State roundup: Dixon makes 3rd run for Balto. mayor; county leaders push for more oversight on school spending; Howard Co. still using out-of-state school bus drivers

State roundup: Dixon makes 3rd run for Balto. mayor; county leaders push for more oversight on school spending; Howard Co. still using out-of-state school bus drivers


SHEILA DIXON KICKS OFF MAYORAL CAMPAIGN: Standing in a West Baltimore park where she said she got her start as a politician, Sheila Dixon on Thursday invoked her past performance as mayor of the city while announcing her latest attempt to return to office. She offered plenty of criticism about Mayor Brandon Scott’s administration, without mentioning his name, including crime, schools and what she called a failure to provide basic services to residents.   Fern Shen/Baltimore Brew

  • The news conference followed The Baltimore Sun’s online publication Thursday of an op-ed in which Dixon issued a direct apology for the crimes that forced her from office. Emily Opilo/Baltimore Sun
  • As Dixon begins her third run for Baltimore City mayor since she resigned from office in 2010, the landscape looks markedly different than it did in the past two cycles. Emily Sullivan/The Baltimore Banner
  • Dixon said she has continued to stay involved in the community since resigning in 2010 as part of a plea agreement in a corruption case and regularly hears from residents who need help with issues in their neighborhoods. If elected, she promised to bring more action and accountability to city agencies. Danielle E. Gaines/Maryland Matters

COUNTY LEADERS ACROSS STATE PUSH FOR MORE OVERSIGHT ON SCHOOL SPENDING: A number of county leaders around the state say requirements to increase spending on education need to be coupled with greater authority for them to oversee that spending. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich (D), a former teacher, said his relationship with his school system is sometimes frustrating and often relegates his role to being an ATM. Bryan P. Sears/Maryland Matters

HOWARD SCHOOLS TO USE BUS DRIVERS FROM OTHER STATES FOR ANOTHER WEEK: Howard County public school students will continue getting rides next week from bus drivers flown in from other states, while dozens of local drivers work their way through a hiring pipeline. Superintendent Michael Martirano told a Board of Education meeting that the Silicon Valley transportation company Zum assured him Thursday that its out-of-state drivers will remain in Maryland over the weekend to help staff the jurisdiction’s strained bus system. Lillian Reed/The Baltimore Banner

U.S. Rep. David Trone, left, a candidate for U.S. Senate, talks to David Marker at a Democratic picnic in Columbia on Monday. Maryland Reporter photo by Len Lazarick

SENATE HOPEFULS HEAT UP DEMOCRATIC PICNIC: The race to succeed Ben Cardin in the U.S. Senate next year may not have heated up for the average voter. But three of the Democratic hopefuls for the job were sweating it out at a steamy Democratic Labor Day picnic in Columbia Monday. U.S. Rep. David Trone, Montgomery County Council Member Will Jawando and a new face in the race, Juan Dominguez, worked the tables, chatting with more than a hundred party activists and elected officials. Len Lazarick/Maryland Reporter

MAYOR SCOTT SEEKS GUIDANCE FROM BALTO. ETHICS BOARD: Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott has made a request to the Baltimore Board of Ethics for guidance on how to keep his campaign separate from city business as the race for mayor begins to heat up. Emily Opilo/Baltimore Sun

THE BLUE LINE – AND THE BURGUNDY AND GOLD: As the NFL season opens, what’s the connection between the Washington Commanders’ desire for a new stadium and an ambitious redevelopment project underway in Prince George’s County?  Josh Kurtz/Maryland Matters

ROCKVILLE PROPERTY MANAGER AGREES TO RETURN NEARLY $150,000 TO TENANTS: A Rockville-based property management company and its owner have agreed to return nearly $150,000 to tenants in a settlement with the Maryland’s attorney general’s office. 786 Property Management Inc. and its owner were accused of “unfair and deceptive trade practices” by charging tenants illegal fees, failing to properly maintain and return tenants’ security deposits and acting as an unlicensed debt collector. Elia Griffin/MoCo360

MONTGOMERY PARTNERSHIP TARGETS CHILD HUNGER: Montgomery County Councilmember Gabe Albornoz (D) announced on Wednesday the Montgomery County Strategic Plan to End Childhood Hunger, a partnership between the county government and Montgomery County Public Schools. The plan outlines 14 strategies – six of which are labeled “big ideas” and eight “quicker changes” – to address the crisis. Ginny Bixby/ MoCo360

ENDANGERED BATS MIGHT FURTHER DELAY ODENTON LANDFILL: A long-running rubble landfill project slated for a property in Odenton is facing another setback after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service alerted the state to an endangered bat population that may inhabit the area. Dana Munro/Annapolis Capital Gazette

ETHICS BOARD ORDERS RELEASE OF DONORS TO MOSBYS’ LEGAL DEFENSE FUND: The Baltimore Board of Ethics must release the list of donors to a legal-defense fund formed to benefit City Council President Nick Mosby and former State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Maryland’s Public Information Act Compliance Board has ordered. Emily Opilo/Baltimore Sun

OPINION: IS MOORE TOO COZY WITH JOHN ANGELOS?: Gov. Wes Moore (D) recently accepted John Angelos’ “shared vision” for a “live-work-play environment” for Camden Yards. Did the people of Maryland also accept Angelos’ “shared vision?” Dudley Thompson/Baltimore Post-Examiner

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Regina Holmes

Contributing editor Regina Holmes has worked as a journalist for over 30 years. She was an assistant business editor at the Miami Herald and an assistant city editor at Newsday in New York City, where she helped supervise coverage of 9/11, anthrax attacks and the August 2003 Northeast Blackout. As an assistant managing editor of the Baltimore Examiner, she helped launch the free tabloid in 2006. Before joining Maryland Reporter, she was the managing editor for Washington, D.C.-based Talk Media News, where she supervised digital, radio and video production of news reports for over 400 radio stations. The Baltimore native is a graduate of Vassar College and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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