Gov. Hogan cancels zero-waste landfill rules issued by his immediate predecessor, Gov. O’Malley; the Atlantic explores how and why Maryland got to be so gerrymandered; state cuts crab season short over concerns of juvenile crab population; Maryland’s new Planned Parenthood law may kick in earlier than expected; Divided Maryland Part 1: rural counties seek political clout; state school board’s five-star school rating system has yet to define the stars; HUD chief Carson expected in Baltimore, protests planned; after a month on the job, racism complaint officer for Anne Arundel has been let go; state ed board plans to hire independent investigator in Prince George’s grades probe; and Sentinel editor takes on White House press claims.
By repudiating the Paris climate accord, President Trump began the work of restoring proper limits to presidential power. He also returned authority on treaty-making, usurped by his predecessor, to its proper place: the U.S. Senate. It was the right decision.
A new law in Maryland prohibits a person from serving as a health care agent for a patient if that individual is the subject of a protective order for that patient, or if that individual is the spouse of a patient who has a separation agreement or has filed for divorce. The legislation is another step forward in protecting all victims of domestic and family violence at every age, especially those most vulnerable, from being continually controlled and potentially further harmed by their abusers.
Former Gov. Martin O’Malley has admitted politics played a big role in re-drawing Maryland’s congressional districts after the 2010 Census. The state’s major newspapers and good-government groups went bananas. Editorial writers had a field day denouncing O’Malley and other Democratic leaders for this dastardly admission.
Exactly which alternative universe are these people living in? Politics and re-districting have been wrapped tightly together since the nation’s formative years.
For nearly 30 years, on the second Sunday in June, Bernie Fowler has led an ad hoc group of scientists, politicians, friends and concerned citizens into the murky Patuxent River in Calvert County to see if it’s getting any cleaner.
Wearing overalls and a pair of white sneakers, the former Maryland state senator wades in until he can no longer see his feet. The depth at which the bottom fades from view is recorded. Now, a team of NASA scientists has determined that the Bernie Fowler Sneaker Index, as it’s commonly known, is a pretty accurate yardstick after all.
A Democratic candidate seeking public campaign financing in Montgomery’s most competitive County Council District said he will use Crowdpac, an Internet-based crowdfunding platform that draws donors from across the country, to raise money for his campaign. Montgomery’s public campaign finance laws prohibit candidates from accepting campaign contributions from PACs or organized political committees. Fundraising through Crowdpac, however, is permitted, according to the State Board of Elections.
The legal case against the gerrymandering in Maryland is getting curiouser and curiouser, thanks to depositions provided by former Gov. Martin O’Malley, Senate President Mike Miller, and Speaker of the House Michael Busch.
The depositions of Maryland’s three highest official make interesting reading, though the format is trying. The Washington Post has put the depositions on Document Cloud. Thanks to the AP’s Brian Witte for pointing out the section on MarylandReporter.com and its biweekly columnist Michael Collins (pages 60-62). Here is that whole section in its entirety made easier to read.
On Wednesday, Maryland’s Board of Public Works is scheduled to vote on transferring 117 acres of the old Rosewood State Hospital property to Stevenson University. It marks a fitting conclusion at Stevenson to the transformative presidency of Kevin Manning.
For the first time in more than 30 years, the Maryland Wholesale Seafood Market in Jessup, run by a state created authority, is in line for a major facelift. It’s an expensive one, too. The planned $40 million project will add 104,000 square feet of space to the Jessup facility and change its purpose from a busy-at-dawn seafood warehouse to a food emporium for its growing base of retail customers.
The Montgomery County Council approved an $11 million public campaign financing fund — the first in Maryland — for the 2018 elections when it adopted the county’s $5.4 billion budget for fiscal 2018 last Thursday. Four of the nine councilmembers have already filed to use the fund they set up.