Headlines from HJM: February 21, 2020

Businesses Seek Relief to Survive Disruption From Purple Line Construction

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
For more than 20 years, Abeba Tsegaye and her sister Lene have served coffee and pastries to people who live and work in downtown Silver Spring.
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Strangulation bill passes Maryland House

Publisher Name : Frederick News Post
A bill that would make strangulation a first-degree assault passed the Maryland House of Delegates, marking the first time that such a bill passed at least one chamber of the General Assembly.
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Costly birth injury malpractice judgments threaten Maryland obstetric care | READER COMMENTARY

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
I am writing to respond to Ellen Flynn’s deeply flawed op-ed on the proposed bill to ensure lifelong care for infants with birth-related injuries (“Maryland has no medical malpractice crisis,” Feb. 11). She contends that the bill is an attempt to unfairly shield hospitals and doctors from malpractice lawsuits. This contention is disappointing and could not be further from the truth.
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Charlene has made her Md. Walmart Internet famous. But what’s in it for her?

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
I cornered Charlene in the electronics department of the Maryland Walmart she’s helped make famous. And she was not happy about it.
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Expanding state sales tax to pay for school improvements would ‘destroy our economy,’ Maryland Gov. Hogan says

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan vowed Thursday to oppose a proposed change in the sales tax that would reduce the rate but expand who pays it by charging it on an array of services from landscaping to lawyers.
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Lawmakers Begin Weighing Novel Expansion of State Sales Tax

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
A novel approach to expand Maryland’s sales tax ― with the appealing benefit of generating enough revenue to pay for a 10-year, multi-billion-dollar education reform plan ― is likely to clear a procedural hurdle Friday morning, but faces an uncertain future in the second half of the 90-day General Assembly session.
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Former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake named national political co-chair for Bloomberg campaign

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg on Thursday named former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as one of his national political co-chairs.
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Hogan, Legislature in Open Warfare Over Crime, Taxes and Communication

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) launched a blistering attack on Democratic lawmakers Thursday, accusing them of blocking vital anti-crime legislation for political purposes and suggesting that a proposal from House leaders to fund a major education reform plan could ruin the Maryland economy.
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Back by Popular Demand: Maryland Matters Trivia Night!

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
How many majority leaders served under long-time state Senate President Mike Miller? Who was the last Democrat to represent Allegany County in the House of Delegates?
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Hogan implores lawmakers to take immediate action on crime bills

Publisher Name : Maryland Reporter
Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday implored members of the General Assembly to take immediate action on a series of bills aimed at reducing violent crime in Baltimore City.
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Hogan attacks Democrats on crime bill, expanding sales tax to fund schools overhaul

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Gov. Larry Hogan aggressively lashed out at Democratic leaders Thursday over two top priorities of this legislative session: funding a sweeping public education overhaul and stemming escalating violence in Baltimore
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Pick up the phone, give her a call

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Gov. Larry Hogan's latest lambasting of the legislature over delays in passing his crime bills has left at least one legislative leader feeling a little left out. House Speaker Adrienne Jones, D-Baltimore County, said she too is concerned with violent crime in the city and around the state.
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