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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.