State Roundup: As Moore addresses community in wake of Brooklyn Park shooting, others question lack of officials’ support; McGrath’s secret recordings of Hogan to remain secret for now

State Roundup: As Moore addresses community in wake of Brooklyn Park shooting, others question lack of officials’ support; McGrath’s secret recordings of Hogan to remain secret for now

On July 4th, Gov. Wes Moore, center, is flanked by U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, Comptroller Brooke Lierman, Mayor Brandon Scott and state Senate President William Ferguson, in Brooklyn Park after the mass shooting there on Sunday. Photo from Dawn Moore's Facebook page.

MOORE, OTHER OFFICIALS TURN OUT AFTER MASS SHOOTING: Gov. Wes Moore urged festivalgoers at an unusually somber 4th of July celebration to avoid “giving in to the naysaying” and to “keep on fighting together” against gun violence that struck during a mass shooting in Brooklyn early Sunday that left two people dead and injured more than two dozen others. Jeff Barker/The Baltimore Sun.

  • “To all of the victims and to all their families the message is: We grieve with you. Our hearts are broken with you,” said Moore. “The message is that there are two things that we are in search of and we’re not going to stop until we find them and that is justice and peace. ” Bryan Sears/Maryland Matters.
  • Some in Brooklyn had important questions for the politicians who flocked to the South Baltimore neighborhood: Where was this support before? And will it remain? Pamela Wood/The Baltimore Banner.

WHERE WERE THE AUTHORITIES DURING LARGE EVENT? The Baltimore Housing Authority, the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement and the mayor all seem to be deflecting blame in the wake of Baltimore mass shooting. Mark Reutter and Fern Shen/Baltimore Brew.

  • Baltimore’s acting police commissioner made a surprising admission on Monday, calling his department’s lack of presence at a large weekend gathering in South Baltimore in which 30 people were shot — two of them fatally — an intelligence failure. Ben Conarck/The Baltimore Banner.

S. MD COLLEGE OFFICIALS CONCERNED ABOUT CAMPUS SAFETY: As mass shootings become a more common threat, officials at Southern Maryland’s higher education facilities have become more cognizant of issues that could allow a shooter easy access to buildings. Kenneth Green, an adjunct professor for electrical apprenticeships at the College of Southern Maryland, raised concerns that while the campus buildings have the ability to be locked to those without card access, doors are left open to everyone whether they are a student or not. Darryl Kinsey/Southern Maryland News.

McGRATH’s SECRET RECORDINGS WITH HOGAN TO REMAIN SECRET: With posts to the governor’s coronavirus response team and as chief of staff, Roy McGrath enjoyed a place among Larry Hogan’s inner circle. When the pandemic started in early 2020, McGrath, for reasons unknown, secretly recorded conversations with the governor, state prosecutors said. What might Hogan have said behind closed doors? Under current state law, the public will never know. Tim Prudente/The Baltimore Banner.

FAMILY SUES ARCHDIOCESE OVER FATHER’s DEATH: A prominent Catholic family is suing the Archdiocese of Baltimore for what it says is the wrongful death of their father Francis X. Gallagher Jr., who died from an overdose last August that his children directly attribute to the trauma he suffered from his abuse at the hands of a priest. The family says it wants to take the shame from the family and place it squarely on the shoulders of the archdiocese. Lee O. Sanderlin and Jean Marbella/The Baltimore Sun.

CHURCH REDACTION HEARING BEGINS: Legal arguments are set to begin Wednesday behind closed doors on whether redactions will be lifted from the state’s 456-page report on the history of child sexual abuse within the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Tim Prudente/The Baltimore Banner.

COX SAYS FEC CANDIDACY FILING IS FRAUDULENT: Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Cox posted a tweet Tuesday shooting down reports that he has filed to run for Congress. “I have not filed,” Cox posted Tuesday. “We’ve reported this matter to the FEC for fraud.” That succinct, two-sentence tweet deepens a mystery that arose Monday when someone purporting to be Cox filed a “Statement of Candidacy” with the Federal Election Commission. Mary Carole McCauley/The Baltimore Sun.

  • Someone filed electronic paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Monday, entering Cox into the 6th District race. But Cox said he and his wife Valerie are still discussing the possibility of him running for Congress next year and haven’t made any definitive plans. Josh Kurtz/Maryland Matters.

OPINION: MARYLAND’s TOP LEADERS ESPOUSE ILLIBERAL VIEWS ON SUPREME COURT: The reaction from Maryland’s top leaders to the three Supreme Court decisions handed down this past week revealed their stunning lack of appreciation for the foundational pillars of our constitutional order. The public statements from Gov. Wes Moore, Attorney General Anthony Brown and Comptroller Brooke Lierman about these cases revealed to us that they have surrendered to illiberal, tribal politics. Gareth Jones/

‘MR. PRINCE GEORGE’S’ WINFIELD KELLY DIES AT 83: For many years, Winfield M. Kelly Jr. was a newsmaker, a homegrown success story in then majority-white blue collar Prince George’s County. He was a county commissioner, then a county council chairman, county executive, Maryland secretary of state, CEO of the county’s healthcare system, and a self-made businessman. He died May 23 at the age of 87. Eugene Meyer/Eugene Meyer Blog.

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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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