First Republican in 2018 MoCo elections earns matching campaign funds

Montgomery County Council District 2 candidate Ed Amatetti is the first Republican among seven approved candidates to earn matching public campaign funds in the 2018 Montgomery County elections. To date, the state election board, which manages the Montgomery County program, has disbursed $850,000 in matching public campaign funds from an $11 million fund appropriated by the council.

State Roundup, October 23, 2017

State Police report surge in bias, hate incidents; Maryland added 2,400 jobs in September, sees unemployment rate fall to 3.8%; feds pressure Central Booking on holding immigrant inmates longer, but state says it received no such requests; state health officials praise President Trump’s plan to declare opioid crisis a state of emergency, but cautious on follow-through; Gov. Hogan’s plan to add toll lanes in public-private partnership called into question; feds pass over Maryland request again for funds to complete rape-testing kits; Hogan blasts ruling on Bladensburg cross; Carroll Commissioners to send legislation to Annapolis seeking more authority over fire department; in gubernatorial race, Ben Jealous garners most endorsements; Dem field courts teachers union; and Prince George Exec Baker is protested by home union.

State Roundup, October 20, 2017

Gov. Hogan wants Congress to reinstate ACA insurance subsidy payments cut by President Trump; Elon Musk’s Hyperloop dig to begin in Maryland, gets strong backing from Hogan; van Hollen fails to stop cut to tax deduction used by many Marylanders; local effort to ensure that crabs assumed to be Maryland catch are indeed from Maryland; state planners target highway deaths and injuries; Hogan criticized Montgomery school board after Jewish community complains about school start date and holiday changes; lobbyist Bruce Bereano to lobby against Ocean City wind in Congress; and bill honoring Frederick Douglass heads to Trump’s desk.

State Roundup, October 19, 2017

Down to the wire, Baltimore City and Maryland, plus a handful of other Maryland jurisdictions take part in North American competition to secure Amazon’s 2nd headquarters; state launches website to allow patients seeking medical procedures to compare costs; campaigns launched to fight climate change in Maryland; Baltimore County’s interim school super gets an earful from Board of Public Works, while Washington County’s school team is praised during annual “Beg a Thon” for school construction funds; Judicial Disabilities Panel recommends Judge Nance be removed; state Sen. Brochin to launch Baltimore County exec race today; former Gov. O’Malley is prominent in his absence from being mentioned at forum of Democratic governor hopefuls; and Bladensburg cross ruled unconstitutional.

Democrats running for governor rarely mention Martin O’Malley

Six Democrats running for governor used Larry Hogan as a reliable punching bag at a Saturday forum, pounding away at the current Republican governor in front of an auditorium filled with progressive Montgomery County Democrats. But prominently mentioned only once during the two-hour face off was the two-term Democrat whom Hogan replaced and whose policies the candidates largely agreed with — Martin O’Malley.

More renewable energy will help the climate, health and economy

Recently, two campaigns have been launched to jumpstart Maryland’s efforts to combat climate change, reduce harmful air pollution and establish Maryland as a national leader in clean, renewable energy. These campaigns share a common goal – a 100% clean energy future.

State Roundup, October 18, 2017

State predicted budget shortfall cut by $500 million, chief budget analyst Deschenaux says in his final briefing; plaintiffs, defendants attorneys wrestle with backlog of asbestos cases before a state Senate panel; state lawmakers to hold hearings on spike in assaults of staff at state’s largest psychiatric hospital; legislative task force hopes to streamline school construction process by removing DGS from plan review; Prince George’s County Exec Baker, candidate for governor, gets high marks in local poll; 6th Congressional District GOP candidate Hoeber apparently makes an endorsement misstep in nascent campaign; Montgomery exec candidates debate highlights differences, humor; and mayor candidates have an Eye on Annapolis.

State Roundup, October 17, 2017

Despite Trump administration action on Affordable Care Act, Maryland officials continue to push for more enrollment in state exchange; Arundel Maglev presentation draws hundreds worried about homes; state Senate panel to look into ways to consolidate asbestos cases; Hopkins researcher says major tutoring program could close the education gap; Montgomery County stays mum on its proposal for Amazon HQ2; gubernatorial candidate Baker says he would revive Red Line plan; U.S. Rep. Delaney brings in bucks for his long-shot presidential bid; businessman Trone again relies on personal finances to fuel congressional bid; and Annapolis mayor’s race fund-raising highest yet.

Kirwan Commission considers large-scale tutoring plan to close proficiency gaps

Maryland has one of the highest household incomes in the U.S., but only 40% of its students met proficiency standards in reading and math on the PARCC assessments in 2017, a Johns Hopkins University researcher told the Kirwin Commission last week. A $1.46 billion plan using one-on-one and small group and tutoring would help close the gap between top performing students and those who struggle to keep up, the researcher said.