Politics & Business

Q&A: Rich Madaleno discusses his tenure in Annapolis, the $15 minimum wage fight and his campaign to be Maryland’s next governor

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Among the eight candidates running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination this June, only state Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) and Del. Rushern Baker (D-Prince George’s County, from 1994-2003) have ever served in a state-level elected office. A resident of Kensington, an affluent suburb several miles north of the D.C.-Maryland border, Madaleno is now in his 16th year in Annapolis–a quality that he says makes him the most qualified contestant to beat Gov. Larry Hogan in the November election.

Bill that would raise marijuana decriminalization limit to 1 ounce advances

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Photo by Sam Sutch, via Wikimedia Commons

The Maryland Senate last night passed a bill that would raise the civil fine limit for marijuana from 10 grams to one ounce, putting Maryland in line with other states around the country that have decriminalized possession of larger amounts of cannabis.

Mayor Pugh says she supports Hopkins getting its own private police force

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Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore’s mayor says she supports a plan in the works from Johns Hopkins University to establish a campus-wide private police force.

Pugh says buses to D.C. gun control rally have been privately funded

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Mayor Catherine Pugh and Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa address hundreds of students at the walkout.

Buses that will take Baltimore students to the March For Our Lives, a March 24 protest at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. led by students demanding stricter gun laws, have been privately funded, Mayor Catherine Pugh announced today at her weekly press conference.

The 5 most cringe-worthy moments from Mayor Pugh’s interview with Laura Ingraham

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Mayor Catherine Pugh accepted an invite to go on Fox News’ conservative punditry program “The Ingraham Angle” last night, and things went as expected. In an alternate universe, a thoughtful discussion would have taken place about Pugh’s plan to bus Baltimore students to the “March for Our Lives” anti-gun violence rally on March 24 in D.C. Unsurprisingly, that didn’t happen, as the conversation swiftly spiraled into a painful eight minutes of Pugh and her host talking over each other, flinging stats around and making snide remarks.

To save you the headache of watching, we’ve rounded up the five most cringe-worthy moments:

Bill prohibiting expansion of oil terminals would make city safer, activists say

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The Baltimore Belt Line, operated by CSX, carries crude oil and other freight through several commercial and residential neighborhoods. The playground and basketball courts at Margaret Brent Elementary-Middle School are directly above the tracks. Photo by Craig Bettenhausen.

The City Council is expected to pass a small change to the zoning code that activists hope will have a big impact on safety and the environment. The bill, #17-0150, would prevent the construction or expansion of crude oil terminals inside city limits, including in the Port of Baltimore, by making it a prohibited use in the zoning code.

‘Finally won one’: Court of Appeals reverses rule change that struck police officers from court database

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The Maryland Court of Appeals. Back row, from left to right: Judge Michele D. Hotten, Judge Robert N. McDonald, Judge Shirley M. Watts, Judge Joseph M. Getty. Front row, from left to right: Judge Clayton Greene, Jr., Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, Judge Sally D. Adkins.

Duane “Shorty” Davis stood before the judges of the Maryland Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state, and told them he was an ex-felon. He was the one who left a toilet outside a courthouse in Towson, triggering a bomb scare, he reminded them. He’s had hostile encounters with the Baltimore Police Department, he recounted.

House of Delegates passes bill to ban tax lien sales in Baltimore

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Photo by Martin Falbisoner, via Wikimedia Commons

Maryland’s House of Delegates this morning unanimously advanced a bill that would permanently block the city from selling residents’ homes at tax sales due to unpaid water and sewer bills.

Q&A: Gubernatorial candidate Jim Shea on boosting transportation accessibility, teaming up with Brandon Scott, and more

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Photo via Jim Shea for Maryland

At 65 and standing well under six feet tall, Jim Shea says he often tells people that when he started as a managing partner of Venable LLP, “I was 6’8″ and had a full head of hair, and 22 years later, I don’t.”

Trump’s EPA reverses decision to strip years’ worth of funding for Bay Journal

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reversed course on a decision to rescind years’ worth of future funding for a nonprofit publication that’s covered the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort for nearly three decades.