Maryland House OKs $2.2 billion school repair, construction bill to ease crowding, replace old buildings; four committees to hear Kirwan education recommendations today; bill would enable people targeted by false police calls to sue the callers for damages; opioid chief Schuh defends expenditures after critical audit; half of Gov. Hogan’s “Green Bag” appointments go to women; new Redskins stadium may just replace the old one; state, local solution sought to hemp farm stench; and attorneys for Catherine Pugh cite distress, economic loss in seeking 366-day sentence for Baltimore’s former mayor.
A day after federal prosecutors called for sending former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh to prison for nearly five years, state Sen. Jill Carter, D-Baltimore City, said she does not believe there is any “public utility” to locking up the disgraced politician. Pugh’s attorneys echoed that sentiment, asking for a sentence of one year and one day in a sentencing memorandum filed with the federal court on Friday, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Sen. Carter says progressive grassroots support could help her win Cummings’ seat, despite Mfume’s win
Sen. Jill Carter attributed Kweisi Mfume’s sweeping win in last week’s primary to favor among the Democratic Party establishment. “He won decisively in a primary that was very much geared toward the person with the highest name recognition and attracted the oldest adults in the voting bloc….But I believe that the message that we are bringing and the ‘fight for the people’ that our campaign believes is important and is necessary in the Congress — or else I wouldn’t run.”
Kweisi Mfume wins Democratic primary while Kimberly Klacik takes Republican race for chance to finish the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings’ term in Congress; who are the candidates?; it may be confusing but there is still another primary in April, for a full term in Congress; Mfume overwhelmed a large Democratic field; in the meantime, House and Senate Democratic leaders in Annapolis announced a broad legislative package aimed at reducing violent crime; even as Gov. Hogan lambasts mandated spending, he does add to it; lawmakers question redundancy of Hogan’s school accountability plan; House passes bill requiring background checks for private sales of long guns; as Redskins sports betting at new stadium, they vow to hire minority vendor; and President Trump honors Maryland Tuskegee Airman with promotion to brigadier general.
Voters in the 7th Congressional District head to the polls today to nominate a candidate to replace the late Elijah Cummings; in expected low turnout, ‘super voters’ are targeted; panel postpones appointments to UMMS board of directors until audit is complete; Gov. Hogan speaks with city leaders on crime, violence and squeegee kids; Hogan pushes back against bill to use education funds for Pimlico revitalization; Senate panel OKs two Hogan picks to lead Transportation, Corrections; Montgomery House delegation cuts proposed salary hike for local school board members by $50,000; prez candidate Michael Bloomberg taps Maryland campaign team; and mayor of Thurmont, widow of slain Capital Gazette reporter to attend President Trump’s State of the Union address.
Hours before voters in Maryland’s 7th District head to the polls for a special primary election to determine the late Rep. Elijah Cummings’ likely successor, the Democratic front-runners on Monday were touting their experience in politics.
Baltimore city officials push lawmakers for more aid, cooperation in reducing violent crime; aid in dying advocates continue to push bill; while Baltimore County lawmakers praise the Pimlico-Laurel racetrack plan, they ponder future of State Fairgrounds in Timonium; bills would strengthen state’s public records laws; lawmakers seeks to reduce late fees for toll payments; Tuesday is Special Primary Day for the 7th District Congressional race to fill the late U.S. Rep. Cummings’ term, and the Baltimore Sun editorial board backs state Sen. Jill Carter in the Democratic Primary and community activist Reba Hawkins in the Republican Primary; back in Annapolis: Republican lawmakers put forward bill on what can be labeled ‘meat;’ Baltimore County government hasn’t recycled glass in years; and Howard County has significant health disparities that exist along racial lines.
Hogan touts new $47.9 billion ‘structurally balanced’ budget that prioritizes education, public safety
“This budget funds all of the state’s top priorities while maintaining $1.3 billion in reserves and limiting budget growth to 1 percent without raising taxes, without cutting services and without raiding dedicated special funds,” Hogan said at a Tuesday morning news conference at the State House.
Established in 1999, Baltimore’s nine-member Civilian Review Board, which is part of the Baltimore City Office of Civil Rights, was relatively unknown until recently, and for good reason. It had only one full-time investigator, a meager budget and the power only to recommend discipline against police officers, but no way to ensure that it was actually meted out.
Amid rising crime in a poor city, Baltimore’s force must transform itself in almost every conceivable way, from its basic approach to policing and the technology it uses to the data it collects to the transparency and accountability it has historically shunned. Part 2 of a four-part series.