Politics & Business

Gov. Larry Hogan says ‘final offer’ made to settle State Center lawsuit, begins process of seeking new developer

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With litigation over a long-stalled development plan for State Center apparently close to wrapping up, Gov. Larry Hogan this morning announced his administration is kicking off the process of finding a new developer to tackle an overhaul of the aged Midtown government complex.

Responding to activists, Mayor Pugh, DPW director assure they don’t want to privatize Baltimore’s water system

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Fear not, Mayor Catherine Pugh and Baltimore City Department of Public Works Director Rudy Chow say: Baltimore’s water system will remain in public control, despite any charter amendments that activists worry could open up a pathway for privatization.

Democratic field for governor narrows slightly as Ervin drops out, throws support behind Baker


In a twist for this year’s crowded Democratic gubernatorial contest, a candidate has withdrawn from the race to back another contender.

Poll: Marylanders are lukewarm on legalized sports gambling

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A U.S. Supreme Court decision last month paved the way for states across the country to legalize sports betting, but Marylanders still seem unsure about bringing that kind of wagering to the state’s casinos, according to a new poll released by Gonzales Research and Media Services.

Poll: Baker holds slight lead over Jealous as both appear to pull away from the pack


We are officially in the horse race stage of the primary election, and a new poll puts Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker slightly ahead of former NAACP president Ben Jealous as the two candidates appear to be separating from the pack.

Commission that reviewed Baltimore’s charter suggests changing council makeup, budgeting process and more

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A mayor-appointed commission of 55 residents, business leaders, bureaucrats and researchers has recommended the city consider modifying its charter to switch from a one-year to a two-year budgeting process, change the rules for how the spending board can accept bids for jobs from vendors and “reexamine” the structure and representation of the council after the upcoming 2020 census.

Termination of Parental Rights of Rapists Law Has Passed the Maryland House and Senate


Termination of Parental Rights of Rapists Law Has Passed in Maryland

Sponsored Post – Victims of rape in Maryland will soon have the opportunity to have the parental rights of their assailant terminated upon presentation to the court of clear and convincing evidence that rape occurred.

The law, which has been debated in the Maryland House since 2007 as legislators tried to come up with a fair way to terminate parental rights in the absence of a rape conviction, has now passed the Maryland House and Senate. The law will allow a court to terminate the parental rights of an assailant at a lower standard of proof than is used for criminal convictions. This lowered standard was one of the primary sticking points.

UMD-WaPo poll puts Jealous in the lead by five points; Hogan maintains strong support

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A joint poll by the University of Maryland and The Washington Post puts former NAACP president Ben Jealous in the lead for the Democratic nomination to unseat Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

But most voters remain undecided, and in potential match-ups, Hogan holds at least a 10-point lead over each of his challengers.

State Sen. Jill Carter pushes back on attack ad from primary opponent J.D. Merrill: ‘Let’s stick to the issues’


A new ad from the campaign of Martin O’Malley son-in-law and 41st District Senate candidate J.D. Merrill has drawn the ire of opponent Jill Carter, as well as a couple black community leaders and one city councilman.

Baltimore County Council unanimously appoints Don Mohler, Kamenetz’s chief of staff, as interim executive

Don Mohler, newly appointed interim Baltimore County executive. Image via Twitter.

Two weeks after the sudden overnight death of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County lawmakers have appointed his chief of staff to serve out his term.