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Maryland right to slow down massive highway P3

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:15:00 PDT

We’re glad the Board of Public Works heeded Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp’s concerns about the appearance of a potential conflict of interest in the selection of the lead firm on a contract to oversee Gov. Larry Hogan’s massive highway building plan in the Washington suburbs. But questions about Transportation...




Baltimore should analyze agencies' policies on racial equity but not set up another dedicated fund

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:20:00 PDT

When members of Baltimore’s Planning Department sought to investigate whether the city’s capital spending was racially and socio-economically equitable, they came to some startling findings. Over a five-year period when the city allocated $670 million to such projects, neighborhoods that were at...




Alternative Fact of the Week: 'Breeding concept'

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:10:00 PDT

This past week presented a remarkable contrast in perception of immigrants in California. On the one hand there was Gov. Jerry Brown claiming there is no “massive wave of migrants pouring into California. On the other, there was President Donald J. Trump tweeting his fears Wednesday morning of...




Verletta White: A bad process, but perhaps the right choice

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:40:00 PDT

Casual observers of Baltimore County Public Schools may have been surprised to learn that interim Superintendent Verletta White was offered the job permanently Tuesday evening by a school board that has made the selection process about as painful, awkward and disorganized as possible. The system,...




What our response to the AIDS crisis can teach us about battling opioid addiction

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:25:00 PDT

“Rarely will the Senate be called upon to deal with an issue more complicated by prejudice, fear, and emotion, nor more presently or potentially destructive.” That was the observation of then-U.S. Senate Chaplain Rev. Richard C. Halverson in 1990 on the day the body began to debate what would be...




Seven Democrats have theories for why they'll win the gubernatorial primary. Whose math adds up?

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 05:37:00 PDT

The Democratic gubernatorial primary is so competitive this year, The Sun’s Erin Cox reports, that campaigns and strategists think they may need the support of no more than a quarter of the electorate to win — maybe as few as 125,000 votes. The campaigns are focusing most of their efforts on appealing...




Trump goes soft on Russia — again

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:00:00 PDT

Our view: The Trump administration's reversal on Russia sanctions related to Syria is both misguided and, given the president's pattern of behavior, highly suspect

In recent years under President Vladimir Putin, Russia has annexed Crimea, made multiple military incursions into Ukraine, meddled...




Seven Democrats have theories for why they'll win the gubernatorial primary. Whose math adds up?

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:25:00 PDT

The Democratic gubernatorial primary is so competitive this year, The Sun’s Erin Cox reports, that campaigns and strategists think they may need the support of no more than a quarter of the electorate to win — maybe as few as 125,000 votes. To put that in context, two of the leading candidates,...




We already know what James Comey has to say. Why does President Trump keep trying to get us to listen?

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:20:00 PDT

For those living on another planet, or perhaps simply lacking access to cable television, the official release week of former FBI Director James B. Comey’s book has arrived with much hype and presidential umbrage. Indeed, President Donald Trump’s Twitter account has been so active in recent days...




Transforming Baltimore neighborhoods — and city government

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 08:45:00 PDT

Some are questioning whether Mayor Catherine Pugh’s “Violence Reduction Zones” are actually reducing violence and other crime or whether they’re just pushing it elsewhere. Others ask whether the enhanced services those communities are receiving, from trash clean-up to the boarding of vacant houses,...




Alternative Fact of the Week: Paul Ryan, proud deficit hawk

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:40:00 PDT

For much of his political career, Rep. Paul Ryan has been the Republican Party’s chief noodge for “responsible” federal spending. He has been the youthful but wonk-y spokesman for the core ideal of balanced budgets and smaller government. Certainly, during Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House...




Sean Suiter's death is still unsolved, and finger-pointing won't help

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:05:00 PDT

We agree with Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa’s decision to impanel an outside group of investigators to try to solve the mystery of Det. Sean Suiter’s death, and in retrospect, his contention that it was unfair to expect the department’s homicide unit, of which Suiter was a beloved member,...




Workfare push suffers from a flawed premise

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 06:05:00 PDT

If there is one thing Americans can surely agree on it’s that work is good. Holding a well-paying job is the ticket to the American dream. This isn’t just some dated middle class value, some vestige of days long past. It’s still true today. Even in neighborhoods decimated by poverty in the 21st...




Trump may realize that firing Mueller would be bad, but firing Rosenstein might be worse

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:55:00 PDT

Plenty of Republicans in Congress have been warning President Donald Trump not to try to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, and he’s reportedly been pulled back from the brink of doing so at least a couple of times. But after the raids this week on the home, office and hotel room of his personal...




Winners and losers from Maryland's 2018 General Assembly session

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 08:24:00 PDT

Here are the Sun editorial board's picks for the winners and losers of the 2018 General Assembly session.




The 'total witch hunt' that clearly isn't

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 09:45:00 PDT

Whether the FBI’s raid of Michael Cohen’s office and hotel room Monday was justified or not (and given the legal hurdles investigators had to clear and the number of Republican appointees overseeing it, the “not” part is an awfully tough sell) President Donald Trump’s reaction to events was even...




Larry Hogan: Closet Democrat?

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 06:20:00 PDT

During the General Assembly session that ended Monday night, Maryland’s governor supported legislation that will result in more than $700 million in tax increases. Part of it, he backed as essential to protecting Obamacare; much of the rest is being set aside for a down payment on what’s expected...




When Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress this week, there's only one thing he can say that would matter

Mon, 9 Apr 2018 09:50:00 PDT

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly undergoing intense preparation for his back-to-back congressional hearings this week, with teams of advisers coaching him on how to appear contrite and deferential. But when he sits in front of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees on...




Yes, Assad is an 'animal,' but what next for U.S. in Syria?

Mon, 9 Apr 2018 08:55:00 PDT

The term “red line” has been tossed around so much that its meaning is often lost. But there are certain international norms that must not be crossed or, if they are, must result in swift and terrible punishment for the offending country. Such is the case with the use of chemical weapons, which...




Maryland's year of health care

Fri, 6 Apr 2018 10:05:00 PDT

The General Assembly session that ends at midnight on Monday has seen its share of controversial issues, from gun control to medical marijuana, and of memorable moments, perhaps the most notable of which was when Republican Del. Meagan Simonaire gave a floor speech endorsing a ban on so-called...




We haven't achieved Martin Luther King's final and boldest dream. But we still can.

Thu, 5 Apr 2018 10:30:00 PDT

When Baltimore erupted in riots 50 years ago, it wasn’t just about the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. any more than the riots of 2015 were just about the death of Freddie Gray. Then and now, an unjust death was a spark that set off explosive grievances about a system that produced...




Alternative Fact of the Week: The Amazon obsession

Thu, 5 Apr 2018 09:15:00 PDT

President Donald Trump’s well-documented propensity for lying may keep him out of an interview with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, but it won’t keep him away from one of his favorite pastimes — grossly distorting reality on Twitter. And he was in high form this week, particularly with his...




Maryland crime bill heads in the right direction, but is it far enough?

Thu, 5 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

The massive and controversial anti-crime legislation that passed the state Senate this year is getting what it needed in the House of Delegates — a big time-out so advocates on all sides of the issue can sort through its implications and give their input. The House Judiciary Committee held a marathon...




Low pay isn't the only reason teachers are going on strike. Maryland, pay attention.

Fri, 6 Apr 2018 09:50:00 PDT

Our view: Low-pay isn't the only reason teachers are going on strike - and Maryland needs to take heed

On television and across the Internet, Americans have watched in recent days as teachers in Oklahoma have left their classrooms behind to march on the state capital for higher salaries and better...




What happens when voters set salaries of their elected leaders?

Wed, 4 Apr 2018 12:40:00 PDT

Next month, voters in Havre de Grace get to make a choice no other voters in Maryland are allowed. They’ll decide whether the mayor and city council deserve substantial salary increases. It’s a first-ever and fascinating exercise in democracy spearheaded by a Harford County middle school history...




Baltimore County's school system is reeling. A rush-job superintendent search will make it worse.

Tue, 3 Apr 2018 09:50:00 PDT

We’re glad to hear Baltimore County School Board Chairman Edward J. Gilliss say that the group has not yet settled on any of the options it has for finding a permanent replacement to disgraced former superintendent Dallas Dance — because some of the ones he floated are downright terrible. The board...




Should Gov. Hogan take the veto bait?

Mon, 2 Apr 2018 09:05:00 PDT

The Democrat-controlled General Assembly went into overdrive at the end of last week to make sure several pieces of legislation Republican Gov. Larry Hogan might veto would get to his desk early enough that the House and Senate can attempt an override vote before they adjourn on April 9. There’s...




Does Trump even understand DACA?

Mon, 2 Apr 2018 07:10:00 PDT

Over the weekend and with follow-up tweets Monday and today, President Donald Trump shared some thoughts on immigration that strongly suggest he either isn’t paying much attention to current events or he’s just trying to stir up his core supporters again in the face of Congressional inaction and...




Maryland must stand with California on clean cars and clean air

Tue, 3 Apr 2018 11:05:00 PDT

It comes as no surprise that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under Scott Pruitt is moving to weaken fuel economy standards in cars and trucks. The agency’s disinterest in public health, its intolerance of climate change science and its blind commitment to rolling back regulations promulgated...




Hopkins needs to create a police force, but it needs to do it the right way

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 10:05:00 PDT

Johns Hopkins made a big mistake in failing to reach out to the community before requesting legislation that would allow it to create an armed, sworn police force on and around its campuses. Hopkins President Ron Daniels and other top officials should have anticipated, given the current mistrust...




Alternative Fact of the Week: Are young victims fair game?

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 07:10:00 PDT

There was a time in America when children and crime victims were given a measure of deference in the public square. Public figures didn’t mock teens. They didn’t make up stories about people just weeks after they were involved in a mass shooting. The latest attacks on the Parkland, Fla. students...




Taking addicts out of ER and into treatment

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 10:45:00 PDT

Our view: With its first-ever "stabilization center," Baltimore tries a new approach to steering drug and alcohol users toward the help they need

Late at night, a 45-year-old man arrives in the hospital emergency room in Baltimore. He is intoxicated, and he is high on heroin, his addiction the...




What's behind the Hogan-Miller-Busch-Franchot school construction cage match, and why you should care

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Gov. Larry Hogan is sending out breathless screeds about Democrats’ backroom dealing. Comptroller Peter Franchot’s chief of staff is lighting his hair on fire on Facebook. House Speaker Michael E. Busch’s leadership team is tacking amendments onto legislation with the express intention of getting...




The latest casualty in Trump's trade wars: the free press

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 12:00:00 PDT

When President Donald Trump announced this month that he would slap heavy tariffs on imported aluminum and steel, we called it the epitome of lunacy. After all, about 80 times more Americans have jobs in industries that depend on steel or materials made of steel than in steel production. Apparently...




How Maryland's tough campaign finance laws protect incumbents

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 10:00:00 PDT

Incumbent politicians have a lot of advantages in campaigns. They have a network of donors to call on for support. They have an in with party leaders and lobbyists. Their actions and press releases often make it into news reports.

Making matters worse, in many states, incumbents tilt campaign laws...




A good guy with a gun didn't kill a Maryland school shooter, but that doesn't change anything

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 07:40:00 PDT

Both extremes in the gun debate are pointing to the revelation that the Great Mills High School student who killed a classmate and injured another last week died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound as validation of their points of view. Some are taking to the internet to claim that the school resource...




Sabotaged Census: Citizenship question guarantees undercount

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 07:25:00 PDT

For more than six decades, the U.S. Census has gotten along very well without asking everyone living in this country to explain their immigration status. Why not ask? For one big reason: People who are undocumented would be naturally reluctant to respond. They would simply avoid the census — as...




A Maryland case could be the key to a Supreme Court ruling against gerrymandering. It still wouldn't be enough.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 10:15:00 PDT

The Supreme Court’s decision to hear full oral arguments this term in Benisek vs. Lamone, a gerrymandering case from Maryland, raised a lot of eyebrows among close watchers of election law. The high court already heard one gerrymandering case this year, a Wisconsin suit that had gotten a lot of...




Stormy Daniels: It's about the cover-up

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 07:05:00 PDT

Our view: It's not the sex, it's the potentially illegal in-kind campaign contribution that is at the heart of the latest Trump scandal

Those who tuned in Sunday evening to watch an adult film star spill her guts about an alleged sexual relationship with Donald Trump may have been disappointed...




The '20 percent rule' - an arbitrary standard in malpractice suits

Mon, 2 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Our view: Malpractice lawsuits deserve to be judged on merit and not be constrained by an arbitrary standard imposed on certain expert witnesses

Expert witnesses are a crucial part of legal disputes. How do you know if a collapsed bridge was built properly without a civil engineer to analyze it?...




Let's not explain away Baltimore's population loss. It really is a bad sign.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:15:00 PDT

The latest census data showing Baltimore City lost about 6,000 people last year should be taken with a grain of salt. It’s an estimate based on sampling, not an actual count, so it is subject to error. Indeed, Baltimore officials have challenged such estimates in the past as being too low, and...




Yes, it is legal to drive with snow on the roof of your car in Maryland. It probably shouldn't be.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:20:00 PDT

If you drove to work this morning in fear that a sheet of snow or ice might slide off the roof of the car in front of you and obstruct your view of the road or, worse, smash your windshield, you’re not crazy. Accidents can and do happen as a result of that, and several states have enacted legislation...




Alternative Fact of the Week: Stick to the truth about gun violence; it's bad enough without embellishment

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:25:00 PDT

As impressive as the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been in calling attention to the issue of gun violence — and as much as their upcoming protest, “March For Our Lives” in Washington is likely to draw considerable attention to their cause this Saturday — we can’t help but...




Building Maryland's 21st Century workforce

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:50:00 PDT

The efforts by Mayor Catherine Pugh and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to provide free community college to certain high school graduates represent an important recognition that our traditional ideas of universal public education are no longer good enough. Both Ms. Pugh’s program and...




Snowed: How a silly political gimmick is causing havoc for Maryland teachers, students and parents

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Baltimore and Wicomico counties have already asked to cut the school year short because of bad weather. Howard is trying, and more districts may soon follow. Blame Gov. Larry Hogan.



President Trump's unbecoming love for foreign dictators

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:10:00 PDT

Sen. John McCain once again demonstrated himself a voice of reason on foreign policy in the time of Donald Trump, blasting the president for congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin for winning re-election during a recent telephone call. “An American president does not lead the Free World...




A good guy with a gun may have saved lives in a Md. school — a trained good guy in uniform

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:15:00 PDT

The shooting Tuesday morning at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County is terrifying — both because something like that could happen so close to home and because it clearly could have been so much worse. The gunman, identified as Austin Wyatt Rollins, a 17-year-old student at the school,...




In Annapolis, how about a beer timeout?

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:50:00 PDT

In the State House, failed legislation is sometimes referred to as being “dead,” meaning it lost in a close vote or got tucked in a chairman’s pocket, or as “dead-dead,” which usually means it got publicly eviscerated, shot, stabbed and burned at the stake to the point where resurrection just isn’t...




Voters might care where Mosby's challengers live; the courts probably wont

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:20:00 PDT

Attorneys Ivan Bates and Thiru Vignarajah are hardly the first candidates for political office in Maryland to be sued over residency requirements. There’s a long history of case law on the question of what it means to “reside” in a particular jurisdiction, as the Maryland Constitution requires...




McCabe firing: Witness intimidation?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:25:00 PDT

Friday’s firing of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe a day before he qualified for a substantial pension benefit is a bit imponderable given the scant details of the alleged misconduct. But considering the somewhat tepid claims associated with the still-secret internal investigation (unauthorized...




Never heard of UMBC? MIT has. And Cal Tech. And Harvard. And Stanford...

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 06:15:00 PDT

If the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s stunning upset of No. 1 seed Virginia in the NCAA basketball tournament was the first time you ever heard of UMBC, you could be excused for wondering: Is that a community college? No, it’s not. Actually, it’s something of a nerd factory (and proud...




Maryland may soon be a state without a song. This Baltimore musician has a plan.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PDT

With a Senate vote Friday, Maryland moved a big step closer to ditching its Confederate-sympathizing state song, “Maryland, My Maryland.” Good. At a time when we’re removing Confederate monuments from Baltimore, the State House and beyond, it was notably incongruous. If the House of Delegates agrees...




Maryland lawmakers go buggy over lanternflies

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:15:00 PDT

Since the invasive spotted lanternfly was first discovered in southeastern Pennsylvania four years ago, scientists have been working furiously to find a way to limit its spread and the damage it can do, particularly to the high-value grape, tree-fruit, hardwood and nursery industries. Horticultural...




The sleeper issue in 2018: Obamacare

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:20:00 PDT

Gov. Larry Hogan’s press office sends out “BIPARTISANSHIP ALERT” emails all the time, and they’re not always so earth shattering. About all it takes to get that in the subject line is for a Democrat — any Democrat — to support something vaguely like what’s on the governor’s agenda. But there was...




Alternative Fact of the Week: Lie to a Canadian — they're too nice to get angry about it

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:30:00 PDT

It certainly was a big week for “alternative facts” coming out of the Trump administration. There were the emails revealing that HUD Secretary Ben Carson and his wife picked out the costly dining room set about which he earlier claimed “no awareness.” There was President Donald Trump’s insistence...




Reconsider the state commission on Baltimore police corruption, Mayor Pugh

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:50:00 PDT

For all we learned about the corruption in the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force during this year’s trial of two officers, there is still plenty more the public needs to know. We need to know who else knew or suspected what was going on. We need to learn what deficiencies of accountability...




Student walkout: Protest has a price

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:10:00 PDT

Across Maryland and throughout much of the country, thousands of students walked out of class this morning to honor the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., exactly one month ago. At some venues, entire student bodies massed, the names of the victims were...




The lobbyist, the legislator and the touch

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:10:00 PDT

Did lobbyist Gil Genn grope state Sen. Cheryl Kagan during karaoke night at an Annapolis Irish pub? We — and probably everybody else with even a nodding interest in Maryland politics — have watched the security camera footage showing their brief interaction more times than we’d care to admit. Our...




Baltimore city worker residency requirement bill would do more harm than good

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:00:00 PDT

We sympathize completely with the intent behind the Baltimore City Council’s legislation to require top supervisors in Baltimore’s government to live in the city. Such a rule would force top officials to tangibly demonstrate their commitment to Baltimore. It would put them in contact with the people...




Tillerson out, chaos in

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:55:00 PDT

Most Americans probably won’t get especially worked up by the news that Rex W. Tillerson is out as secretary of state. The 65-year-old former ExxonMobil CEO didn’t rack up a lot of foreign policy accomplishments in his one-year tenure and will likely best be remembered for two things — a singular...




How Mayor Pugh sees the state of the city

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:00:00 PDT

Mayor Catherine Pugh didn’t roll out a lot of new initiatives in her second State of the City address; rather, she spent more than an hour recapping a lot of what she’s been talking about for months. Nonetheless, it provided a few interesting takeaways about how she sees the city and her role in...




Untangling the knot of Md. medical pot

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:40:00 PDT

Given how much the Legislative Black Caucus has complained about the lack of minority-owned firms among Maryland’s medical marijuana growers and processors, it may seem crazy that the legislation designed to address the issue that just passed overwhelmingly in the House could lead to more white...




Trump gets weak on guns. Sad.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:35:00 PDT

Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump seemed to embrace comprehensive gun control in the wake of the Florida high school shooting. How do we know this? Because he used those actual words, “comprehensive gun control,” in a meeting with Republicans and Democrats. He even mocked those who are “afraid”...




Dallas Dance and the loss of trust

Fri, 9 Mar 2018 10:35:00 PST

“The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.” As any Baltimore County high school English student can tell you, William Shakespeare put those words in the mouth of Mark Antony after the death of Julius Caesar. But centuries later, similar thoughts might be...




Announcing The Sun Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 04:00:00 PDT

From a diverse and accomplished pool of nominees, The Sun has selected 11 men and women for the 2018 class of its Maryland Business and Civic Hall of Fame. This year’s group, which includes pioneers in the law, finance, business, technology and philanthropy, will profiled in a special section of...




Alternative Fact of the Week: It's not chaos at the White House but 'great energy'

Thu, 8 Mar 2018 06:55:00 PST

In the movie “Animal House,” a young Kevin Bacon dressed in ROTC uniform had a memorable moment near the film’s end in which he is trampled flat by panicked parade viewers as he repeatedly insists, “all is well” and “remain calm.” That disconnect between reality and the empty claims of an authority...




'It looks like gerrymandering'

Thu, 8 Mar 2018 10:35:00 PST

“I don’t know what this looks like to you, but to me, it looks like gerrymandering.”

That’s the punchline of a video Gov. Larry Hogan posted Tuesday on YouTube. It came after a series of man-on-the-street interviews in Annapolis with people asked to guess what a weird, squiggly shaped black and...




Protecting taxpayers from bad federal policy, the Maryland way

Wed, 7 Mar 2018 08:10:00 PST

In principle, we agreed with Gov. Larry Hogan’s goal to make sure that the federal tax law changes President Donald Trump signed into law last year wouldn’t make any Marylanders’ state and local taxes go up. It’s not that we’re as averse to taxes as Governor Hogan is, but we do believe that if...




Baltimore student protests and the $100,000 field trip

Wed, 7 Mar 2018 09:25:00 PST

Much attention has been paid, and deservedly so, to the students in Parkland, Fla., who were traumatized by the shooting deaths of 17 people, including students and educators, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and resolved to do something about it. But what about young people who deal with...




Annapolis needs to take a time-out on Hogan-Zirkin crime bill

Tue, 6 Mar 2018 08:15:00 PST

The crime bill that’s headed to the floor of the state Senate is dividing the people who worked together on Maryland’s landmark Justice Reinvestment Act of 2016. Gov. Larry Hogan and Mayor Catherine Pugh have praised the effort of Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Chairman Bobby Zirkin to incorporate...




Envelopes of cash are the way business used to be done in Baltimore County; a guilty plea suggests times haven't changed nearly enough

Mon, 5 Mar 2018 10:50:00 PST

The revelation that the confidential FBI informant who first connected Sen. Nathaniel T. Oaks with what turned out to be a bribery sting is former Baltimore County schools official Robert J. Barrett presents some additional intrigue for the case against the lawmaker. Mr. Oaks’ attorneys are already...




'Dreamers' deferred

Mon, 5 Mar 2018 10:55:00 PST

Six months ago, President Donald Trump set an end date for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — an executive action put in by his predecessor to temporarily spare from deportation certain undocumented individuals who came to this country as children and to allow them permits so...




For Maryland court records, opacity when transparency is needed most

Fri, 2 Mar 2018 09:55:00 PST

There has never been a time when the public interest in being able to search court records to determine which police officers were involved in an arrest or would serve as witnesses in a case was more clear. After the indictments of members of the Baltimore Police Department’s now defunct Gun Trace...




Md.'s outdated 911

Sun, 4 Mar 2018 09:15:00 PST

Our view: Governor Hogan and lawmakers must commit to modernizing 911 - and finding a way to adequately pay for it

Whether trapped in a school building in Parkland, Fla. or facing sniper fire in Las Vegas, most Americans — even children — have a powerful tool at their disposal to fight back. Cell...




Trump tariffs won't bring back steel mills

Fri, 2 Mar 2018 06:45:00 PST

If there’s any community that can feel the changes that have rocked the American steel industry over the decades, it’s Baltimore. What was once the single largest steel factory in the world, the giant Bethlehem Steel plant in Sparrows Point, is completely gone. Not even a shadow of this former...




Alternative Fact of the Week: The missing $40 gas discount

Thu, 1 Mar 2018 09:15:00 PST

Appearing at the Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke made the kind of audacious claim that was certain to lift the hearts of President Donald Trump’s die-hard supporters. Bragging about his efforts to open up and deregulate oil and gas production...




Hogan's embrace of gun control: genuine conviction or political ploy? Who cares?

Thu, 1 Mar 2018 10:50:00 PST

Gov. Larry Hogan has never been what you would call a champion of gun control. As a candidate, he opposed Maryland’s landmark 2013 gun control legislation, which included a ban on assault weapons. He won the endorsement of the NRA and an A- rating from the group based on his responses to a questionnaire...




Baltimore's whole-city approach to crime

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 13:10:00 PST

When USA Today crunched the numbers and concluded that Baltimore was the most dangerous city in America, Mayor Catherine Pugh’s response was “That was 2017 — we’re in 2018.” And she has a point. Dating to the end of last year, violence has been heading in the right direction. So far in 2018, homicides,...




Here's what Baltimore wants to know about how Pugh and De Sousa will reduce crime

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 09:50:00 PST

In preparation for Wednesday’s town hall meeting on crime sponsored by The Sun, WJZ and the University of Baltimore, we solicited questions from the public for the event’s featured guests, Mayor Catherine Pugh and Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa. Here’s what Baltimoreans want to know:

In the...



Baltimore needs to be able to get rid of bad cops

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 09:05:00 PST

Defenders of the system of discipline for Baltimore police have no moral authority left after the Gun Trace Task Force trials. The corruption they revealed — and the number of cases in which some of the guilty officers came to the attention of the department time and time again only to see minor...




Ben Carson and the Trump lifestyle

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 09:40:00 PST

It never pays for public officials to appear to be living high on the hog. Well, almost never. At least that’s the advice we should have given a certain former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon who took up politics only recently and now finds himself defending a $31,561 dining room set the taxpayers purchased...




If Trump wants to run toward danger, he should take on the NRA

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:05:00 PST

As expected, late-night comedians like Stephen Colbert were out in full force Monday mocking President Donald Trump after he told the nation’s governors who were meeting at the White House that he would have rushed into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to save students during the shooting had...




It's not whether Maryland will legalize marijuana but when. How matters, too.

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:05:00 PST

There isn’t a better reader of the tea lives in Annapolis than Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller. He’s been saying for a couple of years now that legalization of recreational marijuana in Maryland — something that seemed like a far-out idea when former Del. Heather Mizeur made it a central...




Even if the Schiff memo is "a total political and legal BUST" (it's not), Trump still looks bad

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 10:25:00 PST

The release this weekend of Rep. Adam Schiff’s rebuttal to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes’ memo on the Trump-Russia investigation prompted a predictable tweet barrage from the man at the center of it all. President Donald Trump declared Mr. Schiff’s work “a total political...




Is a $103 million expansion of natural gas service the best Md. can do?

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 09:15:00 PST

Maryland’s Republican governor has taken a succession of actions on climate change that put him in stark contrast to President Donald Trump and many in his party’s leadership. Gov. Larry Hogan pushed to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. He has pledged his support for the Paris Climate Agreements....




Cheer up: Things are getting better. Really.

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 09:15:00 PST

If February wasn’t the cruelest month, it sure was in the neighborhood. Children died in Syrian airstrikes. A teen shot 17 people dead at a Florida high school while an armed sheriff’s deputy stood outside. Russian election meddling still got a blase response from President Donald Trump, who continued...




What the candidates for lieutenant governor tell us about the fight to beat Larry Hogan

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:55:00 PST

Gubernatorial candidates like to talk about their choice of a running mate as if it were really consequential. They pitch their No. 2s as partners in governance and proof of their ability to make good and responsible decisions. And without exception, they try to pick someone who will enhance their...




Alternative Fact of the Week: NRA wants to regulate gun access

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:45:00 PST

Our view: The pro-gun script post-Florida features a robust combination of empathy and prevarication

Viewers of CNN witnessed quite the spectacle this week when National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch appeared to commit her organization to gun control — and did so passionately. During...




Metro needs an audit

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:50:00 PST

Baltimore’s Metro riders should be forgiven if they’re feeling a little testy these days. Not only did the subway system get shut down suddenly with less than 24 hours notice on Feb. 9, leaving many still scrambling to find a way to get to and from work, but the Hogan administration explanation...




Searching now for a new Baltimore County superintendent is a mistake

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:10:00 PST

If the Baltimore County School Board wanted to conduct a national search for a new superintendent to start this summer, it should have done so last fall. It takes time to do such a search properly, and because of the schedule of the academic calendar, that is the time of year when quality candidates...




Here's what transparency for Baltimore police discipline would mean

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:40:00 PST

In the wake of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force debacle, Attorney General Brian E. Frosh says the state should take a”fresh look” at transparency and disclosure around the police discipline process. City Solicitor Andre Davis says Mayor Catherine Pugh will introduce legislation...




Trump's latest effort to undermine the ACA makes Maryland action all the more crucial

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:45:00 PST

If the Trump administration’s goal was to increase the ranks of the uninsured, it could scarcely have thought of a better policy than the one it announced Tuesday, in which it expands the short-term insurance plans that are exempt from Affordable Care Act standards. In one stroke, it found a way...




If we act after the Parkland shooting, it will be because of these brave, clear-eyed kids

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:20:00 PST

Mass shootings in the United States follow a predictable pattern. First there is the shock and outrage, then there are proposals to restrict access to firearms, and then there is the inevitable nothingness of lawmakers sitting on their hands and pleasing their NRA masters. After Newtown, there...




What Baltimore owes for corrupt cops depends on what it knew

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:30:00 PST

The argument City Solicitor Andre Davis and the Baltimore police union had this month about the city’s policy on paying punitive damages in civil cases when officers are found to have acted with malice is altogether different from the one he raised last week about whether the city should pay any...




Dreamers in limbo

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:45:00 PST

Here’s a question for a civics debate: Which of the following bills has the best chance of becoming law — the one that failed to win a veto-proof majority in the Senate on a 54-45 yea vote or the one that couldn’t even win a simple majority, having gotten deep-sixed by a 60-39 nay vote? Most Americans...




Hogan vs. Dems: Whose lockbox is better? How about none of the above

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:00:00 PST

Gov. Larry Hogan says his “lockbox” for Maryland casino revenue is better because it wouldn’t take a voter referendum to enact. Democratic leaders say theirs is better because future lawmakers wouldn’t be able to raid it with a simple majority vote. Besides, they say, they suggested it first. But...




In a Florida high school, another tragedy; let's not let it be another missed opportunity

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:45:00 PST

It has happened again. A young man enters his former school — loaded down with military-grade weapons and tactical gear — opens fire and kills or injures dozens of innocent young men and women. Parents and children across the nation cower in fear and sadness, and a solemn president declares that...




Alt. Fact of the Week: Fake infrastructure

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:20:00 PST

Perhaps the best that can be said of President Donald Trump’s plan to invest in neglected U.S. infrastructure was that it’s already proven itself to be the Solomon Grundy of presidential ambitions — born on a Monday, it grew ill by Thursday and will be more or less buried, if not by Saturday, then...




Baltimore's pitch for Amazon HQ2, annotated

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:39:00 PST




On election integrity, Russian hacking, Trump remains MIA

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:20:00 PST

One by one, top U.S. intelligence officials testified to a Senate committee about their concerns that Russia was once again going to interfere with a U.S. election, spreading disinformation, sowing dissent and perhaps this time even penetrating electronic voting devices. There was no ambivalence....