Politics & Business

Election Guide: a look at the race for Rep. Elijah Cummings’ seat

Image via Elijah Cummings’ website

By Nora Eckert
Capital News Service

Nearly two months after Rep. Elijah Cummings’ death, 32 candidates–including his widow, a former staffer and several state lawmakers–are competing in the packed race to fill his seat.

The longtime Baltimore congressman died Oct. 17 from “longstanding health conditions,” according to spokesperson. The 68-year-old Democrat left behind a legacy of fighting for civil rights, lowering prescription drug prices and most recently, serving as a powerful voice on the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

Now, a pack of 24 Democrats and 8 Republicans are either challenging that legacy or dedicating their platforms to continuing it.

MD lawmakers expect education to dominate 2020 session

The dome of Maryland’s State House rises above buildings in Annapolis, Maryland, on Nov. 5, 2019. (Capital News Service photo by Elliott Davis.)

By Elliott Davis
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — Reforming Maryland’s public education system. Building new schools. Addressing gun safety. Funding the state’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. These are some of the issues that Maryland state lawmakers expect to dominate the 2020 General Assembly session.

When legislators return to Annapolis in early January, much will be different.

There will be new committee assignments. With multiple lawmakers having resigned during the fall, there will be new faces at the State House.

Former prosecutor to lead Baltimore County’s Office of Ethics and Accountability

The Baltimore County Courthouse. Photo by James G. Howes, via Wikipedia.

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski nominated Kelly Beckham Madigan to serve as the director for the newly created county Office of Ethics and Accountability on Thursday.

Established earlier this year, the office monitors other arms of county government to prevent fraud, abuse and wasteful spending. The office also functions independent of the county council and executive.

Dixon to make election announcement Saturday

Sheila Dixon in 2015. Image via Facebook.

Former Mayor Sheila Dixon plans to make an announcement this weekend concerning the mayoral race.

The announcement is scheduled to take place Saturday at a clothing drive in West Baltimore that includes coffee and cocoa. A flier posted to the former mayor’s Facebook page recommends attendees bring hats, gloves, scarves and socks to donate.

Grant awarded $13 million contract despite Pugh ties

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Grant Capital Management was awarded a $13 million contract from the city against the backdrop of allegedly illicit campaign contributions made by the company’s founder to former Mayor Catherine Pugh’s mayoral campaign Wednesday.

The five-person Board of Estimates on Wednesday approved the contract to fund new Motorola radio equipment for the Baltimore Police Department and other city agencies. City Council President Brandon Scott and Comptroller Joan Pratt abstained.

In a Wednesday news conference with Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, City Solicitor Andre Davis said the city was aware of allegations that the firm’s founder, J.P. Grant, had bought in excess of $150,000 worth of Pugh’s “Healthy Holly” children’s books, knowing she was skimming some of the money to pay for her personal home and campaign for mayor.

As pilot episode for ‘The President is Missing’ readies to film in Maryland, there’s hope of a sizable economic impact

Actor David Oyelowo is reportedly starring in “The President is Missing.” Image via IMDB.

By Ben Cooper
Capital News Service

After the Netflix series “House of Cards” had an economic impact of more than $700 million on Maryland while filming its six seasons in the state from 2012 to 2018, there’s hope that a new television show can make its mark in 2020.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced in October that a pilot episode for a potential new Showtime series, “The President is Missing,” starring David Oyelowo, is set to begin filming in Maryland in early 2020. Maryland Film Office director Jack Gerbes is optimistic about its prospective influence on the state’s economy.

Mayor calls on residents, businesses to ‘Light the City Purple’ for Thursday Ravens game

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With Baltimore getting a primetime spotlight on “Thursday Night Football” this week, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young is calling on residents and businesses to “Light the City Puprle” when the Ravens take on the New York Jets at home.

Nick Mosby joins the city council president field

Photo via Del. Nick Mosby/Facebook

Del. Nick Mosby announced today he is making a bid for city council president, sharing a YouTube video touting his record passing local “Ban the Box” legislation and a state law to end tax sales for unpaid water bills, and his efforts to keep the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore.

“I’m running so that my daughters have more opportunities,” he said in the video, “and a safer, more just and more equitable Baltimore than in generations past.”

Hogan administration moves forward with State Center redevelopment

Photo via Google StreetView

After years of setbacks, and despite ongoing litigation, the state is moving forward with plans to tear down the 28-acre State Center office complex and redevelop the parcel near downtown Baltimore, Gov. Larry Hogan announced today.

Catonsville named a state arts and entertainment district

Singer-songwriter and “American Idol” contestant Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon performs at Bill’s Music in Catonsville. Image via Bill’s Music’s Facebook page.

Downtown Catonsville has been selected as a state-designated arts and entertainment district, the first in Baltimore County, officials announced today.