Politics & Business

Valerie Ervin, formerly running mate to the late Kevin Kamenetz, to now run for governor

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One week after the sudden and tragic death of Democratic gubernatorial contender Kevin Kamenetz, his running mate, former Montgomery County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin, says she plans to run in his place.

Mayor, city solicitor defend proposed ethics rules exemption to raise private money

Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis addresses the media on May 16, 2018. Image via Facebook Live.

Mayor Catherine Pugh and City Solicitor Andre Davis defended the mayor’s plans to seek an exemption from ethics rules so she can raise private money to fund city programs without needing approval in each instance.

Pugh says she owns De Sousa pick, plans to expand vetting process and focus on reducing violence

Mayor Catherine Pugh addressed the media on May 16, 2018. Image via Facebook Live.

A day after Darryl De Sousa resigned from his post as Baltimore Police Department commissioner, Mayor Catherine Pugh said during her weekly press conference that she owns the selection and promised to expand the vetting process.

For Steve Dubin, chairing the Maryland Israel Development Center (MIDC) brings with it a special satisfaction


“When you are trying to do anything to contribute to society, that’s always great. In this case I am not just helping, but I am helping Israel,” he says. “I want Israel to be successful, and this is a hands-on way to do that, using my particular set of expertise.”

The MIDC promotes trade relations between Maryland and Israel, helping local firms find a market in the Jewish state and encouraging Israeli companies to gain a foothold here.

Politicians react to the death of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz


Baltimore County Executive and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kevin Kamenetz has died following a cardiac arrest, according to multiple reports.

He was 60.

Officials celebrate deal to bring Topgolf to Baltimore by 2020

Mayor Catherine Pugh speaks at a press conference announcing the arrival of Topgolf in Baltimore. Photo by Brandon Weigel.

In a ceremony that started with a golf cart entrance and ended with a putting contest, city officials touted the official arrival of Topgolf, the national chain of interactive driving ranges, to a lot between the Horseshoe Baltimore and M&T Bank Stadium.

Developers eye city-owned lots on west side of downtown for mixed-income apartments, artist housing

The parking lot at 410 W. Mulberry St., behind the H&H Building. Image via Google Street View.

Two developers are planning to turn two city-owned parking lots into mixed-income and artist housing on the west side of downtown.

French Development and the Episcopal Housing Corporation would buy the lots at 410 and 422 W. Mulberry Street and build two structures with 76 mixed-income apartments and artist housing.

Q&A: Ralph Jaffe rails on ‘corrupt’ politicians and media, and explains why hes running for governor (again)

Photo courtesy of Ralph Jaffe

Ralph Jaffe’s war chest for his campaign to be Maryland’s next governor is $415. You read that right.

Former Sen. Nathaniel Oaks will remain on primary election ballot, court rules

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The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled in a 5-2 decision that disgraced Sen. Nathaniel Oaks, who in March pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges, must remain on the ballot for the June 26 primary election for the Maryland State Senate seat in the 41st District.

Pugh launches $55 million investment fund for underinvested communities

Mayor Pugh addresses the media at her May 2 press conference. Image via Facebook Live.

Mayor Catherine Pugh today announced the city will start a nonprofit to invest in distressed neighborhoods that have for years been passed over for development.