Law enforcement officials willing to make policy changes on surveillance but don’t want them made law; state school board member James Gates quits, citing as bad policy Gov. Hogan’s post-Labor Day school start mandate; state budget guru Deschenaux urges lawmakers to “get real” on state spending; Maryland lawmakers frustrated by federal delay in FBI HQ decision; as early voting about to get under way, state reveals new system to aid blind voters that can also be used by others; Baltimore City mayoral candidate ditches WYPR-FM debate; and some Baltimore area schools excel in PARCC scores.
Feds to delay location decision on new FBI headquarters till March 2017; Gov. Hogan hopes to expand Howard Street Tunnel to spur more growth at Port of Baltimore; new MGM casino proves good to its word on hiring locals; state labor department gets $2 million to expand apprenticeship program; as state seeks to eliminate lead problem, testing of children is urged; in runup to Nov. 8, elections officials expect high voter turnout; Montgomery, Frederick voters to face proposed charter changes on the ballot; and former Del. Hess dies at 86.
State, Frederick elections officials dismiss “rigged” charges, say voting systems are secure; Gov. Hogan defends school start exec order, criticizes objections as “silly, trivial, stupid;” Hogan leaves door open that Montgomery will get upgrades to transit system; political bromance between Hogan and Comptroller Franchot is on full display; portraits of Senate hopefuls Kathy Szeliga and Chris Van Hollen; Montgomery could be poised to accept term limits; Kittleman has record crowd at farm fundraiser, and Howard County schools audit finds $13 million in contracts awarded without competitive bids.
Maryland saw a net loss in taxpayers of 8,000 from 2014 to 2015; Washington County schools super considers making snow days schools days thanks to online work; Marriott HQ decision to move to a downtown area part of a trend of corporations to move from suburbs; state commission give new Prince George’s hospital its final OK; air surveillance firm had asked Baltimore City police to be open with public before program started; Baltimore City considers changing Columbus Day to honor indigenous people; and while Sheila Dixon considers herself the future of Baltimore many see Catherine Pugh as its fixer.
Legislative ethics panel meets, stays mum of Del. Morhaim’s ties to medical marijuana industry he had a hand in creating; co-author of medical marijuana law says measure needs work; state pension managers reconsider impact of investments on climate change; state insurance agency wins suit over employees’ bias claim; Baltimore County to equip all police with body cameras; Howard County voters to decide public financing of campaigns; Frederick GOP planned on $12,000 loan to Maryland Trump campaign, but canceled it; and Baltimore City lacks elections judges — but Trump campaign to send in poll watchers to city and Prince George’s.
As state government OKs jurisdictions’ “rain tax” replacements, environmental groups call efforts inadequate; Marriott gets $70 million in state, county tax breaks, grants and loans to stay in Maryland; following ballot irregularities during primary, groups seek election watchdogs in Baltimore City; Sun profiles two city mayor underdogs: Republican Alan Walden and Green Party candidate Joshua Harris; and VP hopeful Tim Kaine attends fund-raiser in Bethesda.
Civil liberties advocates criticize state’s use of facial recognition software on MVA records; Attorney General Frosh to ask judiciary to help prevent long-term incarceration for those without cash bail; after teen’s death, state cancels contract with Delaware company; Ag Secretary schools environmental panel of lawmakers on farm practices; Montgomery’s term-limit ballot measure is a cheap campaign; Amie Hoeber’s husband pours more into congressional race Super-PAC; and journalists group defends WYPR’s Kenneth Burns in City Hall fight.
While industrial clean energy grows in popularity, communities line up against massive projects; Maryland says it won’t join other states demanding EPA to hold other states responsible for pollution; Medical Cannabis panel member defends licensing choices; Gov. Hogan’s latest school action triggers fight in state school board; Hogan campaigning for few Republicans; Trump campaign signs vandalized in Howard County; and longtime radio reporter Art Buist dies.
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.
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.