Politics & Business

Cyber Town U.S.A.: Port Covington aims to be a hub of cybersecurity

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From left to right, Mayor Catherine Pugh, Gov. Larry Hogan, Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and developer Marc Weller take questions from reporters. Photo by Brandon Weigel.

They didn’t get Amazon HQ2, but the developers and political supporters backing the Port Covington development have landed three tenants for what they envision to be the cybersecurity hub of the country.

City Council members grill spy plane company, BPD over privacy concerns, lobbying

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Persistent Surveillance Systems CEO Ross McNutt testifies before the City Council’s Public Safety Committee. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

At the start of last night’s public hearing at City Hall about a proposal to return the controversial spy plane to Baltimore’s skies, Councilman Brandon Scott made it clear he and his colleagues wield little power, ultimately, over allowing the Baltimore Police Department and Persistent Surveillance Systems to collaborate again.

“All of us here, we can’t have a choice,” said the Public Safety Committee chairman, addressing the mayor’s chief of government relations, Karen Stokes, and offering a reminder that the police department remains under state control. “We can’t say that the council should have any authority over it.”

Complete Streets, lobbying transparency, diaper-changing station bills set for City Council votes tonight

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Photo by Wally Gobetz, via Flickr

Months after hearing testimony from dozens of city residents and stakeholders on a plan to overhaul Baltimore’s transportation-design framework, the City Council is set to reconsider the bill with some amendments tonight.

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Poll: Hogan maintains commanding lead over Jealous

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A new poll by Gonzales Research & Media Services shows what many others before it have: Gov. Larry Hogan holds a substantial lead as we near the November election.

Johnny O pulls out of Baltimore County executive debate (don’t worry, there are plenty more)

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John “Johnny O” Olszewski (left) and Al Redmer. Photos via Facebook.

Much to the ire of a Dundalk civic group, Johnny Olszewski, the Democratic nominee for Baltimore County executive, has backed out of a debate scheduled for this Friday in Dundalk due to a family matter.

Former President Barack Obama endorses Ben Jealous for governor

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Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous, who would be the first African-American governor of Maryland if elected, today received the endorsement of former President Barack Obama, the first African-American to win the White House.

Another poll has Hogan heavily favored to win a second term

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Photos via Ben Jealous campaign/Flickr

A new poll released this morning reaffirms what we’re already seeing: Gov. Larry Hogan is sitting pretty in the lead-up to this November’s gubernatorial election.

Maryland Law Seeks to Impose Restrictions on Narcan

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Restrictions on NarcanOne of the most important tools in the battle against the opioid epidemic that is ravaging the State of Maryland is naloxone.  Naloxone, which is known commonly as Narcan, is an overdose reversal medication that, when administered, reverses the depressive effect that opioids have on the nervous and respiratory systems.  The drug has saved thousands of lives in the state – and at least 1,600 lives since it was made available over-the-counter, without a prescription.

Audit: Mayor’s office made $5,274 in ‘questionable purchases’ on city credit card, agencies not following rules

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Photo by Wally Gobetz, via Flickr

A newly unveiled audit of city bureaucrats’ tax-exempt credit cards faults Mayor Catherine Pugh’s office for making thousands of dollars in “questionable purchases” late last year, not following protocol for documenting transactions or submitting documentation and, in the case of one staffer, using the card for personal use.

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