State Roundup, November 8, 2017

District of Columbia proposes joint DC-VA-MD sales take hike to help fund Metro; gubernatorial panel proposes methods to end multi-generational poverty; changes to state’s new craft beer laws could be brewing; Baltimore County schools to cut spring break, observe Jewish holidays; Democrat Gavin Buckley beats Republican incumbent Mike Pantelides in Annapolis mayor’s race; Democrats also sweep Frederick city mayor, alderman races; Montgomery County Council passes $15 minimum wage bill, again; and Baltimore County orders more – but not enough — ballot scanners.

State Roundup, November 7, 2017

National Harbor again tops casino take as Horseshoe dips once more; Baltimore County’s school board to vote on school calendar that would keeps schools open on two Jewish holidays; Attorney General Frosh asks Supreme Court to reject the redistricting challenge; in Part 1 of a series, immigrants are changing the face of Maryland; Maryland lawmakers sue for financial information on Trump hotel; Annapolis goes to the polls today to vote on mayor’s race; and Montgomery Council to vote on minimum wage hike.

State Roundup, November 6, 2017

Maryland’s disabilities administration outlines revamping of billing system; Democrats call several affluent Maryland communities “ground zero” for tax hit; Attorney General Frosh joins three other states in opposing Sinclair Broadcast’s takeover of Tribune Media; state treasurer asks court to dismiss lawsuit brought by two Hogan appointees; on the Eastern Shore, few doctors sign up to administer medical marijuana; former Rockville mayor to run for Montgomery County exec; two political aides to seek House of Delegates seats for District 15; in race for Annapolis mayor, spending reaching an all-time high; former Gov. O’Malley, says one analysis, should not be counted out in presidential race; and Baltimore County ignores federal request to hold immigrant inmates longer than sentences.

State Roundup, November 3, 2017

After CSX refuses to help fund Howard Street Tunnel expansion, Gov. Hogan says state will go back to the drawing board to try to get it done; maneuver to push Gov. Hogan’s plan to fund Metro draws criticism from Virginia, D.C.; Hogan to ask lawmakers to set standards for computer science training in public schools, particularly targeting girls; under Hogan, MDE takes a softer approach to getting polluters to comply with state regulations; President Trump signs bill to honor Frederick Douglass; U.S. Sen. Van Hollen to back Rushern Baker for governor; and Arundel County exec helps fund PAC that issues offensive fliers in race for Annapolis mayor.

State Roundup, November 2, 2017

CSX kills plan to expand Howard Street tunnel, prompting state to cancel federal funding request; Board of Public works delays decision on contract for Baltimore city child support services; state reduces Little Choptank oyster restoration project goals; Garrett County’s free community college model seems to be working; Councilwoman Vicki Almond announces run for Baltimore County executive; first Democrat enters race for District 15 delegate; President Trump taps nominee to replace Rod Rosenstein as Maryland state’s attorney; Russian Facebook ad targeted Maryland after Freddie Gray riots; and retired Carroll County resident to run for president as an independent.

State Roundup, November 1, 2017

As open enrollment begins, Gov. Hogan is urging Congress to continue funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which covers 140,000 Marylanders; Maryland hospitals rank low safety in nationwide assessment; Attorney General Frosh seeks victims of generic drug price gouging; after five months, Maryland’s two oyster sanctuaries still undesignated; Frosh asks Supreme Court to reject challenge to Maryland’s redistricting; Hogan’s popularity slips, but he’s still much more popular than Jersey Gov. Chris Christy; former Gov. Glendening admits he made “huge mistake” in not putting Metro stop at University of Maryland; and Airbnb hires former Mayor Rawlings-Blake.

State Roundup, October 31, 2017

Sen. John McCain addresses midshipmen; After nine years of failed attempts, bill to deny rapists parental rights has shot in Annapolis; Del. Luedtke to introduce bill to allow Montgomery County to operate county liquor shops in grocery stores; officials flummoxed on where money for Metro will come from; Maryland Attorney General probes Kushner real estate company; in an odd twist, state GOP Caucus targets well-heeled Republican councilman running for delegate; Washington County Republicans begin search for replacement for Del. Wilson; Montgomery County Council candidate has an insider’s view and isn’t pulling his punches; former President Clinton at events in Maryland.

State Roundup, October 30, 2017

Senate Pres Miller joins Speaker Busch in effort to pass bill stripping parental rights from rapists; rising sea levels could sink 61,548 Maryland homes by 2100; state boots 15% of ride-hail drivers; proponents of paid-sick leave bill focus on veto over-ride in coming session; state Sen. Brochin wants special session to deal with Trump administration impact on health insurance; necessary education funding debate keeps getting delayed; Emily’s List throws weight behind Rockeymoore Cummings for governor; and Baltimore City Paper to publish for last time on Wednesday.

State Roundup, October 27, 2017

Environmentalists, Democrats urge Hogan administration to toughen water pollution standards on coal-fired power plants; high-powered, regional business group seeks to engage in debate over the future of Metro; President Trump’s declared state of emergency on opioid crisis will have some benefits, though money isn’t one of them; Democrats challenge Gov. Hogan’s panel probing paid sick leave, saying it’s “anti-workers;” Hogan’s commitment to razing blighted Baltimore City neighborhoods takes a turn; Maryland high court to hear arguments on life terms, long sentences for juvenile offenders; emerald ash borer to take its toll on Maryland trees; and state Historical Trust says Mayor Pugh didn’t have authority to remove Confederate statues.

State Roundup, October 26, 2017

Kirwan Commission won’t complete revision of school funding formulas this year; Gov. Larry Hogan announces $50 million upgrade to traffic signals, seeking to improve traffic flow on 14 corridors; Hogan pushes to disband Metro board if its chairman won’t transfer land for Purple Line; Maryland Insurance Administration will consider rate hikes in light of Trump administration actions; Hogan hopes to find common ground with Democrats pushing paid sick leave legislation; and Montgomery schools super suggesting cutting spring break to accommodate Jewish holidays.