State Roundup, October 9, 2015

LAST ROUND OF CHEMO: Gov. Larry Hogan (R) will begin his sixth and final round of chemotherapy today and will undergo a test next month that will give him a good indication as to whether his treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was successful, Ovetta Wiggins of the Post reports. He is scheduled to undergo a spinal tap and five days of round-the-clock chemotherapy during his stay at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, which will complete an 18-week treatment regimen that began days after his diagnosis.

Gov. Hogan at a Ronald McDonald House rally Wednesday. The house is a home away from home for children with serious illnesses. Photo from Hogan's Facebook page.

Gov. Hogan at a Ronald McDonald House rally Wednesday. The house is a home away from home for children with serious illnesses. Photo from Hogan’s Facebook page.

WIDOW NOMINATED FOR DELEGATE: The Post’s Arelis Hernandez reports that Maryland Democrats have nominated the widow of longtime state Del. James Proctor (D) to succeed him in the legislature, and have tapped a party leader from Prince George’s County to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Del. William A. Campos (D).

HEROIN DEATHS ON RISE: Heroin deaths have increased across age groups, races and gender, and in all regions of the state. In early 2015, Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and created a task force to investigate the epidemic and bolster the state’s response. Here, is publishing a  series of graphics from Capital News Service that are based on data from the Heroin & Opioid Emergency Task Force’s 2014 interim report illustrate the heroin crisis in Maryland.

PORT CHIEF CHALLENGES REPORT: James White, executive director of the Maryland Port Administration, isn’t happy with a Moody’s Analytics report asserting cargo delays are putting the Port of Baltimore at a competitive disadvantage, writes the Daily Record’s Adam Bednar. The report was done at the behest of the Maryland Economic Development and Business Climate Commission, and it broadly examines the state’s business climate compared to other states.

POOR VETTING PROCESS: Roxie Herbekian, president of Unite Here Local 7, writes in an op-ed for the Sun that the appointment of Ricky Smith as executive director of the Maryland Aviation Administration, the agency that runs Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, has led to controversy in Annapolis as information has emerged about his previous job record as director of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

FANTASY FOOTBALL INDUSTRY: State officials, including the head of the state lottery and gaming agency, are casting a critical eye at the world of online fantasy football gaming, writes Bryan Sears in the Daily Record (. Gordon Medenica called into question the legality of the industry in response to questions raised by Comptroller Peter Franchot at a Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday. “I think it’s a clever attempt to get around the need for regulations,” said Medenica. “I think it’s a powder keg. Certainly within the gaming industry right now it’s probably topic No. 1.”

FRANCHOT SMACKS KAMENETZ: Elephants and the Internet have long memories and so apparently does Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, reports Bryan Sears for the Daily Record. The story is topped by a 16-second video that will give you an idea of where the story is going. Franchot reached back into the past to chide Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz over what the state’s tax collector sees as a lack of public engagement on the sale of the North Point Government Center. The Board of Public Works pulled a request that would allow the sale because of public opposition to it.

CORPORATE POLITICAL DONATIONS: As the nation heads toward another pricey presidential election, many of its largest companies are providing shareholders with more information about their corporate political donations, John Fritze reports in the Sun. A study, conducted by the Center for Political Accountability, delivered low grades to several companies with ties to Maryland — including Baltimore-based money management firm T. Rowe Price and Silver Spring-based Discovery Communications.

O’MALLEY’S MARYLAND SUPPORT: WYPR-FM’s Fraser Smith and Mileah Kromer of the Goucher Poll discuss the latest numbers in the Democratic presidential primary. They show that former Gov. Martin O’Malley is trailing as badly in Maryland as in the rest of the nation.

CROWDED 8TH DISTRICT RACE: A seventh candidate entered the crowded Democratic race for Maryland’s 8th congressional district Monday, as the contest to replace Rep. Chris Van Hollen in the House seat continues to heat up. Jon Banister of CNS, in a story that appears in, writes that all are from Montgomery County, which has the most population but the smallest land area of the district which now stretches north into heavily Republican Carroll and Frederick counties up to the Pennsylvania border.

POT BAN UNLIKELY IN ARUNDEL: The Democratic vice chairman of the Anne Arundel County Council said it is unlikely a bill that aims to ban medical marijuana operations will be approved when it’s up for a vote Oct. 19, Rema Rahman reports for the Annapolis Capital.

VAPING BAN IN PG: A bill to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in most businesses and public places moved one step closer to becoming law in Prince George’s County on Thursday after lawmakers voted it out of committee, Arelis Hernandez is reporting in the Post.

About The Author

Cynthia Prairie

Contributing Editor Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor since 1979, when she began working at The Raleigh Times. Since then, she has worked for The Baltimore News American, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Prince George’s Journal and Baltimore County newspapers in the Patuxent Publishing chain, including overseeing The Jeffersonian when it was a two-day a week business publication. Cynthia has won numerous state awards, including the Maryland State Bar Association’s Gavel Award. Besides compiling and editing the daily State Roundup, she runs her own online newspaper, The Chester Telegraph. If you have additional questions or comments contact Cynthia at:

1 Comment

  1. Sam D

    There seems to be a wrong link in the Anne Arundel pot ban section.

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