Politics & Business

Department of Finance opposes Mayor Young’s income-based water-billing reforms

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After months of waiting, the day is finally here for Baltimore City Council members to hear testimony on Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s proposed overhaul of how water bills are calculated for low-income Baltimoreans. At least one city agency is already opposing the bill.

Inspector general investigating DPW, raids disposal yards

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The Office of the Inspector General is conducting an investigation of the Department of Public Works.

According to multiple reports, investigators were spotted carrying boxes of files outside City Hall that were taken from disposal yards on Bowleys Lane and Reedbird Avenue.

Inspector General Isabel Mercedes Cumming told Baltimore Fishbowl it is an “ongoing investigation involving DPW and it doesn’t have anything to do with [former] Mayor Pugh.”

UMUC’s Loyce Pailen Wins 2019 Cybersecurity People’s Choice Award

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UMUC is an unprecedented three-time winner in the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland’s People’s Choice Award category

Loyce Pailen, a doctor of management and director of the Center for Security Studies at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), has won the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Incorporated (CAMI) People’s Choice Award, announced April 11 during the 3rd Annual Maryland Cybersecurity Awards Celebration.

Poll: Hogan remains really popular in MD, but it’s not enough to beat Trump

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Poll after poll has shown Gov. Larry Hogan is immensely popular here in Maryland. Despite the state’s huge Democratic majority, voters have continually put Hogan’s approval rating in the 60-percent-to-70-percent range.

The trend continues in a new poll by Gonzales Research & Media Services, which found that three of every four Marylanders think Hogan is doing a good job in Annapolis.

Would that popularity be enough to buoy Hogan in a primary battle with President Donald Trump, as many political pundits have suggested? If the results are any indication, he should steer clear.

Bill Henry leaving council seat to run for comptroller

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Councilman Bill Henry (4th District) speaks at a press conference outside City Hall. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

City Councilman Bill Henry is planning to give up the 4th District seat he has held for three terms to run for comptroller in the upcoming 2020 election.

The campaign will formally kick off at St. Mary’s Park on June 1 at 10 a.m.–an event that made its way onto the social media sphere at the end of April.

In a Twitter thread explaining his decision, Henry said he sees winning the comptroller position as an opportunity to expand government accountability and equitable growth, things he said he has worked for on the council.

Brandon Scott unanimously voted in as city council president

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Council members and observers applaud at City Hall after Brandon Scott is elected council president. Screenshot via Charm TV.

With Bernard C. “Jack” Young now in the mayor’s office following Catherine Pugh’s resignation last week, council members today voted in Brandon Scott (2nd District) to replace him as city council president until the present term ends in December of 2020.

Chesapeake Bay blue crab population sees big gains

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Just as Marylanders prepare to steam them up and eat them by the bushel, blue crabs are on the rise in the Chesapeake Bay, according to an annual population report.

Scientists from Maryland and Virginia estimate there are 594 million crabs in the estuary, up from 371 million when they conducted a count last year.

After decades serving on city council, Mary Pat Clarke and Ed Reisinger are retiring

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Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke (left) and Councilman Ed Reisinger. Photos via Mary Pat Clarke/Facebook and Ed Reisinger/Twitter.

With more than 35 years combined in the books as a member and president of the Baltimore City Council, Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke (14th District) has decided to close out her political career.

Through attorney, Catherine Pugh resigns as mayor, apologizes to the city

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Pugh’s personal attorney, Steven Silverman, reads her resignation letter to members of the media. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

In the wake of a wide-reaching scandal tied to her children’s book series, Catherine Pugh is officially stepping down as mayor of Baltimore.

Pugh’s attorney, Steven Silverman, announced the mayor’s resignation Thursday afternoon at a press conference at the 25th-floor offices of his law firm, Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin and White. Pugh was not present, and Silverman took no questions after reading a statement from Pugh addressed to the “citizens of Baltimore” and Mayor Ex Officio Bernard C. “Jack” Young. The press conference lasted less than two minutes.

“I would like to thank you for allowing me to serve as the 50th mayor,” Pugh’s address began. “It has been an honor and a privilege. Today, I am submitting my written resignation to the Baltimore City Council. I am sorry for the harm that I have caused to the image of the city of Baltimore and the credibility of the office of the mayor. Baltimore deserves a mayor who can move our great city forward.

“I want to thank all of our department heads and staff who work hard everyday to improve the quality of life for all who live, work and visit our city. I also thank Jack Young, the president of the city council, for his steadfast leadership in my absence. I wish you well in your new role as mayor of Baltimore city.”

House of Delegates elects Adrienne Jones as new speaker

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By Daniel Oyefusi
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — Following more than four hours of deliberation, the Maryland House of Delegates made history in a surprise decision Wednesday afternoon, voting Del. Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) the next Speaker of the House.

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