State Roundup: Archdiocese, survivors rep move toward mediation; special council election in Prince George’s could run above $1.3 million

State Roundup: Archdiocese, survivors rep move toward mediation; special council election in Prince George’s could run above $1.3 million

The Archdiocese of Baltimore and a representative for abuse survivors say they’re looking to mediation to reach agreements on the number of sexual abuse claims filed in the case, compensation for survivors, and policies and protocols to further protect children. [Photo: Entrance illuminated at night, Baltimore Basilica of the Assumption (1806-1863; Benjamin Henry Latrobe, architect) by Baltimore Heritage is marked with CC0 1.0.]

ARCHDIOCESE, SURVIVORS REP TO LOOK TO MEDIATION AS NEXT STEP: The head of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the chair of a committee that represents survivors of sexual abuse vowed on Monday to work together to reach a fair and equitable settlement in the church’s bankruptcy case. Archbishop William Lori and Paul Jan Zdunek, chair of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, held a joint news conference to provide an update on what’s happening in the case. They said they’re looking to move into mediation to reach agreements on the number of sexual abuse claims filed in the case, compensation for survivors, and policies and protocols to further protect children. Dylan Segelbaum/The Baltimore Banner.

MOORE SAYS STATES HAVE NO ICE POLICY: Gov. Wes Moore said Monday there’s no way to regulate Maryland’s local jurisdictions regarding Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, detainer policy because it’s federal law. “I’m telling you: The idea that somehow the state has an ICE policy — there’s nowhere that a state has an ICE policy,” Moore, a Democrat, said during a televised interview with Armstrong Williams in Washington, D.C., Monday evening. “Frankly, for anyone who’s talking about what the state should do, I tell people they’re either politically motivated or just deeply uninformed.” Hannah Gaskill/The Baltimore Sun.

MOORE, TRUDEAU MEET TO DISCUSS BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: Gov. Wes Moore met on Monday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss business opportunities between Maryland and Canada. “I jumped at the chance,” Moore said after the meeting at the Canadian Embassy in Washington. “Whether it’s agriculture, whether it’s high tech and cyber, whether it’s construction work, Canada is a very important partner to the state of Maryland. Jeff Barker/The Baltimore Sun.

MOORE FIRMLY STANDS WITH JOE BIDEN: Gov. Wes Moore says fellow Democrats have raised “legitimate concerns” about whether Joe Biden should be the party’s White House nominee, but that he is standing with the president and the only opinion that matters is that of Biden himself. Jeff Barker/The Baltimore Sun.

  • As President Biden faces mounting questions about his age and mental acuity from within the Democratic Party — and increasing calls to step down from his reelection bid — Gov. Moore is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the president. That effort continued Monday, with Moore joining Biden and campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon on a conference call with Biden supporters. According to reports, 400 people were on the call, during which Moore introduced the president. Pamela Wood/The Baltimore Banner.

SPECIAL ELECTION IN PG COULD RUN ABOVE $1.3 MILLION: A special election to fill a vacant at-large Prince George’s County Council seat could cost an estimated $1.3 million, the county Board of Elections was told Monday. Election Administrator Wendy Honesty-Bey said that is just the cost of running the election – it does not include expenses such as printing ballots and training about 400 election judges who will be needed. She said after the meeting that those costs will be split with the state. William Ford/Maryland Matters.

HARRY DUNN INTEGRAL PART OF DEM PARTY STRATEGY: Harry Dunn may not be joining Congress representing Maryland in January, as he had hoped. But the former U.S. Capitol Police officer who battled insurrectionists on Jan. 6, 2021, is still an integral part of Democrats’ campaign to defeat former President Donald Trump in November and defend democracy. Josh Kurtz/Maryland Matters.

CALVERT DAR HONORS ‘HEROINE OF TITLE IX:’ Margaret Dunkle, “the unsung heroine” of the implementation of Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, spent much of her life advocating for the equal treatment of women. Her research laid the groundwork for the regulations that protect and support women college athletes. The John Hanson Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution honored Dunkle last month as a notable Woman in American History, the organization’s program that recognizes women who “have made significant contributions or made a difference in their communities.” Christina Walker/Southern Maryland News.

DUELING, BUT SIMILAR COUNCIL EXPANSION QUESTIONS IN BALTIMORE COUNTY: A group that wants to give Baltimore County voters the chance to expand the County Council from seven to eleven members, dropped off petitions Monday at the county board of elections. If VOTE4MORE! collects enough valid signatures, there will be dueling questions on the November ballot on how big to make the County Council. John Lee/WYPR-FM.

OPINION: BA CO COUNCIL’s LEGISLATIVE LOGROLLING FOR PENSION WINDFALL: Largely lost in the debate over the Baltimore County Council’s proposed expansion amendment to the county charter was the fact that the amendment also would add language to the charter stating that “membership on the council shall be considered a full-time position for the purpose of determining compensation.” I believe the council included that measure as part of a scheme to allow incumbent members to reap a windfall in pension benefits from a salary increase that likely will take effect next term if the amendment is approved by voters, even if the members leave the council at the end of the current term in 2026. David Plymyer/Baltimore Brew.

CASSILLY VETOES HARFORD COUNCIL BUDGET POWER BILL: Harford County Executive Bob Cassilly has vetoed legislation that would have expanded the budgetary power of the County Council — granting council members the ability to reallocate funds to any part of the county budget as long as they have approval from five of the council’s seven members. Matt Hubbard/The Aegis.

BILLION DOLLAR BLOOMBERG GRANT TO HOPKINS MED: With a $1 billion grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Johns Hopkins University will offer free tuition to medical school students beginning this fall and offset the cost to others training in medical fields. Meredith Cohn/The Baltimore Banner.

MAN KILLED IN DISPUTE SERVED IN AIR GUARD, PROTECTED CAPITOL AFTER JAN. 6: The 36-year-old killed July 4 in a Taneytown dispute served in the Maryland Army National Guard for over 15 years. Christopher Patrick Moore II, a guardsman with the 1st Battalion unit of the 175th Infantry Regiment, was deployed to Egypt and also supported the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Capt. Ben Hughes, of the Army National Guard. He also was part of the operation charged with protecting the U.S. Capitol in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 attacks, Hughes said. Dan Belson and Thomas Goodwin Smith/The Baltimore Sun.

HOWARD FREEDLANDER, 78, RETIRED STATE DEPUTY TREASURER, DIES: Howard S. “Howdy” Freedlander, a retired Maryland deputy treasurer and National Guard spokesman, died of complications from pancreatitis June 26. He was 78 and lived in Annapolis. Jacques Kelly/The Baltimore Sun.

About The Author

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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