State Roundup: 1st-time candidates line up for school board races as incumbents bow out; FBI hunt for new home back on track; Medicaid expansion for transgender care pushed

State Roundup: 1st-time candidates line up for school board races as incumbents bow out; FBI hunt for new home back on track; Medicaid expansion for transgender care pushed

The design firm James Corner Field Operations has issued a number of renderings depicting a new Middle Branch in Baltimore city for the organization Reimagine Middle Branch.

SCHOOL BOARD RACES ATTRACT FIRST-TIME CANDIDATES: Maryland’s nonpartisan school board races this fall have attracted first-time candidates, but few incumbents, as the nation’s culture wars spill into the public education arena. More than 50 candidates from Baltimore City and Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties filed before the April 15 deadline to run for about 20 open school board seats. Lillian Reed and Sabrina LeBoeuf/The Baltimore Sun.

IN HARFORD JUDGE’s ORDER, A SIGN OF GROWING PAINS: A Harford County judge on Thursday ordered the Sheriff’s Office to turn evidence over to the Attorney General’s Office immediately and found that the attorney general’s office — not local law enforcement — leads investigations of deaths involving police officers in Maryland. The ruling amounted to a powerful affirmation of the legislature’s intent to increase transparency and to restore public trust in law enforcement. But the challenge highlighted the growing pains associated with trying to achieve significant change, observers said. Alex Mann/The Baltimore Sun.

FBI MOVE GETTING BACK ON TRACK: The final selection process for a new location for the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is back on track after years of delays. Now, the Biden administration has a Sept. 11 deadline for selecting one of the three proposed sites, two in Maryland and one in Virginia. The new headquarters would house an estimated 7,500 employees. 

LAWMAKERS PUSH FOR EXPANDED MEDICAID FOR TRANSGENDER CARE: In light of recent federal policy changes, Sen. Mary L. Washington (D-Baltimore City) and Del. Anne R. Kaiser (D-Montgomery) are urging the Department of Health to redesign its Medicaid policy surrounding health care for transgender Marylanders, saying that the state is at risk of being sued for violating nondiscrimination provisions under the Affordable Care Act. Hannah Gaskill/Maryland Matters.

COVID VAXX FOR KIDS UNDER 5 EXPECTED IN JUNE: Children under 5 could be getting their COVID-19 vaccines in June, when the FDA is set to make a decision on authorizing Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. Dr. Leana Wen, emergency physician and former Baltimore city health commissioner, said her two children will be first in line when the FDA gives the green light. Sarah Kim/WYPR-FM.

FIVE GUB HOPEFULS AT FROSTBURG FORUM: Five candidates for governor shared their views on a variety of issues during a forum held at Frostburg State University on Saturday. Candidates participating included Rushern Baker III (D), former Prince George’s County executive; Del. Daniel Cox (R); Robin Ficker (R), former delegate; Ashwani Jain (D), associate director of external affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and John B. King Jr. (D), secretary of education under President Barack Obama. Greg Larry/The Cumberland Times-News.

DEM RACE FOR GOVERNOR REMAINS A QUANDARY: There are decades of governmental experience and public service among them. Connections they’ve established with voters and relationships with powerful allies have deep roots. Millions in campaign donations are flowing their way. Maryland’s 10-man field is set in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor. But in such a crowded pack of viable candidates, the race is anything but settled less than three months before the July 19 primary. Sam Janesh and Bryn Stole/The Baltimore Sun.

HOYER BACKS MOORE; CASA PAC ENDORSEMENTS: U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer endorses Wes Moore for governor; CASA in Action, the political arm of the immigrant advocacy organization, has endorsed community organizer Max Socol, who is challenging state Sen. Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher (D-Montgomery) in the July 19 Democratic primary; and the Sierra Club Maryland Chapter announced eight additional endorsements in legislative races Thursday, including support for one candidate challenging an incumbent. Bruce DePuyt, Danielle Gaines and Josh Kurtz/Maryland Matters.

  • Hoyer, the second-highest-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives and one of the longest-serving members in Congress, said Moore brings youthful exuberance and extraordinary leadership and is the only combat veteran in the race. Moore served in the Army as a paratrooper with the rank of captain. William Ford/The Washington Informer.

MOORE STILL ON HOT SEAT OVER REPRESENTATION: Fox45 News has been digging into gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore’s background, finding some inaccuracies in how he’s allowed himself to be presented. Shelley Orman/WBFF-TV.

ELRICH FIGHTS TO DEFEND RECORD: Marc Elrich, 72, has had a 35-year political career. Yet, to many of his supporters, the Montgomery County executive has never been a traditional politician. His authenticity helped Elrich build a devoted army of supporters even as it made him a divisive figure. As he seeks a second term, attacked from multiple sides on unfulfilled campaign promises and his post-pandemic plans, Elrich is struggling to defend a record he says is misunderstood. Rebecca Tan/The Washington Post.

GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE INTENDS TO RUN FOR MO CO EXEC: Devin Battley, 71, of Derwood , a political newcomer, motorcycle enthusiast and president of a property owners’ association in an office park near Gaithersburg has filed his intent to run for Montgomery County executive as a member of the Green Party. Steve Bohnel/Bethesda Beat.

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION, MAYOR SCOTT ON CRIME: Baltimore’s federal delegation and Mayor Brandon Scott took a tough on crime stance Friday afternoon at a news conference announcing nearly $8 million in federal funds meant to boost public safety. Lee Sanderlin/The Baltimore Sun.

AN ATTENDEE SPEAKS ON B’MORE COUNCIL CHAOS: Krisha Syrkes, a federal employee from Virginia who has been trying to buy a home in Baltimore through the Boston-based Neighborhood Assistance Corp. of America, gives a fuller picture of events leading up to a Baltimore city committee hearing that was apparently meant to garner support for the Dollar Home legislation, but ended up as something else. Fern Shen/Baltimore Brew.

MIDDLE BRANCH PROJECT HOPES TO RIGHT MYRIAD WRONGS: A lofty, 20-year plan to restore the Middle Branch in Baltimore city and turn it into a stunning recreation spot would undo decades of neglect, waste and racism. State, local and federal officials have made some efforts to undo damage inflicted inflicted on the waterway and its residents. But major obstacles remain. Emily Opilo/The Baltimore Sun.

CITIZEN SCIENTISTS TO MAP MO CO HOT SPOTS: What’s the hottest summertime spot in Montgomery County? A group of citizen scientists will soon find out. Montgomery County is undertaking a project to map out various temperatures of its neighborhoods as a part of a national effort to keep track of heat inequities and find solutions for the county’s urban heat islands. Elizabeth Shwe/Maryland Matters.

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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