50 SUE STATE OVER SEX ABUSE OF INCARCERATED KIDS: Fifty people allege they were sexually abused as children while incarcerated in Maryland’s juvenile justice system, one as young as 7, in a suite of lawsuits filed the day a new state law took effect. The claims allege rampant sexual abuse of young people in six of Maryland’s juvenile justice facilities over five decades, making Maryland’s government the latest defendant in a reckoning over decades-old allegations sparked by legislative change. Erin Cox and Steve Thompson/The Washington Post.
WHAT’s IN THE MOU WITH THE O’s? While the memorandum of understanding between the Orioles and the Maryland Stadium Authority isn’t a binding lease, there are a series of agreed-upon terms as a precursor to a lease. So where is this heading? Jeff Barker/The Baltimore Sun.
POLL: BIDEN, MOORE JOB RATINGS RISE AMONG MARYLANDERS: The number of Marylanders who approve of the job performance of both President Joseph Biden and Gov. Wes Moore ticked up slightly, according to a newly released poll. Both first term Democrats posted 5-point jumps in their approval numbers compared to a June poll taken by Annapolis-based Gonzales Research & Media Services. Bryan Sears/Maryland Matters.
HOYER, MOORE HOLD THE LINE – AS IN LINE DANCE: Yes, that’s 84-year-old Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer keeping up with Gov. Wes Moore on a line dance to Maze’s “Before I Let Go.” Your eagle eyes can even spot U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen on the dance floor, though clearly Moore and Hoyer are stealing the show. Aliza Worthington/Baltimore Fishbowl.
CASSILLY SEEKS ATTY FEES; TARGETS 2nd COUNCILMAN FOR OUSTER: Harford County Executive Robert Cassilly is seeking $15,000 in county money to pay for attorneys to represent three senior county employees as well as asking the council to unseat one of their own. It is the second time Cassilly has tried to remove a councilmember from office since he became executive. Bryan Sears/Maryland Matters.
WIDOWER: MARYLAND LAWS LACK PROTECTION FOR CYCLISTS, PEDESTRIANS: The husband of a diplomat who was killed when the bicycle she was riding was hit by a truck says he believes Maryland laws don’t do enough to protect cyclists and pedestrians and penalize drivers. The driver pleaded guilty to a traffic offense for causing serious injury or death to a vulnerable individual while operating a motor vehicle and was fined $2,000 and sentenced to 150 hours of community service. Ginny Bixby/MoCo 360.
TRONE ‘TO SPEND WHAT IT TAKES’ TO BECOME SENATOR: Twice during a recent interview, U.S. Rep. David Trone was asked about reports he is prepared to spend upwards of $40 million from his own pocket in his bid to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Baltimore). Trone–who regularly has ranked among the 20 wealthiest members of the House and Senate in analyses of personal disclosure reports sidestepped putting a specific number on his self-financing, responding both times, “I’m going to spend what it takes.” Louis Peck/MoCo 360.
SENATE & 6th DISTRICT CAMPAIGN UPDATES: Montgomery County councilmember Will Jawando (D-At-large) announced two new endorsements last week in his race for the Maryland’s Sixth Congressional District seat. Former Montgomery County Council President Hans Riemer (D) endorsed Jawando on Thursday. Freshman Del. Joe Vogel was endorsed by Bold PAC Friday in the race for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District. Ginny Bixby/MoCo 360.
- Retired Brig. Gen. John Teichert announced Monday he will seek the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate to replace longtime Sen. Ben Cardin (D). Ashwani Jain, the former Obama administration official and erstwhile candidate for governor, is putting out a video Tuesday outlining his decision to enter the 6th District Democratic congressional primary and officially kicking off his campaign. Bryan Sears, William Ford and Josh Kurtz/Maryland Matters.
POLL: MAYOR SCOTT FACES TOUGH CHALLENGE TO RE-ELECTION: Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott nears the last year of his term facing a dip in his approval rating and a serious Democratic primary challenger in Sheila Dixon, according to a new survey from Goucher College Poll in partnership with The Baltimore Banner. Emily Sullivan/The Baltimore Banner.
SPIRO AGNEW AND THE ERA OF ACCOUNTABILITY: Former Baltimore County Executive, Maryland Gov. and Vice President Spiro Agnew , who died in 1996, is best remembered for perpetuating a culture of soft corruption and favoritism that experts and political leaders say has largely been eradicated following structural reforms at both the state and local levels. Lia Russell/The Baltimore Sun.
MARYLAND DoD OFFICIAL CHARGED IN DOGFIGHTING OPERATION: Federal charges unsealed last week accuse a Department of Defense official from Arnold and a Glen Burnie barber of participating in local dogfighting operations, which investigators believe both men have been involved in for at least a decade. Dan Belson/The Baltimore Sun.
- Frederick Douglass Moorefield Jr., 62, of Arnold, and Mario Damon Flythe, 49, of Glen Burnie, and their associates used encrypted messaging “to discuss how to train the dogs for illegal dogfighting, exchanged videos about dogfighting, and arranged and coordinated dogfights,” Department of Justice officials said in a news release Monday. Hugo Kugiya/The Baltimore Banner.