State Roundup, December 15, 2016

Gov. Larry Hogan presented charts of all the road projects he said would be killed by the transportation scoring law. Governor's Office photo.

Gov. Larry Hogan presented charts of all the road projects he said would be killed by the transportation scoring law. Governor’s Office photo.

HOGAN TARGETS ‘ROAD KILL BILL’: Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday that 11 Montgomery County transportation projects would be canceled if state lawmakers didn’t repeal a new law that requires transportation projects to be ranked before they receive state funding, Doug Tallman reports for Bethesda Magazine.

‘AFFIRMATIVE CONSENT’ BILL: A state delegate from Montgomery County wants to require local public schools to teach students about “affirmative consent” during seventh- and 10th-grade sex education classes, Bethany Rodgers writes for Bethesda Magazine. The drafted legislation would incorporate the consent concept in a curriculum that already covers pregnancy prevention, HIV/AIDS education and awareness of sexually transmitted diseases.

MO CO DEM CHIEF: Dave Kunes, a local party activist who is currently the chief of staff for Montgomery County Council member Tom Hucker, Tuesday night was elected chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee — but only after a contentious meeting in which tensions that have plagued the organization in recent years were on full display, Louis Peck is reporting for Bethesda Beat.

ASKING TRUMP: Fraser Smith and Kenneth Burns, of the WYPR news team, talk about the Christmas wish list newly inaugurated Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh delivered to President-elect Donald Trump when he was in town for the Army-Navy game.

ROBOCALL SUIT: A request to dismiss charges that former campaign operatives for Anne Arundel County Councilman Michael Peroutka broke state campaign laws with a robocall was denied Tuesday in District Court, setting up a trial more than two years after the election ended, Pat Furgurson reports for the Annapolis Capital.

SRB & ASSOCIATES: Former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday she has launched a consulting firm to advise politicians and businesses, writes Luke Broadwater in the Sun. Called SRB & Associates, Rawlings-Blake’s firm offers “strategic planning for businesses” and “campaign consulting for candidates.”

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:

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