State Roundup, July 21, 2016

Medical marijuana advocate Del. Morhaim says he wishes he had been more transparent about business involvement; Maryland drops plan to limit mail to inmates to just postcards; Gov. Hogan, shunning GOP convention, takes in the love and crabs in Crisfield as lobbyist Bruce Bereano holds court once again under his giant tent; Maryland’s minorities in GOP stand out at convention, and at home; while local businesses don’t wish to associate with Trump, they still find ways to insert themselves at convention; Navy admiral makes Clinton’s short list of VP picks; Howard Dems demonstrate unity; and longtime White House reporter Helen Thomas dies.

In this screen shot from C-Span, Maryland GOP Chair Diana Waterman casts Maryland's votes for Donald Trump.

State Roundup, July 20, 2016

Attorney General Frosh announces suit against Volkswagen over pollution; Frosh says regulating “convoluted and complicated” fantasy sports industry overly expensive; Talbot transgender student files federal civil rights suit against county schools; state, local lawmakers eye Baltimore City’s contracting process after cost overruns; Gov. Hogan endorses Kathy Szeliga for U.S. Senate; Szeliga stays in Maryland to campaign but still backs Trump for president; in Senate race, Van Hollen adds $1.8 million to coffers; and at GOP Convention, Marylanders give Pence a thumbs up as VP pick; possible plagiarism by Trump’s wife shrugged off; and former Marylander Ben Carson speaks.

Hogan I-270

State Roundup, July 19, 2016

Gov. Hogan announces $100 million to help ease congestion along I-270; tosses in funds for Montgomery County shuttle service during Metro repairs; first lady tours art studio for adults with disabilities; state Del. McDonough pushes possibility of ousting Ruppersberger in U.S. House to Cleveland convention-goers; while some Marylanders urge unity under Trump at GOP convention, others attempt to change process at rules committee; convention delegate David Bossie of Citizens United cited by Gingrich as a major player; and Arundel council member pulls proposal to extend term limits.

Murphy Jennings at Convention cropped

State Roundup, July 18, 2016

Del. Morhaim, who led effort to legalize medical pot, is consultant with company trying to profit from the drug; school repairs could stop if Gov. Hogan doesn’t release funds for projects; Sen. Kelley replaces Sen. Gladden on Judicial Proceedings; study finds problems with Maryland wells; judicial appointee draws fire for pro-gun comments; while Hogan to sit out GOP convention, quite a number of Marylanders vouch for Trump; two writers offers similar perspective on the Donald Trump they know; CIA fraud is sentenced; Tom Marr laid to rest; and ‘Ellie’ Merrill, former Annapolis Capital publisher, dies.

State Roundup, July 15, 2016

Parole and probation agents say state is unequipped to handle expected release of hundreds of nonviolent offenders under new criminal justice reforms; Comptroller Franchot issues rules for managing fantasy sports industry, eyes consumer protections and tax payments; U.S. House cuts EPA enforcement funding that could harm Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts; reluctant counties begin tackling medical marijuana zoning laws; Republican state Sen. Jennings joins White House discussions over police-minority relations; a Frederick councilman encourages lawsuit against his own county.

State Roundup, July 14, 2016

Del. Morhaim urges medical marijuana reps to push to remove obstacles to drug availability; state workers union plans to highlight possible vacancies in Parole and Probation; Maryland court ruling highlights loophole after fing teacher committed no violation in explicit calls, emails with 15-year-old student; Maryland Heritage Area Authority awards 52 grants for tourism; NARAL backs Van Hollen in Senate bid; and Senate OK’s Carla Hayden as head of Library of Congress.

Yumi Hogan Kittleman

State Roundup, July 13, 2016

State’s notorious congressional map gets another day in court; with industry eager to get started, state panel says first wave of medical marijuana processors could be named by Aug. 5; Gov. Hogan names DHCD No. 2 to head General Services; Prince George’s activists oppose enlarging County Council by two; GOP Senate hopeful Szeliga pulls in $600,000 for campaign; and former Gov. Ehrlich pens support letter for person who admitted fraud.

Father and son: Del. John Cluster, left, and Joe Cluster.

State Roundup, July 12, 2016

State extends emergency orders to prevent avian flu from infecting poultry flocks; Sen. Kasemeyer, Del. McIntosh question Hogan administration over delay in funding centers for at-risk teens; Del. John Cluster to resign seat to take post on Parole Commission, son Joe will seek the seat; Attorney General Frosh asks federal court to dismiss claim that state is illegally holding juveniles under de facto life sentences; group forms as a ‘chamber of commerce’ for medical marijuana; and man sues to remove religious statue from Allegany Courthouse grounds.

State Roundup, July 11, 2016

Maryland officials react to murder of five police officers in Dallas; presumptive city mayor also calls for respect of police officers, respect from police officers; in Baton Rouge protest, local activist, former mayoral candidate arrested; state to begin issuing new enhanced-security drivers licenses; despite political opposition, Syrian refugees move into Maryland; delay in financial aid to centers that help at-risk teens means layoffs; as state slowly moves to medical marijuana industry, Carroll County unsure of next step; Alan Walden, GOP mayoral candidate, announces cancer, treatment; Anne Arundel considers charter change to allow three terms on council; and Prince George’s considers enlarging council.

Conowingo dam after Tropical Storm Lee

State Roundup, July 8, 2016

Gov. Hogan is seeking private sector, state agency advice on dealing with problematic sediment buildup behind Conowingo Dam; state’s school commission issues final report on reducing testing, says while time may not be cut, disruptions should; state court recognizes value of “de facto parents;” as GOP convention nears, Maryland’s die-hard Trump supporters look forward to Cleveland even if they can’t be there; and WCBM-AM’s Tom Marr dies after stroke and former Sun editor, open government advocate James Keat dies at 86.