Md. Republicans prep for a convention suffused with unexpected drama
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by Josh Kurtz
5m ago
Workers prepare the stage for the Republican National Convention on July 13, 2024, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images. MILWAUKEE – The Republican National Convention kicks off Monday in this lakefront city, to renominate former President Donald Trump and his yet-to-be-announced running mate, during an unprecedented moment in U.S. politics. What was meant to be a celebration of Trump and his political allies, with pomp, partisanship and parties, has turned into something else – but no one is exactly sure what. The anticipatory air that precedes any political convention ..read more
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Maryland politicians across spectrum decry violence after Trump shooting
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by Capital News Service
5m ago
BUTLER, PENNSYLVANIA - JULY 13: Law enforcement agents stand near the stage of a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump on July 13, 2024 in Butler, Pennsylvania. According to Butler County District Attorney Richard Goldinger, the suspected gunman is dead after injuring former President Trump, killing one audience member and injuring at least one other. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images) By Imani Agbionu, Emily Condon, James Matheson, Caley Fox Shannon, Daniel Stein and Katharine Wilson MILWAUKEE – Maryland officials on both sides of the aisle a ..read more
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Why don’t Maryland politicians choose school choice? They should
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by Steve Crane
2d ago
Maryland has a unique opportunity to reinvent special education programs through the Blueprint reform effort, education advocates write. Getty Images. School choice doesn’t come close to packing the political firepower of a woman’s reproductive choice. But it is an explosive, divisive issue on its own. In education, the culture wars over race, LGBTQ and religion get most of the attention.  However, school choice, as Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Cara Fitzgerald writes,  “is now a potent, deeply polarizing partisan issue.” Conservative Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) proclaimed it “the m ..read more
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More states enact salary transparency laws to fight gender, racial pay gaps
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by Steve Crane
2d ago
MIAMI, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 03: A KFC employee (who didn't want to give her name) works on hanging a Sign-on Bonus sign for job openings at the restaurant on December 03, 2021 in Miami, Florida. The Labor Department announced that payrolls increased by just 210,000 for November, which is below what economists expected, though the unemployment rate fell to 4.2% from 4.6%. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) To combat gender and racial wage gaps, nearly a dozen states recently have enacted pay transparency laws that require employers to be more open about the wages and benefits they offer. Most of ..read more
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Federal judge dismisses First Amendment challenge to digital ad tax
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by Bryan P. Sears
2d ago
The U.S. District Courthouse in Baltimore. Photo by Danielle E. Gaines. A federal judge in Baltimore threw out a First Amendment challenge to the 2021 law that imposes a tax on internet ads in Maryland. In a 20-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby granted the state’s request to dismiss the case, writing that  plaintiffs in the case used “hypothetical invoices” to show how the law would be “unconstitutional as applied.” She added that “the record before the court, and the plain reading of the Pass-Through Prohibition, does not support plaintiffs’ argument.” Griggsby wrote ..read more
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Musical chairs could be in Prince George’s immediate electoral future
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by William J. Ford
2d ago
Prince George's County Council Chair Jolene Ivey listens to testimony from Dan Smith during a June 9 council meeting. Photo by William J. Ford. This fall’s elections in Prince George’s County could be the start a game of political musical chairs that sparks two more special elections next year – and a shakeup in county leadership. Voters are already set to go to the polls Aug. 6 to fill a vacant at-large county council seat, and later this fall the state elects a new U.S. senator. With two county officials in the running for those offices – County Executive Angela Alsobrooks (D) for Senate an ..read more
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Report card gives Chesapeake Bay a C+, its best grade in 21 years
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by Bay Journal
3d ago
Sunrise over the Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County. Stock.adobe.com photo by yvonne navalaney. By Timothy B. Wheeler Chesapeake Bay Journal The Chesapeake Bay’s health, which has waffled between middling and poor for decades, ticked upward in 2023 to its best condition in more than 20 years, according to the latest annual report from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. In a report card issued Tuesday, the university gave the Bay’s overall health a C-plus for 2023, a half-letter grade improvement from the previous year’s mark. It earned a 55% score, up four po ..read more
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Experience shows providing high-dosage tutoring provides lasting impact for student success
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by Sara Krauss
3d ago
Stock.adobe.com by snowing12. When schools closed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact was deep and long lasting.  In Maryland schools, test scores fell to an all time low, particularly in math. In 2021, counties received funds to provide high-dosage (intensive) tutoring to students to close gaps caused by school closures.  This funding ensured that  students consistently engaged in targeted, supplemental instruction at least two to three times per week for 30-45 minutes per session. In fall 2021, the Reach Together Tutoring Program (RTTP), a partnership program of ..read more
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Dunn’s new PAC backs 10 Democratic Senate candidates, including Alsobrooks
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by Josh Kurtz
4d ago
Harry Dunn pays tribute to his campaign manager, Taylor Doggett, on primary evening. Photo by Nene Narh-Mensah. The new political action committee of former U.S. Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn doled out its first 10 endorsements on Wednesday, sending along $2,500 to each of the Democratic candidates for Senate on the list. Dunn, who became a national political figure after battling protesters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, has converted the campaign committee for his unsuccessful congressional bid this spring in Maryland’s 3rd District into a PAC known as Dunn’s Democracy Defenders ..read more
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Maryland wins approval to access federal money to expand broadband access
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by William J. Ford
4d ago
Sora Shimazaki/pexels.com. Maryland will be able to access more than $267 million in federal funds to help expand broadband access across the state, after federal officials recently approved the state’s plan to do so, The money is part of the Biden administration’s $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) plan, which is designed to help states and local governments bring high-speed internet service to remote or underserved areas. In Maryland, the funding will be used to provide internet access for about 21,000 unserved homes and 9,000 underserved communities. Ronnie K. Ha ..read more
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