweets about banning transgender people from all military service; and Baltimore Mayor Pugh to introduce more violence reduction ideas.

State Roundup, July 27, 2017

Gov. Hogan signs on to bipartisan governors’ letter opposing Congress’ “skinny” repeal of Obamacare as gubernatorial candidate Ross recounts son’s life-threatening illness to blast congressional Republicans; Montgomery green lights Purple Line construction on county land; two cabinet secretaries go without pay; doctors set to open medical-marijuana shop in Hagerstown; BPW, Baltimore City agree to $1 million payout in man’s death; as election times nears, Hogan’s staff changes; and reaction swift to President Trump’s ban on military service for transgender people.

State Roundup, July 26, 2017

A Montgomery County trail group takes its fight against the Purple Line to U.S. Transportation Secretary Chao; Board of Public Works expected to OK $400,000 settlement in 2013 death at Morgan State; grant money helps expand Arundel’s Safe Station program to fight opioid abuse; U.S. Rep. Delaney expected to announce decision not to seek re-election this weekend; Montgomery Council gets revamped minimum wage bill, much to the consternation of business owners; with so many at-large council members from Takoma Park, Montgomery charter committee considers changes; and after public protests, Baltimore City Council passes preliminary illegal gun sentencing bill.

State Roundup, July 25, 2017

Budget Secretary Brinkley declines lawmakers’ requests to provide plan on filling $700 million shortfall; federal judge allows Trump commission to seek voter data, saying it is exempt from federal privacy review requirements; gun rights advocates plead case against Maryland assault weapons ban at Supreme Court; congressional, NAACP leaders address cash bail, criminal justice reform; Gov. Hogan to headline at Pennsylvania gubernatorial hopeful’s fundraiser; Maryland congressmen offer up two versions of redistricting reform; Baltimore city debates proposed mandatory sentence for carrying illegal guns; Frederick County ask PSC to consider new county regulations in solar farm permitting; and George Leventhal announces $196,652 from Montgomery campaign fund.

State Roundup, July 24, 2017

Plans for off-shore wind farm being met with opposition from Ocean City and Rep. Harris; communities slated for medical marijuana dispensaries begin to resist their placement; state’s corrections officers seek higher wages; gun advocates take Maryland assault weapon ban to Supreme Court; with anti-flu nasal spray deemed ineffective, counties grapple with flu shots for public school students; former Michelle Obama policy director says she’s mulling a run for governor; Arundel Councilman Grasso is running, for something; Del. Kipke injured in dog attack; Del. McKay won’t seek second term, decides to run for Register of Wills after officerholder indicted; and Montgomery County political activist Jonathan Shurberg dies at 54.

State Roundup, July 21, 2017

Hogan administration plans to sue EPA over its failure to curb smokestack emissions in neighboring states that pollute Maryland’s air; Mississippi congressman’s provision imperils Maryland’s emerging big blue catfish industry; Prince George’s school chief grilled by county legislators as state BOE looks for audit firm to probe claims of grade inflation; U.S. Rep. Delaney hold public forum on problems with Veterans Administration; month after surgery, U.S. Rep. Cummings to return to D.C. for recess session; Allegany register of wills indicted for misconduct, felony theft after grand jury probe; Montgomery councilman returns with modified bill on $15 an hour minimum wage; and Lazarick series “Columbia at 50” earns Best of Baltimore plaudits.

State Roundup, July 20, 2017

An appeals court reinstates environmental OK of Purple Line project, clearing way for its construction; transportation planning board to look into building a new Potomac River bridge despite opposition from Maryland; Gov. Hogan criticizes Senate Prez Miller on ethics in hospital-health secretary dispute; crabs and politics take center stage at annual Tawes fest, although not every would-be gubernatorial candidate showed up; President Trump takes time to criticize Asst. Atty. Gen. Rosenstein and Baltimore and snub the NAACP.

State Roundup, July 19, 2017

Gov. Hogan joins 10 other governors in urging Congress to reject efforts to repeal ACA, find solutions with gubernatorial input into shoring up insurance markets; acting Planning Secretary Peters, a cancer survivor, to lose health coverage; state school board may have found loophole in Gov. Hogan’s post-Labor Day school start mandate; Maya Rockeymoore confirms she is considering run for governor; Del. Waldstreicher to seek Sen. Madaleno’s seat as former U.S. Rep. Edwards ponders run for governor; and Sen. Kagan may run for Montgomery County executive.

State Roundup, July 18, 2017

Sen. Madaleno announces run for governor, takes a swing at Gov. Hogan; latest polling shows Hogan still second most popular governor in U.S.; wife of U.S. Rep. Cummings rumored to be eyeing possible run for governor; Trump administration to allow more foreign workers in, should aid Maryland’s seafood industry; police departments around state are training K-9 units to reverse opioid overdose in their dogs; court holds that public charter schools are entitled to same level of transit funding as other public schools; Maryland’s horse industry is giddy with possibilities; and noted Laurel Leader former editor Gertrude Poe dies at 101.

State Roundup, July 17, 2017

Three-judge panel calls evidence of Maryland gerrymandering convincing, but may wait on Wisconsin Supreme Court case; meanwhile, opponents of gerrymandering drive their cause; two of Gov. Hogan’s cabinet secretaries become rope in tug of war over executive power; Trump administration decision on FBI HQ throws wrench in Prince George’s political, economic plans and U.S. Rep. Harris votes no on funding restoration; federal agency joins Maryland on Purple Line appeal; Conowingo Dam no longer holding back pollutants; state Sen. Madaleno to announce run for governor; and state Sen. Hough becomes chief of staff for Rep. Alex Mooney, West Virginia congressman who once ran Maryland GOP.