Politics & Business

GOP Gov. Hogan affirms support for Trump impeachment inquiry

Gov. Larry Hogan at a Baltimore Coca-Cola bottling plant in March 2018. Photo byJoe Andrucyk, via Flickr.

By Elliott Davis
Capital News Service

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has shared his support for a Congressional impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, saying at one point that the allegations are “troubling and disturbing.”

$50 million, 3,750-seat concert venue proposed for South Baltimore

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A “world-class” concert venue is in the works for South Baltimore. 

Some Chesapeake Bay states fighting EPA clean water rule rollback

The Thomas Point Shoal Light Station in Chesapeake Bay, just west of Kent Island. (James R. Carroll/Capital News Service)

By Dan Novak
Capital News Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Environmental Protection Agency revoked two regulations last month dealing with clean water and air that present conflicting positions from the Trump Administration over the role states should play in protecting their own natural resources.

The first came in the removal of an Obama-era rule that sought to protect streams, lakes, wetlands and other bodies of water from pollution, a move state officials say threatens the Chesapeake Bay.

“(The Trump Administration’s) determination to weaken the Clean Water Act threatens to undo our hard-won progress cleaning up (waterways) in Maryland and across the nation,” Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said in a statement. “We plan to vigorously challenge this latest unlawful rollback.”

Q&A: Bill Cole breaks down the deal to build a new Pimlico, keep Preakness in Baltimore

A rendering of plans for a new Pimlico Race Course. Credit: Populous.

Following a tense battle in the Maryland General Assembly and a lawsuit by the city, there’s newfound hope for keeping the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore. Over the weekend, The Sun reported the city and the track’s owners, The Stronach Group, had reached a deal to overhaul the state’s two primary thoroughbred racing tracks, Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park.

Hogan appoints two new Baltimore County delegates to vacant seats

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Baltimore County will have two new delegates in the upcoming legislative session, each taking over for lawmakers who recently left for jobs with the Olszewski administration.

Baltimore Co. to again consider bill banning landlords from denying applicants for using vouchers

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

Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski Jr. is filing legislation for his council colleagues to take up on Monday that would bar landlords from discriminating against applicants using federal housing vouchers, as Baltimore City, Howard County and numerous other jurisdictions have done.

Del. Nick Mosby says he’s ‘seriously’ mulling a council president run

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Baltimore City Delegate and former Councilman Nick Mosby says he’s mulling a run to helm the Baltimore City Council.

In toasty start to October, Olszewski announces $16M in funds for AC in Baltimore Co. schools

Eastern Technical High School, one of six county schools due to now receive air conditioning by spring of 2021. Photo by Wallstreethotrod, via Wikimedia Commons.

On the same day Baltimore County Public Schools called off classes for half a dozen non-air conditioned facilities due to unseasonably high mid-90s temperatures, the county’s top official has announced $16 million in local dollars for AC and heating units in a handful of schools.

T.J. Smith leaving post as Johnny O’s press secretary, says announcement coming soon

Smith in 2018. Photo via T.J. Smith Media/Facebook.

Former Baltimore police spokesman and rumored mayoral candidate T.J. Smith is leaving his position as press secretary for Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski Jr. after nine months on the job.

A roundup of Maryland laws taking effect Oct. 1

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ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Hundreds of Maryland laws are going into effect Tuesday, spanning subjects from criminal justice reform to election law to the state’s medical cannabis commission.