State Roundup, November 21, 2017

In effort to free promising economic engine, Comptroller Franchot unveils legislative package to ease restrictions on craft breweries; state auditors find severe, possibly illegal financial practices at Baltimore City Community College; enrollment for Maryland’s health exchange rises; health exchange gets new executive director; group asks Appeals Court to uphold earlier decision on Bladensburg Cross; 15 Democratic women named to new Emerge Maryland class; group of scientists back Aruna Miller in race for 6th Congressional District; and former Del. Hurson to seek spot on Montgomery County Council.

State Roundup, November 20, 2017

As problems persist with some Maryland judges not applying the law, more call for judicial performance evaluations; transit Secretary Rahn reveals more of plan to relieve congestion on Capital Beltway, I-270; Metro’s former inspector general says she was kept under close scrutiny; study finds state government under-staffed; three shore river conservation groups merge; Carroll Republican Central Committee appointment causing controversy; and Montgomery’s public financing attracts slew some Republicans in Democratic stronghold.

State Roundup, November 17, 2017

Sens. Cardin, Van Hollen introduce legislation to all some immigrants to apply for residency; report finds industries polluting waterways, Chesapeake Bay; Van Hollen bill would address farm runoff; state offering $100,000 reward following slaying of Baltimore police detective; DLS Exec Director Deschenaux heads toward retirement; state, Montgomery County look to relieve congestion on county highways; FCC looks to ease media ownership restrictions in move that could benefit Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcasting; gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous offers plan to address opioid crisis; Anne Arundel County Councilmember Walker attacks County Executive Schuh, House Minority Leader Kipken over mailer; and Davidsonville Democrat enters race for Arundel County exec.

State Roundup, November 16, 2017

State Sen. Oaks faces new federal charges after prosecutors say he tipped off FBI target; analyst says state workforce is understaffed; DeMarco organization targets drug pricing; U.S. Senate panel questions oversight authority of Metro watchdog; school construction committee looks at possibility for new schools; Comptroller Franchot criticizes planned renovation of Lansdowne High, says it needs replacing; Dems may have found a challenger to Arundel Exec Schuh; and Annapolis historic preservationist quits, cites Buckley mayoral win.

State Roundup, November 15, 2017

New Opinion Works poll finds Gov. Hogan continues to ride a wave of approval in Maryland while President Trump does not; Virginia officials back proposal to rejigger Metro board, but Maryland, DC raise concerns; Del. Hixson, 84, won’t seek re-election; tug of war inside Atlantic States Fishers Commission over menhaden and Chesapeake Bay; national drug czar visits Arundel school; Democrat Katie Fry Hester to challenge Sen. Gail Bates in District 9; health cited as ex-state legislator, current Hagerstown Councilman Munson resigns; and Arundel councilman Peroutka is listed on re-released support letter for Roy Moore.

State Roundup, November 14, 2017

FBI report says reported hate crimes rose 5% nationwide, but dropped 14% in Maryland; as $15 minimum wage bill is signed into law in Montgomery, activists set sights on statewide effort; long-awaited report by former U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood on Metro suggests downsizing board and dedicating funding, but with no funding method; WBFF report on 13 Baltimore City schools’ lack of math proficiency incenses Gov. Hogan; two lawmakers blast state school construction committee; Kirwan commission ponders enhancing local schools’ career education programs; gubernatorial candidate Vignarajah unveils plan to address sexual harassment in state government, statewide; and Trump pick for Health and Human Services secretary is a Salisbury native.

State Roundup, November 13, 2017

Gov. Hogan calls on Roy Moore to quit U.S. Senate race following sex allegations; U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, who supported Moore, at first silent on situation, then posts on FB that Moore should quit race if accusation are true; Republican speechwriter, political columnist Richard Cross dies at 51; Gov. Hogan extends state parks benefit to all veterans; Chinese language immersion in Montgomery offers second generation way to absorb its parents’ culture; lawyer for acting secretary, former acting secretary calls salary withholding novel, illegal; Maryland’s Democratic Party seeks to reconnect with populace; Sentinel columnist filed to run for Congress, then editor tells him it’s a conflict and he withdraws; business David Blair running for Montgomery executive;.

State Roundup, November 10, 2017

Gov. Hogan to again seek end to state income tax on military retirees; Environment Secretary Grumbles to attend UN Climate Change Conference; chief of Maryland’s medical marijuana panel resigns, second one in two years; Democratic wins in Virginia could change dynamics for regional Metro board; following report that interim super did not disclose consulting income, Sen. Brochin calls for probe, audit of Baltimore County schools purchasing; Dru Schmidt-Perkins of 1000 Friends anti-sprawl group steps down after 19 years into two-year plan; U.S. Deputy Atty Gen. Rosenstein addresses rule of law in return to Baltimore; Arundel Councilman Peroutka urged to end support of Roy Moore; and Howard Councilman Ball to seek Democratic nomination for county executive.

State Roundup, November 9, 2017

Gov. Hogan asks Attorney General Frosh to file amicus brief defending Peace Cross, but Frosh says he’ll monitor situation for now; Juvenile Services avoided competitive bid process by dividing up contracts into smaller dollar amounts, audit reveals; State Highway Administration says upgraded technology will help clear roads this winter; Sen. Zirkin sue California firm for defamation; Frederick board votes to keep school open on Yom Kippur; in Montgomery County, Indian immigrants feel pull toward politics; Del. Angel to challenge former Del. Griffith for Sen. Currie’s seat; and Baltimore County’s interim superintendent also received undisclosed payments as a consultant.

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.