STATE WANTS TO GIVE STATE CENTER TO B’MORE: The state of Maryland intends to hand Baltimore’s State Center Complex to the city for future redevelopment, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford announced Wednesday in Annapolis. Hannah Gaskill and Giacomo Bologna/The Baltimore Sun.
- The state will reclassify the property as a “surplus,” and the move is expected to help supplement revitalization efforts in the City’s Central Business District. Brianna January/Conduit Street.
- “The surrounding communities and the entire city deserve a State Center site that lives up to its full potential,” a spokeswoman for Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott told The Daily Record in an emailed response to an inquiry regarding the city’s plans. Johanna Alonso/The Daily Record.
- But the plan faces multiple legal steps and will likely carry over to the next governor — who could either continue the process or scrap it altogether. Pamela Wood and Adam Willis/The Baltimore Banner.
MORGAN UNIVERSITY OK’d FOR MED SCHOOL LEASE: Morgan State University is set to sign an estimated 35-year lease for a new osteopathic medical school that could net the university over $20 million in rent. The prospective lease with an initial price of $425,000 annually was approved by the Maryland Board of Public Works on Wednesday and the Morgan State University Board of Regents in early August. The lease still needs to be approved by the Maryland College of Osteopathic Medicine. Matt Hooke/The Baltimore Business Journal.
MOORE, COX AGREE TO FIRST DEBATE: Democrat Wes Moore and Republican Dan Cox have agreed to debate the key issues of Maryland’s gubernatorial race at a Maryland Public Television event. The debate, scheduled for Oct. 12, according to an email from Moore’s campaign, is slated to be the first time the candidates will face off. Both candidates had expressed interest in multiple public debates. Emily Sullivan/The Baltimore Banner.
12 LEGISLATIVE RACES TO WATCH: With the latest round of campaign finance reports submitted to the Maryland State Board of Elections this week, incumbents seem to be in particularly strong shape financially — way ahead of their challengers for the most part. The financial terrain in open-seat races seems a little more even. And sometimes, all the money in the world can’t help an incumbent overcome a bad cycle or the fundamentals in their district. Here is a look at fundraising in 12 legislative races we’re watching this fall. Josh Kurtz/Maryland Matters.
3 COMPETITIVE COUNTY EXECUTIVE RACES: With 68 days left until the Nov. 8 general election, the heat is on in competitive races for county executive in Anne Arundel, Frederick and Howard counties. Two Democratic incumbents are vying for re-election in Anne Arundel and Howard, while familiar faces are running to lead Frederick County. The deadline for the latest campaign finance reports was midnight Tuesday, so here’s a summary on each race, with campaigns reporting cash on hand as of Aug. 23. William Ford/Maryland Matters.
- Frederick County executive candidate Jessica Fitzwater raised more than double the amount that her opponent, state Sen. Michael Hough, brought in from early July to late August, according to new campaign finance reports. Fitzwater, a Democrat, raised $124,000 between July 4 and Aug. 23, the period for the latest campaign finance reports. Hough, a Republican, raised $58,000 during the same period. However, going back to early 2021, Hough has raised four times as much money as Fitzwater. Jack Hogan/The Frederick News Post.
CHINA TODAY: Maryland Reporter’s Len Lazarick is looking for a couple more participants to take a personal development course he is launching called China Today, based on his 30 years of dealing with China. This discussion group will meet at Howard Community College in Columbia where Lazarick teaches East Asian history. It starts Sept. 8 and meets for 4-6 p.m. for six Thursdays. Click here to sign up. It will examine the last 100 years of China-U.S. relations with a focus on China’s society, culture, economy, and politics. The class will discuss the current state of relations and the hot topic on China in the news. Tuition: $129 No class Sept. 15 & 29, Oct. 13 & 27, and Nov. 10.
COURT: SCHOOL BOARDS CAN BE SUED OVER NEGLIGENT DISCIPLINE: School boards can be sued based on allegations that their teachers’ negligent handling of student misbehavior caused another pupil’s injuries, Maryland’s top court unanimously ruled last week. Steve Lash/The Daily Record.
RENAME ACADEMY BUILDINGS HONORING REBELS, PANEL SUGGESTS: A federal task force formed to examine Confederate symbols on military installations recommended that two buildings and a street on the U.S. Naval Academy campus in Annapolis be renamed. Brian Jeffries/The Capital Gazette.
OPINION: BIDEN FINDS WARM WELCOME IN MARYLAND: Has Maryland, a Democratic state most days, and where Democrats are feeling particularly bullish given the Republican nominees for governor, attorney general, and U.S. Senate, effectively become Fritters, Alabama? Was this the only place where President Joe Biden could be guaranteed a hospitable welcome? Josh Kurtz/Maryland Matters.
AMAZON TO CLOSE TWO MARYLAND DELIVERY CENTERS, LAY OFF 353: Amazon intends to close two Baltimore-area delivery facilities and lay off 353 employees, according to a filing with state regulators, though the online retailer said all will be offered jobs nearby. The company notified the Maryland Department of Labor on Friday that it would be closing a facility in Baltimore County and one in Anne Arundel County effective Oct. 25. Giacomo Bologna/The Baltimore Sun.