JOHN ANGELOS SAYS O’s WON’T LEAVE B’MORE: The lawsuit that has split the family of ailing Orioles owner Peter Angelos won’t halt discussions about a new lease to keep the team in Baltimore, according to the Maryland Stadium Authority, which says it continues to recognize the authority of CEO John Angelos to negotiate on the club’s behalf. Jeff Barker/The Baltimore Sun.
- Orioles chairman and CEO John Angelos said in a statement Monday that the baseball team is here to stay in Baltimore. Louis Angelos sued his brother John and their mother on Thursday, claiming that John had usurped control over the baseball team that their father, lawyer and longtime Orioles owner Peter Angelos, had intended for the brothers to share. In the lawsuit, Louis cast doubt on whether the team would even remain in Baltimore under John. Marcus Dieterle/Baltimore Fishbowl.
MAIL-IN BALLOTING UNDER WAY: Maryland voters who requested mail-in ballots could receive them as soon as this week, according to a Monday news release from the Maryland State Board of Elections. The 288 ballot return boxes around the state have been installed, and will be available for use from June 13 through Election Day, according to the release. Christine Condon/The Baltimore Sun.
- Unlike the 2020 election cycle, when Maryland voters were automatically sent mail-in ballots, this cycle the state sent out mail-in ballot request forms to all eligible voters which voters then had to fill out and send back if they wanted a mail-in ballot sent to them. Marcus Dieterle/Baltimore Fishbowl.
$1.2 M FOR SKILLED WORKER PROGRAM: Maryland Labor Secretary Tiffany P. Robinson Monday announced the award of more than $1.2 million in state funds to grow the department’s Employment Advancement Right Now Maryland program. EARN Maryland is the state’s workforce solution that helps businesses cultivate the skilled workforce they need to compete while preparing Marylanders for meaningful careers. Staff/The Daily Record.
WHO’s ON TOP? DEADLINE FOR CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS: With state and local candidates’ latest campaign finance statements due at the Maryland State Board of Elections by midnight Tuesday, campaigns with something to boast about are beginning to put out their numbers ahead of the official filings. Tom Perez, a leading Democratic candidate for governor, said Monday night that he plans to report $1.1 million cash on hand for the final push before the July 19 primary. The campaign of another contender, Wes Moore, said last week that he would report having added $2.5 million to his campaign war chest since mid-January. Josh Kurtz/Maryland Matters.
INDY POLL FINDS ELRICH ON TOP FOR MO CO EXEC: To some critics, he is an out-of-step Takoma Park liberal ill-suited to the day-to-day job of running Maryland’s largest political subdivision. But with mail-in ballots hitting mailboxes this week and early voting just around the corner, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich (D) is viewed favorably by Democrats and is well-positioned to win a second term, according to an independent poll conducted last month. Bruce DePuyt/Maryland Matters.
SOCOL, SEN. WALDSTREICHER FINALLY FACE OFF OVER ZOOM: State Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher’s Democratic primary opponent, Max Socol, got his long sought-after one-on-one encounter with the Montgomery County incumbent Monday night — sort of. Waldstreicher and progressive organizer Socol appeared at a virtual forum and both tried to position themselves as crusading liberals. Bruce DePuyt/Maryland Matters.
- Socol took multiple swings at Waldstreicher on everything from gun control to road-widening plans. Waldstreicher, for his part, refrained from responding directly to the attacks and focused instead on highlighting the work he’s done since becoming a state senator in 2019. Bethany Rodgers/Bethesda Beat.
NICK MOSBY CHALLENGES B’MORE ETHICS BOARD ORDER: Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby is challenging a Board of Ethics order that called on him to cease fundraising for a legal-defense fund and turn over a list of donors one month after he said publicly he would comply with the order. Emily Opilo and Christine Condon/The Baltimore Sun.
- The ethics board last month told Mosby to stop fundraising through the Mosby 2021 Trust (also known as the Mosby 2021 Defense Fund) and return funds accepted by the fund from “controlled donors,” or persons doing business with the city. Fern Shen/Baltimore Brew.
HARFORD RENAMES SCHOOLS NAMED AFTER ENSLAVERS: The Harford County Board of Education voted Monday night on new names for William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary School and John Archer School after making the decision in March to remove the existing names, which have ties to slavery. Tony Roberts/The Aegis.
3 FREDERICK ELEMENTARIES TO GET SECURITY VESTIBULES: Three Frederick County elementary schools are getting security vestibules this summer. The Frederick County Board of Education last week voted unanimously to approve contracts for the construction of vestibules at Lewistown, Liberty and Woodsboro elementary schools. The work is expected to be complete by early August. Jillian Atelsek/The Frederick News Post.
BA CO SCHOOL BOARD FIRES CHIEF AUDITOR: The chief auditor of the Baltimore County Public Schools has been fired by the school board in a bizarre vote in which none of the board members actually voted to terminate her. Last month, only six of the members voted to retain her while the others abstained or recused themselves. It took seven votes to renew her contract. The termination of auditor Andrea Barr’s contract ends a 36 year long career. In 2019, the auditor complained about a hostile work environment created by two board members. In 2020, her office released an internal audit that showed school board members misspent taxpayer money and overspent its budget. John Lee/WYPR-FM.